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Patient volume and acuity play a role in a nurse's ability to provide optimal care, but they aren't the only factors, a new study shows. Researchers at Ohio State University found that a nurse's "subjective workload" — which could include everything from the mental pressures of the job to relentless time constraints — affects their ability to provide optimal care, no matter how many patients they're attending.The study, in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, calls for developing broader workload strategies to ease nurses' stress and improve care quality.
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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.
Friday, March 29, 2019
ANA MA Annual Spring Conference and Awards Dinner
Royal Sonesta Boston, Cambridge, MA
Every day, in ways big and small, nurses improve, advance, and invent. It could be a new idea to optimize care, a better way to keep patients safe, or a quality improvement initiative that transforms outcomes.
We want to showcase your brilliant work and give you the recognition you deserve!
Introducing the ANA Innovation Awards, powered by BD, a global medical technology company. The awards celebrate nurse-led innovation that improves patient safety and outcomes.
So tell us...how do you drive innovation in your nursing practice? You could win $25,000 or your team could win $50,000. This award is a game-changer for the winning innovations!
Find out more and apply today!
*Individual award $25,000; Team award $50,000.
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.
This survey provides nurses and other stakeholders the opportunity to help define current health informatics practice and shape the future of the field.
Please complete this survey by Nov. 30, 2018.
- AMIA members and those who participated in recent AMIA activities were sent an individualized survey link from .
- All other interested health informatics professionals, click this link or paste it into your browser: https://act.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a4z4jRa5AzxQhZr?Source=ANA
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.
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.
Friday, June 7, 2019
ANA Massachusetts Accredited Approver Unit
Annual Spring Symposium
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Many of us have watched in horror as wildfires have viciously engulfed both Northern and Southern California.
But Tamara Ferguson, a labor and delivery nurse from Chico, CA, part of Butte County, where so far over 90,000 acres have burned and 52,000 people have been evacuated, didn’t just hear about the fires — she lived through them.
And in the process, the brave nurse literally raced the wildfires and beat back flames to save not only her life but the lives of her patients as well.
The mysterious, polio-like disease that has struck 414 people — mostly young children — across the United States since 2014 comes at a time when the public health system already is overstretched.
Reported in 39 states and Washington, D.C., acute flaccid myelitis, known as AFM, causes muscle weakness and in some cases paralysis in the arms or legs, terrifying parents and puzzling medical researchers.
The disease has flared while state and federal governments largely have stopped making new investments in public health.
The United States Food and Drug Administration is recalling losartan, a blood pressure medication, after finding contamination that could cause cancer. The losartan lot being recalled was found to be contaminated with trace amounts of an impurity, N-nitrosodiethylamine. NDEA is an organic chemical that is classified as a probable human carcinogen and is used to make liquid rocket fuel. It’s also a byproduct of pesticide manufacture and of fish processing. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the FDA recently recalled blood pressure drug irbesartan for the exact same reason. That product callback followed on another NDEA-related drug recall, for another blood pressure medication, valsartan, back in July.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Migraine is the third most prevalent neurological disease in the world, affecting 39 million men, women, and children in the United States and one billion people worldwide. Treatment has included both pain-relieving and preventative medications. Many patients attend pain clinics and endure countless trials of different medications. For some, the medications work for a short time, others not at all. According to a new study, however, some migraine patients may be able to cut down on medication or stop taking medication at all by using a newly developed inhaler that changes the composition of the air that they breathe.
Los Angeles Times
The type of mask you wear matters very much if you don’t want to inhale harmful pollutants, experts say. Wildfire smoke is dangerous because it contains fine particulates that can lodge deep in the lungs, causing or worsening respiratory issues such as asthma. Some groups of people are especially vulnerable, including children and senior citizens.
The particulate matter floating across much of Northern California in the past week has registered at levels more than 18 times those recommended by the World Health Organization. Such levels can trigger acute symptoms like difficulty breathing and headaches — even in people who are otherwise healthy.
The New York Times
Cardiologists are generally convinced that blood pressure inevitably increases with age. Now a new study calls this belief into question.
Researchers studied two communities in a remote area of the Venezuelan rain forest that can only be reached by air. The Yanomami are among the most isolated and least assimilated people in the world. Nearby live the Yekwana people, also quite isolated, but with an airstrip that allows for the regular delivery of Western food and medicine.
The study, in JAMA Cardiology, included 72 Yanomami and 83 Yekwana men, women and children ages one to 60. While the two groups were similar in other respects, average blood pressure among the Yanomami was 95/63, whereas in the Yekwana it was 104/66.
Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related death world wide. Early diagnosis and treatment provide the best opportunity for survival, but the prognosis becomes increasingly poor as the cancer spreads. Unfortunately, in the majority of cases, by the time symptoms appear and a diagnosis is made, the cancer has already begun to spread. But now researchers at UCLA have discovered that early stage NSCLC tumors, and even pre-cancerous lesions, give themselves away by producing unusually high levels of a molecule called SGLT2.
Becker's Hospital Review
18 percent of adults over age 60 have skipped necessary medical treatment, according to a survey from Clover Health.
The survey, which Wakefield Research conducted on behalf of Clover Health, polled 1,000 adults aged 60 and older nationwide about their healthcare habits.
Here are three survey findings to know.
Henry Ford Health System via EurekAlert!
Many parents probably think nothing of sucking on their baby's pacifier to clean it after it falls to the ground. Turns out, doing so may benefit their child's health.
A Henry Ford Health System study found that babies whose parents sucked on their pacifier to clean it had a lower level of the antibody that is linked to the development of allergies and asthma.
Researchers theorize parents may be passing healthy oral bacteria in their saliva that will affect the early development of their child's immune system.
Treatment with testosterone could help tackle depression in men, according to a review of studies which found supplements of the hormone appear to improve mood.
About 100 million men around the world are thought to have depressive disorders, and almost 17 percent of men in the UK are thought to have symptoms of depression or anxiety.
However, evidence has been mixed on whether there is a link between testosterone levels and depression, and whether testosterone treatment could help with mood disorders in at least some cases.
Medical News Today
Although experts have debated the potential link between social media use and decreased well-being for years, a new study adds more fuel to the fire.
A new study investigates the psychological impact of social media.
According to the first author of the new study, which featured in the Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, no scientific study has proven a causal connection between the two until now. Hunt's team focused on Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram because they are the social media platforms that are most popular with undergraduates.
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