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Whether it's the stress of choosing the right gift, drinking and eating too much, or fighting with relatives about politics, the holidays can be hard on your heart.
In fact, new research from Sweden found the odds of a heart attack jump nearly 40 percent on Christmas Eve.
"Traditional holidays were associated with increased risk of heart attack. The risk overall during Christmas/New Year's was 15 percent higher than a regular December day," said study senior author Dr. David Erlinge. He's the head of the office of cardiology at Skane University Hospital in Lund, Sweden.
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New This Year – Interactive Poster Presentation Session
Responding to Rising Challenges in Nursing and Healthcare
Friday, March 29, 2019
Royal Sonesta Boston/Cambridge, MA
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This year’s conference boldly addresses how we are responding to rising challenges in nursing and health care – addressing nursing resiliency in the face of the opioid crisis and violence against nurses, and focusing clinically on concussion management and weight stigma. Attendees are also encouraged to share their knowledge and expertise related to innovations in practice, education, research, management, and/or leadership, as well as projects which have resulted in improvements in patient care and outcomes, nurse competencies and/or delivery systems. For more information, click here.
We need your help! Send a letter (its all done for you, just add your name!) to Support the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corp Service Recognition Act.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, a heroic group of nurses who served in World War II. These nurses are the only uniformed corps members from that war who have not been recognized as veterans.
The bipartisan United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act was introduced Dec. 7 in the Senate and would right this wrong and finally honor these nurses' valiant service to our country, but it needs your help to move forward.
Use our online form to send a letter to your Senator urging them to support the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act and recognize the sacrifices these nurses have made.
Ten different bills have been introduced since 1995 aiming to give these nurses the credit they deserve – and none have passed. This new bipartisan bill, introduced by Senator Warren (D-MA) and Senator Daines (R-MT), is our best chance to honor nurse cadets and the critical role they played.
Send your letter of support now.
Pam Cipriano has made so many contributions to the nursing profession that it's impossible to highlight just one. She stepped into her first national leadership role as the President of the National Student Nurses Association, and this year she will complete four years as the President of the American Nurses Association.
To continue this work and honor Pam's dedication to our profession, we are creating a campaign in her honor that will support new, strategic efforts to position nurse leaders with other key policy makers promoting greater nurse visibility and influence in the media. The Cipriano Campaign will support initiatives that have a state and national component and better link the two on a key topic area.
Learn more and contribute to the campaign here.
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! The deadline to submit is Dec. 31, 2018.
*Individual award $25,000; Team award $50,000.
This is your newsletter, so we need you to make a contribution. Deadline for submission is Jan. 10.
Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. Your contribution can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to at ANA Massachusetts Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186.
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.
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
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.
CGFNS International, Inc., the world’s largest credentials analysis organization serving the nursing and allied healthcare professions, and the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing have entered into a strategic partnership to examine nursing education with a global perspective.
The World Congress on Nursing & Healthcare Management will meet on June 19-20, 2019 in Venice, Italy.
20% discount on registration
Certificate of accreditation by the International Organizing Committee (IOCM)
Abstracts will be published in conference souvenirs & international journals
Group Discounts Available!
Please feel free to contact Juliana Katelyn for further queries.
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Every nurse has some stress in his or her life. That’s a given in this caregiving profession. Some days, that tension can grow and grow until you feel like you’re drowning beneath a tsunami of stress. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, winter solstice — whatever special days you mark — can also be a major source of anxiety.
Even if you don’t celebrate any of these holidays, the short days and long, dark, cold nights this time of year can dampen anyone’s mood. As a nurse, if you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed this holiday season, it’s extremely important that you try to reduce your stress.
The stethoscope is one of the most important and perhaps the most recognizable of all tools used by health care professionals. But new research finds they are often crawling with bacteria, including some germs that can cause serious infections.
The study, published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, found that Staphylococcus, the bacteria responsible for staph infections, was found in abundance on many stethoscopes, with more than half of the devices having confirmed contamination with the bacteria.
Becker's Hospital Review
Researchers conducted a recent survey gauging nurses' knowledge and beliefs about infection control practices, according to a study published Dec. 13, in the American Journal of Infection Control. "Nurses play a critical role in infection control in home healthcare settings," said David Russell, PhD, Center for Home Care Policy & Research, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, NY. "Moving beyond a singular focus of knowledge by sharing messages that challenge perceptions on topics — from the influenza vaccine to proper handling of nursing bags —may go a long way toward enhancing compliance with effective infection control strategies."
By Scott E. Rupp
Healthcare spending slowed in 2017 for the second consecutive year in the United States, with a limited growth rate of 3.9 percent — almost one percentage point lower than in 2016 — according to new statistics released by the federal government this month. Healthcare’s share of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) is 17.9 percent with total spending emerging at $3.5 trillion — the equivalent of $10,739 per person — but growing slower than the overall GDP. Why the slowing growth?
The nation’s obesity rate has reached the highest-ever level this year, according to the United Health Foundation’s 2018 report. Obesity is a leading contributor to cardiovascular disease, cancer and other conditions. Additionally, an increase in drug deaths, suicides and cardiovascular disease deaths is contributing to an increase in premature death. In its 29th year, the America’s Health Rankings Annual Report also reveals bright spots, including the reduced rate of childhood poverty and an increased number of mental health providers and primary care physicians per 100,000 people.
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Forty-seven percent of registered nurses named opioid abuse as one of the top three healthcare crises that will have the worst impact on population health in the next five years, a recent survey from the University of Phoenix revealed.
Fifty-one percent of administrative staff and 35 percent of U.S. adults not employed in healthcare said the same.
In addition to opioid abuse, respondents named rising healthcare costs and a lack of access to affordable insurance as significant problems.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Statins are relatively inexpensive and do not have many downsides; the most common complaint is myalgia, which is experienced by about 10 percent of patients. In addition to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, statins have been linked to benefits for other diseases and conditions, such as chronic pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, some cancers, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and infections. So, why shouldn’t everyone be on a statin? The answer is because after a review of statins and multiple non-cardiovascular outcomes, the jury is still out.
Like many a cockamamie idea, this one was so crazy, it just might work.
But then again, the Bassler microbiology lab at Princeton University was built on crazy ideas that proved right, like the idea that bacteria talk to one another, says Bonnie Bassler, director of the lab, chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Of course, they don't speak in so many words. Rather, they communicate with chemical signals, she says — a discovery that helped earn her a MacArthur genius grant in 2002.
So when graduate student Justin Silpe proposed that a virus could eavesdrop on those bacterial conversations, Bassler says she initially thought it was a bit wild. "There's never, ever been evidence of a virus listening in on bacterial communication," she says. "But what the heck. It's not my job to shut down people's creativity."
You’ve probably heard that having children and breastfeeding them reduces a woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer. But according to new research, in the years immediately following childbirth, women are actually at a small, heightened risk of the disease.
That’s the finding of a major new review of 15 studies from three continents on the relationship between breast cancer and childbirth, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. It’s not the first paper to come to this conclusion, but it’s certainly the biggest — and one that clarifies a little-appreciated breast cancer risk factor.
Even in our senior years, having sex regularly — or even just fooling around — can significantly improve wellbeing and contentment in life, a new study finds.
Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University and University College London found seniors who reported any type of sexual activity within the previous 12 months felt greater levels of enjoyment and satisfaction in their lives compared to sexually inactive individuals. Results were based on survey data from 6,879 participants in England who were 65 years old, on average.
While Wisconsin is ranked 23rd in the country for overall health in a recent report, the state was also named the worst in the nation for excessive drinking.
United Health Foundation's annual America's Health Rankings report ranks states across a variety of factors like community and environment, policy, clinical care, and health outcomes.
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