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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.

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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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Authors Wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Needed: Articles for The Spring 2015 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The ANA Massachusetts newsletter is read by about 110,000 RNs in the Commonwealth! This is YOUR newsletter so we need YOU to make a contribution!
This year we are focusing on safe staffing and encourage you to weigh in on this important issue!
Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!!
Your contribution can be sent to myracacace@charter.net or mailed to ANA Massachusetts Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186.
Deadline date for submission is January 10, 2015!

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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.
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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

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As 2014 comes to a close, the publisher of the ANA-Massachusetts Nursing Flash would like to wish its readers, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ANA-Massachusetts Nursing Flash a look at the most-accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 6, 2015.


1. What exactly is the job outlook for nurses?
By Keith Carlson
From Jan. 28: As 2014 begins, there is a great deal of discussion regarding the job prospects for nurses, especially those just entering the profession. With confusing opinions and projections about the reality of a nursing shortage in the United States, nursing students and recent graduates are understandably concerned. According to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth in jobs for nurses is expected to increase 19 percent between 2012 and 2022, a rate of growth that apparently outpaces all other occupations. But several other factors must be taken into account as well.
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2. New nurses and the med-surg mythos
By Keith Carlson
From Sept. 2: Every nurse has probably heard this statement (or something like it): "Without two years of med-surg, your career is going nowhere." While medical-surgical is indeed a wonderful grounding in the challenges and skills of modern nursing, many new nurses simply can't find med-surg positions.
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3. Nursing and the critical art of being present
By Keith Carlson
From May 13: During the celebration of Nurses Week 2014, Keith Carlson had been giving a great deal of thought regarding what it means to be present when engaging in the delivery of nursing care. Having said that, what exactly is presence? And how do we nurses actively cultivate it while performing the tasks associated with our work? While we may frequently say that nursing care is all about the patient, the truth is that your ability to be present is where it all begins. A nurse who is present brings so much more intrinsic value to the act of nursing and patient care, whereas a nurse who is on autopilot may as well be a robot.
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4. Is there room for scribes in nursing?
By Joan Spitrey
From Sept. 9: Recently on Twitter, I came across an interesting conversation regarding the usefulness of scribes by physicians. One physician, who never used them, published an article against their use. However, the other physician responded via his blog in praise of their efficient use. But what really caught my attention was how the responding physician stated he felt there was a place for scribes in nursing.
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5. Nursing and the critical art of being present
By Keith Carlson
From May 13: During the celebration of Nurses Week 2014, Keith Carlson had been giving a great deal of thought regarding what it means to be present when engaging in the delivery of nursing care. Having said that, what exactly is presence? And how do we nurses actively cultivate it while performing the tasks associated with our work? While we may frequently say that nursing care is all about the patient, the truth is that your ability to be present is where it all begins. A nurse who is present brings so much more intrinsic value to the act of nursing and patient care, whereas a nurse who is on autopilot may as well be a robot.
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6. Nurses to administrators: We're not happy about EHRs
By Scott E. Rupp
From Oct. 28: Nurses are not happy about having to use electronic health records, a new report suggests. According to the Q3 2014 Black Book EHR Loyalty survey, 92 percent of nursing staff are dissatisfied with the systems — an all-time high. Nurses in 84 percent of U.S. hospitals also state they are struggling with flawed EHR systems, and as many as 88 percent blame financial administrators and CIOs for selecting low-performance systems because of low prices, the need to chase federal incentives and cutting corners at the expense of quality of care.
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7. Replacing horizontal violence in the nursing profession
By Keith Carlson
From June 24: Nurse bullying and so-called "horizontal violence" are rampant in our profession. Nurses bully and harass one another, using intimidation and other tactics as they jockey for power in a healthcare system that does not proactively attempt to prevent such disruptive behavior. Yes, we hear tales of physicians intimidating and bullying nurses, but we also hear numerous examples of nurses treating one another with utter disrespect and a true lack of kindness.
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8. The role of nurses in an aging population
By Keith Carlson
From March 4: It's no secret that the population of the United States — and the world at large — is aging rapidly. The Baby Boom ended around 1964, and since those heady days of relative economic prosperity and population growth, the birth rate hasn't kept pace with the rate of aging. According to a recent study, 7.7 percent of the world's population was over 65 in 2010, and in 2050 that percentage will rise to 15.6. We Americans may not be worried about an aging population, but are we nurses prepared to embrace the opportunities that these statistics reveal?
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9. A need for RNs: Heading off the nursing shortage
By Dorothy L. Tengler
From Nov. 18: Despite the chatter about a nursing shortage, registered nurses are near the top of the list when it comes to employment growth, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In the past decade, the average age of employed RNs has increased by nearly two years, from 42.7 years in 2000 to 44.6 years. Although nurses are choosing to continue working rather than retire, the United States will need to produce 1.1 million newly registered nurses by 2022 to fill jobs and replace those who finally do retire.
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10. When good intentions go wrong in nursing
By Joan Spitrey
From Aug. 26: Each day, every minute, nurses make countless decisions. Rigorous training, education and experience are supposed to prepare the nurse to respond appropriately when faced with decisions regarding patient care. Although safety nets are put in place and procedures are developed, they often do not cover every situation nurses face in their shifts caring for patients. Often these decisions are made with the best intentions, but may not follow established protocols, policies or just good practice. Herein lies the question: If the patient is not harmed, is there a foul?
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