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How good is the nursing job market? Depends on where you are
Nursing jobs are frequently cited as among the most in-demand professions, but the reality is more complex, according to For example, although Massachusetts has large numbers of nursing students in search of a job, the ease of obtaining one varies by region, with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reporting that in 2013, nursing schools in the South had a 68 percent job offer rate for graduates, compared to 59 percent in the Midwest, 50 percent in the Northeast and 47 percent in the West.
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This Week at AzNA
Forty-Five Nurses attended AzNA’s annual Nurse Lobby Day at the Arizona Capitol to personally speak with their legislators — find out what they talked about and more of what happened at AzNA this week by reading the AzNA Blog. Login to leave us a comment and let you know what you think.
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REGISTRATION STILL AVAILABLE: AzNA Chapter 2 Tucson Presents Nurses of the Future
Friday, March 6, 2015, 0800-1600
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  • Documentation & Safe Nursing Practice
  • Nurse Fatigue
  • The Affordable Care Act
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Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.

Date Event Location
March 4, 2015APRN Lobby Day Az State Capitol
May 1, 2015
Promise of Nursing The Arizona Biltmore


Nurses Lobby Day — Feb. 11
This is the twelfth time that AzNA has sponsored Nurses Lobby Day at the AZ Capitol. While the issues and the meeting rooms have varied, the enthusiasm of the 50+ nurses attending has never waned. This year was no exception. Comments heard included “I just joined AzNA because that is what a professional nurse does. I saw the news about this meeting and it looked interesting. I am glad I came.”; “This is great, it is not at all what I expected”, and “I learned how much power I have to influence my legislators”. Forty eight of the 90 AZ Senators and Representatives were interviewed by nurses from their districts. Attendees were sorted by district by the AzNA staff and only legislators from those districts were contacted for appointments. Attendees met in the original Senate meeting room at the Capitol museum. They were welcomed by AzNA President Carol Stevens, and briefed by the AzNA public policy team before heading out for interviews. Each group was mentored by an experienced AzNA member.
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Nurses as a constituent resource: Measles
Nurses at Lobby Day were asked to present themselves to the legislators they met with as “Constituent Resources”. They gave each legislator a handout containing key facts about the control and prevention of Measles. Many meetings generated questions regarding vaccination rates and how long immunity lasts. That information was promised and will be provided to those who asked. It is possible that legislation will be dropped soon to address vaccination levels in AZ. AzNA members will be notified if action is required.
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Certified Nursing Assistants and the Board of Nursing
Legislators were given a “talking points” handout by nurses attending lobby day concerning CNA’s and the Board of Nursing. The financial stability of the Arizona Board of Nursing may be at risk and licensed RNs and LPNs subject to additional burdens because of the loss of general funds for the regulation of certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Lobby day attendees acknowledged to their legislators that the issue is complicated and that AzNA is available to offer in depth explanations of the issues. If legislation to remedy the situation is dropped, AzNA members will be notified and action items offered.
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Greetings from the Global Caring Foundation
You are cordially invited to endorse or nominate a mentor, leader, organization, and global health volunteers to be recognized during the Forces of Change Gala Night, a recognition event honoring the global forces of change. A self-nomination is acceptable. The Forces of Change Awards embodies Global Caring Nurses Foundation, Inc., dba Global Caring Foundation’s, a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, call to action by honoring outstanding individuals or organization who exemplify global health through their leadership and mentorship. Nominated by the Foundation members, their peers, and colleagues, honorees were chosen based on the demonstrated leadership and caring in the community and global society.

All honorees will receive a Certificate of Recognition at the Forces of Change Gala Night on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel (2435 S. 47th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85034).

    Awards Categories:
  • Achievement in Community Outreach – Awarded to the organization and an individual that has done an outstanding job providing healthcare such as medical mission, community health fair screening to disadvantaged communities in global society.
  • Executive Excellence Award – Awarded to an individual who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in guiding healthcare companies and organization to success.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Awarded to an individual whose lifelong work has significantly contributed to the core values of Global Caring: long term commitment to global health awareness, quality and excellence in education, professional development, leadership, and commitment to mentoring colleagues, students, healthcare practitioners, and others.
  • Excellence in Mentoring Award – Awarded to an individual or organization who truly go out of their way in supporting, encouraging, and promoting their colleagues, employees, members, students and others as they embark in their journey in research, education, personal and professional development, and leadership.
    • Clinical Practice
    • Community Outreach
    • Education
    • Leadership
    • Healthcare Related Business
An endorsement/nomination form must be submitted to or sent by fax to (480) 342-9651 or mail to:
  Global Caring Forces of Change Recognition Gala Night
  10943 E. Cosmos Circle
  Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

Selected honorees must submit a Mentor’s or Global Health volunteer’s photo and a 100 words description about the awardee by February 15, 2015 to be included in the Tribute program.

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Business education for nurses?
By Keith Carlson
While the words "business" and "nursing" have not often been used in the same sentence, 21st-century nursing demonstrates that these two terms are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Any firewall that has existed between nursing and finance must be dismantled, allowing nurses to have a voice both in the financial administration of the healthcare industry, and in the various aspects of small private practice and entrepreneurship.
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Study shows more stroke patients getting clot-buster quickly
HealthDay News
More community hospitals are giving a powerful clot-busting medication to stroke victims, improving their chances of survival and recovery, new research shows. These local hospitals are becoming more comfortable using the clot-busting drug tPA (tissue-plasminogen activator) due to a new treatment scheme known as "drip and ship," said study author Kevin Sheth, MD, chief of the neurocritical care and emergency neurology division at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.
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Even 'proper' technique exposes nurses' spines to dangerous forces
Scientists say nurses like Sunny Vespico are prime examples of what nursing schools and hospitals are doing wrong: They keep teaching nursing employees how to lift and move patients in ways that could inadvertently result in career-ending back injuries.
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No crosswalk from ICD-9, but ICD-10 is on track for October
By Scott E. Rupp
The "delay ICD-10" proponents have found themselves another piece of ammunition to use in their war against transitioning from the current ICD-9 coding system. The latest development in the never-ending fight against replacing the decades-old version is a new study from Vanderbilt University that suggests that mapping codes between ICD-9 and ICD-10 could be a problem. New data published in the Journal of the American Informatics Association reviewed 100 patient visits to the Vanderbilt Adult Primary Care Clinic. Visits coded manually with both ICD-9 and ICD-10 did not match when compared with general equivalence mappings and reimbursement mappings.
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Shared decision-making in chronic care
Medscape (free login required)
This qualitative review explores the relevance of integrating shared decision-making to evidence-based practice while examining different models that nurses can use with patients who have chronic conditions. Evidence-based practice is often translated into clinical practice guidelines. These guidelines often focus more on carrying out the guideline and less on the individual patient's values in the decision-making process.
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Inadequate physical activity increase healthcare costs in the US
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Despite the known health benefits of being physically active, only about half of U.S. adults meet the minimum guidelines for aerobic physical activity. In a recently published study in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, CDC and Emory University researchers reported that physically active adults had lower annual direct healthcare expenditures than adults participating in inadequate levels of physical activity. The study estimated that 11.1 percent of total healthcare expenditures were associated with inadequate levels of physical activity. This equates to about $117 billion per year of direct health care expenditures being associated with inadequate levels of physical activity.
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3 problems travel nurses can help resolve
Health Leaders Media
Seasonal staffing crunches are just one of the scenarios where travelling nurses might be a better option than maxing out OT or bringing in per diem nurses. Flu season hits. Your hospital has agreed to send some nurses to local health fairs, churches and community centers to tout the benefits of vaccination. It's a strain on schedules, but worth it. Then, amidst all the flu activity, three nurses announce that they're pregnant — and they're due within weeks of each other.
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Antibiotic use has more unwanted effects than previously thought
Medical News Today
We have known for some time that one of the unwanted side effects of taking antibiotics is their disruption of friendly microbes in the gut. But now a new study that takes a closer look suggests the consequences of long-term antibiotic use could be even more far-reaching than we thought.
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Balance can be an indicator of risk for stroke and cognitive decline
Researchers in Japan recently found a correlation between the ability to balance on one leg and the risk for stroke and cognitive decline in a study of over a thousand healthy adults. To assess the risks, the researchers looked for the presence of "microbleeds," which are tiny lesions in the brain that can lead to stroke and cognitive decline over time.
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Hand hygiene increases incidence of dermatitis among healthcare workers
The Medical News
A new study from The University of Manchester has revealed that the incidence of dermatitis has increased 4.5 times in healthcare workers following increased hand hygiene as a drive to reduce infections such as MRSA has kicked in. Researchers from the University's Institute of Population Health studied reports voluntarily submitted by dermatologists to a national database which is run by the University (THOR), between 1996 and 2012. Sixty percent of eligible U.K. dermatologists used this database which is designed to report skin problems caused or aggravated by work. They found that out of 7,138 cases of irritant contact dermatitis reported 1,796 were in healthcare workers.
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Chronic fatigue syndrome gets a new name
The New York Times
The Institute of Medicine on Feb. 10 proposed a new name and new diagnostic criteria for the condition that many still call chronic fatigue syndrome. An institute panel recommended that the illness be renamed "systemic exertion intolerance disease." The term reflects what patients, clinicians and researchers all agree is a core symptom: a sustained depletion of energy following minimal activity, called post-exertional malaise.
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