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Nursing leaders are essential in driving vision and healthcare transformation. In particular, the front-line leaders, directors and managers are critical to the success of unit-based initiatives, patient safety and quality metrics, as well as staff engagement and satisfaction. Maintaining improvements in department operations are crucial and a few missteps can negatively impact hard-won improvements. Despite the benefits and cost savings of nurse leader succession planning, many organizations lack a replacement plan of all leadership positions.
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Friday, November 8, 2019
Mercy Medical Center/Springfield, MA (Please note: new location)
The ANAMASS Annual Symposium is a time for nurse planners,
primary nurse planners and professional development nurses
to come together and explore topics in continuing nursing education.
This year our focus will be on how we can creatively design programs
and still meet the ANCC criteria.
Bring your problems, your questions and your creative ideas to discuss with nurse colleagues, peer reviewers and the ANAMASS Nurse Peer Review Leader. We will discuss best practices, content integrity, and formative evaluation techniques; we will talk together and break up into small groups; we will network, have some fun and recharge.
This year ANA Massachusetts (Team 20/20 by 2020) will be walking in the VisionWalk to support the Foundation Fighting Blindness and I am hoping you will join us.
12th Annual Boston VisionWalk
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Check-In: 9:00 a.m.
Walk Begins: 10:20 a.m.
Location: Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA 01235
As many of you know, the mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is very important to us. Over the past 40 years, FFB has been funding researchers who are looking into the causes, treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases. Each day we are making progress and are already demonstrating that, through gene therapy and clinical trials, we can restore sight. We are on the cusp of seeing researchers making more life-changing discoveries and we hope you will join us in raising funds to make this happen.
Here is How You Can Help:
Join our team by clicking the link below. Register today and join our team, you can help raise both money and awareness. It only takes a few minutes to get started. https://give.fightingblindness.org/team/245592
Make a donation by clicking the link below to help us reach our goal.
Forward this email to everyone in your address book. Ask if they can help.
Help spread the word. Ask your employer, your faith-based or civic organization, your neighbors - any way you can get your local community involved. You can also get your virtual community involved by liking the VisionWalk Facebook page or following the Foundation Fighting Blindness on Twitter.
Thank you, in advance, for anything you can do to assist us in our fight against blindness.
The American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board seeks public comment on the proposed position statement, The Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence in Nursing Practice. The deadline for comments is November 2, 2019.
Register by Nov. 5, 2019, to receive 24/7 access to this webinar!
Due to unprecedented response, the live webinar is already filled, but register to have free, ongoing 24/7 access to the recording the day after the live webinar. A link will be emailed to all registrants on Nov. 6, so you can view the webinar at your convenience.
You know the challenges of being a nursing leader – especially during the first few years that you assume a leadership position. Leading can be exhilarating, exhausting, rewarding, and draining. When you master some key skills, it can also be the most satisfying role you ever have in your chosen career.
Register by Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. ET to receive 24/7 access to the recording of this brand new webinar. Registration is free for both ANA members and non-members.
UMass GSN Continuing Education Programs allows nurses to take courses to further their professional and/or academic goals. Courses are available on campus and online to best fit our student’s schedules. Register today and take advantage of a curriculum combining clinical expertise, contemporary research, and world class faculty!
Nov. 12, 2019 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET
If you want to learn a great deal while enjoying every minute of it, attend this live, free, interactive webinar and experience a seasoned nurse attorney who receives rave reviews for her real-world and insightful presentations.
As a nursing leader, have you ever wondered what your legal responsibilities and vulnerabilities are related to:
Failure to understand and act in an informed way in these areas can lead to serious legal challenges. Attend this webinar to learn how to best manage the legal aspects of your leadership position.
- Staffing and scheduling issues
- HIPAA regulations and state privacy laws
- Workplace violence and bullying
- Substance abuse by an employee
- Diversion of drugs by an employee, especially opioids
- Social media usage by your staff, the patients they care for, and your institution
- Professional Licensure issues
This real-world webinar, led by a highly knowledgeable and entertaining nurse attorney, will provide concise, actionable information that you can apply immediately to improve your practice as a nursing leader.
Who should attend: Nursing leaders in all practice settings
Additional information: Due to unprecedented response, the live webinar is already filled, but register now to have free, ongoing 24/7 access to the recording starting the day after the live webinar.
A link will be emailed to all registrants on November 13.
Click here to register.
Bettering patient outcomes requires a focus on patient engagement. What does patient engagement look like? How do you improve it? What is the tie to patient outcomes? The Nov. 20 webinar, Meaningful Recognition: A Key to Engaging Patients and Improving Outcomes, will explore the connection between the two and give you key takeaways for you and your organization. Registration is free for ANA members.
The webinar takes place Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. ET. Register for free here.
Webinar presenter Cynthia Sweeney, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, is vice president of nursing at The Daisy Foundation.
The Committee on Honorary Awards is excited to launch the Call for Nominations for the 2019 ANA National Awards. ANA's National Awards are presented every other year to exceptional registered nurses and champions of nursing. Please visit the ANA National Awards Program web page to review the Call and consider nominating a well-deserving colleague.
Volume 24, No. 3
The six new articles in the Sept. 30 OJIN topic, Nursing in the Uniformed Services: Historical and Research Perspectives, discuss practice and contributions of nurses in the seven United States uniformed services, and in Jordan.
Readers will explore ethical issues nurses face during war, psychological effects of military service, impact of deployment on service members and their families, leadership, and more.
Only ANA members have access to this current OJIN topic. Members will be able to read the current topic once they LOGIN. This topic will be available to all viewers after Jan. 31, 2020. Articles on Previously Posted Topics and Columns are available to all viewers.
In recognition of National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 24 and ahead of next year's presidential election, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has launched the new and improved #NursesVote website. NursesVote.org provides resources for nurses and health care advocates to get out the vote, educate themselves on how each presidential candidate has worked to advance the nursing profession, and volunteer and advocate for the candidate of their choice.
Also included are sections on the most pressing federal advocacy priorities impacting nursing, as well as a newly released comprehensive guide for those looking to engage with the presidential campaigns – as a volunteer or simply as a concerned citizen and nurse advocate.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) on Sept. 17 released an update to its "Principles for Nurse Staffing" (the Principles), a guide to help nurses and other decision-makers identify and develop processes and policies to improve nurse staffing for the best interest of patients and nurses. Drawing on decades of research and best practices, the updated Principles address the complexities of nursing practice in today's health care system and the demands placed on nurses who care for patients across all care settings.
ANA believes that providing appropriate nursing resources must account for human factors including a nurse's years of experience, knowledge, education, skill set and patient mix, acuity, and intensity. This flexible approach to nurse staffing is associated with improved patient outcomes, including reduced mortality rates, shorter stays, lower readmission rates, and reduced incidents of hospital-acquired conditions.
Our approach to nurse staffing accounts for the many factors that impact how nurses attend to patients in their care, said ANA President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN. It is essential that nurses have a substantive and active role in staffing decisions.
Download the new Principles for Nurse Staffing e-book here.
Download a Principles for Nurse Staffing infographic here.
The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) promotes board service opportunities for nurses. The following organizations are seeking board members.
MAC Angels Foundation, Port Chester, NY – The mission of non-profit MAC Angels Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for individuals, family members and caregivers impacted daily by ALS by providing the compassion, education and unique resources needed to manage the devasting effects of this disease. MAC Angels supports families in Connecticut, Southeastern New York, and Northern New Jersey. MAC Angels is seeking a board member with 7-10 years of experience in family, patient-centered care, hospice or palliative care, ALS or other neurological diseases, or chronic health conditions.
MyChild'sCancer, New York, NY – This non-profit works primarily with Jewish Israeli families fighting pediatric cancer and believes that no child with cancer should perish because life-saving information was not available to his or her parents and caregivers. MyChild'sCancer is looking for a board member with experience in advocacy and policy, fundraising and development, human resources, management, and strategic planning. Comfort and familiarity with the Jewish community is helpful and the ability to speak Hebrew is highly sought.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on these opportunities.
Want to learn more about pursuing service on a board of directors? The American Nurses Foundation offers educational webinars on topics such as building a board-ready résumé, bringing nurse expertise to the board room, and understanding organizational finances. The webinar series is funded by the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation.
The World Health Organization's (WHO) State of the World's Nursing Report will launch on World Health Day, April 7, 2020. The report aims to provide evidence to make a stronger case for governments to invest in nursing.
To learn more about the report and see how you can contribute to its development and launch, join the State of the World's Nursing Report webinar on Sept. 10 at 8:00 GMT or 14:00 GMT (find time conversions here). Speakers from WHO, the International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now, and Jhpiego will present during the one-hour webinar. Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the webinar and in advance via email to email@example.com.
Register for the 8:00 GMT webinar here.
Register for the 14:00 GMT webinar here.
ANAMASS Spring Conference
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Beyond the Hand Sanitizer
Featured Topics include antimicrobial stewardship and controversies in immunizations.
Friday, April 17, 2020 | The Conference Center at Waltham Woods
ANAMASS Awards Dinner
Friday, May 8, 2020
Royal Sonesta Boston
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HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Nurses trying to prevent infection of hospital patients could be putting themselves at risk of developing chronic lung disease, a new study warns.
The cleaners and disinfectants used to sterilize medical equipment and wash hospital surfaces appear to increase nurses' odds of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to findings published online Oct. 18 in JAMA Network Open.
Every single state, except for Alaska, has now reported illnesses related to vaping, bringing the nationwide number up to nearly 1,500. But health officials are still unclear about what’s causing the serious lung injuries.
October marks the start of a new flu season, with a rise in likely cases already showing up in Louisiana and other spots, federal statistics show.
The advice from federal health officials remains clear and consistent: Get the flu vaccine as soon as possible, especially if you're pregnant or have asthma or another underlying condition that makes you more likely to catch a bad case.
By Keith Carlson
What are the seven most dangerous words in healthcare? In my universe, those seven words are "that’s the way we’ve always done it." Who are the people who resist change? They’re the ones who generally aren’t natural intrapreneurs or leaders. They’re more likely to be the people who just do their work and go home, with little investment in their careers or jobs. Such individuals may also be fearful of technology, which one would think is a stark difference between generations, but that’s not always the case — resistance can come from any nurse from any generation.
British and American scientists are teaming up to search for the earliest signs of cancer in a bid to detect and treat the disease before it emerges.
They plan to "give birth" to cancer in the lab to see exactly what it looks like "on day one."
It is just one of the research priorities of the new International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection.
University of Maryland School of Medicine via Medical Xpress
Since the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus first emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012, there have been more than 2,400 confirmed cases of the infection, resulting in greater than 800 deaths — an alarming fatality rate of 35 percent. For this reason, researchers have been eager to identify any risk factors that contribute to the development of severe or lethal disease. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have demonstrated in a new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insights, how diabetes contributes to mortality from MERS-CoV infections, and the finding could shed light on why other respiratory illnesses like the flu or pneumonia might strike those with diabetes more severely.
Johnson & Johnson is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Johnson’s Baby Powder product due to the presence of asbestos, according to a press release from the FDA.
The FDA found chrysotile fibers during testing of this lot (#22318RB) and noted that it found no asbestos when testing another lot of the product.
According to the release, the FDA “is not aware of any adverse events relating to exposure to the lot of affected products” but advised against the use of this lot of the product and recommended seeking a refund from the company.
By Lisa Mulcahy
As a hospital administrator, analyzing patient comments regarding pain management is something you probably have to do. Yet it's easy to overlook common issues that cause or increase pain for your patients. These could be issues your patients don’t even realize are causing them problems. Root out these problematic areas and implement solutions to make your patients more comfortable by utilizing this advice.
By sifting through pig feces, scientists in Japan have discovered a new type of virus that could challenge the already complicated notions of how we categorize what viruses are, and what they can do.
Harvard Medical School via ScienceDaily
The brain's neural activity — long implicated in disorders ranging from dementia to epilepsy — also plays a role in human aging and life span, according to research led by scientists in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School.
The study, published Oct. 16 in Nature, is based on findings from human brains, mice and worms and suggests that excessive activity in the brain is linked to shorter life spans, while suppressing such overactivity extends life.
Medical News Today
A new study has found that fatty tissue can accumulate in the airways of people with obesity, possibly contributing to asthma and other respiratory problems. "Our research team studies the structure of the airways within our lungs and how these are altered in people with respiratory disease," explained first author John Elliot, from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Australia. "Looking at samples of lung, we spotted fatty tissue that had built up in the airway walls. We wanted to see if this accumulation was correlated with body weight," he continued.
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