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Medical errors are common in healthcare — too common. Such errors can result in patient harm, and unfortunately, the picture hasn't improved much over the past decade-plus, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.
Nurses in particular aren't impressed. Over 80 percent of nurses rated the clinical work environments in their hospitals as less than excellent. Close to 30 percent of nurses gave their hospital an unfavorable grade on infection prevention, and more than 30 percent scored in the high burnout range on standardized tests.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. All nominations must be received by Nov. 30, 2018.
Friday, June 7, 2019
ANA Massachusetts Accredited Approver Unit
Annual Spring Symposium
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Two signs of the times: another mass shooting and more Twitter outrage. This time, though, the barbs over social media came from the medical community in response to a tweet from the National Rifle Association.
The piling-on began after the NRA tweeted a link to an article from its Institute of Legislative Action. The article, titled "Surprise: Physician Group Rehashes Same Tired Gun Control Policies," was promoted with these words: "Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves."
Healthcare IT News
If you think the digitization of nursing is just about nurses filling out scores on a mobile device, it’s time to think again: artificial intelligence could be about to revolutionize the way nurses do their jobs. Recent digital developments include bottles which automatically issue reminders to drink, diapers that sound an alert when wet and sensor-equipped stoma pouches.
Cigarette smoking has reached the lowest level ever recorded among U.S. adults – and the youth smoking rate dropped even further, the federal government reported recently. Vaping was supposed to help smokers transition away from cancer-causing tobacco, and so reduce the smoking rate.
But the practice has also drawn alarming numbers of non-smoking teens.
By Keith Carlson
When it comes to patient care, both nurses and physicians are crucial to the delivery of positive medical outcomes. In terms of the relationship between the members of nursing and medical teams, seamless cooperation and communication are what make the team approach truly successful. Thus, the nurturing of positive nurse-physician relationships is central to the earnest pursuit of high-level teamwork and results. In simplistic terms, poor relations between nurses and their physician colleagues can either be strengthened with respect or derailed by disrespect.
On Fox News and other media outlets, guests have said that the migrant caravan walking to the United States could bring dangerous diseases like leprosy, tuberculosis and smallpox.
Health authorities in Mexico City, where thousands of migrants are now camped, have found no evidence of leprosy or TB, and smallpox was globally eradicated in 1980. But there are health issues, to be sure.
Medical News Today
Scientists have developed a simple way of altering antibiotics that could make them much more powerful against infections caused by drug-resistant microbes.
A simple chemical modification could boost antibiotics' effectiveness in the fight against microbial resistance.
The method made the antibiotic vancomycin much more powerful against two strains of bacteria that had become drug-resistant.
Cardiorespiratory fitness was associated with longevity in middle-aged men who were free from CVD, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Johan S.R. Clausen, MD, of the epidemiological research unit of the departments of occupational and environmental medicine at Bispebjerg University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues analyzed data from 5,107 men (mean age, 49 years) from the Copenhagen Male Study who did not have CVD upon completion of a questionnaire at enrollment.
New York Daily News
The mood disorder that comes after childbirth has been linked with having a boy in a new study out of England’s University of Kent. In fact, the odds of developing postpartum depression for moms of males is boosted by an astounding 71 to 79 percent, compared to moms of female infants.
The reason is because postpartum depression is associated with an inflammatory immune response, which has been linked with both the gestation of male fetuses and birth complications. Inflammatory immune response occurs when tissues are injured by bacteria, trauma, toxins or other causes.
A new version of the once-popular asthma inhaler Primatene Mist will soon return to U.S. stores.
The original Primatene Mist was discontinued seven years ago because the inhaler’s ozone-depleting propellant had been banned. That version had been marketed for half a century, including in memorable TV ads. The new product developed by Amphastar Pharmaceuticals uses a safer propellant. The inhaler will cost about $25 and contain 160 doses. It should be available by the end of the year.
Women who are naturally early risers were found to have lower risk of developing breast cancer than evening types in a new study. One in 100 women who considered themselves morning people developed breast cancer, compared with two in every 100 women who called themselves evening people.
Cancer risks associated with a person's body clock and sleep patterns have been reported in previous research and the UK researchers wanted to explore sleep traits in more detail, as well as any genetic factors underlying this.
Medical News Today
Some of the main factors that can predispose a person to heart attack include smoking cigarettes, having high blood pressure and high cholesterol, being overweight, and having diabetes. Researchers from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom have conducted a study that indicates that women may be more affected by certain risk factors for heart attack than men.
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