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Nurses: Crimefighters without capes
The Huffington Post
The police brought him in, but they didn't solve the mystery of who the unconscious man was, a nurse did. He was brought into the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the primary county hospital and the only level-1 trauma center in Miami-Dade, with a blunt force injury to the head, found unconscious on the sidewalk, no witnesses, in the middle of the day. What happened? Who was this man? At this point, he was just another victim of the city, seemingly unnamed and unknown. Hours after being admitted, his brain bleed worsened and he was taken to surgery, still unnamed, still unknown.
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Happy Nurses Week!
As National Nurses Week 2015 draws to a close, the Arizona Nurses Association wants to take one last opportunity to say Thank You to all of our nurse members who work hard every day to bring healthcare to all of Arizona. We are so proud of all of you for being amazing nurses and for being part of the most trusted profession for the last 14 years running. Thank you, also, for supporting the Arizona Nurses Association’s work to advance the nursing profession and promote a healthier Arizona. We couldn’t do it without our amazing community of members — YOU! Many Thanks from all of us at AzNA
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AzNA in the News Twice During Nurses Week
Over the last week, AzNA has appeared in local print media twice! On May 3, the article ‘Vaccines are a Victim of Their Own Success’ appeared in The Arizona Republic featuring statements by AzNA Executive Director Robin Schaeffer and AzNA member Gail Hock, who is program manager for community partnerships for The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI). Additionally, on May 6, to kick off National Nurses Week, the article 'National Nurses Week: May 6-12 – All types of nurses play a crucial role in healthcare’ appeared in the LivingWell insert of The Arizona Republic. Congratulations to all involved in both of these great articles.
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  Calling All RN Night Owls! Land at O.A.S.I.S Hospital

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Registration for Convention Now Open!
First 50 to register ENTERED TO WIN a FitBit!

Registration for AzNA’s Biennial Convention being held at the San Marcos Resort in Chandler, Arizona Sept. 23-25, 2015 is NOW OPEN.
You told us what you want. We listened. A panel of AzNA members have met for several months to plan this exciting agenda designed to give you the latest information about issues of the day.
  • Special appearance by the Honorable Jan Brewer, former Governor of Arizona
  • Keynote by Colleen Sweeney, creator of The Patient Empathy Product.
  • Three Tracks focusing on Leadership, Education and Practice
  • IGNITE! panel presentations featuring nurse executives, nurse educators and nurse clinicians – rapid fire presentations lead by a panel of experts responding to focused topics and questions
We’ll see you there!
Register Today!

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Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.

Date Event Location
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 Scottsdale, Arizona
Sept. 23-25
AzNA Biennial Convention — The Changing Landscape of Healthcare: Trends in Nursing Leadership, Practice & Education – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! San Marcos Resort, Chandler, Arizona


Prepare now for an ever expanding election season
Public policy impacting nurses and healthcare is set every day in local, state and federal agencies. That policy is driven by the people you elect to public office. In 2014 only 41 percent of registered voters in AZ voted in the general election. For a fascinating and easy civics lesson now visit the Project Vote Smart website. Enter your zip code +4 and see a photo list of all YOUR elected state and national officials from U.S. President to County Supervisors to City Council members. This list is specific for YOUR ballot and YOU have had an opportunity to vote for these incumbents. Did you? As the election season progresses, Project Vote Smart also gives information on candidates for these offices including biographical information, campaign finances, issues positions, interest group ratings, voting records and public statements. Presidential hopefuls are already listed in 2015 as they announce their intentions. Please visit the AzNA Elections website for further guidance in voter registration and candidate assessments. Be well informed when you VOTE on Nov. 8, 2016.
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Research Collective Thanks you for your Participation
A big thank you to our nurse panel! Your input helps ensure safe and user friendly medical devices!

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Brain Matters! 5 — Registration is OPEN
Cutting Edge Neurotechnologies — Clinical and Ethical Issues

Following upon successful ventures in Halifax, Montreal, Cleveland, and Vancouver, we are very pleased to announce that registration is open for Brain Matters 5 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Brain Matters is a broadly multidisciplinary conference and workshop with a diverse audience of clinicians and scholars and neuroscience, neurology, and neuroethics. The primary goal is to enable rich, productive, and collaborative exchanges to enhance understanding and improve practice. To this end, we will have no concurrent sessions – only topical plenary sessions with ample time for dialogue and networking.
Agenda Available Here

Keynote by: Dr. Jonathan Moreno
“The most interesting bioethicist of our time.” — The American Journal of Bioethics.
Jonathan D. Moreno is an American philosopher and historian who specializes in the intersection of bioethics, culture, science, and national security, and has published seminal works on the history, sociology and politics of biology and medicine.
  • David and Lyn Silfen University Professor and Professor of Medical Ethics and the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Senior advisor for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
Register Today!

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Led by Linda Ingalls RN, CCRN, Intuitive Healing Touch Practitioner, Author
    Experience Tools/ Exercises for immediate Self-Awareness and Well Beingness including: Walking the Labyrinth with Purpose, Grounding, Centering, Aligning, Mood Matching, Matching Pictures, Point of View and more.
  • For Beginners and Experienced alike. Nurses and non- nurses. This workshop meets you where you are.
  • Intimate, small group setting, designed to give you individual attention with the benefit of Group Energy Process.
Max Participants: 10
Location: Sedona, AZ
Offered on the following dates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
Aug. 12, 2015, Sept. 8, 2015, Oct. 14, 2015, Nov. 24, 2015, Dec. 22, 2015 and Jan. 4, 2016
Investment: $200 (pay at
For more info, contact

This Workshop provides 7.25 Contact Hours for RNs and accepted by AACN in Category B for CCRN renewal. Provider #73-15

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Arizona Asthma Coalition Clinical Conference Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
SAVE THE DATE! The Arizona Asthma Coalition will hold its 9th Annual Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Banner Children's/ Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa. The theme of the conference is Asthma and Allergy: Wheezing and Sneezing in the Desert. The conference will explore the relationship of allergy and asthma, and include three tracks:
  • Pharmacological Therapy Through the Lifespan — including very young and schol-age children, pregnancy, adults and geriatrics
  • Clinical Practice — best clinical practices and case studies; what looks like asthma and isn't
  • School Nurses — Asthma 101, what to do in emergencies, and how to use devices
Learn about preventing early life asthma, the impact of air quality on asthma, and the latest research and treatments for asthma and allergies. CME/CEU credits will be provided for physicians, NPs, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners, and respiratory care practitioners. Watch for registration materials in July!

For further information contact Mark Brown, M.D. at

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Care and outcomes of patients with in-hospital stroke
JAMA Neurology
Compared with those with community-onset stroke, patients with in-hospital stroke had delays in investigations and treatment, suggesting a need for a standardized approach to the recognition and management of in-hospital stroke, with the aim of ensuring access to rapid acute stroke care.
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New guide helps doctors, nurses to identify hospital patients who may benefit from urinary catheter
What's the only thing worse than having a urinary catheter when you're in the hospital? Having one and getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) — or worse — as a result. Now, a new detailed guide gives doctors and nurses information to help decide which hospital patients may benefit from a urinary catheter — and which ones don't. And that should help spare patients the pain, embarrassment, and potentially serious side effects that can come with having a catheter placed — which may bring more risk than benefit to the patient.
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5 reasons to choose nursing as a second career
Business 2 Community
The days when people were expected to have just one career throughout their lives are over. Today, many people succeed at two or more careers, changing tracks as circumstances change throughout their lives. Maybe your first career choice isn’t as satisfying as you believed it would be, or you’re struggling to find regular work in your chosen first career. If that sounds like you, it may be time to consider switching career tracks.
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Nurses agree on EHR benefits, vary on shortcomings, survey finds
While most nurses believe that electronic health records help to improve patient safety, they are split about whether EHRs reduce duplicative work or increase time with patients, according to a survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics for EHR vendor Allscripts, Health Data Management reports. HIMSS Analytics received survey responses from more than 600 nurses.
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Study finds hospital variation in outcomes for extremely premature infants
The Medical News
Extremely premature infants born at 22 to 25 weeks of gestation have low rates of survival, and many of those infants who live have severe or moderate neurodevelopmental impairments. Thus, clinicians and families face the extremely difficult decision to either provide active, potentially lifesaving treatment at birth, or just provide comfort care. Furthermore, a wide, unexplained between-hospital variation in survival and impairment rates leaves it unclear whether treatment will be in the infant's interest.
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CDC: Americans' blood triglyceride levels dropping
HealthDay News
Americans' levels of triglycerides have dropped significantly in the past decade, according to a new federal study. Factors that may lower triglyceride levels include quitting smoking, weight loss, use of cholesterol-lowering drugs (such as statins) and improving dietary nutrition, the researchers said. The new report analyzed triglyceride levels in the United States from 2001 to 2012. The findings were published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics in the May issue of the NCHS Data Brief.
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CDC finds preteen whooping cough vaccine loses strength over time
HealthDay News
A booster shot of the whooping cough vaccine that is given to preteens loses a large measure of effectiveness within a few years, new research reveals. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigation may help explain a recent surge in the number of Americans with whooping cough (pertussis). "Among adolescents, within the first year following immunization the vaccine effectiveness was 73 percent," said study author Anna Acosta, MD, an epidemiologist in the CDC's division of bacterial diseases. "But by two to four years out, it had fallen to about 34 percent effectiveness."
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Washington best state for nurses; Louisiana the worst
For the second year in a row, a state in the Pacific Northwest ranks as the best in the country for nurses, while a state in the South ranks as the worst, according to new research from the finance site WalletHub. The release of this year's rankings coincides with National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6-12 and celebrates "the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients," according to the American Nurses Association.
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Study shows measles vaccine thwarts other infectious diseases
The measles vaccine provides benefits beyond merely protecting against that highly contagious viral respiratory disease that remains a leading childhood killer in parts of the world, scientists say. By blocking the measles infection, the vaccine prevents measles-induced immune system damage that makes children much more vulnerable to numerous other infectious diseases for two to three years, a study published on May 7 found.
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