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The secret to creating nursing teams that soar
By Keith Carlson
As a relatively new nurse manager, I'm considering the ways in which I can powerfully inspire my team of nurses to be as functional, dynamic and cohesive as possible. It's clear that 21st-century nurses love strong leadership, but they also like to feel trusted and empowered. It's up to a nurse manager to walk a line that provides both. I serve as the director of nursing and chief nursing officer of a small home health agency, and we're poised to grow at a rapid rate in the next 12 to 18 months. Thus, creating a culture that we can maintain and nurture even as we grow is important to us.
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AzNA partners with the Arizona Action Coalition for an exclusive screening of The American Nurse
Wednesday May 6
12 noon & 7:00 p.m.
Digiplex Theater
13649 N. Litchfield Rd
Surprise, AZ 85379

The American Nurse is a heart-warming documentary that gives a voice to nurses who are on the front lines of the biggest issues facing America - aging, war, poverty, prisons - through the work and lives of five nurses. It is an examination of real people that will change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with the challenges of healing America. The American Nurse is an important contribution to America's ongoing conversation about what it means to care. Watch the trailer here:

Nurses can receive continuing education credit hours for attending the film at a special discounted rate, courtesy of

A portion of the proceeds from The American Nurse Project are donated to the American Nurses Foundation and the Arizona Action Coalition.

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Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.

Date Event Location
May 1
Promise of Nursing The Arizona Biltmore
July 25-2627th Annual Southwestern Regional Nurse Practitioner Clinical Symposium — REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Flagstaff, Arizona
Aug. 282nd Annual National Association of Hispanic Nurses: Phoenix Chapter Conference REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Flagstaff, Arizona
Sept. 23-25
AzNA Biennial Convention — The Changing Landscape of Healthcare: Trends in Nursing Leadership, Practice & Education – DATE CHANGE! MARK YOUR CALENDAR! San Marcos Resort, Chandler, Arizona


Ethics Symposium Part of ANA's 'Year of Ethics'
Acting ethically is critical to effective nursing practice and high- quality patient care. To highlight the importance of ethics in the nursing profession, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is convening its inaugural Ethics Symposium this summer to connect nurses with the nation's most influential experts to create a culture of ethical practice, build ethical competencies and resilience, and strengthen the ethical foundation of nursing. The two-day symposium takes place June 4-5 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Md. Symposium attendees can expect to learn critical elements of an ethical practice environment and how to implement “ethical watchfulness” into daily work. The symposium also will address ethical situations nurses face today, aim to equip nurses with strategies and tools to help them manage ethical situations more effectively, and provide opportunities to learn from health care professionals who have acted on their ethical beliefs.

The 2015 ANA Ethics Symposium is targeted to nurses involved in or who may influence ethics decisions, such as chief nursing officers, nurse managers, staff nurses on staffing committees, staffing coordinators, risk managers and quality-assurance managers. To register, please visit this site. For additional information, please contact ANA by calling 800-274-4ANA (4262) or via email at

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The AZ Executive Branch has completed its post legislative session duties
This year Arizona legislators introduced 1163 bills and passed 344, many of which had just hit Governor Ducey’s desk when Representatives and Senators left town “sine die” on April 3. His obligation, then, was to approve by signing or disapprove by vetoing those bills. He vetoed 20 and either signed the rest or let them become law after a waiting period without his signature. You can see all of the bills of interest to AzNA, discover whether they passed or failed, and read about them by looking on the AzNA Nurses List HERE and clicking on a bill number. You will see Chapter numbers in the list of bills under status. Chaptered bills, also known as “session laws” are numbered in order to be accessible to everyone in the interim times before the official statutes can be updated in the fall. The effective date for legislation passed in this session without an emergency clause is July 3, 2015.
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Members made the difference with their letters at the end of the legislative session
HB 2196 Nursing Aides, Assistants was stalled in the waning days of the session. AzNA sent out a call for action asking members to send letters to their Senators and Representatives. Thanks to all of you who wrote sending 78 letters to your Senators and 150 letters to your Representatives. The bill passed and has been Chaptered. This bill was developed by the Board of Nursing to address the potential loss of general funds to underwrite the certification and regulation of Certified Nursing Assistants. The legislation created two categories: certified nursing assistants (CNAs), which meet the Federal standards and are listed on registry and licensed nursing assistants (LNAs) who will pay a fee and be subject to a higher level of regulation. It requires that in the future all medication assistants must be LNAs
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American Nurses Association National Nurses Week 2015 Free Webinar
My Patient, My Code, My Practice: Ethical Decision-making and Action

Thursday, May 7, 2015 1:00 p.m. EDT, Noon CDT, 11:00 a.m. MDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT

Nurses face ethical dilemmas related to patient care and its practice on a daily basis. Dealing with these ethical situations requires finding the best option and acting to resolve the issue. Success is often dependent on a supportive work environment, and without it, nurses often feel a high level of moral distress and fatigue.

ANA’s National Nurses Week free webinar provides practical advice, based on extensive research, to help staff nurses and managers take the lead in ethical situations. Incorporating the provisions from the revised Code of Ethics for Nursing, experts will explore several case studies that apply to common day-to-day dilemmas, not just high-visibility issues. You will gain a better understanding of the daily stresses experienced when making ethical decisions, and recognize the importance of employing self-care and self-awareness. Attend this informative webinar and earn free CE credit. Register today!

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Invitation to participate in PAID Medical Device Evaluation Study

    Participant Requirements:
    Respondent must be a licensed:
    Registered Nurse; Nurse Practitioner; Physician Assistant

    20 Healthcare Professionals needed:
    (10) HCP participants WITH negative pressure wound therapy device experience
    (10) HCP participants WITHOUT have negative pressure wound therapy device experience

    * $115 - RN's
    * $160 - NP's and PA's

    All participants will be issued an honorarium at the conclusion of their session.

    Study Dates and Session Length:
    Monday, May 11 - Thursday, May 14, 2015
    Each one-on-one session will run for approximately 35-45 minutes.

    Study Location:
    2141 E Broadway Suite 201 Tempe, AZ 85282
    p: 480.247.7182

    To be considered for this study, along with our future studies, we invite you to click here to join the Research Collective Respondent Panel. Qualified respondents will be contacted for further qualification and for scheduling. As this project only requires interviews with 20 HCP’s, if you are not scheduled for this study, please be assured we will contact you to gauge your interest and availability for one of our future studies. Thank You.

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Optimizing the use of telephone nursing advice for upper respiratory infection symptoms
The study sample included 279,625 calls from adults 18 years and older that resulted in self-care advice for URI symptoms in 2009. Utilizing electronic medical records of these calls and follow-ups, we determined the rate of return calls within 7 days and the clinical outcomes associated with these. Advice for self-care at home was considered sufficient if no return calls received within 7 days of the original call were associated with the need for a “higher” level of care, such as an appointment.
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Male nurses are on the rise — filling a need and making a living
Healthline News
Is the trend of men going into nursing — and getting paid at a higher rate — an unlikely result of the women’s rights movement? When an alcoholic gets unruly during detox, the nurses at UnityPoint Health-Trinity in Rock Island, Illinois, know who on their team to call. Or if an elderly man with dementia gets combative and starts screaming at his wife, this team member can help, too.
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Get to know the designer drug N-bomb and its effects
By Lynn Hetzler
Recreational use of designer psychoactive drugs is rising dramatically. Designer drugs have gained popularity since law enforcement and legislation have made it more difficult for recreational users to secure cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, opioids and cannabis. These restrictions have encouraged suppliers and users to seek alternatives. Illicit drug makers usually create designer drugs by modifying the molecular structures of existing illegal drugs in hopes of producing similar effects.
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Research highlights devastating health effects of energy drinks
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Along with an alarming rise in obesity, energy drinks are leading to increasing statistics of negative social, emotional and behavioral issues as well as other long-term health effects. Now policymakers and physician groups are coming together to push for serious sales restrictions of these drinks — especially to children under 18. These groups point to a series of recent studies on energy drinks that have created a furor across the country.
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Antibiotic shortages on rise in the US
HealthDay News
Shortages of antibiotics, including those used to treat drug-resistant infections, may be putting patients at risk for sickness and death, according to a new report. Between 2001 and 2013, there were shortages of 148 antibiotics. And the shortages started getting worse in 2007, researchers found. In the study, nearly half the shortages were for antibiotics needed to treat severe infections.
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More kids with Type 1 diabetes facing dangerous complication
HealthDay News
A growing number of American children and teens with Type 1 diabetes are experiencing a life-threatening complication at the time of their diagnosis, a new study finds. Researchers say a lack of insurance may mean some children are getting diagnosed with Type 1 late in its development, when serious complications can arise. The complication is called diabetic ketoacidosis, which involves dangerously high blood sugar and substances in the blood called ketones. Patients with the condition can suffer long-term health damage.
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Oncology nurses help identify signs of distress in cancer patients
Cancer Network
One of the most important things is working out the process of having the patient fill the self-report out before the clinical encounter with the oncology nurse. In my setting, when the patient checks in at the reception desk, we have this screening-for-distress tool given to the patient so that by the time they come and are entered into the clinical exam room they have had time to fill it out before the nurse comes in to review it.
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New technology may make blood tests convenient, painless
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison a new tool may make it easier for patients to pull blood samples from home. The device would extract blood by only being held up against the skin for about two minutes, according to an UW-Madison announcement. The process — in which a vacuum within the device enables a small sample of blood to flow into an attached sample tube — is virtually pain-free, the announcement cites users as saying.
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