MARN Nursing Flash
May. 5, 2015

CDC: Nurses, assistants most injury prone in healthcare
Healthcare jobs have long been among the riskiest, most dangerous and injury-prone occupations around. Nurses and nurse assistants are the unluckiest among them, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the most costly injuries were musculoskeletal. In 2011, healthcare personnel experienced seven times the national rate of musculoskeletal disorders, compared with all other private sector workers, the CDC noted. It cited overweight/obese and acutely ill patients, high patient-to-nurse ratios, long shifts, and current efforts to mobilize patients almost immediately after medical interventions.More

Register now for these Spring events!

American Nurses Association Massachusetts will be celebrating National Nurses Day at Fenway Park!
Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
7:10 p.m. (game time)
Be sure to join us at the pre-game Networking event from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Cask & Flagon
Networking Event: $25, ANA Massachusetts member rate, $35 non-member rate, $15 student rate
Register today for the Networking event!
Please note that you do not need tickets to the game to attend the pre-game Networking event.More

National Nurses Week FREE Webinar
Nurses face ethical dilemmas related to patient care and its practice on a daily basis. The ANA National Nurses Week free webinar, “My Patient, My Code, My Practice: Ethical Decision-making and Action,” scheduled for Thursday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 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. Register today!More

Stand Up for Your Practice
MCNP/MANA Legislative Meet & Greet May 5

Please join your NP and CRNA colleagues at a reception to meet and converse with your local legislators and learn about An Act to Remove the Restrictions on the Licenses of NPs and CRNA as Recommended by the Institute of medicine and the Federal Trade Commission. We know that you are busy professionals and getting to the State House may be very difficult; so together we are bringing lawmakers to you!

Register for the following dates:

This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about why this change in law is needed while your local lawmakers get to know you. Refreshments will be served and there is no charge to attend.More

2015 Nightingale Tribute
Names due by May 8, 2015

ANA is paying respect to departed colleagues by presenting the Nightingale Tribute at the 2015 Membership Assembly. The Nightingale Tribute was designed and developed by the Kansas State Nurses Association and adopted by the ANA House of Delegates to honor deceased nurses.

To honor departed nurses since June 2014, please forward their name and credentials to by May 8, 2015. These name will be added to the Nightingale Tribute Book. More

Now Open: Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions on ANA Committees and Boards

In 2014 the ANA Committee on Appointments (COA) adopted streamlined processes, including the implementation of an annual Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions. The general call for nominations for appointive positions on ANA committees and boards is now open until 5 p.m. ET on Friday July 31, 2015. A separate Call for Nominations for the ANCC Board of Directors was launched in March and continues to be open until 5:00pm ET on Monday, June 1. More

Joint Alert from Division of Health Professions Licensure

In response to The National Transportation Safety Board safety study, Drug Use Trends in Aviation: Assessing the Risk of Pilot Impairment the Board of Registration in Dentistry, the Board of Registration in Nursing, Board of Registration in Pharmacy, and the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants, on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Health Professions Licensure issued a joint alert regarding prescribing and dispensing controlled substances in November, 2014.
Click here to find an update to that original alert. More

MA nursing education transfer policy finalized

Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, nurses and nursing students seeking to advance their educations at Massachusetts public colleges and universities will benefit from a more streamlined and less expensive process for transferring credits. The recently finalized Nursing Education Transfer Policy (NETP) creates a seamless, cost-effective, timely, and transparent pathway for students to progress from community college Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at a state university or UMass. More

ANA Commends Introduction of the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act

The American Nurses Association (ANA) commends Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH) for introducing the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act. This bill would require Medicare-participating hospitals to establish registered nurse (RN) staffing plans using a committee, comprised of a majority of direct care nurses, to ensure patient safety, reduce readmissions and improve nurse retention. More

Become an active member!
Join the ANA Massachusetts Technology Committee

The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Contact for more information More

Informatics nurses provide 'high degree of impact' on quality of care
Health IT Outcomes
The 2015 HIMSS Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey reveals informatics nurses bring value to the use of clinical systems and technologies at their healthcare organizations. According to the survey, informatics nurses provide the greatest value in the implementation phase (85 percent) and optimization phase (83 percent) of the clinical systems process. The web-based survey polled 576 individuals with a job title of Director or higher, informatics nurse, or clinician between Nov. 17, 2014 and Jan. 24, 2015.More

Mental Health Awareness Month aims to knock down stigma
By Jessica Taylor
Because of that stigma, it's harder for people who may need help to seek out the resources that are available to them. Since there’s no uniform treatment, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) states that untreated mental illness leads to more emergency department visits, hospitalizations, school failures, incarcerations, suicides and more suffering by individuals with mental illness and their families — and increases overall healthcare costs. More

Nurses say peer bullying is rampant — and patients pay the price
As the issue of violence directed at healthcare workers gains ever more attention, research shows that nurses and doctors suffer some of the worst abuse at the hands of their own colleagues. At least 85 percent of nurses have been verbally abused by a fellow nurse, and some experts estimate that 1 in 3 nurses will consider quitting because of the bullying, Marie Claire reports.More

Nurses crunch the numbers in quest to address some of healthcare's big challenges
Infection Control Today
More than 8 million healthcare workers are employed in settings where they are exposed to hazardous drugs by leaks, vapors, or residue. These can cause cancers, infertility, and other serious health problems. Up to 75 percent of antibiotics prescriptions in the U.S. are for upper respiratory infections (antibiotics work in only a fraction of these cases), with such misuse creating drug-resistant superbugs. At least 3.2 million Americans have hepatitis C and up to 85 percent don’t know they have a deadly but curable virus. More

What is the origin of Nurses Week?
By Joan Spitrey
Each year, Nurses Week begins on May 6 and runs through May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. This is a week where the worker bees of the healthcare world get some time in the spotlight. Many nurses look forward to the week of gifts, praises and a reminder of the greatness of nursing. But how did all this celebrating actually originate? More

New shingles vaccine may offer improved protection
The New York Times
In a large randomized trial, researchers have found that a newly developed shingles vaccine is about twice as effective as the one currently in use. Researchers studied the vaccine, not yet approved for general use, in more than 15,000 people whose average age was 62. Half the group received two doses of the vaccine, the other half got placebo shots. The study is published in The New England Journal of Medicine.More

Few RA patients reach sustained remission
MedPage Today
Despite the current emphasis on sustained remission as the goal of treatment in early rheumatoid arthritis, few patients actually achieve that, a researcher reported. Over a five-year period, only 12 percent of patients enrolled in the Norfolk Arthritis Register were classified as having persistent remission, defined as being in remission at three or more annual visits, according to Michael J. Cook, PhD, of the University of Manchester.More

Multidisciplinary bone marrow program prepares nurses for aspirations, biopsies
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Registered nurses who participated in a bone marrow program maintained a 98 percent score when rated by pathologists for the quality of the bone marrow aspiration and biopsy samples they collected, with no reported incidences of postprocedure complications, according to a presentation at the ONS 40th Annual Congress. This use of nurse procedurists “demonstrates an innovative partnership for clinical practice, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM),” said Daravan Kao, RN, BSN, OCN®, of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle, WA.More

Hospitals increasingly turn to patients for advice
Kaiser Health News
Patient advisory councils often serve as sounding boards for hospital leaders — offering advice on a range of issues. Members are usually patients and relatives who had bad hospital experiences and want to change how things work, or who liked their stay and want to remain involved. This hunt for patient perspective, which is becoming more and more common, is fueled in part by the health law's quality-improvement provisions and other federal financial incentives, such as the link between Medicare payments and patient satisfaction scores.More