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By Keith Carlson
Healthcare and nursing are collaborative by nature, and collaboration is fueled by communication. A collaborative modus operandi greases the wheels of healthcare, improves outcomes and ultimately impacts the "double bottom line" of people and profits. Since two potentially powerful results of collaboration are satisfied staff and healthier patients, it behooves nurse leaders to champion collaboration and healthy communication as praiseworthy means to myriad positive ends.
Nurse Lobby Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 19 at the Arizona State Capitol. This event is key to pushing APRN Consensus Legislation through the Arizona Legislature. The goal of this legislation is to allow all APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training. For more information on this important legislation, please visit the AzNA Top Issues page.
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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 2016.
Term of service is two years, Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2018 unless specifically stated otherwise. Nominations for the initial slate must be submitted via the online nomination form by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Jan. 15. A second Call for Nominations will be conducted for those elective positions with insufficient nominations. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor of the Membership Assembly. If you have any questions regarding ANA’s national elections, email email@example.com.
Members of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Committee on Nursing Practice Standards are conducting a research study to obtain information on the dissemination and adoption of ANA’s Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice document. Researchers are seeking active registered nurses in the United States of America, regardless of practice role or setting, to complete an anonymous 10 minute survey. To participate, click on the study link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ANAScope-Standards. Thank you in advance for your time, participation, and dissemination of this research participation opportunity to your colleagues and acquaintances. For more information about this study, contact Verna Sitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date is Feb. 29, 2016.
“The American Nurses Association has long supported the right of registered nurses and others to join together and have a voice in their work environments. ANA has a strong track record of advocating for nurses and protecting nurses’ legal right to organize and bargain collectively. Furthermore, the importance of collective action is underscored in The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements. The Code establishes the ethical standard for the profession and provides a guide for nurses to use in analysis and decision-making.
Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced the release of a mobile version of the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) toolkit from the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing). Developed by Lippincott Solutions, the free mobile app is designed to help nurses and other healthcare professionals gain rapid access to trusted PTSD information to support and inform care decisions.
For the first time in many years, over one hundred nurses will gather at the State Capitol to learn about how the legislature works, watch hearings, gather in both the House and Senate Galleries and lobby their legislators. Unique is the large number, and the presence of RNs, APRNS, and students from across the state and from all four specialty APRN organizations. The mission: to persuade Senators and Representatives to support a landmark bill which will implement these powerful words from the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report. “Now is the time to eliminate the outdated regulations and organizational and cultural barriers that limit the ability of nurses to practice to the full extent of their education, training and competence.”
1. Watch a House or Senate session at 1:00. The galleries will be filled with nurses. Choose either the House Floor or the Senate Floor.
2. Write to one of your legislators and say that you can’t be at Lobby Day, but you hope that they will support the bill that the nurses who visit them will discuss. Just look up your District number HERE and then pick a name to match the number here: SENATORS or REPRESENTATIVES.
3. Post on FACEBOOK. There will be posts from the nurses at the meeting. Read them, like them, share them!!
Pharmacists have worked with stakeholders and the legislature to perfect an expansion to their Scope of Practice. Approved at the Sunrise hearings, the bill has been introduced as SB1112 and is being reviewed by the AzNA PPCommittee. Positions on this and other new bills will be published when available on the Nurses’ List of Bills. Remember, when you read this document, that the black writing is not being considered. Red writing shows proposed deletions and Blue writing shows proposed new language.
Democratic Rep. Victoria Steele of Tucson resigned her seat in the Arizona House of Representatives one day after the session began. She is seeking to challenge U.S. Republican Rep. Martha McSally, in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District. Before filing her letter of resignation, she filed a final bill, HB2110.
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The Alzheimer's Association, Desert Southwest Chapter is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our 2016 Education Conference.
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Continued demand has contributed to job security and good salaries for nurses. Prospects are especially good for registered nurses who receive additional education and enter a nursing specialty field.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The 2014 median pay was $66,640 annually, for registered nurses.
By Christina Thielst
Social media is a powerful communication and connection tool that is being applied in healthcare environments for a range of purposes and audiences. Despite its many benefits, it does present some risks — the most common concern being the posting of private health information causing a HIPAA violation and legal liability. This points to the importance of having policies that specifically address social media and balance the risk of liability of the employer with the rights of employees.
Hospitals & Health Networks
A shortage of registered nurses has become so severe at one South Dakota hospital that it’s actually been forced to close hospital beds.
Rapid City Regional Hospital has 417 licensed beds, but up to 20 of them are going unused each day, due to a lack of RNs, ABC affiliate "KOTA Territory News" reports. The hospital has even resorted to using temp nurses to fill the void, Laura Wightman, R.N., chief nursing officer for the hospital’s parent health system, tells the local TV station.
Patients who take morphine pills for lower back pain may experience changes in the volume of the brain's gray matter in as little as a month, a small study suggests.
In the 30-day experiment, researchers gave 11 patients daily morphine pills and 10 people placebos and then took magnetic resonance imaging scans to see if treatment impacted the brain.
The morphine group had gray matter volume declines of about 3 percent in regions of the brain thought to regulate emotions, cravings and responses to pain and volume increases in areas believed to be responsible for learning, memory and executive function. No changes occurred with the placebo.
By Scott E. Rupp
There's a big problem with duplicate patient records across the U.S., according to the American Health Information Management Association. The organization says the majority of health information management professionals routinely work to mitigate duplicate patient records with the patients they encounter. According to a recent survey, 72 percent face these troubles each week, while less than half said they have a quality assurance step in their registration process.
Advance Healthcare Network
Nurse informaticists are currently in high demand due to the U.S. Affordable Care Act (ACA) Federal Regulations, as well as the Medicare program. Today, healthcare staff and administrators are required to use technical resources such as the electronic health record (EHR) to improve healthcare quality, safety and efficiency, while reducing national/state health disparities in the general population.
Reuters via MedPage Today
People who have both diabetes and depression may have an easier time keeping their blood sugar levels under control if they also take medication to address their mental health symptoms, a U.S. study suggests. Diabetics can be more prone to depression and stress than other individuals, and these mental health problems are linked to increased risks of dangerously high blood sugar levels and other serious complications, previous research has found.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Flu season is unpredictable. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, annual estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. Despite the severity of last season, the current flu season so far has been mild. Compare December 2014, when a few thousand cases were reported each week, to December 2015, when only several hundred cases were confirmed per week.
Medical News Today
A new study may explain why flu appears to hit men harder than women. Researchers who tested various forms of the female sex hormone estrogen — which is also present in men — on nasal cells from men and women, found the compounds reduced virus replication in the female but not the male cells. The researchers also noticed that the estrogens exerted their antiviral effects through the estrogen receptor beta. Receptors are "gatekeeper" proteins that only allow entry to cell-stimulating molecules that can bind to them.
By Chelsea Adams
Between 2001 and 2010, there was a fourfold increase in emergency department use of CT scans to evaluate respiratory symptoms. And that increase is too much, according to a new study. "Beyond the risk posed by ionizing radiation, high-resolution CT may have unintended downstream consequences related to incidental findings and overdiagnosis, leading to a costly and potentially harmful diagnostic, therapeutic or interventional cascade," the researchers wrote.
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