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CDC: Flu has reached epidemic levels, 15 child deaths so far
Flu season can pose a dangerous threat to kids.
Fifteen child deaths from the flu have been reported so far this year from nine states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Four were reported during the week of Dec.15, according to spokesman Jason McDonald.
The states include Arizona (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), Minnesota (2), North Carolina (2), Nevada (1), Ohio (2), Texas (3) and Virginia (1).
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Join nurses who make a difference at the legislature
The AzNA Public Policy committee is open to members who are interested in serving nurses by working very hard for a few weeks on a virtual committee. In exchange, you will get to review and assess new bills as they are proposed at the Arizona legislature and join in discussions about how AzNA should respond. This is a unique service/learning opportunity. Denise G. Link, Ph.D., NP, FAAN, FAANP chairs this committee. She invites interested persons to contact her at email@example.com. Please indicate “Public Policy Committee” in the subject line.
Call for Volunteers for AzNA Biennial Convention Planning Committee
It is time to begin planning for AzNA's Biennial Convention to be held on Oct. 21-23, 2015. The time commitment is 4 to 6 months for 1 to 2 conference calls per month. Please send your name to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.
Pride of the PAC
Congratulations to these AzNA-PAC members.
Membership in AzNA and in the AzNA-PAC provides opportunities for networking, and for advancing one’s profession and level of influence. Membership reveals opportunities to learn about how to promote and protect nurses and their patients through multiple Advocacy programs.
- Deanne Lewis, MS, RN-BC has been appointed by the ANA Board of Directors to the ANA-PAC for the 2016 election cycle. Deanne is an educator, an international nurse traveler and a Florence Nightingale expert.
- Pat VanMaanen, RN, MS has been appointed by the ANA Board of Directors for appointment to the ANA-PAC for the 2016 election cycle. Pat is an entrepreneur working with advocacy agencies such as the Children’s Action Alliance and St. Luke’s Health Initiatives. She is a past President of the Arizona Public Health Association.
- Colleen Hallberg, RN, MSN was sponsored by AzNA and the AzNA-PAC to attend the American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI) in Washington this October. Colleen is known for her nurse advocacy as a nurse executive here in Arizona.
- Kellie Engen, RN, CCNC MSN was sponsored by AzNA and the AzNA-PAC to attend the American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI) in Washington this October. She is a strong spokesperson for staff nurses.
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH
Writing/Designing NIH Proposals Workshop — Jan. 23, 2015
University of Arizona
Jan. 23, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
*There is a $25 discount per person for two or more registrants from the same organization.
Click here for more details.
Our 1-day workshop is designed to help participants learn how to submit winning research proposals to the NIH.
Our workshop curriculum targets:
Participants will learn how to:
- Beginners seeking to acquire the techniques to research, draft, and submit winning proposals to the NIH.
- Administrators interested in learning more about the proposal writing, submission and review processes.
- Experienced professionals looking to improve current proposal writing skills and receive updates on the latest funding regulations and trends.
- Read and interpret RFAs
- Determine the right grant mechanism for a research idea
- Understand the new scoring system and review process
- Build an airtight case for funding
- Revise a proposal for resubmission
Also, join us for our One-Day Writing/Designing NSF Proposals Workshop
Jan. 22 — University of Arizona
Call to receive a $155 discount when registering for both
For more information visit the website
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International Council of Nursing (ICN) Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute 2015 open for applications
Applications are open 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. Access to care, primary healthcare initiatives, innovations in non-communicable diseases detection, prevention, control and management, tackling current and emerging infectious diseases, and disasters will be some of the new challenges nurses will have to operate in and lead forward in health and social environments worldwide.
Why nurses are the most trustworthy profession in the US
Every year Gallup asks Americans to rate how honest and ethical they perceive common professions to be.
Nurses, doctors, and pharmacists rounded out the top three in 2014 — a year when the Ebola outbreak affected many in the medical profession. Eighty percent of respondents chose “high” when asked to rate the honesty and ethical standards of nurses, over “average” or “low.” Sixty five percent said “high” when rating medical doctors and pharmacists. On the other end of the scale, only 8 percent of Americans say car salespeople have high standards, and 7 percent think members of Congress do.
Can self-reporting work for dementia patients?
It may seem counter intuitive that self-reporting could be an effective tool for dementia patients, but according to a Regenstreif Institute and Indiana University Center for Aging Research study, it works well for a Brain Care Monitor, a primary care tool to measure cognitive, functional and psychological symptoms.
'Obesity paradox' apparent in heart failure
Overweight and obese heart failure patients outlived their normal-weight patients even after adjustment for various factors, researchers found.
Among patients with incident heart failure, overweight and obese patients had lower mortality rates compared to normal-weight patients, (hazard ratio [HR] 0.72, and 0.70, respectively), Umair Khalid, M.D., of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and colleagues reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
To improve healthcare, bring in the nurses — stat
The Buffalo News (opinion)
Some of the largest healthcare systems in America do not have any nurses serving on their boards of directors. That is a huge oversight, especially in a time of rapid change in health care delivery, when consumers and providers would benefit from having nurses’ frontline perspective present in boardrooms as healthcare policy decisions are made.
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Role of nurses and other care providers
Moderator Raoul Concepcion, M.D., notes that many allied healthcare providers are involved in caring for patients with prostate cancer. Philippa Cheetham, M.D., remarks that in her practice, a nurse navigator is involved at every level of patient care, from attending academic meetings and journal clubs to communicating with patients about appointments. Neal Shore, M.D., adds that in his practice, a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant are involved in patient care, and a designated nurse specializes in providing care to patients with prostate cancer.
Obesity 'not always linked with metabolic problems'
Medical News Today
In a new study, researchers have found that some obese people do not have the metabolic changes usually associated with diabetes, heart disease and stroke. This suggests that some obese people may be protected from these metabolic abnormalities when gaining weight.
Is a cartoon robot the only one doing the nursing profession justice on screen?
The hospitals or doctors offices we see on TV or in the movies rarely depict what those settings are actually like, and more than that, they usually don’t accurately display what it’s like to be a doctor or nurse.
Kelli Dunham, a nurse, stand-up comic and LGBT health advocate, has found that the entertainment business does a terrible job of showing what it’s really like to work as a nurse, and she wrote about it for NPR.
Nearly 6.5 million people in 2015 HealthCare.gov plans
Nearly 6.5 million people either selected or were enrolled in a new individual insurance plan for 2015 on the HealthCare.gov website through Dec. 26, the U.S. government health agency said.
HealthCare.gov sells plans for 37 states while the remaining states sell individual insurance on their own online exchanges. In 2014, the 37 states represented 68 percent of the total nationwide enrollment of around 7 million people, the agency said.
Britain: Nurse infected with Ebola is in critical condition, hospital says
The New York Times
The hospital treating a British nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa said that her condition had deteriorated to critical. The nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, the first person found to have Ebola on British soil, returned to Britain on Dec. 28 from Sierra Leone. She is being treated in an isolation unit at London’s Royal Free Hospital with an experimental antiviral drug and with plasma from a recovered patient containing Ebola-fighting antibodies. She was working as a volunteer nurse in Sierra Leone.
Medicaid payments to fall 43 percent for primary care after Dec. 31
Becker's Hospital Review
The PPACA provision that bumped Medicaid primary care payments up to Medicare rates expired recently, leading to a 42.8 percent average drop in fees for Medicaid primary care services, according to a study from the Urban Institute.
Funded by the federal government, the two-year increase in Medicaid fees gave physicians a financial incentive to accept more Medicaid patients. Conversely, the cuts may lead many physicians to stop accepting new Medicaid patients.
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