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Fixing the gender gap in nursing pay
By Keith Carlson
According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, full-time female workers earned 78 cents on the dollar as compared to their male counterparts in 2013. So-called "pay parity" has long been on the minds of many stakeholders, but the rate of change in this regard has been woefully slow. Recently, a study published by the American Medical Association elucidated that men working as nurses earn considerably more than female nurses, even though men make up only 9 percent of the nursing workforce.
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Up and Running! Changes to AzNA's CE Approver Unit Now a Reality
AzNA, Colorado Nurses Association (CNA), Utah Nurses Association (UNA), and Idaho Nurses Association (INA) are now one collaborative ANCC Accredited Approver and Accredited Provider Unit serving our four states — The Western Multi-State Division (WMSD) Accredited Approver Unit. Applications for events, programs, and providers wishing to offer continuing nursing education contact hours can now be accessed on the Western Multi-State Division website, as well as more information about the WMSD. AzNA is excited about the opportunities and improvements that will be coming soon.
Phoenix Kicks Butts, April 20-14, 2015
AzNA is proud to be a sponsor of Phoenix Kicks Butts Week, April 20-24, 2015. Phoenix Kicks Butts is Arizona’s first coordinated smoking cessation campaign focused solely on calling attention to Arizona’s many resources available to help smokers quit their tobacco use. This cessation campaign, spearheaded by Mayor Greg Stanton, is an assembly of more than 20 anti-smoking advocacy groups including civic, business and community leaders that want to support Arizona smokers who want to make an attempt to quit their tobacco use during this week of awareness. For resources to encourage smoking cessation, click here.
Support the Arizona Nurses Foundation while shopping on Amazon
The Arizona Nurses Foundation provides scholarships to nursing programs from ADN through Ph.D. Support for the Arizona Nurses Foundation is through donation and fundraising. You can help support nursing education by shopping through the Arizona Nurses Foundation AmazonSmile Link. Use this link anytime you make purchases from Amazon, and a portion of the purchase price of your qualifying items will be given to the Arizona Nurses Foundation.
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|May 1||Promise of Nursing
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|July 25-26||27th Annual Southwestern Regional Nurse Practitioner Clinical Symposium — REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
|Sept. 23-25||AzNA Biennial Convention — The Changing Landscape of Healthcare: Trends in Nursing Leadership, Practice & Education – DATE CHANGE! MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
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Public comment on the Draft Position Statement of the Workplace Violence and Incivility Professional Issues Panel
The American Nurses Association’s Workplace Violence and Incivility Professional Issues Panel is requesting public comment on the Draft Position Statement: Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence. It is anticipated that this statement will assist registered nurses and employers with understanding, defining, and mitigating/eliminating incivility, bullying and violence in the workplace. Nurses, students, and other stakeholders are invited to review and comment on this document. ANA would encourage you to read the document in its entirety before posting your comments. This will help with understanding the flow and how the content is arranged. You can then submit your specific comments related to each section, as well as general comments at the end. When submitting comments, please reference the appropriate line number.
The comment period is open until 5 pm ET on April 30, 2015. Access the public comment page here.
Have you heard the good news? Modern Healthcare's '100 Most Influential People in Healthcare' nomination process just got easier!
As you may know, Modern Healthcare is accepting nominations for its annual “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” ranking. This prestigious honor salutes transformative leaders in healthcare. The nomination deadline is Friday, April 17.
Previously you had to provide brief statements to address 3 of 5 nomination criteria when completing the nomination form. Now, only the nominee’s name, title and organization are required to complete the process. And yes, you can still nominate more than one person, AND you can nominate a person multiple times!
We encourage you to submit nominations for ANA President Pam Cipriano, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and ANA CEO Marla Weston, Ph.D., RN, FAAN.
Please submit your nomination here, and spread the word. Thank you.
American Nurses Association National Nurses Week 2015 Free Webinar
My Patient, My Code, My Practice: Ethical Decision-making and Action
Thursday, May 7, 2015
1:00 p.m. EDT, Noon CDT, 11:00 a.m. MDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT
Eileen Weber, DNP, JD, PHN, BSN, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Anna Dermenchyan, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC, Clinical Quality Specialist, UCLA Medical Center
Nurses face ethical dilemmas related to patient care and its practice on a daily basis. Dealing with these ethical situations requires finding the best option and acting to resolve the issue. Success is often dependent on a supportive work environment, and without it, nurses often feel a high level of moral distress and fatigue.
ANA's National Nurses Week free webinar 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. You will gain a better understanding of the daily stresses experienced when making ethical decisions, and recognize the importance of employing self-care and self-awareness.
Shortest legislative session since 1968 is over
After 81 days the First Session of the Fifty Second Arizona Legislature adjourned until next year. Twenty five AzNA Public Policy Committee members wrote 69 pages of commentary as they evaluated 61 active bills important to nurses and nursing. Surviving at the end of the session were 47 percent (14) of the bills that AzNA supported. Six bills were opposed and none of them survived. Now the “Making Public Policy Purposeful “ workshop and two lobby days are over, several calls for action have been met with wonderful responses, multiple e-mails and strategy sessions with the AzNA pubic policy team and our stakeholders are done. At 10:30 p.m. on the last night of the session AzNA lobbyist Rory Hays, JD texted “In a classic display of how the final vote fails to reflect the hassle of getting a bill through the process, HB2196 just finally passed the House 58 ayes 2 not voting. I think that completes action on our bills and they can go home now.”
What nurses need to do now to practice within the new laws passed — AzNA supported
HB2196 nursing; aides; assistants: Learn by the implementation date of July, 2016 the differences in scope and enforcement of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and the newly titled Licensed Nursing Assistants. (LNA) . Hiring expectations and delegation duties will be different for each group
HB2438 Post traumatic stress disorders; public safety study committee: Watch and learn about the new committee. It is directed to research and report on the effects of PTSD on state and local law enforcement officers. Nurses working alongside these officers will benefit from the information in the reports.
HB2489 EMTs; peace officers, naloxone admin: Develop policies and procedures in EDs to address the new authorization of a trained emergency medical technician (EMT) or peace officer to administer an opiate antagonist to a person suffering from an opiate overdose. Know the provisions and protections involved in writing prescriptions and working in emergency settings with new medication protocols.
HB2645 Laboratory testing without an order: Begin to talk about the ethical obligations and scope of practice challenges presented by the change in the gate-keeping role of the prescribers of lab tests.
SB1194/HB2494 medically underserved areas; loan repayment: Take advantage of more, and more efficient funding for primary care provider training including APRNs.
SB1370 controlled substances, prescription monitoring program: APRNs must participate more completely in this improved process for signing up with the prescription monitoring system.
SB1404 healthcare directives; conflicts: Have confidence that this law clarifies the patient’s overriding right to make decisions about their end of life care . It presumes that a health care directive, the decision of the patient’s agent or surrogate represents the decision of the patient if there is a conflict with a provider’s order.
Hospital nurse straffing in Arizona
Last fall, AzNA sent invitations to members and other nurses to apply for an invitation to a limited attendance meeting on Hospital Nurse Staffing to be held in the spring of 2015. Interested nurses were asked to write an essay on why they wanted to attend. On April 2, fifty nurses from diverse backgrounds met to answer the question “How do we change hospital nurse staffing in Arizona to be more healing for patients and more satisfying for nurses?“ Bedside nurses, administrators, AzNA Board members and others joined in an exercise to identify action that could be taken by those attending. Az Senator Barbara McGuire, who introduced SB1412 hospital nurse staffing requirements was unable to attend due to the requirements of a rapidly ending legislative session. The bill did not progress, but Senator McGuire is working with AzNA to promote the intentions of the bill. This marks the beginning of a fresh effort by AzNA to address a problem which is not new, but seems to be intensifying. Watch for more information over the next few months.
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH
12th Annual Nutrition & Health Conference: State of the Science and Clinical Applications
AZNA MEMBER DISCOUNT CODE: Use AzNA2015 for 10% off the cost of registration (discount cannot be applied retroactively, available at time of registration purchase ONLY)
May 3–6, 2015
Arizona Biltmore Hotel
Spend three days in May with us at Nutrition & Health: State of the Science and Clinical Applications, sharing nutrient-rich and tantalizing meals with like-minded learners at a beautiful desert destination and gathering insights on nutrition, prevention and healthful living from internationally recognized researchers, clinicians, educators, authors and chefs.
Explore cutting edge topics:
Click here for more information.
- Emerging science of the human gut microbiome, good bacteria and healing foods
- Controversial research on the drawbacks of proteins, fats and grains
- Dangers of the sedentary lifestyle and how to get patients moving
The American Nurse Documentary Showing During Nurses Week
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, showings at noon and 7 p.m.
Surprise 14, 13649 N. Litchefield Rd, Surprise, AZ 85379
Trailer here: http://youtu.be/whnsMbl7KJ0
Official Website: www.americannursemovie.com
Sponsored by the Arizona Nurses Association and the Arizona Action Coalition
The American Nurse is a heart-warming documentary that gives a voice to nurses who are on the front lines of the biggest issues facing America — aging, war, poverty, prisons — through the work and lives of five nurses. It is an examination of real people that will change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with the challenges of healing America. The American Nurse is an important contribution to America's ongoing conversation about what it means to care.
Nurses can receive continuing education credit hours for attending the film at a special discounted rate, courtesy of Nurse.com
A portion of the proceeds from The American Nurse Project go to the American Nurses Foundation and 10 percent of ticket sales for this showing go to the Arizona Action Coalition.
MWC Healthcare Career Fair
Wednesday, April 15
10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Maricopa County Workforce Connections
1840 N. 95th Ave. Suite 160 Phoenix, AZ 85037
(corner of McDowell and 95th Avenue)
Click here to view flyer.
Free Two-Week Webinar Series Will Empower Nurses to Effect Positive Change in Healthcare
Indianapolis, IN, March 23, 2015 — Just prior to National Nurses Week, nurses nationwide can access a free online training series by nurses, for nurses. The Empowered Nurses Book Webinar Series will be available from April 20 - May 1, 2015. According to the event sponsor, Lorie Brown, this training is vital because, “Nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession, yet many nurses feel invisible and powerless to effect change.”
About Lorie Brown, RN, MN, JD
Lorie is the editor and co-author of, “From Frustrated to Fulfilled: The Empowered Nurses’ System.” She has maintained her life-long love of the nursing profession. However, the frustrating limitations caused by antiquated rules, nursing culture, and unit status quo caused Lorie to shift her focus to law. For over 23 years, she’s been representing nurses and other health professionals. In 2012, she founded Empowered Nurses (ENO) and subsequently wrote her book, “Law And Order For Nurses: The Easy Way to Protect Your License and Your Livelihood.” To learn more visit www.empowerednurses.org or call 317- 465-1065.
NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY
Recent trends in the nursing pipeline: US educated BSNs continue to increase
Health Affairs Blog
To become licensed as a registered nurse (RN), graduates of nursing programs must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Foreign RNs wanting to practice in the U.S. must also take and pass the NCLEX. Thus, the annual data on the number of NCLEX exam takers and passers is a good metric of the nursing pipeline that will impact the future supply of nurses.
3 must-have skills for nurse leaders
In an era of increased physician leadership due to factors such as changing reimbursement and delivery systems, both doctors and nurses have more influence on the broader workings of the healthcare industry than ever, but that will require a different range of skills, according to a Harvard Business Review column.
Success at the leadership level requires three major skills, writes Sachin H. Jain, M.D., chief medical officer at CareMore Health System.
How patient simulators help prospective nurses
The Associated Pres via Crain's Chicago Business
Melissa Thompson lay in her hospital bed, eight months pregnant. Her blood pressure was skyrocketing, and she was complaining of headaches.
A group of nurses entered the room, circling Thompson's bed, keeping her warm with blankets, taking her vitals, administering a catheter, reading her charts. Her mother stood by and asked the nurse many questions as Thompson constantly asked for updates on her unborn baby.
Migraine drug may up risk of eating disorders in some teens
A new report has linked a migraine medication to increased odds of eating disorders in some teens. The drug in question is called topiramate (Topamax). It's an established migraine drug for adults that was just approved for use in teens in 2014. Appetite reduction and weight loss are common side effects of the drug, according to the report authors. It's important to note that the report only showed an association between taking the drug and eating disorders; it did not prove the drug can actually cause an eating disorder.
Nurse-directed intervention eases heart disease, diabetes
Having primary care nurses promote physical activity could be effective enough to reduce heart disease and Type 2 diabetes risk among seniors, according to a British study.
Led by Tess Harris, M.D., at St. George's University of London, researchers assigned 298 patients ages 60 to 75 to receive standard care or a physical activity intervention. In four visits, nurses provided a physical activity plan and asked participants to track activity with a pedometer and a diary.
New guidelines would greatly boost number of young people on statins
If all healthcare providers followed new cholesterol guidelines aimed at children, almost half a million Americans aged 17 to 21 would be prescribed a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a new study predicts. In 2011, the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute issued new guidelines on reducing heart disease in adolescents and young adults. Those guidelines recommended that all people aged 17 to 21 get their blood levels of cholesterol checked, and statin treatment be initiated if cholesterol was at a certain level.
Study: Fewer US children getting melanoma
The incidence of deadly melanoma skin cancer is falling among American children, a new study finds. Researchers led by Lisa Campbell, M.D., of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, looked at national cancer registry data from 2000 to 2010. They found that the overall number of new melanoma cases among children fell 12 percent each year from 2004 to 2010.
Less than recommended physical activity may still lengthen life
Staying active, even only slightly, confers major longevity benefits, researchers say. During many years of follow-up, people who did less than the minimum recommended amount of physical activity still had a considerable decrease in risk of death compared to people who did no activity at all, in a new analysis of six studies. Based on self-reports of physical activity, people who did less than the recommended minimum of activity were still 20 percent less likely to die during the studies than people who were not active at all.
Advice on primary permanent nursing
With the complexity in resident acuity on the rise, the need for licensed professionals is essential. By placing the nurse back at the bedside in a holistic care approach it allows for identification of deviation from patient/resident baseline ensuring early intervention and prevention of acute exacerbation.
The continuity of the care giver ensures predictability of routine allowing for the desired anticipation of individual patterns as they pertain to the activities of daily living and behavioral deviations.
Staff infections: What to do when exposed in the ER
As emergency healthcare professionals, we are exposed to patients with a host of different infections, and sometimes are required to take post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent infection. Here is a look at some of the risks we encounter and the more common testing and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) agents you might need to know, either for your own practice as a healthcare provider (HCP) or for board exams.
Detecting diabetes in children before symptoms appear
Healthcare professionals may be able to detect Type 1 diabetes in children before they exhibit any symptoms of the disease, new research from Sweden shows. Scientists taking part in The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) project have discovered four markers, or autoantibodies, in the blood of the study's participants that make it possible to detect the disease earlier, meaning that treatment can also start earlier.
Why nurses need Twitter
The Huffington Post (opinion)
As scientists, early and mid-career academics, practicing nurses, and educators, we don't have a lot of free time. But we wouldn't be any of these things, nor be proficient at them, if we didn't keep in touch with the communities that undergrid everything we do. Twitter turns out to be the most powerful tool we have to do this.
We each joined Twitter because we found ourselves ranting in front of our computers, over some scientific misconstruction in the media. We wanted a place to put these thoughts. We didn't set out to gather followers, and we didn't set out to position ourselves as the authority on anything — not even #nursing.
It seems that there are a lot of folks on Twitter doing the same.
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