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Work-life balance in healthcare: Realign your priorities
By Catherine Iste
As a healthcare professional, your work requires you to be there for others, but how can you do that effectively if you haven't taken care of yourself? Now that you are acutely aware of where your hours go, it's time to look at what you can do realign your time with your priorities. Lisa Cole, MS, RN, FNP, has spent more than 35 years in the healthcare industry. Her current business, Re-Source, focuses on helping people live and die well via lifestyle change, patient advocacy and care coordination. Through her work, Cole has learned three areas that can help reduce stress now and help you be more present as a caregiver.
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Lobbyist Rory Hays featured in Arizona Capitol Times
On May 8, 2015, AzNA’s lobbyist of 20+ years, Rory Hays, was featured in the Arizona Capitol Times. Ms. Hays has been awarded the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2015 Advocate State Award for Excellence. For more information see the clip from the Arizona Capitol Times.
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  Calling All RN Night Owls! Land at O.A.S.I.S Hospital

OASIS Hospital, the Valley’s Premier Orthopedic Hospital is seeking talented and knowledgeable RNs to join their world class team! These highly sought after Night Opportunities in the PSU provide autonomy, exceptional rates, a family setting, great schedules, and pure joy. 

Join our team at #OASISjobs


Saluting military nurses on Memorial Day
Thanks to all the military women & men for their service to our country! Florence Nightingale’s work at Scutari during the Crimean war cemented the nurse’s role as an important contributor to the health of soldiers during times of war. Did you know that the majority of women sent to Korea during the Korean Conflict were nurses? An estimated 11,500 American women served in Vietnam, about 90 percent of them as medical personnel. Eight military nurses died while serving in Vietnam. In 2013 the Arizona Nurses Foundation and AzNA celebrated Nurses in the Military at the Promise of Nursing luncheon. LOOK HERE for photos and an article on page 9.
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Navy nurse's ethical rights upheld by US Navy
Nurses drive public policy every day. A demonstration of this aspect of nursing practice involved a Navy nurse who chose to discontinue force-feeding detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. After an investigation, the Navy chose not to pursue further action against the nurse. ANA President Pam Cipriano said “We believe this decision reflects the Navy’s recognition that the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements supports the rights of nurses to make independent ethical judgments and to recuse themselves without retaliation from participation in care they find ethically objectionable. See ANA President Pam Cipriano’s full statement. Never forget that the Nurses week theme, “Ethical Practice, Quality Care” applies to nurses 24/7.
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CAUTI Control: Saving Lives and Health Care Costs
June 17, 2015
1:00 p.m. EDT | Noon CDT | 11:00 a.m. MDT | 10:00 a.m. PDT
Earn 1 CE contact hour

Rates of CAUTI (catheter-associated urinary tract infection) are on the rise. Each year, more than 560,000 patients develop CAUTI leading to extended hospital stays, rising healthcare costs, and increasing patient morbidity and mortality. As a frontline nurse you play a major role in reducing these rates by knowing the benefits and implementing evidence-based CAUTI prevention strategies into your daily practice. Following infection-control best practices prevents harm to your patients and overall saves over 50,000 lives and nearly $12 billion in healthcare costs.

This webinar is complimentary for ANA members! Log in and get your discount code.

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Donate blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day
The American Red Cross seeks eligible donors to give blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day, June 14, and throughout the summer to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.

Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session during the summer, and regular donors are often vacationing, potentially making them less available to give.

Click here to upcoming blood donation opportunities across the state

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2 FREE online CME credits for Arizona prescribers
Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing While Managing Acute and Chronic Pain
Available Online at:

There is increasing evidence that opioid medications are over-prescribed and poorly managed because prescribers are not aware of appropriate opioid risk management strategies and non-opioid approaches to treating chronic pain. This activity seeks to familiarize prescribers with current guidelines for opioid use and prescribing, as well as educate prescribers about non-opioid strategies for pain management.
    Learning Objectives:
  • Manage acute and chronic back pain
  • Assess the functional effects of pain in patients.
  • Appropriately utilize a range of therapeutic options when managing patients with chronic pain.
  • Comply with current opioid risk-management practices, including the use of pain contracts and urine drug testing.
  • Educate patients on the proper use, storage, and disposal of opioid medications. Cost: FREE for Arizona Prescribers

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'Bipolar Disorder in Adults' webinar
Families for Depression Awareness is presenting a free, 1-hour webinar on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT.

Designed for adults with bipolar disorder, their family caregivers, and the general public, the webinar covers
  • How to recognize bipolar disorder
  • What are treatment options
  • How to help a loved one
  • How to manage bipolar disorder
  • How to address difficulties, such as refusal of help
Our expert presenter is Dr. Gary Sachs, Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; Founding Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic and Research Program; and Clinical Vice President at Bracket, LLC. Dr. Sachs served as Principal Investigator of the NIMH Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD).

Watch the webinar live to submit questions to Dr. Sachs. Those who complete the online evaluation form after the webinar will receive a free copy of our "Bipolar Disorder: Stories of Coping and Courage" brochure.

Unable to attend the live broadcast? Register and we will let you know when the recorded version is available.

Register at

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Win a $50 gift card and help improve diabetes prevention in Arizona by taking a brief 7 question survey
The Arizona Diabetes Program is assessing the awareness of and referral rates into the CDC Recognized Diabetes Prevention Programs throughout the State. Your participation in this very brief survey will greatly help us improve efforts to enhance and promote these programs.

Thank you in advance for your time and participation!

Click Here to Take the Survey

After the survey closes, the winner will be notified via email.

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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


Empowering nurses to be their best
By Keith Carlson
As a nurse manager, I am constantly wondering if we provide our nurses with the most empowering environment possible in which they can grow and thrive. We all want nurses to feel empowered, but are we doing enough?
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HIMSS survey: Nurses 'won't go back to paper'
Health IT Outcomes
Nurses agree, EHRs improve patient safety and most couldn’t do their job without them. HIMSS conducted a survey of more than 600 nurses in honor of National Nurses Week. “This study is helpful for anyone who wants to better understand how healthcare IT affects nurses, from their point of view,” said Brendan FitzGerald, Research Director at HIMSS Analytics in a press release “Results show that nurses have the highest levels of satisfaction around how EHRs improve the quality of clinical decisions. But there are also findings that indicate EHR vendors could do more to improve nursing workflows.”
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Nurse staffing tied to in-hospital cardiac arrest survival
Medscape (free login required)
Nurse staffing levels and hospital work environment have a direct effect on survival for patients who experience in-hospital cardiac arrest, new research shows. Nurses are commonly the first responders for in-hospital cardiac arrest, said investigator Monica Rochman, PhD, from the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia. However, adding nurses is difficult because nursing staff salaries make up 44 percent of direct costs for inpatient care, she explained. Still, changing the culture might be cost-effective.
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5 tips to help nurses improve patient education skills
Global Healthcare
In today’s healthcare environment, nurses must provide patient education as part of routine care to improve the likelihood of positive outcomes. “There is a new emphasis on better discharge planning, patient self-management of chronic disease, and patient engagement, said Beth Stuckey, RN, MS, CNE, assistant professor, nursing at American Sentinel University. “Patient education is critical to all of these initiatives and nurses need to know what works and what doesn’t, when it comes to shaping patient behavior.”
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A financial check-up for nurses
U.S. News & World Report
When Mary Beth Winkeljohn became a family nurse practitioner, she also had to navigate some big financial decisions. Part of her compensation included funds to allocate toward health insurance, disability and retirement. With help from a financial professional, she made selections that had a lasting impact on her future financial security. Many nurses, she says, face similar choices, but might not feel prepared for them because nursing programs don’t generally include classes on business, personal finance or economics. “Nurses might be at a disadvantage when it comes to making long-term investment and financial decisions,” says Winkeljohn, who resides near Baltimore, Maryland.
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Nurse-led team improves delirium outcomes in ICU
Medscape (free login required)
When patients with delirium are cared for by a coordinated team of healthcare professionals, time spent in the intensive care unit (ICU) and the duration of benzodiazepine and opiate therapy can be cut in half, new research shows. "We are really bridging the gap between disciplines to provide holistic care to our patients, forcing everyone to think of every aspect of what's going on and holding them accountable," said study investigator Petra Grami, RN, from CHI St. Luke's Health in Houston, who is cocreator of the Grami–Smith Delirium Prevention Bundle.
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The importance of preventing burnout among physicians and nurses
Hospitals & Health Networks
Imagine this scenario: You are a hospital CEO walking the halls of your facility when you overhear a group of physicians or nurses talking about the stress, exhaustion and frustration of their jobs and the system. One of them states without hesitation that she can't wait to leave the profession entirely, and would make sure her son or daughter never considered medicine as a career. Would you have faith that she could devote her full attention to administering care to your patients?
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Weed candy is sending more children to the hospital
By Denise A. Valenti
They look, smell and taste like our favorite candies, but marijuana candy edibles can be a real danger to children. The sweet confections are often packaged to appear like the popular treats with which toddlers and children are familiar. This appearance is not an accident — the marijuana candy products are designed to attract and entice the consumer. But when children ingest marijuana, the results can be serious and even life-threatening.
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Nurses can perform carotid scans to triage TIA patients
Medscape (free login required)
It is feasible to train stroke nurse practitioners to perform carotid ultrasound screening scans to triage patients who present with a transient ischemic attack (TIA) outside of hours when a vascular scientist is unavailable, a new study suggests. Presenting the study here at the 24th European Stroke Conference (ESC), vascular scientist Helena Wilding, from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, United Kingdom, explained: "In our hospital we have not got a vascular scientist working out of hours, so TIA patients coming in at the weekend have to be admitted while they wait for a carotid ultrasound scan on the Monday," she said.
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