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If you're like most nurses, the demands of the holiday season plus an already challenging career and family life can really take a toll on your health and well-being. As nurses well know, stress can tear down your mind, your body, and your spirit. Of course, stress isn't always a bad thing, but too much of it can certainly be. That's why it's absolutely crucial that you practice self-care during the next several weeks.
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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
Friday, June 7, 2019
ANA Massachusetts Accredited Approver Unit
Annual Spring Symposium
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.
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
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.
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Glove use in healthcare settings is a potential barrier to hand hygiene, especially among nurses, according to study findings published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
“Hand hygiene and the use of examination gloves in healthcare is critical. WHO highlights that healthcare personnel should perform hand hygiene, either using alcohol-based hand-rub or soap and water, before and after donning gloves and that gloves should only be worn in certain scenarios,” Richard A. Martinello, MD, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine and medical director of infection prevention at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health, and colleagues wrote.
Named from the Greek kloster, for spindle, a class of bacteria known as Clostridia abounds in nature.
Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, can cause diarrhea and a life-threatening infection of the intestines. The bug was associated with nearly 30,000 deaths in 2011.
First seen as a problem mainly confined to hospitals and nursing homes, research suggests C. diff rates in the community are on the rise, and that traditional risk factors may no longer tell the whole story.
Small increases in influenza activity occurred in the United States during the week ending Nov. 10, but activity is still low, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At 1.9 percent, the nationwide percentage of patient visits reported through the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network for influenza-like illness remained below the national baseline of 2.2 percent. They define ILI as having a body temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater and cough and/or sore throat.
By Keith Carlson
The healthcare system runs on people power. From nurses and physicians to food service and housekeeping, the hearts, minds, and hands of real people are the engines behind many aspects of healthcare delivery and organizational infrastructure. As the use of artificial intelligence and robotics increase, how we approach the management of human resources will say a great deal about our values, workplace culture, and the healthcare industry writ large.
2 Minute Medicine
Increased parental and medical provider identification of autism spectrum disorder, among other factors, have contributed to the increase in ASD prevalence over the past four decades. Existing studies have shown that children with ASD have greater health service needs and generate higher costs in both medical and non-medical care. In this cross-sectional study, parent-reported data from the 2016 NSCH was used to estimate the prevalence of parent-reported ASD and associated patterns in healthcare access and utilization.
Wiley via Medical Xpress
Cancer treatments are suspected to accelerate certain aging processes in the body. A new study has found that indicators of such biological aging correlate with declines in cognitive function in women who had undergone breast cancer treatment several years earlier. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings point to an aging-like effect of cancer treatments and further connect this to cognitive decline.
Medical News Today
Due to technological advancements in recent years, medical science has made huge leaps — many with vast implications for medical and neuroscientific research. A new discovery has revealed a part of the human brain that was unknown until now. Prof. George Paxinos, an anatomist with Neuroscience Research Australia — an independent medical research institute in Sydney — has suspected the existence of a new brain area for three decades.
The researcher, who specializes in brain mapping, has only now been able to confirm his suspicions, with the help of innovative staining and brain imaging techniques.
Prof. Paxinos has called the brain area Endorestiform Nucleus, and he detailed his discovery in his book Human Brainstem: Cytoarchitecture, Chemoarchitecture, Myeloarchitecture.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
About 75 million American adults (32 percent) have high blood pressure — that’s one in every three adults. High blood pressure costs the nation $48.6 billion each year, a cost that includes healthcare services, medications, and missed days of work. A new study suggests that blue light can reduce blood pressure. Blue light increases levels of nitric oxide, an important signaling molecular that protects the cardiovascular system.
Using 2014 nationwide readmissions data, researchers found that patients with serious mental illnesses were nearly twice as likely to have an unplanned 30-day medical and surgical hospital readmission than those without serious mental illness.
“Risk-adjusted 30-day readmissions are an important indicator of quality care used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to guide pay for performance,” Hayley D. Germack, PhD, RN, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues wrote in JAMA Psychiatry.
An experimental Alzheimer's disease vaccine may soon be able to cut dementia cases in half and delay effects of the degenerative brain disease by five years.
Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas said the new vaccine showed promising results during recent animal testing and are hopeful the vaccine will make it to human trials.
The journey from animal tests to human use is long and arduous, and many promising cures do not withstand it. But a senior author of the research published this week in the journal Alzheimer's Research & Therapy told USA Today that if the vaccine is proven safe and effective during human trials, it could reduce the total number of dementia diagnoses in half.
A team from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim looked at activity levels of 4,400 children and their parents over 11 years to discover if there was a link in their weights.
They found that if a mother lost weight, their children followed suit.
Doctoral student Marit Næss said: “Parents have a major impact on their children's health and lifestyle. Behaviors that lead to obesity are easily transferred from parent to child." But the researchers found no significant link between a child’s weight and a father shedding or piling on the pounds.
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