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A tisket, a tasket ... No LPNs in the RN basket
Reporting direct care hours is nothing new, but the Affordable Care Act takes it to the next level with mandatory quarterly electronic submission of staffing and census data. This focus on staffing ratios should not come as a surprise. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been studying staffing and its impact on outcomes for years.
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Robin Schaeffer speaks about West Nile Virus in the Pheonix Business Journal
On Friday, July 17, AzNA Executive Director Robin Schaeffer was featured speaking about West Nile Virus in a Pheonix Business Journal article, 'Employers with Outside Workforce Beware, West Nile Virus is Here'. Robin Schaeffer, executive director of the Arizona Nurses Association, said some people can get the WNV and not even know they have it. Their symptoms might be limited to a headache and some malaise and not need to miss a day of work. “But when fever kicks in, it's time to stay hydrated and get some rest. It's not contagious," she said. Schaeffer said there is no treatment for WNV. "You treat the symptoms," she said.
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AACN selects Banner Health for CSI Academy; nurses from 11 Phoenix hospitals to participate
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses begins the next phase of its AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy by partnering with Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country. The partnership marks the first time AACN has selected an individual health system to participate in its hospital-based nursing excellence and leadership skill-building program.

During the next 16 months, nurses from 11 Banner-affiliated hospitals in the greater Phoenix area will work with CSI faculty and internal mentors to identify issues related to existing patient care responsibilities.

Nationwide, more than 200 nurses at 60 hospitals have completed or are now participating in the program. To date, their patient care initiatives have substantially improved clinical outcomes while demonstrating anticipated financial savings of more than $28 million annually.

AACN has issued a news release about the selection of Banner Health for AACN CSI Academy.

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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

Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.

Date Event Location
Aug. 214th Annual Adda Alexander Conference on Patient Safety & Quality
Carefree Resort & Spa, Carefree, AZ
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


American Nurses Association Honors Extraordinary Leadership and High Ethical Standards at 2015 Membership Assembly
The American Nurses Association (ANA) presented Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), RN, founder and co-chair of the Congressional Nursing Caucus, with the 2015 President’s Award on Thursday, July 23 during ANA’s Membership Assembly meeting. Capps, who recently announced her retirement from Congress, is being honored for being a champion for nurses during her career as a lawmaker. “Rep. Capps’ tireless advocacy on behalf of nurses is greatly appreciated and will be sorely missed,” said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “Lois is truly a special leader who brings the voice of nursing to Capitol Hill in a way that fosters a better understanding of health care policy decisions and their impact on health care professionals, individuals and the broader community. This award is ANA’s way of honoring her significant contributions.”
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Good news about Arizona's FY 2015 budget
Preliminary numbers from Arizona’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) suggest some good news. Revenues were 5.4 percent above last year and are $322 million above forecast. Spending was lower than expected. The Legislature budgeted for 2016 based on an expected revenue shortfall of $132 million. Result: An unexpected balance of $266 million for FY 2015. There may be money to spend at the legislature next year. See the full report here.
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Community immunity
The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) and St. Luke’s Health Initiative (SLHI) have joined together to change how reimbursement for vaccinations work. Here is a short video about the project. Read more here about SLHI’s Innovation grant with TAPI.
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Invitation to participate in PAID Medical Device Evaluation Study

    Participant Requirements:
    Respondent must be a licensed: Registered Nurse; Radiology Technician; Interventional Cardiologist, Interventional Radiologist or Vascular Surgeon

    14 Healthcare Professionals needed:
    (7) HCP surgical participants WITH crosser/ recanalization system experience
    (7) HCP surgical participants WITHOUT crosser/ recanalization system experience

    Study Dates and Session Length:
    Sessions will be offered the weeks of Aug. 24 and Aug. 31
    Sessions will be 1 or 3 hours in length (with and without device training)

    Study Location:
    Phoenix, AZ

    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 14 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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Surgical Mission Opportunity: Haiti
We are looking for people to help with a surgical mission. It is an opportunity to do mission work in a desperately needed area. The Mission is located in the Northwest part of rural Haiti. There is no surgical care in the area.

The Mission has a clinic, and operating rooms which our team will staff. We will be treating orthopedic surgical patients. Nurses generally work in one of three areas: preoperative check in, circulating in the operating room, or post anesthesia care. We take pride in our quality of care in this tremendously impoverished area. Many of our nurses do not work in the operating room at home. We treat a variety of conditions such as neglected fractures, congenital abnormalities, and infections. We treat children and adults. The patients are gracious and grateful.

For more info contact Wayne Worthington or Sara Perrine at or

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Symptom checkers not very accurate, study suggests
Medscape (free login required)
The online and mobile symptom checkers many people use to diagnose their ailments and to decide whether to seek medical help are not reliable in either respect, according to a new study published online July 8 in the BMJ. However, their ability to identify emergent symptoms is pretty good, the study found. Moreover, as the average performance of the symptom checkers is roughly comparable to that of nurse triage lines, and they cost very little to operate, "symptom checkers could potentially be a more cost effective way of providing triage advice than nurse-staffed phone lines," the researchers said.
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Why nurses need heroes
We pry ourselves from bed and force our bodies out into work...rain, sleet, snow, or sunshine. Statistics demonstrate we tend to work more fatigued and drained than ever before, often when ill, or perhaps even feverish or contagious. We barely skim the bottom of Maslow's hierarchy, not because we choose to do so, but because we are nurses. It is the nature of the gig. In light of all this sacrifice, we could use an occasional hero, a force of nature larger than life. How we embraced it when "Sully" landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson in January 2009, saving the lives of all passengers and crew members aboard. That was a great week for nurses!
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Do cell phones spread infections in hospitals?
Healthline News
Nurses and doctors might show a patient some lab results on an iPad, then touch the device later in the day without washing it first. They might also touch their phone before or after washing their hands between patients. Hospital visitors can also contribute to the problem.
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The teen who didn't make It — And the nurses he moved along the way
For more than a decade, Wilson Matthews and Jeanne Yeatman worked together as flight nurses on emergency response helicopters. Over that time, they cared for countless patients as they were being transported to hospitals. One flight in particular, though, remains impossible for them to forget. They had been trying to save a 13-year-old named Stephen. He'd been riding his bicycle over a dirt jump when he fell and sustained severe head trauma.
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What liability does a remote-monitoring RN face when providing health coaching?
Whether one calls the provision of any kind of nursing services health coaching or a health service, you are still using your nursing skills, expertise and judgment to monitor the patients for whom you have responsibility. Although you gave few details about your responsibilities, your director’s background and how patients are referred to you for monitoring, established policies and procedures should be in place. Such policies would help you when decisions must be made about the patient’s well-being and communicating concerns to the primary care physician.
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Exercise may buffer symptoms of early Alzheimer's
HealthDay News
Regular exercise may be the best medicine for seniors facing the onset of dementia, according to three new clinical trials. Physical activity improved mood, memory and ability to think for participants in all three studies. One study found that intense aerobic exercise improves blood flow to key areas of the brain, and appears to reduce the tau protein tangles that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia.
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Giving negative information: What we can learn from healthcare
By Catherine Iste
Author Catherine Iste writes: In the course of our work either as managers, HR professionals or consultants, the day comes when we have to provide some kind of news our audience is not going to be thrilled to hear. In recent conversations with several neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses, I picked up the following four pointers on how to deliver bad news as smoothly as possible.
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First, do no harm: When healthcare practitioners work while sick
By Dorothy L. Tengler
"Go to school. You'll be fine," or "If I miss work, I'll be fired." These are common misconceptions most of us have learned throughout life. Why is it so difficult for us to stay home when ill? The reasons are different for each of us. For the general public, one reason is more than 40 million American workers get no paid sick leave. They have to work when ill or take unpaid sick days, which can lead to financial hardship, or even dismissal.
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Moral courage an obligation, says CNO
Health Leaders Media
It's imperative for RNs to do the right thing, even if they are frightened about the consequences they may face. And it's the responsibility of nurse leaders to build work environments that foster courage, says the CNO of Oregon Health & Science University Healthcare.
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