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A little over a month into 2019, the Centers for Disease Control has confirmed 101 individual cases of measles — in 10 states — in the U.S. These states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. As nurses, we have a responsibility to educate patients about vaccinations and the implications when vaccine-preventable diseases reemerge. "The ability of nurses to quickly assess patients for infectious diseases saves lives by reducing the potential spread of this highly communicable disease,” reports Barbara Pate, Ph.D., MPH, RN. The majority of the confirmed cases, in the U.S., are people who were not vaccinated. As frontline professionals, nurses can stay informed about the current outbreak and recommendations for vaccinations.
Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28, 2019 | Scottsdale, AZ
Join us for our 5th Annual Retreat for Nurses! Give yourself the gift of time. As a nurse you are busy caring for others, often times neglecting your own needs. This weekend will provide you skills toward maintaining balance and synergy of your physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, personal and professional wellbeing. Our presenters will lead us through practical skills and relaxation techniques that will build resiliency into your daily life. More Information
Requests to observe the 2019 Membership Assembly, for both ANA members and non-members, are now being accepted! Requests must be submitted by Friday, May 17, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
To submit a request, click on the link: Membership Assembly Observer Request Form. NOTE: The following information will be needed to submit a request:
A request to observe should be submitted only if you expect the individual to attend; the meeting room will accommodate approximately 100 observers. ANA will confirm that the request has been received by sending a link to the online registration site to the e-mail address provided with the request, beginning on March 27. Individuals should not proceed with plans to observe until they have received the link to the registration site. The registration fee for observers is $400.00. This fee does not cover travel or hotel fees.
- Full name
- ANA membership number (if applicable)
- Affiliation (e.g., C/SNA, IMD, other organization)
- Phone number
- Mailing address
- E-mail address
Just released in 2019, the ANA Issue Brief on Reporting Incidents of Workplace Violenc ewas developed by the #EndNurseAbuse Professional Issues Panel and focuses on barriers to reporting workplace violence.
Read it in its entirety here.
ANA Virtual Career Fair
March 19, 2019 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Arizona Time
Job hunting can be stressful. Trust us, we know. That’s why we’re hosting the 2019 ANA Virtual Career Fair on March 19. Register for this exclusive event and unlock access to hundreds of healthcare employers who are looking to hire great nurses like you.
Here’s how it works:
There’s a world of possibilities right here at your fingertips!
- You review the employers who are hiring and the jobs available
- You choose the employers you want to interact with
- You engage directly with those employers in one-on-one interviews
- You talk to as many employers as you want during the three-hour event
BONUS! Register today and you’re automatically entered into a raffle to win a $500 Visa gift card!
Don’t let your friends and colleagues celebrate Certified Nurses Day without you! As a token of our appreciation for all you do for your patients, colleagues, and community, we’re offering you 25% OFF your certification application fees. That’s a savings of nearly $100! Join the ranks of more than 200K ANCC-certified nurses – apply for your ANCC certification today!
Apply before March 31 to take advantage of this one-time offer.
Saving money is easy:
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Limiting sugar is difficult because it's everywhere, including salad dressings, sauces, and breads.
Sign up for this 5-day challenge to eat less sugar. We've got some great daily tips to help you succeed. Challenge begins March 11.
Sign up here.
Spring is the season of rebirth. It brings new opportunities, optimism, and a chance to start fresh.
This Renew Challenge will provide tips to help you renew and refresh your mind and body.
Starts March 18. Join here.
This challenge is powered by support from Humana.
|MARCH 14, 2019||Stress and How to Overcome: AzNA Chapter 2 Tucson – RSVP TODAY
||Tucson, AZ |
|APR. 12, 2019||Spring Nursing Education Collaborative: REGISTER TODAY
||Chamberlain University, Phoenix |
|APR. 26-28, 2019||Renewal Retreat for Nurses: REGISTER TODAY
||Scottsdale, AZ |
|JULY 27-28, 2019||31st Annual Southwestern Regional Nurse Practitioner Symposium: REGISTER TODAY
||Mesa, AZ |
|SEPT. 19-20, 2019||AzNA Centennial Celebration: SAVE THE DATE!
||Chandler, AZ |
| || EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH|
April 5-6, May 3-4 | Phoenix, AZ
Twice a year, Duet trains faith community nurses through our Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course. The American Nurses Association (ANA) defines Faith Community Nursing (FCN) as “the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting holistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community.” Duet’s Director of Congregational Health, April M. Polley, RN, BSN, MBA, is certified to teach this course and we are pleased to offer this standardized curriculum. This course is based on the curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, a ministry of Church Health Center. More Information
The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments will be launching an Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship program starting June 2019! Applications for the fellowship are now open. The ANHE Fellowship is designed to increase nurses’ capacity to assess and address environmental health issues, with a focus on community-level impact and solutions to advance health equity for those disproportionately affected by environmental hazards. The Fellowship is a year-long program including environmental health education to gain a more thorough understanding of how environmental risks impact human health, as well as advocacy and community organizing, engagement, and empowerment basics. Three nurse fellows will be selected from each of the 10 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regions (total of 30 fellows). Learn more about the ANHE Fellowship, criteria for applicants, and how to apply here. The application deadline is March 31.
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Associated Press via WIS-TV
A London man appears to be free of the AIDS virus after a stem cell transplant — the second success, including the “Berlin patient,” doctors reported.
The therapy had an early success with Timothy Ray Brown, a U.S. man treated in Germany who is 12 years post-transplant and still free of HIV. Until now, Brown is the only person thought to have been cured of infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Medical experts believe our cavalier use of antibiotics has sparked a growing global health crisis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health challenges of the modern day. Each year in the U.S., at least two million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die, according to the CDC.
But what if doctors could solve the problem by using viruses that have evolved to attack these deadly superbugs?
By Tammy Adams
Several social media platforms are facing public scrutiny over their role in promoting misleading health information, especially relating to the anti-vaccination movement, which many experts say has contributed to the outbreak of contagious illnesses, like measles, in areas around the country. At a time where it seems everyone has a platform, there is a global need for medically and scientifically accurate information from reliable sources to help inform public health knowledge. SERMO is a leading social network for over 800,000 fully verified and licensed physicians around the world. When it comes to the anti-vaccination movement, SERMO surveyed its community to find out how physicians really feel.
The New York Times
The number of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since the collection of federal mortality data started in 1999, according to an analysis by two public health nonprofits, the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust. To reach their conclusion, the two groups parsed the latest available data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Influenza's shifty nature has thwarted scientists' efforts to develop a vaccine that could be administered once, or rarely, and provide long-lasting protection against most or all strains. Antiviral drugs like Tamiflu, administered post-infection, can be effective, but some quickly shifting strains soon become resistant to the drugs.
Research published recently in Science details the early development of what might eventually become a drug that's more broadly effective. It's designed to target areas of the influenza virus that hold constant from strain to strain.
Good Morning America
The ketogenic, or keto, diet is one of the trendiest diets right now, but a new study is raising red flags about a potential heart risk tied to low-carbohydrate diets like keto.
The study, which will be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting, found that people on low-carb diets were 18 percent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder, than people on a moderate-carb diet.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via PhysOrg
Many types of cancer could be more easily treated if they were detected at an earlier stage. MIT researchers have now developed an imaging system, named "DOLPHIN," which could enable them to find tiny tumors, as small as a couple of hundred cells, deep within the body.
In a new study, the researchers used their imaging system, which relies on near-infrared light, to track a 0.1-millimeter fluorescent probe through the digestive tract of a living mouse. They also showed that they can detect a signal to a tissue depth of eight centimeters, far deeper than any existing biomedical optical imaging technique.
The researchers hope to adapt their imaging technology for early diagnosis of ovarian and other cancers that are currently difficult to detect until late stages.
Washington University School of Medicine
People with inflammatory bowel disease live with frequent, miserable episodes of abdominal pain, diarrhea and, in severe cases, rectal bleeding. Standard treatments are aimed at directly suppressing inflammation, but many patients find little relief from such an approach. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found a compound that may treat IBD without directly targeting inflammation. The compound tamps down the activity of a gene linked to blood clotting. They discovered that the gene was turned on at sites of intestinal inflammation and damage, and blocking its activity reduces IBD symptoms in mice.
Medical News Today
In a new study called the MooDFOOD trial, a team from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the University of Balearic Islands in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and the University of Leipzig in Germany decided to find out whether different dietary strategies would have any effect on mental health outcomes in overweight or obese people.
"Because depression is such a common problem, finding effective and widely available ways to prevent depression at a population level is an important goal," notes Prof. Ed Watkins, one of the study authors.
The researchers' findings, which now appear in JAMA, offer some hope that certain dietary interventions could be helpful. However, the overall suggestion is that simply making nutritional changes may not be enough to prevent instances of depression.
HealthDay News via WebMD
Want a daytime pick-me-up that may also benefit your blood pressure? Take a nap, researchers suggest.
"Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes," said Dr. Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist at Asklepieion General Hospital in Voula, Greece.
For each hour you nap, systolic blood pressure drops an average of 3 mm Hg, the researchers found. Systolic pressure — the top number in a blood pressure reading — is the force of your blood pushing against your arteries when your heart beats. Diastolic pressure — the bottom number — is the force between heart beats.
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