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Preventing nurse fatigue to keep our patients safe
By Joan Spitrey
With the holiday season upon us, it is not unusual to feel the stress of this busy time of year. Our schedules become filled with fun times with family and friends, but our own health often gets neglected.
However, as healthcare providers, we have a responsibility to our patients. They rely on us to have sharp minds and quick responses to their ever-changing needs. They need us to keep them safe. Therefore, it is imperative for nurses to take measures to prevent fatigue.
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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.
Friend of Nursing Award
This award is for a person or persons who have demonstrated strong support for the profession of nursing in Massachusetts. The candidate for this award may be self- nominated or be nominated by a colleague. Award recipients are asked to serve on the following year’s selection committee. Click here to nominate a friend.
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CDC health advisory regarding the potential for circulation of drifted influenza A (H3N2) viruses
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines for flu vaccinations and use of antiviral medication in instances of the flu due to mutations of the flu virus. The CDC continues to encourage all patients six months and older who have not yet received an influenza vaccine this season to be vaccinated against influenza.
Update on PMP Delegates, PMP Educational Webinar and Frequently Asked Questions
Update on PMP Delegates
PMP Educational Webinar
- The MA Prescription Monitoring and Drug Control Program (PM/DCP) is finalizing the form to assign delegates to Primary Account Holders
- These forms are expected to be completed and available online the week of Dec. 15, 2014
- The PM/DCP will announce the process for identifying and registering Delegates the week of Dec. 22, 2014 (including how to sign-up a delegate and delegate PMP policies and procedures)
- Enrollment of Delegates into the PMP (Delegates accessing the PMP on behalf of Primary Account Holders) will begin on Dec. 22, 2014
Content of the webinars will also include how to:
- With the pending enrollment of delegates, the PM/DCP will be holding a series of educational webinars
- The webinars will be available for delegates, prescribers and dispensers for a total of 8 different times throughout January 2015
- The content of each hour-long webinar will be the same and the PM/DCP will send out a notice of the webinar dates the week of Dec. 22, 2014
- Anyone interested in participating in a webinar can sign up in advance to receive the teleconference and webinar information
- Once the webinar is complete, participants will understand when and how to look up a patient in the PMP, how to interpret the PMP data, how to do a batch look-up and other important information
1. Sign up to be a delegate
2. Enroll in the Executive Office of Health and Human Service’s Virtual Gateway
3. Log into the online PMP
4. Search for a patient
5. Understand a patient’s prescription history
6. Print a patient’s history
7. Perform a Batch Look-up for those clinics that have scheduled appointments
8. Know when you need to look up a patient’s prescription history (based on regulations)
9. Go online for information from the PM/DCP website
10. Get help and support for questions or issues with the PMP
Frequently Asked Questions
ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute 2015 open for applications
Burdett Trust for Nursing
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Burdett Trust for Nursing today opened applications for the 2015 Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI) to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 5-11, 2015.
Under the theme the “Future Work of Nurses,” participants in the 2015 GNLI, will have the opportunity to learn policy and sustainability strategies and innovations in a Post-2015 world. The next goal in public health will be the implementation and evaluation of universal health coverage.
Save the Dates
Massachusetts Student Nurses Association
2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Event Flyer, click here.
ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative 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
NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
The nursing job outlook for 2015
By Keith Carlson
With 2015 poised to begin, economic forecasts for the new year are beginning to make themselves known, and the employment outlook in healthcare is a crucial aspect of those prognostications. A recent report from CareerBuilder.com places the position of registered nurse as having the third-best employment outlook of the site's top 10 chosen occupations. Our profession continues to see modest growth, and there appears to be no shortage of Americans willing to pursue nursing as a career choice in the 21st century.
Researchers examining new paths to treat pain and inflammation
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Pain of any type — whether acute or chronic — is the most frequent reason for physician consultation in the United States, prompting half of all Americans to seek medical care annually. Although separate conditions, pain and inflammation are nearly always associated with each other. Despite the prevalence of these conditions, the primary options available for their treatment have changed surprisingly little in recent years. Steroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opiates are still the mainstay treatments, although all have their drawbacks.
New WHO guide to prevent and control cervical cancer
World Health Organization
New guidance from WHO aims to help countries better prevent and control cervical cancer. The disease is one of the world's deadliest — but most easily preventable — forms of cancer for women, responsible for more than 270,000 deaths annually. The new "Comprehensive cervical cancer control: a guide to essential practice" will be launched at the World Cancer Leaders' Summit in Melbourne, Australia on Dec. 3.
Study: Online checklists can reduce improper antibiotic prescribing
Using an online checklist can help reduce unnecessary or improper prescribing of antibiotics, thereby cutting costs, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. For the study, researchers from the McGill University Health Center in Montreal examined the use of "time-outs" during treatment, when providers re-evaluate treatment plans as situations change. Specifically, physicians used online checklists to review changes in the type of prescribed antibiotics, doses and duration of treatment.
Current approach to treating feed intolerance during critical illness
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Impaired gastric emptying as well as impaired antropyloro-duodonal and intestinal motilities are common observations during critical illness. The underlying mechanisms for gastrointestinal motility dysfunctions during critical illness are not quite clear, but there have been many contributing factors mentioned in the literature.
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Study: Majority of people ignore cancer warning signs
Medical News Today
Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In 2012, there were around 14 million new cases of cancer and around 8.2 million deaths from the disease. But despite such alarming numbers, a new study by researchers from the U.K. finds that most people ignore cancer warning signs, attributing them instead to symptoms of less serious illnesses.
New cardiac monitor process reduces alarm fatigue in hospitals
By Lynn Hetzler
A hospital monitor alarm can save a patient's life, as a single beep or high-pitched wail spurs doctors and nurses into action. However, the chorus of alarms that go off in the typical hospital ward can be mind-numbing to healthcare workers. The constant din of alarms can desensitize them, leading to "alarm fatigue" where audible alerts fail to catch the attention of workers.
CWRU finds more men arriving for class to receive an education to become a nurse
It appears that men have figured out what women have known for years: nursing is a great profession. Just ask the current class in Case Western Reserve University's masters entry-nursing program.
While the number of men in nursing has increased in recent years, Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has seen a huge jump in men enrolling in its master entry-nursing program this year. Roughly one-third of the entering Master of Nursing class — 11 of the 30 students — is male.
Hospital vanquishes 'monster number' of false alarms
A common and not-so-silent killer is lurking in hospitals. The Joint Commission reports that there were 98 alarm-related sentinel events and 80 alarm-related deaths in the U.S. between January 2009 and June 2012. While these alarms were designed to alert hospital staff that something needs to be attended to immediately. But in practice, the number of alarms can be overwhelming for hospital staff, patients and their families. But staff at one Ohio hospital discovered a way to quell the noise — and in the process created a better environment for patients and their families.
Study: Many kids exposed to unnecessary X-rays
Many American children receive unnecessary chest X-rays, a new study indicates. "Chest X-rays can be a valuable exam when ordered for the correct indications. However, there are several indications where pediatric chest X-rays offer no benefit and likely should not be performed to decrease radiation dose and cost," said study author Ann Packard, M.D., a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Efforts to improve patient safety result in 1.3 million fewer patient harms
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The report from AHRQ provides preliminary estimates for 2013 on hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), indicating a 17 percent decline, from 145 to 121 HACs per 1,000 discharges, from 2010 to 2013. A cumulative total of 1.3 million fewer HACs were experienced by hospital patients in 2011, 2012, and 2013 relative to the number of HACs that would have occurred if rates had remained steady at the 2010 level. Approximately 50,000 fewer patients died in the hospital as a result of the reduction in HACs, and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved from 2010 to 2013.
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