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The American Nurses Association (ANA) stands with American Nurses Association Massachusetts and the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety in urging voters to reject Question 1, which would mandate specific, numeric nurse-to-patient ratios in all Massachusetts hospitals.
"ANA is a strong advocate for appropriate nurse staffing in all health care settings. We know that nurse staffing makes a critical difference for patients and the quality of their care," says ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.
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Friday, March 29, 2019
ANA MA Annual Spring Conference and Awards Dinner
Royal Sonesta Boston, Cambridge, MA
We have purchased a limited* number of tickets for the
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. show, first balcony.
These tickets are $65.00 apiece and are now available for purchase here.
*First come, first served.
Deadline: Jan. 12, 2019
ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized, work of ANA 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.
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.
Award applications and more information: https://www.anamass.org/page/2018
Have questions, need help? Call ANA Massachusetts at 617-990-2856 or email info@ANAMass.org.
The award recipients will be invited to the ANA Massachusetts Awards Dinner Ceremony, which will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Royal Sonesta Boston, Cambridge, MA.
The ANA Innovation Awards are presented to a nurse and a nurse-led team who best exemplify innovation in patient safety and/or outcomes via a product, program, project or practice. BD's contribution to the American Nurses Foundation supports the ANA Innovation Awards program for the next three years. Applications close Dec. 31. Learn more and apply.
Become an active member —
Join an ANA Massachusetts Committee today!
Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have a special talent or interest? Can you find the time to work on a one time only project? If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Listed below are the descriptions of the various active committees for the American Nurses Association - Massachusetts.
While you represent your patients' interests, ANA represents yours. The American Nurses Association advocates for nurses every day, at the bedside and beyond. One big part of this process? You! Did you know that one in every 45 registered voters is a nurse? As we approach this November's elections, that's a powerful collective voice!
At the core of ANA's 2018 Get Out the Vote efforts is our new Civic Action Center. There you can find everything you need to ensure your vote counts on Election Day. From confirming your voter registration status and finding your polling place, to learning how to vote early and who the candidates are on your ballot, our Civic Action Center is your one-stop resource this election season.
ANA works with you to shape policy and elect only those federal candidates who understand nurses' critical contribution to improving healthcare in America. Learn more about this important work and join the ANA-PAC for a members-only opportunity to ensure nurses are represented on Capitol Hill.
Support ANA's Get Out the Vote efforts. Confirm your voter registration now!
Department of Defense
The Department of Defense is seeking entry-to-mid level medical/healthcare professionals and students to participate in the Mini Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, April 14-17, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The conference provides an opportunity for participants to forge beneficial relationships with their military peers.
Approximately 30 medical/healthcare professionals and students will participate in the conference with experiences ranging from the Pentagon to military medical institutions in the Washington, D.C. area.
Who may apply?
Entry-to-mid level medical and healthcare professionals, including:
Eligible nominees are:
- Medical and Healthcare Students (must have a graduation date of 2020 or earlier.)
Further eligibility criteria can be found at http://jcoc.osd.mil/.
- U.S. citizens over the age of 21 who are in good health
- Individuals who are entry- to mid-level in their careers
- Individuals with very little experience or knowledge of the U.S. military
Selections are made based on a thorough review of nominations by a senior panel of DoD military and civilian officials.
All nominees must submit the following for consideration:
This program is fully funded by the DoD. Funding includes transportation costs from the beginning of the program to completion, lodging and meals. Participants are responsible for funding their own transportation to and from the registration site, which will be in the Washington, D.C., area. Exact location of the conference is not revealed until registration.
You may also visit the JCOC website at http://jcoc.osd.mil/ for detailed information about the program. If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations must be received by Nov. 30, 2018.
Whether you are just starting out in nursing, getting ready to retire, or anywhere in between, The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career offers something of value for every current and future nurse. While clinical skills are the foundation of nursing practice, you’ll need a lot of skills and knowledge beyond the clinical realm for a satisfying and fulfilling career. Author Donna Cardillo takes you step by step through career development and advancement as well as personal development. Written in her customary down-to-earth and humorous style, she gently nudges readers to maximize their career opportunities and to reach their full potential as nurses and as humans. Read more and purchase here.
Dec. 7, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Building on last spring's webinar, "How to Survive Bullies During Your Early Years As an RN," we are offering this new webinar that will focus on how to manage the consequences of bullying. Content will emphasize how to ensure a situation is de-escalated and how to regain your confidence.
Attendees will discover:
This live, free and interactive webinar is specifically designed for RNs who have been practicing for five or fewer years. This is a time when you may feel you do not have the skills, experience and power to recognize and effectively deal with bullies in the clinical area. It doesn't have to be that way.
- How to appropriately manage an uncomfortable situation
- When and how to escalate a bullying situation to a manager
- What to do if the manager is not responsive
- Coping mechanisms: How to survive the effects of bullying
- Recognizing your options and deciding which option is right for you
This program is informational only; no contact hours will be awarded.
Individual pre-registration is required.
Please email email@example.com with any questions or group attendance requests.
This program is sure to fill up quickly. Click here to register*! Attendance is free to ANA members and non-members.
*Register by 11/15 to receive a free registration gift, a digital article, "Selecting and Preparing Professional References."
*Register no later than 12/06 at 1:00 p.m. ET to receive 24/7 access to this webinar, so that, even if you can't attend the live webinar, you can still benefit from this information at a later time.
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Burnout is hot topic in healthcare. But despite all the talk about it, burnout rates among nurses remain high. According to a 2017 Kronos survey of RNs employed in hospitals, up 63 percent report experiencing burnout.
Perhaps this is because burnout is a complex concept, and to make progress reducing it, healthcare leaders must delve into its many layers to find solutions that work for their specific organizations and nurses.
Becker's Hospital Review
Registered nurses and physicians/surgeons were listed among occupations with the biggest gender pay gaps, according to a report from the American Association of University Women. The report included the number of women employed, earnings for men and women and pay ratio. Each job was ranked by its "profession gap," which revealed women collectively receive billions less in some occupations than they would if they were paid equally.
Billboards claiming that vaccines can “kill” children have been popping up on roadsides across the nation, prompting concerns among physicians that families are getting unproven and potentially life-threatening health information.
Several such billboards, part of a nationwide campaign by anti-vaccination group Learn The Risk, have appeared in West Virginia in recent days, the Herald-Dispatch reported. The posters suggest the young son of Nick Catone, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter, died in 2017 from a vaccine.
Many Americans hold the misguided view that alternative therapies alone can cure cancer, even though such methods are not proven to be effective in treating cancer, according to a new survey.
The survey, known as the National Cancer Opinion Survey, was released Oct. 30 by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a leading group of cancer doctors. The survey found that nearly 40 percent of Americans said they believed that cancer could be cured solely through alternative therapies, such as oxygen therapy, or use of certain diets, vitamins and minerals.
CNN via WPLG-TV
Excessively high or low body mass index measurements have been linked to an increased risk of dying from nearly every major cause except transport accidents, new research says.
The study, published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and conducted by scientists at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, revealed that BMI that's either too high or too low is tied to increased morbidity from a range of major diseases.
By Lynn Hetzler
When administered soon after the initial seizure, rectal acetaminophen can decrease the rates of second febrile seizure in pediatric patients during the course of the same febrile illness, according to a new study. Febrile seizures are the most common type of seizures seen in children. Many children have multiple convulsions during the course of a single febrile illness. While febrile seizures frequently occur, and multiple seizures within febrile events are common, there is a paucity of data on the prevention of recurrent seizures — especially in the pediatric population.
The rate of premature birth across the United States rose for the third year in a row, according to the annual premature birth report card from March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization that works to improve maternal and infant health. This comes after nearly a decade of decline from 2007 to 2015.
In 2017, the premature birth rate was 9.93 percent of births, up slightly from 2016, when it was 9.85 percent. The report card draws from the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
A once-monthly injection to control HIV proved as effective as daily pills in a second study by GlaxoSmithKline, paving the way for a new regimen that could be simpler for some patients to be filed with regulators.
The experimental two-drug injection of cabotegravir and rilpivirine was shown to suppress the HIV virus in a cohort of adults who had not been on a long-established daily three-drug oral regimen, GSK’s majority-owned HIV unit ViiV Healthcare, said.
Vaccines developed in response to the West African Ebola epidemic generated an immune response lasting for at least two and a half years, according to findings presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
“We were able to detect consistent immune responses in people given candidate Ebola vaccines for up to three years after they were vaccinated,” Katie J. Ewer, PhD, an associate professor and immunologist in the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, told Infectious Disease News. “This is the first time, really, that we’ve been able to show this.”
The Mount Sinai Hospital via Medical Xpress
Babies exposed in the womb to the majority of medications that target neurotransmitter systems, including typical targets of antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs, are not any more likely to develop autism than non-exposed babies, according to research conducted at The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published Oct. 31 in JAMA Psychiatry.
However, the rates of autism were higher among children of mothers with worse general health before pregnancy, suggesting that the mother's health plays a more critical role in a child's development than the medications she takes.
Washington State University via Medical Xpress
Star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes appear to play an essential role in sleep, a new study by scientists from the Washington State University Sleep and Performance Research Center confirms. Published in PLOS Genetics, their study shows that astrocytes communicate to neurons to regulate sleep time in fruit flies and suggests it may do the same in mammals, including humans.
This research has opened up new avenues to understanding how sleep works inside the brain, which may eventually help scientists answer the elusive question of why we sleep.
Medical News Today
A chance find in cancer research has revealed that a protein that occurs naturally in the body plays an important role in regulating metabolism. Further investigation led to the suggestion that raising levels of the protein could reverse fatty liver, type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related conditions. Scientists from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., found that raising production of the protein caused obese mice to reduce the amount of fat in their bodies even though they were genetically engineered to overeat.
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