MARN Nursing Flash
Dec. 2, 2014

The NICU ride through the eyes of a nurse
The Huffington Post
Author Jodi Dolezel writes: Parents of premature babies often refer to the NICU as a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, never knowing when to hold their breath and grab on tight or let go and enjoy the ride ... all along trying not to puke. Although different from a parent, as a NICU nurse I can tell you that we also experience the feelings of up and down that live in the air of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. As I prepare for my work day, I often wonder what lies ahead of me.More

Call for Nominations ANA Massachusetts Awards

Deadline extended through January 15, 2015 for Living Legends in Massachusetts Nursing and Loyal Service Awards
American Nurses Association Massachusetts Awards open to All Nurses

ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized work of Massachusetts members. You probably work with or know nurse colleagues whose commitment to nursing and to patient care is exemplary. Yet in the rush of today's world, there is often little time to acknowledge them and their professional contributions.

You work with or know nurse colleagues whose commitment to nursing and to patient care is exemplary. Yet in the rush of today's world, there is often little time to acknowledge them and their professional contributions. ANA Massachusetts Awards provide you the opportunity to honor their remarkable, but often unrecognized practice.

ANA Massachusetts Awards are not restricted to ANA Massachusetts members. Nominees can be a member of ANA Massachusetts or a non ANA Massachusetts member who is nominated by a member of ANA Massachusetts. These awards can be peer or self nominated. ANA Massachusetts has established several awards that provide you the opportunity to recognize those nurses who have made a difference at the bedside, in the classroom, and in the practice of nursing.
More Information and to access applications, click here.More

Save the Dates

Massachusetts Student Nurses Association
2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Event Flyer, click here.

ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative Forum
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House

Annual Business Meeting
Friday, April 10, 2015

ANA Massachusetts Spring Conference
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 10, 2015

Annual Spring Conference
Theme: The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA

Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston

Celebrate National Nurses Day with ANA Massachusetts at Fenway
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pregame Networking Event
Game time - Red Sox vs. Tampa BayMore

NPs, PAs use more diagnostic imaging compared to physicians
HealthDay News via MPR
Advanced practice clinicians (APCs) use more imaging than primary care physicians (PCPs), according to a study published online Nov. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Danny R. Hughes, Ph.D., from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute in Reston, Virginia, and colleagues compared the use of diagnostic imaging ordered by APCs (specifically, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) versus PCPs following office-based encounters. Data were obtained from 2010 to 2011 Medicare claims for a 5 percent sample of beneficiaries.More

Study: Female kidney donors have increased risk of preeclampsia
By Chelsea Adams
Female kidney donors double their risk of developing preeclampsia during pregnancy, according to the results of a Canadian study published in the Nov. 14 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. While preeclampsia can pose serious health threats to the mother and fetus, the condition is usually manageable, and most women had uncomplicated pregnancies following nephrectomies. More

Transforming decision support and reporting
HealthLeaders Media
New technology is enabling easier access to information, creating collaborative care team interaction and improved clinical outcomes. The next generation of decision-support technology leverages natural language processing (NLP) and continues to evolve by scouring unstructured text and presenting evidence-based medicine to providers in new, accessible and interesting ways.More

US healthcare for seniors ranked poorly compared to 10 other countries
During the month of November, Kaiser Health News reported that “more hospitals are receiving penalties than bonuses in the second year of Medicare’s quality incentive program, and the average penalty is steeper than it was last year.” Kaiser wasn’t the only troubling news that appeared recently for Americans who are 65 and older and rely on Medicare for their healthcare coverage. In a report issued recently, The Commonwealth Fund found that the U.S. ranked poorly compared to 10 other countries on key indicators for those who are 65 and older. It’s an important and valuable comparison for 3 reasons. More

Survey finds majority of nursing graduates feel unsafe, unprepared with Ebola
U.S. News & World Report
Many nursing students go to school because they want to help those who are sick or injured. However, when it comes to Ebola, some nurses don't think they're prepared to care for patients while protecting their own health. A new survey from Kaplan Test Prep, which was given electronically to 2,228 nursing school graduates, found that 57 percent of these individuals say they feel unprepared to care for Ebola patients, and 55 percent would feel "personally unsafe" if they did so, according to a press release. All of the graduates who participated in this survey have clinical experience. More

Report showns obesity tied to half a million cancers worldwide
The Lancet Oncology via HealthDay News
Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 184 countries showed that excess weight was associated with 345,000 (5.4 percent) of new cancers in women in 2012, and 136,000 (1.9 percent) of new cancers in men in 2012. Among women, postmenopausal breast, endometrial and colon cancers accounted for nearly three-quarters (250,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers, while colon and kidney cancers accounted for more than two-thirds (nearly 90,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers in men.More

CDC: Emergency departments saw record visits in 2011
Emergency departments across the country saw a record number of patients in 2011, with more than 136 million people visiting, and experts only expect the demand to increase, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current projections have ED visits around 140 million, with about a 2.9 percent increase in patients every year, according to the data, but many hospitals haven't expanded to cope with the growth. "Given that our nation's population is aging, and emergency departments have a critical role as the front line of responding to disasters and infectious disease outbreaks in America ... we need to prepare for increased numbers of patients," Michael Gerardi, M.D., president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said in an announcement. More

Survey: Cost trumps health for many Americans
By Scott E. Rupp
As "Obamacare" is entering its second year of implementation, and open enrollment is currently upon us, Healthline — a provider of intelligent health information and technology solutions — has released the results from a new survey showcasing consumer's thoughts about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health insurance. Conducted ahead of the 2015 open enrollment, the survey shows health insurance issues, including factors impacting health plan selection, satisfaction with current plan options, consumer understanding of the ACA, perceived impact of the ACA and overall thoughts about the U.S. health insurance system. More

Early statin use may give long-term heart benefits
The Washington Post
Taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward, and the benefits seem to grow over time, a landmark study finds. Researchers say it's the first evidence that early use of a statin can have a legacy effect, perhaps changing someone's odds of disease for good. "It might be a lifetime effect," said one study leader, Chris Packard of the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Not only did original benefits of statins continue into late life, but researchers were surprised to see new ones become evident over time, he said.More

School nurse program increased epinephrine availability to students
A training program for school nurses in Houston decreased students’ reactions to food allergies and increased student-specific injectable devices, according to recent study results. “It is extremely important for parents to communicate with their children’s schools any known food allergies,” Carla M. Davis, M.D., pediatric immunology, allergy and rheumatology specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, said in a press release.More