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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The rewards of practicing gratitude as a nurse seem backward at first glance. The basic concept involves taking time to say simple thank-yous and be mindful of good fortune, even in a nurse's chaotic and often harsh job setting. The patients will like that, right? Here's where the twist comes in: According to both medical and workplace researchers, most of the benefit goes to the person practicing gratitude – and it can even help with the compassion fatigue so common in nursing.
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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.
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
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 Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) seeks public comment on the draft revision of the Competencies for Nurse Practitioners in Emergency Care (2019). Click here to access the document and submit comments. Closing date is Friday, November 22, 2019, at midnight CST.
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.
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Patient Engagement HIT
A nurse leadership program has been instrumental in improving care quality and experience for older adult patients, according to a new literature review published in the journal The Gerontologist.
“The provision of health care services for older adults, however, is increasingly more complex,” the review authors wrote. “Healthcare organizations will need to employ a variety of programs and strategies specifically aimed at addressing the needs of their older adult clients. Nurses are at the forefront of providing care to complex older adults in the United States and many countries globally.”
It's been harder to get Zantac since September, when the Food and Drug Administration said testing showed versions of Zantac and its generic, ranitidine, contained a probable carcinogen. The French drugmaker Sanofi recalled Zantac from drugstores and retailers' shelves. A half-dozen generic drugmakers pulled ranitidine from the market.
How did a drug routinely used by millions of heartburn sufferers and available with or without a prescription become a potential cancer risk? It’s a question the FDA, drug manufacturers and consumers want answered.
November 8's trending topics included the news item that researchers had identified a new strain of the human immunodeficiency virus. This was covered widely by the biggest outlets, from CNN (“Scientists discover first new HIV strain in nearly two decades") to the New York Post (“Scientists discover first new HIV strain in almost two decades").
Notably, these and other headlines around the web frame the discovery as a big concern. Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, 75 million people worldwide have been infected with the virus. Yet it’s best to not let the headlines scare you with this one.
By Lisa Mulcahy
As a hospital administrator, you seek to streamline processes at your facility on an ongoing basis. Your institution likely uses focused studies and seeks complex feedback to make this happen. But sometimes the easiest fixes are the most effective. Consider these simple, research-driven strategies to make your staff’s jobs easier, increase your patients' satisfaction, save costs, and sharpen your focus. Plus, you can start implementing them immediately.
A new vaccine to prevent dengue may be on the horizon, and health officials say it's desperately needed.
The World Health Organization this year listed dengue as one of the top 10 threats to global health. "This is the fastest-spreading mosquito-borne viral disease on the planet," says Derek Wallace, who leads the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company's global effort to develop a dengue vaccine.
A trio of new studies investigating the health effects of smoking electronic cigarettes is united by one seemingly innocuous aspect: e-cigarettes’ flavors. How these flavors affect the body is a mystery. But what we do know is that they are extremely popular, they are beloved by teenagers, and they could be quite dangerous.
The first native cases of Zika in Europe have been confirmed after three people became infected with the virus in France. Experts warn that climate change could lead to more cases emerging across the continent.
Three people caught Zika in Hyères, southern France, in August this year, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has confirmed.
While Europe dealt with hundreds of imported cases during the outbreak of the virus three years ago, it never had a native case -- where local mosquitoes developed and spread the virus -- before now.
By Keith Carlson
Making a career change or job transition can be a big deal when you take into consideration the potential repercussions that may reverberate throughout all aspects of your life. For healthcare professionals, career transitions can be both exciting and tricky. Your "why" vis-à-vis a pending career change may be due to a variety of factors that impact you on a daily basis. No matter what the root cause, understanding the underlying motivations behind your desire for change is paramount.
Washington State University via Medical Xpress
A study led by researchers at Washington State University has uncovered a potential new treatment approach for diseases associated with inflammation, including sepsis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, acute lung injury, and atherosclerosis.
The Washington Post
A surgeon has implanted electrodes in the brain of a patient suffering from severe opioid use disorder, hoping to cure the man’s intractable craving for drugs in the first such procedure performed in the United States.
The device, known as a deep brain stimulator, is designed to alter the function of circuits in the man’s brain. It has been used with varying degrees of success in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, epilepsy, obsessive-compulsive disorder and even depression. It is seen as a last-resort therapy after the failure of standard care, such as medication that reduces the craving for drugs.
Lawrence Berkeley National Library via Medical Xpress
There are currently no effective treatments for prion diseases, a family of fatal neurodegenerative conditions caused by accumulations of misfolded copies of a naturally occurring protein. But now, there is finally an effective way to test for them.
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