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Look, there’s no way around it: you’re a nurse — odds are, at some point in your nursing career, you are going to work a holiday.
Some nurses appreciate the opportunity to make a little extra money and staff the unit on what could be a lighter day, while others may be mourning the loss of what may be some of the most hyped days of the entire year. But either way, you can get through the holidays a little brighter with a few tips.
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Nurse suicide is a serious issue our profession is facing. Current research shows that nurses are at higher risk for suicide than the general population. ANA Enterprise, through its nurse wellness initiative, Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN), will be examining how to best support nurses and provide suicide prevention resources.
We need your help! If you, your staff, or a specific C/SNA or IMD member have special expertise in suicide prevention or are/have conducted nurse suicide research, please contact Holly Carpenter at email@example.com or 301-628-5105 to be included in a Nurse Suicide Prevention Review Committee. One nominee per C/SNA and IMD please. Deadline for consideration is Jan. 21, 2020. Participation is voluntary and the review committee will work via teleconference and email. This committee will commence in Q1 2020 and is tentatively scheduled to conclude in July, 2020.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
Register for the 8:00 GMT webinar here.
Register for the 14:00 GMT webinar here.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
If you have a sensitive stomach, never engage fellow nurses on the topic of laundry. Even while a nurse is carefully following OSHA regulations to avoid bloodborne pathogens, clothes, shoes and even skin can experience serious stains. No one wears personal protective equipment to eat lasagna leftovers in the break room, for example, and if you've never had a patient vomit or urinate on some part of your uniform, are you even a nurse?
The 2019-2020 flu season follows two straight unusually bad flu seasons. Unfortunately, two key indicators show this year could be more of the same.
First, “This season is off to an early start, earlier than any season this decade,” Dr. Bryan Lewis, professor at the University of Virginia, who works in a research partnership with AccuWeather, wrote in an email. “You have to go back to 2003 before you have as much active transmission in early December as we have now.”
Google users in the United States had a lot of questions about blood pressure, the keto diet and hiccups in 2019.
Those topics were among the 10 most-searched health-related questions on the search engine this year, according to new data from Google.
The list was based on search terms collected between January and early December.
By Keith Carlson
On Jan. 30, 2019, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization declared 2020 "The Year of the Nurse and Midwife" in commemoration of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. In terms of healthcare organizations employing nurses, the opportunity exists for nurses to be rightfully honored for their place in the global health delivery system, and for their employers to create a new vision of what nurses can accomplish in the 21st century.
Nurses sleep nearly an hour and a half less before work days compared to days off, according to a new study which suggests tired nurses may hurt patient care and safety. “Nurses are sleeping, on average, less than recommended amounts prior to work, which may have an impact on their health and performance on the job,” says Amy Witkoski Stimpfel, assistant professor at New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing and lead author of the paper in Sleep Health.
More than 50 LGBTQ, HIV and public health organizations have signed an open letter calling on Facebook to remove “factually inaccurate” advertisements placed by law firms that “suggest negative health effects” of HIV-prevention medication Truvada, a type of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.
“The advertisements are targeting LGBTQ Facebook and Instagram users, and are causing significant harm to public health,” the letter states. “The law firms’ advertisements are scaring away at-risk HIV negative people from the leading drug that blocks HIV infections.”
Since July, a mysterious vaping-related lung illness has swept the country, sickening more than 2,200 people and killing 48. As the illnesses and deaths proliferated, so too did vaping bans. The city of San Francisco had already banned e-cigarette sales, and by September Massachusetts outlawed all e-cigarettes, followed by prohibitions against vaping products in Michigan, Rhode Island, and New York.
There was just one problem: The laws applied to nicotine e-cigarettes. But researchers discovered last month that this lung disease seemed to be the result of Vitamin E acetate, an ingredient found primarily in black market vapes containing THC, the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana.
By Lisa Mulcahy
As a cardiologist or hospital administrator, your priority is to give your heart attack patients their best fighting chance — and now there may be a simple new way to do just that. Researchers at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, report that giving patients suffering from cardiac arrest symptoms a vitamin E dose may provide better procedure outcomes prior to vessel/stent surgery and may be beneficial to patients' overall outcomes if given before discharge after a procedure.
A study has found evidence that some people are buying fish antibiotics online to use on themselves—presumably because they’re cheaper than visiting the doctor to get a proper prescription.
This time two years ago, it must have felt as though the long international campaign to eradicate polio—launched in 1988 and decades past its hoped-for end date—was at last nearing its goal. There were only 17 cases of naturally occurring polio in the world in 2017, half the number from the year before and incomprehensibly fewer than the 350,000 cases that occurred annually when the campaign began.
The picture looks different now. The count for 2019 won’t be concluded until next year, but so far this year there have been 117 cases of naturally occurring polio. And in a galling development, there have been an additional 216 cases of what is called “vaccine-derived polio”—an accidental byproduct of the eradication campaign, brought into being by the campaign’s own vaccines.
Another party drug is showing signs of going legit as magic mushrooms cleared the first hurdle of tests required to become a treatment for depression.
The active ingredient in the mushrooms, psilocybin, was found to be safe and well tolerated when given to healthy volunteers in a study by researchers at King’s College London.
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