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Nurses in the news: As we speak up, the world is listening
By Keith Carlson
With nurses rated by more than 80 percent of the American public as the most honest and trustworthy professionals in the United States in every Gallup poll since 2005, we nurses are in a golden position to leverage our voices for the good of the profession and society at large. Recently, nurses have had the opportunity to emerge as unusually prominent voices in the media. This increased focus on the opinions of nurses is an important shift to which we should pay close attention.
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Call for Nominations ANA Massachusetts Awards
Deadline extended through January 15, 2015 for Living Legends in Massachusetts Nursing and Loyal Service Awards
AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR YOUR COLLEAGUES
American Nurses Association Massachusetts Awards open to All Nurses

ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized work of 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.

You 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 Awards provide you the opportunity to honor their remarkable, but often unrecognized practice.

ANA Massachusetts Awards are not restricted to ANA Massachusetts members. Nominees can be a member of ANA Massachusetts or a non ANA Massachusetts member who is nominated by a member of ANA Massachusetts. These awards can be peer or self nominated. 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.
More Information and to access applications, click here.

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National Coalition Launches Effort to Place 10,000 Nurses On Governing Boards by 2020
ANA is pleased to be a founding member of the Nurses on Boards Coalition, a group of national nursing organizations working together to increase nurses’ presence on corporate and non-profit health-related boards of directors throughout the country. The Coalition’s goal: to put 10,000 nurses on boards by the year 2020. The effort is a direct response to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011), which recommended nurses play more pivotal roles on boards and commissions in improving the health of all Americans.
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Nurses give so much. This year give a little back

It’s that time of year again. Ever wonder what to get for that special nurse in your life? Or how about for yourself? This year, we’ve made picking the perfect holiday gift easy.

NursesBooks.org is holding a site-wide, end-of-year sale. Every book in our inventory — covering areas of professional and personal interest as diverse as ethics, standards, quality, leadership and certification — is now 15 percent off.

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Save the Dates
Massachusetts Student Nurses Association 2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Event Flyer, click here.

ANA Massachusetts Health PolicyLegislative Forum
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House

Annual Business Meeting
Friday, April 10, 2015

ANA Massachusetts Spring Conference
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 10, 2015

Annual Spring Conference
Theme: The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA

Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston

Celebrate National Nurses Day with ANA Massachusetts at Fenway
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pregame Networking Event
Game time - Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay

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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


Improving communications: What can hospitals learn from hotels?
Archita Datta Majumdar
We live in an age where communication can make or break a deal. Doing it right has never been so important, yet there are more misunderstandings and misinterpretations all around. Ironic, isn't it? Since most have us become slaves to technology and instant communication, things actually can go wrong faster than ever before. There's a lesson to be learned here. And who better to learn from than the hospitality industry, which works on the basis of effective communication around the clock? At least that's what the healthcare industry is quickly figuring out.
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Low-income kids missing out on preventive care
The Clinical Advisor
Millions of low-income children are failing to get the free preventive exams and screenings guaranteed by Medicaid, and the Obama administration is not doing enough to fix the problem, according to a federal watchdog report. The report, released by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG), says the administration has boosted rates of participation but needs to do more to ensure that children get the regular wellness exams, dental checkups, and vision and hearing tests.
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Patients embrace sharing medical notes with family, caregivers
FierceHealthIT
Patients increasingly are using technology to share their health information with family or friends, and access to information is causing them to pay better attention to their care, according to a recent study. Published this week in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the research looked at patient use of OpenNotes, initially a one-year program that gave patients electronic access to medical notes written by their physicians. Of the roughly 4,500 study participants, more than 55 percent said they would like the option of giving family or friends access to the notes, and 21 percent said they shared the information with others during the study period.
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The role of simulation in the reduction of medical errors
By Joan Spitrey
If you have taken a CPR class in the last few decades, you are familiar with Resusci Anne, the manikin used for learning CPR. The first Anne was invented to provide life-like training in the 1960s, and her soft helpless face was to inspire the rescuer to want to help the "dead" person. Today, the use of simulation has evolved way beyond the initial revolutionary thoughts of the first creators of Anne. The use of simulations is now an integral part of most healthcare providers' curricula.
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Researchers: Alzheimer's cases expected to double by 2050
HealthDay News
The number of people with Alzheimer's disease in the United States will more than double by 2050 — a trend driven by the aging baby boomer population, a new study predicts. The cost of caring for these Alzheimer's patients will climb from $307 billion to $1.5 trillion a year by 2050, the researchers estimated. They believe that, 35 years from now, the average annual per-patient cost of the disease will be double that of the $71,000-a-year cost in 2010.
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Needles no more: Say hello to a tube of squeezable biologics
BioPharma-Reporter.com
Drug companies are looking for ways to put biologics in topical creams or "zap" them into skin using electricity as more large molecules come off patent. Until now, topical biologics have been unpopular among developers because of permeation problems. But advances in technology and a push to stay competitive as patents expire have led drugmakers to identify new delivery methods, according to contact research organizations Kemwell and Tergus Pharma.
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Recombinant enzyme helps in rare childhood illness
MedPage Today
The complications of a rare childhood liver disease can be relieved by delivering a recombinant version of a missing enzyme, a researcher said. Lysosomal acid lipase deficiency, or LALD, is an autosomal recessive disorder that leads to the accumulation of lipid particles in lysosomes, organelles within cells that break down biomolecules, according to Manisha Balwani, M.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. In particular, she told a late-breaker session at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases annual meeting, the body is unable to break down the cholesterol esters and triglycerides that are mainly stored in the liver.
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Toward more accurate detection of fever in children
Advance for NPs & PAs
Fever is a common parental concern that results in numerous medical visits to both outpatient clinics and emergency departments. It has been widely documented that poor, urban communities have less access to medical care, less educational attainment and lower health literacy than their wealthier counterparts. Studies have demonstrated that although fever knowledge deficits and fears about its management and consequences, referred to as "fever phobia," are prevalent across all socioeconomic classes, caregivers' educational attainment is inversely related to increased utilization of the ED for fever.
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Researchers: 'Wireless' pacemaker working well so far
HealthDay News
For a handful of patients who've received the first wire-free pacemaker, the results are still good after 18 months, researchers reported. Unlike traditional pacemakers, the new device — marketed as Nanostim — is completely self-contained and requires no wires to connect it to the heart muscle. It's also implanted through a catheter, which bypasses the need for a chest incision. Nanostim and similar devices under development could "transform the field of cardiology in the next five to 10 years," said Ken Ellenbogen, M.D., an AHA spokesman and chairman of cardiology at the Medical College of Virginia, in Richmond.
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Deaths from heart disease down, up for blood pressure, irregular heartbeat
HealthDay News
Deaths from heart disease are dropping, but deaths related to high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats are on the rise, a new government study finds. From 2000 to 2010, the overall death rate from heart disease dropped almost 4 percent each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found. At the same time, death rates linked to high blood pressure-related heart disease increased 1.3 percent a year, according to the study. The researchers also found that deaths tied to irregular heartbeats rose 1 percent a year.
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