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In September, the American Nurses Association released an update to its “Principles for Nurse Staffing,” which serves as a guide for nurses and other healthcare staff who develop nurse staffing policies.
Obviously, nurse staffing is an issue that affects everyone — from staff to patients to families — so Kendra McMillan, Senior Policy Advisor at ANA, tells Nurse.org what nurses can expect from the updated guidelines.
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Nomination Period: December 6, 2019 – January 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time
On December 6, 2019, the ANA Nominations and Elections Committee has issued a Call for Nominations for a slate of candidates to be presented to the Membership Assembly in 2020. The following positions will be elected in 2020:
ANA Board of Directors
The term of service for both officer positions is January 1, 2021– December 31, 2022.
The term of service for the Director-at-Large positions is January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022.
- Director-at-Large Positions
ANA Nominations and Elections Committee
The term of service for all three (3) Nominations and Elections Committee positions is January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022.
ANA places high priority on diversity and seeks to encourage/foster increased involvement of minorities and staff nurses at the national level.
Nominations must be submitted via the online nomination form by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, January 17, 2020. A second Call for Nominations will be conducted for those elective positions with insufficient nominations.
Preparation of Nomination Materials
If you have any questions regarding ANA's nomination process or national elections, please email email@example.com.
- READ the roles and responsibilities for your position of choice to ensure that they match your interests, experience, and qualifications.
- IDENTIFY the degree to which you possess the competencies that have been deemed important to serve successfully and effectively each position.
- SELECT a Campaign Manager and provide their contact information where requested on the online nomination form.
- COMPLETE AND SIGN/INITIAL where noted. Nominees for the ANA Board of Directors must also submit the following additional documents, which are included on the online nomination form.
- Conflict of Interest Statement
- Financial Interest Disclosure Form
- SUBMIT all nomination components by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, January 17, 2020. Please note:
- You will need to create a user id and password before accessing the form.
- Nominations that are incomplete, handwritten, faxed, or submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
Friday, January 10, 2020
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
Applying to become an Approved Provider Unit
Speaker: Judy Sheehan, MSN, RN
Nurse Peer Review Leader
ANA Massachusetts Approver Unit
Why become an approved provider unit with ANA Massachusetts?
Registration Fee: $25.00
- How do you become an approved provider?
- What is the “self- study”
- What are the parts of the self-study?
- Structural Capacity
- Educational Design
- Quality Outcomes
- Questions and answers
Deadline: Jan. 12, 2020
An opportunity to honor your colleagues: 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.
Visit anamass.org for nomination details.
The complexity and diversity associated with infectious disease continues to challenge nurses’ knowledge and skill in providing safe, competent care to patients across all settings and specialties. The purpose of this conference is to update participants regarding current and emerging trends as well as evidence-based practices in caring for patients with infectious disease that will assist in keeping patients, the environment, and themselves safe. Topics will include impact of multi-drug resistant organisms on global health, the resurgence of the EBOLA virus, Hepatitis C update, and antibiotic therapy and stewardship. At the conclusion of this conference, 80% of participants will be able to identify at least two evidence-based approaches for assessing and intervening in patients with infectious disease.
Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer of Partners In Health
Chantelle F. Marshall, MSN, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Massachusetts General Hospital Liver Center
Rita Olans, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, APRN-BC
Assistant Professor, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Click here to submit.
ANA and the American Nurses Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2020 ANA Innovation Awards, powered by BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company. The application process is open through Jan. 15, 2020.
The ANA Innovation Awards include a $25,000 individual nurse award and a $50,000 nurse-led team award for a product, program, project, or practice that improves patient outcomes and safety, and exemplifies nurse-led innovation. These funds will provide support in translational research, development, prototyping, production, testing, and implementation over the next year.
Applications will be evaluated by a blind, peer-review process conducted by a panel of national experts. Learn more about the awards criteria and apply today.
The Committee on Honorary Awards is excited to launch the Call for Nominations for the 2019 ANA National Awards. ANA's National Awards are presented every other year to exceptional registered nurses and champions of nursing. Please visit the ANA National Awards Program web page to review the Call and consider nominating a well-deserving colleague.
UMass GSN Continuing Education Programs allows nurses to take courses to further their professional and/or academic goals. Courses are available on campus and online to best fit our student’s schedules. Register today and take advantage of a curriculum combining clinical expertise, contemporary research, and world class faculty!
In collaboration with ANA, HIMSS is pleased to showcase NursePitch™ - a Pre-Seed and Series A nursing competition at the HIMSS20 Global Health Conference & Exhibition. NursePitch™ is designed to increase the voice, opportunity and visibility of the nursing audience in the digital health ecosystem by holding "nurse led" and "nurse developed" innovation. Applications are due December 6. Sponsored by BD.
Apply for NursePitch™ here.
In recognition of National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 24 and ahead of next year's presidential election, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has launched the new and improved #NursesVote website. NursesVote.org provides resources for nurses and health care advocates to get out the vote, educate themselves on how each presidential candidate has worked to advance the nursing profession, and volunteer and advocate for the candidate of their choice.
Also included are sections on the most pressing federal advocacy priorities impacting nursing, as well as a newly released comprehensive guide for those looking to engage with the presidential campaigns – as a volunteer or simply as a concerned citizen and nurse advocate.
The World Health Organization's (WHO) State of the World's Nursing Report will launch on World Health Day, April 7, 2020. The report aims to provide evidence to make a stronger case for governments to invest in nursing.
To learn more about the report and see how you can contribute to its development and launch, join the State of the World's Nursing Report webinar on Sept. 10 at 8:00 GMT or 14:00 GMT (find time conversions here). Speakers from WHO, the International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now, and Jhpiego will present during the one-hour webinar. Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the webinar and in advance via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for the 8:00 GMT webinar here.
Register for the 14:00 GMT webinar here.
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Campus Safety Magazine
Nurses experience twice the average rate of clinical depression compared to other occupations. Tough work conditions – such as being understaffed, withstanding verbal and physical harassment by patients and doctors and working long, grueling shifts – are just some of the many reasons why nurses are feeling mental burnout.
Promoting a sustainable, healthy work environment for nurses is necessary for the future of healthcare. Nurses need to know they have the tools and support they need to keep themselves safe when faced with difficult patients or aggressive visitors.
After decades of progress against one of the most contagious human viruses, the world is seeing measles stage a slow, steady comeback.
The World Health Organization and the CDC say in a new report that there were nearly 10 million cases of measles last year, with outbreaks on every continent.
An estimated 140,000 people died from measles in 2018, WHO says, up from an all-time low of 90,000 in 2016.
And so far 2019 has been even worse.
A total of 13 vaping-associated lung illness have been reported in Canada, health officials say, and every U.S. state has now reported cases.
U.S. health officials on Dec. 5 reported one new case and one more death from a respiratory illness tied to vaping over a two-week period, bringing the number of deaths to 48.
As of Dec. 4, there were 2,291 hospitalizations reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 50 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories. There are more deaths under investigation, health officials said.
By Daniel Markuson
Healthcare remains the most breached industry in 2019. Thirty-two million healthcare records were breached in the first half of this year, which is double the total for all of 2018. There are no signs that cyberattacks in the healthcare industry are going to cease. To avoid a bad reputation and legal action, healthcare organizations must make cybersecurity their top priority. Here are four main tips on how to protect your healthcare organization from getting hacked.
Patient Engagement HIT
Nurses are essential figures on the frontlines of patient care, being highly regarded for fostering strong patient relationships and driving a quality patient experience. Naturally, this puts nurses in a good position to address the social determinants of health.
The Weather Channel
By achieving a sharp reduction of 28 percent in malaria cases between 2017 and 2018, India was one of the only two success stories among 11 countries facing the world's maximum malaria burden. This success builds upon India's 2016-2017 record, where there was a 24 percent reduction in malaria cases.
These statistics were provided in the World Malaria Report 2019, released by the United Nations' World Health Organization, on Dec. 4. The report also provided a comprehensive update on the malaria burden across the globe.
New data from almost 400,000 individuals who were followed for up to 43 years have shown that the link between raised non-HDL cholesterol and future risk of cardiovascular disease is strongest in younger people.
The researchers also simulated what effect a 50 percent reduction in cholesterol levels would have over a lifetime, and found that although this was effective at reducing cardiovascular risk at all ages, the largest relative risk reductions were in younger individuals — probably because they would have lowered their cholesterol exposure for a longer period of their lives.
By Carina Oltmann
Advanced stages of diseases such as cancer, COPD, end-stage renal disease and heart failure can lead to a constellation of physical and psychosocial distress. Symptoms such as fatigue, poor sleep and appetite, dyspnea, nausea and pain impact quality of life and can cause significant suffering. Often, these symptoms are intertwined with intense feelings of sadness, anxiety or depression. For those involved in the care of these individuals, the goal is to alleviate physical and emotional suffering as much as possible with the purpose of improving quality of life and optimizing well-being.
HealthDay News via WebMD
Daily low-dose aspirin might reduce your risk of dying from cancer, particularly if you've packed on a few extra pounds, researchers say.
Taking aspirin three or more times a week is associated with a lower risk of cancer death as well as death for any reason, a new study reports.
Cell phones are a literal pain in the neck — and face, eyes, nose, ears and head. A new study analyzing national emergency room data shows injuries to those areas of our bodies have risen "steeply" over the last 20 years.
The study found most injuries occurred to people between the ages of 13 and 29 and were due to distracted driving, walking and texting with a cell phone.
Yale University via PhysOrg
Using sophisticated screening across animal species, researchers at Yale have created a cellular blueprint of the human lung that will make it easier to understand the design principles behind lung function and disease — and to bioengineer new lungs.
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