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FDA grants waiver for 15-minute flu test
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments waiver to allow a nucleic acid-based influenza test to be used in physician offices, emergency departments, health department clinics and other healthcare facilities. The Alere i Influenza A & B test — which can be performed in the presence of the patient — uses a nasal swab sample and can provide results in as little as 15 minutes. Although negative results do not completely rule out an influenza virus infection, the test can aid physicians and healthcare professionals in their diagnosis and evaluation processes.
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Call for Nominations
Seats are open on the 2015 Board of Directors as well as the Nominations and Bylaws Committees. Members elected in 2015 will serve on the board from Oct. 23, 2015 through 2017 Biennial Convention.
If you wish to run for one of the AzNA Board of Directors or an Elected Committee position, click here for more information. Deadline for submission is Aug. 21, 2015.
AzNA leadership positions provide opportunities for leadership as well as being professionally and personally rewarding. Volunteer to take a seat at the table.
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 email@example.com if you are interested in participating.
Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.
Rocky road ahead for healthcare
Republican Doug Ducey is now Arizona's 23rd governor. It is fair to say that based on the comments in his inauguration speech severe cuts in the budget can be foreseen People are talking about the possibility of a 5 percent cut in reimbursement to all Medicaid providers, and there is the possibility that he will drop the state’s legal support for the Medicaid expansion, expediting the lawsuit to overturn it.
From this early vantage point, it appears that everything old is new again. Proponents of the “right to Refuse Service” bill are promising to bring it back. Opponents of the 2012 Medicaid Expansion have been given the judicial green light to move forward in the courts to have the law overturned. The AzNA Public Policy Team is already at the table in stakeholder meetings discussing language and provisions for impending bills. Come to the PUBLIC POLICY DAY on Jan. 16 for the latest update on this year’s legislative activity.
The Nurse Training Act aka Title VIII Lives
In the closing days of the 2014 Congress HR83 – a 1600+ page Omnibus and Continuing Resolution bill passed Congress and was signed by President Obama. The Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriation shows the Omnibus portion of H.R. 83 to be 156.8 billion in discretionary spending, which is the same as funding levels in FY 2014. The total funding levels for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Program is $231.622 million which is a 3.5 percent increase from last year (that's a $7.78 million increase).
- Advanced Nursing Education: $63.581 million (3.2 percent increase over FY 2014)
- Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention: $39.913 million (5 percent increase over FY 2014)
- Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program: $4.5 million (3.2 percent increase over FY 2014)
- Nurse Faculty Loan Program: $26.5 million (7.9 percent increase over FY 2014)
- NURSE Corps Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program: $81.785 million (2.2 percent increase over FY 2014)
- Nursing Workforce Diversity did not receive an increase
- National Institute of Nursing Research received $140.953 million (0.3 percent increase over FY 2014)
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH
Your Input Needed — Respond to a Survey
As a valued member of the Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA), you are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by a Barrett Honors Nursing student from Arizona State University. The survey will explore the level and type of public policy involvement among registered nurses (RN) who are members of AzNA. Furthermore, the study aims to identify the knowledge base and motivation of nurses and their involvement in public policy as well as the barriers and benefits.
For this study, we ask that you complete the electronic survey below by Jan. 31.The survey should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Responses will remain anonymous.
Click here to take the survey.
Participating in this study is voluntary and you are free to withdraw your participation from this study at any time. However, by completing and submitting this survey, you are indicating your consent to participate in the research study.
If you have any questions regarding the survey or this research project in general, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your participation is appreciated!
Blood-borne Pathogen Exposure Control for Healthcare Facilities
Jan. 23, 2015, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Phoenix, AZ
While many infectious disease control workshops focus on the protection of the patient population - this course focuses on the protection of the healthcare worker. The day long workshop is an interactive training session with group discussions and activities. Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn the latest safeguards to protect yourself from the health hazards associated with blood-borne pathogens. This is an OSHA approved course (#7200) and is not connected to any commercial entity.
Presented by Western OSHA Education Center at ASU.
The course has been submitted for 6.0 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours (pending approval).
Arizona State University, through its Academy for Continuing Education (ACE) in support of the College of Nursing & Health Innovation, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Arizona Nurses' Association (AzNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.
For more information and to register, click here.
Electronic Health Records Research Survey
If you are a nurse who documents and interacts regularly with an Electronic Health Record as part of your daily work, we want to hear from you! Our research study, “Investigating Nurses’ Experiences with Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)” is seeking to test a survey we developed and better describe nurse experience with the benefits and challenges of Electronic Health Records.
Click here to participate in our research study. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The first section is the consent, followed by demographics, and then the actual survey.
Your participation in this research will remain confidential.
An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.
Jane M. Carrington, Ph.D., RN and Sheila Gephart, Ph.D., RN
12th annual Nutrition & Health Conference
The premier nutrition conference for health professionals in the U.S. is happening this May in Phoenix!
12th Annual Nutrition & Health Conference
State of the Science and Clinical Applications
May 4 – 6, 2015
Ethics CE Course online Jan. 21
Join Margaret Hegge, EdD, MS, RN, FAAN, as she gives a brief history of the Code of Ethics for Nurses and its updates and changes in the 2015 edition, reviews the process of the code revision and discusses current influences that may impact your practice. Learn how to use this set of guidelines as a road map to help you navigate complex ethical dilemmas and important decisions in your health care environment. Register here: “Keeping the CODE.”
Nurse coaching on the rise
By Keith Carlson
The profession of coaching has been in existence for a number of years. While life coaching is the form of coaching with which the public is most familiar, nurses are now entering this burgeoning field in large numbers, in various aspects of the profession. However, many nurses are still confused as to what nurse coaches actually do, and where they may pursue legitimate professional coach training.
Can social media depict mental illnesses?
By Jessica Taylor
Social media is a tool for users to express themselves, check on their friends and spread news. Now, researchers are trying to use this primary source of communication to determine if individuals show signs of mental illness. Using social media and technology to track mental health could be a scary thought, because unlike measuring glucose levels, there is no direct way to measure mental illness.
Flu season on track to be worst since 2008
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
On any day in December 2014, an average of 4 percent of Americans reported having the flu, according to Gallup — one of the highest rates of flu in the U.S. in the last seven years.
The all-time high flu rate was in January 2013, when an average of 4.7 percent of Americans reported having the flu.
Flu seasons typically peak in January or February, so this flu season could be one of the worst ever since Gallup started measuring the flu in 2008, according to Gallup.
Nurses: The biggest factor in providing better care?
The conventional thinking goes that better doctors will lead to better care, but perhaps it's really nurses who have more power to improve patient outcomes.
One organization, the nonprofit Partners in Health (PIH), thinks so — which is why it has started a mentorship program that aims to extend patients' lives by training better nurses, according to NPR.
Why we need more nurses on hospital boards
By Joan Spitrey
At the end of 2014, the Nurses on Boards Coalition was formed to promote the increase of nurses on corporate and nonprofit health-related boards of directors in the United States. According to a 2011 American Hospital Association survey, nurses comprised 6 percent of the hospital board members. This was in contrast to physicians, who represented 20 percent of hospital boards. It is clear that in order for our complex healthcare system to be successful, key stakeholders, such as nurses, need to be in key decision-making positions.
Study finds certification may impact surgical patients
Infection Control Today
Results from a recent study indicate specialty nursing certification contributes to improved surgical patient outcomes in hospitals nationwide. Published in the November 2014 issue of AORN Journal, the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the research was conducted by the staff at the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) and the University of Kansas. It was sponsored by the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI).
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CDC: About 1 in 7 older adults has some form of lung disease
Nearly 15 percent, or about one out of seven, middle-aged and older U.S. adults suffer from lung disorders such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), health officials said.
While 10 percent of those people experience mild breathing problems, more than one-third of them report moderate or severe respiratory symptoms, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Self-care in the nursing field: Do you dare?
By Rachel Y. Hill
Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers, but it can also be one of the most challenging. When we consider the complex needs of our patients, the demands of our employers and the ongoing changes in healthcare, there are so many reasons why self-care is so important. Once upon a time, nursing dealt a great deal with diligence and service to others. The premise that "it is better to give than to receive" was a commonly accepted, and with good reason. The good news is that nursing continues to remain about caring for others, but self-care is also crucial.
Measles outbreak underscores vaccination debate
Visitors to Disneyland expect to come in contact with Mickey and Minnie, not the measles, but the California Department of Public Health determined a recent outbreak began at the park, where the highly contagious disease easily spread. Officials fear thousands may have been exposed.
Most of those infected were never vaccinated, CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports.
The wearable bandwagon: Should providers jump on?
The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year is all about wearable technology, which the Consumer Electronics Association says represents a billion-dollar market in America. And as excitement over Apple's smart watch and other innovations brews, there's a lot of talk about the potential of mobile wearables and health-tracking mobile apps to improve consumer health by engaging people in their own health.
However, while mobile tracking and cool-looking health gadgetry holds a lot of promise, can it really make a dent in what physicians must increasingly consider — quality improvement scores? And has the technology evolved enough for providers to incorporate wearables into their care strategy?
Uninsured rate falls to 12.9 percent
Becker's Hospital CFO
The uninsured rate among adults in the U.S. for the fourth quarter of 2014 averaged 12.9 percent, which is a significant drop from the uninsured rate for the same period one year ago of 17.1 percent, according to Gallup. The uninsured rate in the fourth quarter of 2014 was only slightly down from the 13.4 percent uninsured rate in the third quarter of 2014.
Rotating night shift work puts nurses in jeopardy
Working in healthcare, it turns out, may be hazardous to your health.
Nurses who work rotating night shifts have an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) as well as lung cancer, according to a study of nearly 75,000 female registered nurses set to be published in the March 2015 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Newly discovered antibiotic kills pathogens without resistance
For years, pathogens' resistance to antibiotics has put them one step ahead of researchers, which is causing a public health crisis, according to university distinguished professor Kim Lewis at Northeastern University in Boston, Massaschusetts.
However, in new research, Lewis and his colleagues present a newly discovered antibiotic that eliminates pathogens without encountering any detectable resistance — a finding that challenges long-held scientific beliefs and holds great promise for treating chronic infections like tuberculosis and those caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
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