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The practice of medicine is complex. It's an art. Art can benefit from the adoption of new technology, growing in its robustness and expression. Technology can spread access to both art and healthcare. But neither can grow in the face of inadequate standards or perverse incentives.
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Your Chance to Participate at ANA Membership Assembly
Your AzNA team is headed to the ANA Membership Assembly on Thursday, July 23, through Saturday, July 25, at the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown Hotel. Besides the usual ANA business, the assembly will be engaging in three substantive discussions on relevant and timely nursing practice and health policy issues. The three dialogue forum topics are: Infection Prevention, Ensuring Patient Safety: Public Reporting of Quality Measures, and Fostering an Ethical Environment and Culture. Please access the three dialogue forum documents and send your answers to the respective questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.
|July 25-26||27th Annual Southwestern Regional Nurse Practitioner Clinical Symposium — REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
|Aug. 28||2nd Annual National Association of Hispanic Nurses: Phoenix Chapter Conference REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
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US Supreme Court declines shut on voter registration
Arizona requires people who vote in state elections to provide proof of citizenship. A person can complete a federal voting form instead which does not require proof of citizenship but they can only vote for federal candidates i.e. President, Senator, and Congressperson. This is called a “dual election system”. In this ten year old case AZ wanted voters using the federal form to also provide proof of citizenship. By declining to hear the case SCOTUS “said” that the Federal form did not have to be changed. Result: 1,135 of Arizona's 3.2 million voters will require a federal-only ballot in 2016.
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.
Theranos 'Your Health in Your Hands'
On July 3 a law that permits consumers in Arizona to order their own lab tests and receive the results went into effect. AzNA supported that bill which continued the transformation from “Medical Care” to “Healthcare” in the United States. AzNA members have been kept informed of the implications of this new law and encouraged to consider the ethical challenges ahead for nurses. Here are three July 7 articles offering you food for thought about this issue. Testing Without Docs Orders Begin and Do you really trust yourself to understand lab results? and Theranos Strikes Insurance Deal.
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH
ARIZONA GERIATRICS SOCIETY: Annual Summer Geriatric Interprofessional Conference 'CANCER AND OLDER ADULTS'
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 – at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, AZ
The Arizona Geriatrics Society will present its Annual Summer Geriatrics Interprofessional Conference on “CANCER AND OLDER ADULTS” on Aug. 21 in Flagstaff. This conference promises to enlighten and inspire when it comes to one of the most difficult diagnoses in medicine: cancer. Come and hear from some of the best speakers in Arizona on topics as diverse as the complex cancer patient and palliative care, breast cancer, and nurse navigation, as they help to demystify and provide guidance for you and your patients as they face cancer. Targeted cancer therapies and genetic counseling will also be explored and a panel of cancer survivors will share their personal perspectives and insights. Escape the heat to Flagstaff, AZ where the pine trees will provide a welcome accompaniment to thoughtful and thought-provoking presentations. Moreover, networking opportunities with all professions involved in the care of older adults, along with relevant exhibitors, will make this conference one you will not want to miss.
This conference is one of the premiere annual continuing educational events in geriatrics in Arizona, and participants from every health care discipline will discover the most current practices that can be readily applied in their care setting. For more information and to register, visit the website or call the AzGS office at 602-265-0211.
NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY
End-of-life policies affect patients, RNs
Increased public support of patients’ rights is driving new state laws. Legal decisions about health issues and national legislation on healthcare funding could change the way care in the U.S. is accessed and funded. To help keep readers informed, Nurse.com highlights some important healthcare policy issues for nurses to watch. Here, Nurse.com explore end-of-life laws and how this legislation affects nurses’ care of their patients.
School nurses: The ultimate multi-taskers
Wicked Local: Saugus
They may be known for bandaging scraped knees and offering kids a shoulder to cry on, but school nurses do so much more.
School nurses are often the only healthcare providers stationed in a school, left to single-handedly treat up to 1,200 students plus faculty. This is a long way away from the state’s recommendation that one full-time nurse be responsible for 250 to 500 students.
CMS announces flexibility when enforcing proper ICD-10 submissions on claim forms
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
On Monday, July 6, in a joint press release with the American Medical Association, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it is giving health professionals more flexibility when enforcing proper ICD-10 submissions on claim forms: "In response to requests from the provider community, CMS is releasing additional guidance that will allow for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting process as the medical community gains experience using the new ICD-10 code set."
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Study shows organ rejection can be overcome
Medical News Today
The body's "immune memory" of a rejected transplant may not be a permanent state, meaning a subsequent transplant can be successful, suggests a study of organs in mice. Published in Nature Communications, the study used transplanted hearts in mice and induced tolerance and then rejection before doing a second transplantation a week after rejection of the initial graft.
Beyond tech: The human side of remote monitoring and health call centers
By Karen R. Thomas
What comes to mind when you think about remote patient monitoring?
The first thing most people think of are the various technologies that make this transfer of health data possible. They envision the remote monitoring devices that collect data such as weight, pulse, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, blood glucose readings and so on, and transmit that data back to a technology hub.
How can an RN transition from patient care to leadership?
Author Donna Cardillo writes: Because you are in a transitioning process and exploring your options, it is important for you to start networking with those in roles/specialties similar to what you seek. Start getting out to local chapter meetings, as a guest, of the American College of Healthcare Executives , the American Public Health Association and the Association of Nurse Executives just to name a few. This type of in-person high-level networking is a great way to build your professional network and explore options.
Simple heart scan may help identify patients at risk for premature death
According to the National Institutes of Health, a CAC is an X-ray test that looks for specks of calcium in the walls of the coronary arteries. These specks of calcium are called calcifications and are an early sign of coronary artery disease. Researchers from Emory University School of Medicine, led by Leslee Shaw, Ph.D., professor of cardiology, collected and assessed CAC scores and risk factor data taken from 9,715 study participants between the years 1996 and 1999. The findings suggest that CAC scans could help providers identify patients at risk for premature death.
How can we slow the number of deaths from falls in older adults?
By Kimberley Bell
In May, the National Center for Health Statistics published a data brief called "Death from Unintentional Injury Among Older Adults Aged 65 and Over: United States, 2000-2013." One of the key findings of the study was that the age-adjusted fall-injury death rate among older adults has nearly doubled from 2000 to 2013 — from 29.6 per 100,000 to 56.7 per 100,000.
Stroke tied to long-term mental decline
Stroke victims often experience an immediate deterioration in their ability to think and reason. But a new study shows that a stroke also can have a more insidious, long-term effect on your mental processes. People who suffer a stroke are more likely to experience an accelerated decline in their thinking and planning skills for at least six years following their medical emergency, according to a report published July 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Industry payments to nurses go unreported in federal database
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are playing an ever-larger role in the health care system. While registered and licensed practice nurses are not authorized to write prescriptions, those with additional training and advanced degrees often can.
Studies: Chest pains, syncope in ED may not necessitate admission
By Chelsea Adams
When a patient's health is in question, it makes sense to admit them to the hospital and run a few tests — just to be safe — right? Well, a pair of recent studies in JAMA Internal Medicine indicate that may not be the best option.
Roughly half of the 7 million adults arriving at the emergency department with chest pains each year are admitted to hospitals for observation and diagnostic testing. However, a new study says the number of admissions is probably too high and many patients could safely receive follow-up care in another setting.
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