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In 2018, the average annual salary for a registered nurse came in at $80,000, according to a new survey from Medscape.
That’s $1,000 less than the average reported in 2017, but substantially higher than the 2018 average for licensed practical nurses ($48,000). In 2017, LPNs earned $46,000 on average.
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Friday, November 8, 2019
REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCT. 30
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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Oncology Nursing News
Nursing involves truly unique stressors that, if left unmanaged, can lead to equally unique negative outcomes. These include burnout and compassion fatigue. The principles of stress management are the same regardless of one’s job, but can provide a very helpful framework for nurses to decrease job stress and improve health outcomes for themselves and their patients.
Polio just got one step closer to becoming the second human disease to be fully wiped out. On World Polio Day, the World Health Organization announced that type 3 poliovirus has been eradicated worldwide.
For polio to be fully eradicated, all three wild polio strains — types 1, 2, and 3 — need to stop circulating. The three strains all cause the same horrible symptoms, including paralysis and death, but are virologically distinct.
Two centuries after its invention, the stethoscope — the very symbol of the medical profession — is facing an uncertain prognosis. It is threatened by hand-held devices that are also pressed against the chest but rely on ultrasound technology, artificial intelligence and smartphone apps instead of doctors’ ears to help detect leaks, murmurs, abnormal rhythms and other problems in the heart, lungs and elsewhere. Some of these instruments can yield images of the beating heart or create electrocardiogram graphs.
Dr. Eric Topol, a world-renowned cardiologist, considers the stethoscope obsolete, nothing more than a pair of “rubber tubes.”
By Keith Carlson
In the healthcare universe, we follow orders and policies and procedures because that is part and parcel of our clinical world’s rules. However, doing what you’re told can come at a price if you violate your own moral code and personal values, or the orders have potential to cause harm to a patient. It can also feel like the antithesis of evidence-based practice when you’re told to do something a certain way because "that’s the way we’ve always done it."
Cannabidiol, the popular hemp plant derivative marketed as a cure-all for just about any condition, has only been approved by federal regulators to treat some rare forms of epilepsy, but its popularity is quickly growing.
Research published Oct. 23 aimed at gauging how public interest in CBD has grown found that Google searches for CBD have substantially increased since 2014 and are accelerating.
An algorithm used by major hospitals and healthcare providers misjudged how sick black patients were compared with their white counterparts, allowing healthier white patients to get additional medical supports more often.
That’s according to the findings of a study, published in the journal Science, that looked at patient care based on medical practitioners’ use of the algorithm produced by Optum, an arm of UnitedHealth Group, the Wall Street Journal reports. The algorithm is used by more than 50 healthcare organizations around the country to help analyze patient healthcare needs.
HealthDay News via WebMD
Some widely used drugs alter the population of microbes in the gut, and a number raise the risk of antibiotic resistance, a new Dutch study shows. "We already know that the efficiency and the toxicity of certain drugs are influenced by the bacterial composition of the gastrointestinal tract and that the gut microbiota has been related to multiple health conditions; therefore, it is crucial to understand which are the consequences of medication use in the gut microbiome," said lead researcher Arnau Vich Vila, from the University Medical Center Groningen.
By Amanda Ghosh
Medical professionals are at higher risk for depression given the difficulties in creating a healthy work-life balance, the stressors of the profession, and the emotional toll of caregiving. With National Depression Screening Day having just passed, now is the perfect time to assess your workplace for at-risk employees. Here are a few strategies to prevent and identify depression among healthcare workers.
British Medical Journal via Medical Xpress
Post-traumatic stress disorder and other stress related disorders are associated with a subsequent risk of life threatening infections such as meningitis and sepsis, finds a large Swedish study published in The BMJ.
Columbia University Irving Medical Center via Medical Xpress
A new multinational study shows that the most popular first-line treatment for hypertension is less effective and has more side effects than an alternative that's prescribed much less often.
The researchers, including Columbia's George Hripcsak, MD, and Patrick Ryan, Ph.D., analyzed electronic health records and claims data from nearly five million patients who had begun drug treatment for hypertension. They found that patients who were first prescribed thiazide diuretics had 15 percent fewer heart attacks, strokes, and hospitalizations for heart failure, compared to those who were prescribed ACE inhibitors. Patients who began with thiazides also experienced fewer side effects.
Washington University School of Medicine via Medical Xpress
Cancer immunotherapy drugs trigger the body's immune system to attack tumors and have revolutionized the treatment of certain cancers, such as lymphoma, lung cancer and melanoma. Yet, while some patients respond well to the drugs, others don't respond at all. Cancer immunologists want to change that.
A new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates a way for cancer immunotherapy to spur a more robust immune response. Such knowledge could lead to the development of better cancer vaccines and more effective immunotherapy drugs called checkpoint inhibitors.
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