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An enlightened nursing ecosystem
By Keith Carlson
The 21st-century healthcare environment is a challenging one. Whether nurses work in home health or the ICU, caring for nurses while they're on the job is the responsibility of the employer utilizing those nurses' expert skills.
In that regard, strong nurse leaders must be willing to advocate for the well-being of their nurses, assuring a workforce that is healthy, cared for and employed under conditions that ensure nurse safety and nurse wellness.
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This Week at AzNA
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AzNA Chapter 2 Tucson Presents Nurses of the Future
Friday, March 6, 2015, 0800-1600
Lodge on the Desert, 306 N Alvernon Way, Tucson
- Documentation & Safe Nursing Practice
- Nurse Fatigue
- The Affordable Care Act
Chapter 30 Members Meeting
Monday, March 9, 2015
Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, AZ
Rosati Education Center, Saguaro Classroom
Spend an evening with your nurse colleagues and rekindle your passion! Join in viewing The American Nurse Project documentary (1CEU). We will also be raffling a copy of the newly revised ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses. Please RSVP to email@example.com
Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.
Bills impacting healthcare taking shape
Countless hours of discussing, drafting and debating the language and intent of a topic occur before it is “dropped” into the Arizona legislative hopper and becomes a bill. You can see the bills AzNA has reviewed and endorsed to date HERE. Four early bills of interest are
HB2466 School health information, website posting. AzNA supports this bill which has been proposed in previous years. Schools would be asked to post immunization levels and nurse availability on their websites.
HB2495 and SB1194 medically underserved areas, loan repayment. When the language of these similar bills is finally perfected, there will be more efficient funding for primary care provider training including APRNs. AzNA supports this bill.
SB1040 chiropractor prescribing. AzNA opposes the bill for several reasons. Because the chiropractors did not submit a sunrise application to increase their scope of practice, there is no clear description of what kind of training would be required in order to obtain prescriptive authority.
SB1031 AHCCCS CDR (controlled dangerous substance) monitoring. Several bills are being offered which will require comprehensive reporting of the use of CDRs state-wide. The issue is complicated because there is evidence that many prescribers are not using the system as it already exists. AzNA opposes this bill as written and is working with a sponsor to develop language that will assess the current situation before imposing universal mandates for reporting all CDS prescriptions.
Meet your state legislator in person
The annual “Nurses” LOBBY DAY is Feb. 11 and APRN LOBBY DAY is March 4. AzNA has sponsored a day at the capitol for nurses for many years. Some members may remember the “Trolley Tours” or the years that the Board of Nursing held it’s meetings at the convention center where several hundred nurses could observe their licensing agency at work. These days, two events are scheduled early in the year. Public Policy Day, an educatonal workshop, was held on Jan. 16 for over 100 nurses and students. The Lobby days on Feb. 11 and March 4 are limited to 50+ nurses or APRNs each day. Attendees will receive training materials in advance, and then an early morning briefing from AzNA Lobbyist Rory Hays followed by pre-arranged meetings with their legislators. Armed with written talking points about issues of concern, and accompanied by a seasoned “coach”, they will learn how much fun it can be to meet and talk with their elected officials. There is still time to sign up and attend. See the links above.
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Health Surveillance Alert for Super Bowl XLIX
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Arizona measles outbreak reaches 'critical point'
The Arizona Republic via USA Today
Two more cases of measles were confirmed in Arizona on Jan. 28, and public health officials have warned that hundreds more people in the state may have been exposed this month. Both of the latest cases were linked to a family of four whose measles cases were confirmed last week following travel to Disneyland in California. The outbreak of measles has reached "a critical point," according to Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. The outbreak has the potential to be far worse than the state's last measles outbreak in 2008, he said.
Millennials are reshaping healthcare
By Scott E. Rupp
Global consumer collaboration consultancy Communispace recently released a report called, "Healthcare without Borders: How Millennials are Reshaping Health and Wellness," which examines millennial healthcare values and how they will impact businesses across the industry.
The report focuses on several areas of millennials' lives, including technology. Millennials are far more likely than other generations to rely on mobile and online tools to monitor and maintain their health, the report states.
CDC: Flu's grip on US starting to weaken
After a rough start to the flu season, the number of infections seems to have peaked and is even starting to decline in many parts of the nation, federal health officials reported Jan. 29. "We likely reached our highest level of activity and in many parts of the country we are starting to see flu activity decline," said Dr. Michael Jhung, a medical officer in U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Influenza Division. Jhung added, however, that flu remains widespread in much of the country.
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Healthcare enrollment appears to be near goal
The New York Times
The Obama administration said that 9.5 million people had signed up to receive health coverage through public marketplaces in 2015, with less than a month to go before the enrollment deadline.
At first glance, the report suggests that the administration has achieved its goal of having 9.1 million people enrolled at the end of this year. But in 2014, more than 15 percent of people who selected health plans in the public marketplaces failed to pay their share of premiums and were therefore not on the rolls at the end of the year. Officials said they thought that similar attrition could occur this year.
Finding a job in healthcare: Negotiations
By Catherine Iste
Author Catherine Iste writes: Once a year, I have the pleasure of being a guest lecturer for an ethics and social leadership class at a local university. The class participants include master's students in nursing and healthcare informatics.
My topic is always the same: I am asked to demystify human resources. This year, the students' questions focused on the following: negotiating an offer, dealing with bureaucracy, performance reviews and terminations. Let's tackle each of these topics, starting with ...
Why patients ignore cancer 'alarm' symptoms
Medscape (free login required)
The finding that people are often aware of "alarm" symptoms of cancer but avoid or delay consulting their primary care provider might explain the poor 1-year cancer survival rates in the United Kingdom, a Cancer Research U.K. survey suggests.
"We know that in the United Kingdom there is worse survival from cancer than in other high-income countries with similar healthcare systems," said Katriina Whitaker, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey.
Survey: Patient engagement continues to face challenges
By Scott E. Rupp
In the true age of patient engagement — a topic much talked about the last two years, but one now seemingly having gained real traction — providers continue to admit that they are having trouble with meeting the mandates established for them by meaningful use stage 2 requirements. The challenges they face with engaging patients, of course, means they also run the risk of pushing away patients if they fail to meet consumers on their terms. This is a fairly standard industry sentiment and one of the primary takeaways from a recent nationwide survey.
Practicing nursing care in a virtual world
Oculus Rift, a gaming headset, can help teach nurses how to communicate better, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found.
While Facebook wants to make the world's best online games using the Oculus Rift headset, researchers at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) are using the same set-up to help teach nurses how to communicate better.
10 states with lowest measles vaccination rates
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
Even though the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine does a lot to protect people from the measles, and has been shown to be safe long-term, some people choose not to be vaccinated against the highly infectious, sometimes deadly disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all children get two doses of the MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months and the second at 4 to 6 years of age. Nationally, 91.9 percent of children aged 19 to 35 months have received the CDC-recommended dose of MMR. However, some states have lower rates of MMR vaccination for children in the 19 to 35 month age group.
Current flu epidemic highlights need for universal flu vaccine
By Katina Smallwood
This year's influenza season is being considered an epidemic with 46 states reporting widespread flu activity and high number of hospitalizations due to the flu or flu-like viruses. The elderly, children and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma are at highest risk.
There have been 56 reported pediatric deaths due to the flu this season. Health officials are worried that this number will continue to rise because of the ineffectiveness of this year's flu shot.
After heart attacks, most don't get enough statins
In the U.S., less than a third of older heart “event” patients being discharged from the hospital get the recommended high-intensity statins, according to a new study that looked at prescriptions filled.
National guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association say the majority of patients should be on a high-dose statin following a serious heart disease-related event like heart attack or bypass surgery.
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