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A joint statement: Ebola demands a collaborative response
AHA, AMA and ANA
A joint statement by the ANA, the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association said "a solution-oriented, collaborative approach" is needed in the prevention and treatment of Ebola in the U.S. "Our nation's hospitals, physician and professional nursing organizations remain in communication with one another and with our nation's public health institutions at the local, state and national levels," the statement said.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES
2014 Annual Fall Symposium Continuing
Nursing Education: Boot Camp
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Baystate Health Educational Center
Symposium Flyer, click here.
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Registration fee increases after Oct. 21!
Don't miss out — space is limited
ANA Massachusetts Networking Social
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and soda.
Registration fees: $15 students, $35 ANA MA members, $40 non-members
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LAST CHANCE: Join Team ANA Massachusetts at the 7th Annual VisionWalk
We are excited to tell you about the 7th Annual Boston VisionWalk. This event will take place Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA 02135 (Registration and Check In is at 12 p.m., Walk Begins at 1 p.m.).
VisionWalk is a fun, family-friendly 5K (3.1 mile) walkathon. The route is wheelchair and stroller accessible. There will be music, refreshments and lots of kids activities – including a visit from Wally the Green Monster.
ANA Massachusetts will have a team walking to support this event. Our Team Captain is Myra Cacace, President Elect and Newsletter Editor.
If you are interested in walking as part of our team, please register using the following link: Team Website: www.FightBlindness.org/goto/ANAMassachusetts
Call for Nominations ANA Massachusetts Awards
Deadline Nov. 15
AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR YOUR COLLEAGUES
American Nurses Association Massachusetts Awards open to All Nurses
ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized work of Massachusetts members. You probably work with or know nurse colleagues whose commitment to nursing and to patient care is exemplary. Yet in the rush of today's world, there is often little time to acknowledge them and their professional contributions.
You work with or know nurse colleagues whose commitment to nursing and to patient care is exemplary. Yet in the rush of today's world, there is often little time to acknowledge them and their professional contributions. ANA Massachusetts Awards provide you the opportunity to honor their remarkable, but often unrecognized practice.
ANA Massachusetts Awards are not restricted to ANA Massachusetts members. Nominees can be a member of ANA Massachusetts or a non ANA Massachusetts member who is nominated by a member of ANA Massachusetts. These awards can be peer or self nominated.
ANA Massachusetts has established several awards that provide you the opportunity to recognize those nurses who have made a difference at the bedside, in the classroom, and in the practice of nursing.
More Information and to access applications, click here.
NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
Why are nurses getting infected with Ebola? We were not prepared
By Joan Spitrey
With the current infections of two direct caregivers, questions have surfaced regarding the preparedness of our hospitals and healthcare staff in the United States.
As of this article, there have been no reports of the mode of transmission and/or contamination of the two nurses. When Nina Pham was diagnosed, the CDC was quick to blame the nurse for not following protocols. That was followed by the statement that the protocols were being evaluated. This raised the question that if the protocol was sufficient and the nurse was "to blame for her infection," why the sudden need to change the protocols?
Nursing outlook strong as demand drives need
A mounting demand for health care services is bolstering the need for registered nurses across the country, and particularly in the greater Houston area.
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, this according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
More than half a million positions for registered nurses are projected to open between 2012 and 2022.
Study: Older antibiotic still works against staph infections
An older antibiotic called vancomycin is still effective in treating dangerous Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections, a new study finds. The findings show that physicians should keep using vancomycin to treat Staphylococcus aureus infections even though there are several newer antibiotics available to do the job, University of Nebraska researchers said. They analyzed the outcomes of nearly 8,300 cases of Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in the United States and several other countries. The overall death rate was 26 percent. The researchers concluded that vancomycin is still a safe and effective treatment in such cases.
New test reduces trial-and-error process for mental health drugs
By Rachael Mattice
Picking up a prescription from the pharmacy always includes general warnings. When it comes to more complex medications that are used to treat mental health disorders — such as antidepressants or antipsychotics — a patient can expect a printout of warning labels with possible adverse effects that are dangerous and symptomatically worse than the condition being initially treated. Substantial advances have been made in the field of genomic medicine since the decoding of the human genome in 2001. One such advance is known as pharmacogenetic testing.
Study: Approximately 14 million major medical conditions in US due to smoking
Medical News Today
Approximately 14 million major medical conditions attributable to smoking are suffered by American adults, according to the estimates of a new study. This figure is significantly larger than figures that have been previously reported. The findings of the study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that the disease burden of cigarette smoking in the US "remains immense," write the authors.
Ebola hits home for nurses in Congress
As the CDC and other federal health agencies work to stop the transmission of the Ebola virus in the U.S., members of Congress are watching the situation with concern.
This is especially true of those on Capitol Hill who are themselves in the healthcare professions. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), a physician assistant, remembers walking around the emergency department in a "hazmat"-type suit during the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
4 ways cameras are changing healthcare
When discussing innovation in healthcare technology, much of the terminology is exotic-sounding and futuristic. Recent examples include: functional MRIs to detect lies, active cancellation of tremor to stabilize food utensils for Parkinson's patients and virtual assistant apps for people with cognitive disabilities. But it's important to remember that a lot of progress can be and is made by applying older technologies in new, transformative ways. Take, for example, the camera. Here are four new and exciting ways that cameras will impact the clinical landscape in the years ahead.
Scientists prove link between viral infection and autoimmune disease
University of Western Australia via Medical Xpress
Common viral infections can pave the way to autoimmune disease, Australian scientists have revealed in breakthrough research published internationally. Professor Mariapia Degli-Esposti, from The University of Western Australia and the Lions Eye Institute, said the research proved a link between chronic viral infection and autoimmune disease. Published in the leading journal Immunity, the Australian research found that chronic cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection could lead to the development of Sjogren's syndrome.
Polyunsaturated fats may counter cardiometabolic effects of weight gain in healthy adults
Excess energy from polyunsaturated fatty acids reduced atherogenic lipoproteins compared with saturated fatty acids in healthy young adults who experienced short-term modest weight gain, according to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The hyperproinsulinemia and increased biomarkers of endothelial dysfunction induced by the extra pounds could be partially offset by the lipid-lowering effects seen with the consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids, researchers in Sweden found.
Evaluating and managing thyroid disease in children
Primary care providers play a critical role in recognizing suspected thyroid disease in children and can work closely with pediatric endocrinologists to manage the disease once diagnosed. According to Harvey Chiu, M.D., an associate professor in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and director, UCLA Pediatric Thyroid Program, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, early recognition of thyroid disease in children is critical for early correction to optimize outcomes. "Primary care providers' astute judgment is the key to starting the process," he said. "Once diagnosed, pediatric endocrinologists can work closely with the primary care provider to not only normalize but to further optimize the management of thyroid hormone levels."
CDC announces faster test for enterovirus D68
Federal health officials announced on Oct. 14 that they've developed a faster lab test to diagnose the rare enterovirus D68 amid a large outbreak of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the test would come in handy as the agency moves through a backlog of roughly 1,000 specimens submitted since mid-September. The new lab test will reduce what would normally take several weeks to get results to a few days. A handful of children have died while infected with the virus.
1st-ever evidence-based guidelines released for prevention of acute COPD exacerbations
The Medical News
The American College of Chest Physicians and the Canadian Thoracic Society announced on Oct. 17 the release of Prevention of Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: American College of Chest Physicians and Canadian Thoracic Society Guideline in the journal CHEST.
The guideline, a first of its kind, provides evidence-based recommendations aimed at prevention of COPD exacerbations, which can cause frequent hospital readmissions, death during or after a hospital stay, and can potentially greatly reduce the quality of life for patients along with carrying a heavy financial burden.
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