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America’s 3 million nurses make up the largest segment of the health-care workforce in the U.S., and nursing is currently one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country. Despite that growth, demand is outpacing supply. By 2022, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects, there will be more than a million job openings for nurses, a considerable shortfall.
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2016 Health Policy Committee Legislative Forum
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Massachusetts State House
The Cost of Health Care:
Impact on our Profession
The goal of this forum is to discuss factors and public policy that correlate with the cost of health care,
link it to the impact on our professional nursing practice and to effective advocacy to improve
health and healthcare in our society.
John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA
Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the HSPH Center for Executive and Continuing Professional Education.
Click here to register.
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Celebrating 96 years of improving public health in Massachusetts! It is time for you, our Members, to nominate the 2016 Public Health Champion Award Recipients...
Please help us to recognize the most deserving among the Massachusetts community by submitting this request for:
The work of all Nominees should reflect the Mission of the MA Health Council to promote, protect and improve health in Massachusetts.
All nominations will be reviewed by the Award Dinner Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. Awards will be presented at the 2016 Gala. Date to be announced shortly!
Please email Betty including the information required: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the health and well-being of the Commonwealth’s residents
2. A Corporation committed to employee health through a vibrant workplace wellness program
Nomination Deadline: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
We are currently seeking ANA MA resume readers for the MaSNA Career Forum on March 13, 2016 in Mechanics Hall, Worcester MA. The hours of the forum will be from 9:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. (resume tips at 1:10 p.m.)
Interested members, please email email@example.com
Click here to see the flyer.
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!
Please join your NP and CRNA colleagues in a relaxed setting to meet and converse with local legislators and learn about H. 1996/S. 1207 An Act to Remove Restrictions on the Licenses of NPs and CRNAs as Recommended by the Institute of medicine and the Federal Trade Commission.
The bill remains before the Joint Committee on Public Health, and it is critical that legislators hear from nursing leaders so they understand the importance of this legislation and help advocate for its favorable release.
We only have until July 31, 2016 to advance and pass this legislation, so need your help NOW!
The American Nurses Foundation’s Call for Nursing Research Grant Reviewers site has launched for 2016.
This is a WONDERFUL and REWARDING opportunity for you and your colleagues to participate in nursing’s preeminent nursing grant program! The American Nurses Foundation is seeking grant reviewers for the 2016 cycle. The application process is easy and on-line. The application portal is open now, please click here. Each approved reviewer will review 3-4 grants over a six-week period in June and July. Reviews are on-line and simple; participation in an orientation is required in the spring.
The application process closes on Feb. 28, 2016.
Please contact Gisele.firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-628-5227 if you have any questions.
April 8-9, 2016
Caring Across Generations — Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet and
Annual Spring Conference
Keynote: Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF
Westin Waltham Hotel
Waltham, MA — Please note change of venue!
More information and Conference Flyer — Click Here!
To register visit http://www.anamass.org/
May 12, 2016
National Nurses Day
at Fenway Park
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
The Call for Reference Proposals opened on Jan. 5, 2016 and is in full swing!
Please take advantage of this opportunity to influence ANA’s current and future strategic focus by submitting a Reference Proposal! When members actively engage, contribute innovative ideas and share diverse perspectives on key national nursing practice and policy issues, they play a critical role in ensuring the profession and ANA are well positioned to thrive in the future!
If you have any questions about the Reference Proposal process, do not hesitate to contact Maureen Thompson, Director, Leadership Services. Maureen can be reached via email Maureen.email@example.com or phone 301-628-5041.
Deadline for Arthur L. Davis Scholarship is March 15, 2016.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR YOUR COLLEAGUES
ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized work of ANA 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.
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.
For more information, click here.
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to work with the President and Executive Director to identify areas for expansion of publicity for ANA Massachusetts and our many programs and events. The Committee will help to coordinate letter to the editor campaigns and brainstorm about other publicity and marketing opportunities for our organization. Please send your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first documented US case of the Zika virus through sexual intercourse. Dallas health officials reported Tuesday that a local resident was infected with the Zika virus by having sexual intercourse with a person who had contracted the disease while traveling in Venezuela. As a result, the CDC now recommends the use of condoms to prevent the spread of the virus; more definitive guidance is expected over the next several days.
HealthDay News via Endocrinology Advisor
Patients and their families believe that teams in acute and primary care are more effective when they include nurse practitioners, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.
Kelley Kilpatrick, PhD, RN, from the Université of Montréal, and colleagues used semi-structured interviews and demographic questionnaires from 49 participants to examine the patient and family perceptions of team effectiveness in care teams that include nurse practitioners. Content analysis was performed and descriptive statistics were generated from the data.
A positive work environment is essential to whether experienced nurses will stay at a hospital, according to a new study published in Nurse Ethics.
The research, conducted by four nursing educators from the University of Arkansas and the University of Texas at Tyler, examined factors that may explain why a major academic medical center was having difficulty retaining mid-career nurses.
Whether at a small, free standing ED or one in a frenetic, high-volume hospital, many ED nurses regularly confront violence at work. We found [via a survey of 13,000 nurses]that one-third of nurses report considering leaving the ED or nursing altogether due to violence,” said Lisa Wolf, PhD, RN, FAEN, CEN, director of the Institute for Emergency Room Nursing Research at the Emergency Nurses Association.
Alcohol withdrawal adds challenges to caring for critically ill patients, and nurses must be diligent at each stage of care to minimize complications, according to an article in the February issue of Critical Care Nurse (CCN).
The article, "Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome in Critically Ill Patients: Identification, Assessment, and Management," provides much-needed guidance to critical care nurses and other clinicians whose patients may have alcohol use disorder (AUD), including abuse and dependency conditions of varying severity.
Only about 4 out of 10 U.S. babies aged 6 months to 23 months are getting vaccinated against the flu, federal health officials reported Tuesday.
Between the 2002-2003 and 2011-2012 flu seasons, the number of infants who received flu shots increased from just under 5 percent to almost 45 percent, according to a new study. However, that falls far short of the recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that children 6 months and older get a flu shot every year.
It's no longer a secret that symptoms of professional burnout — exhaustion, cynicism, lack of effectiveness — are spreading through the healthcare workforce like wildfire. While recent large studies have shockingly revealed burnout rates of 50 percent or higher, a recent small survey from the Studer Group indicated that nearly all clinicians (90 percent) are afflicted by burnout at least some of the time.
In a first-of-its-kind study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers calculated that infectious diseases account for 13.5 percent of emergency room (ER) visits involving older adults—a higher percentage than ER visits for heart attacks and congestive heart failure combined.
By Joan Spitrey
Jan. 31 was the last day for uninsured Americans to sign up for healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act to avoid tax penalties. According to preliminary reports, more than 12.7 million Americans have signed up for coverage in 2016. With the enormous influx of new patients accessing healthcare in the last few years, the need for providers will continue to be stretched. Nurse practitioners are well suited to meet that demand.
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
An experimental drug for the treatment of nasal polyps has shown promise in a small, preliminary trial involving a group of patients struggling with chronic sinusitis. Dupilumab, which is injected, is aimed at helping those patients who do not respond well to current first-line treatments, such as corticosteroids. "The more severe patients are the target of the new treatment option," explained study author Claus Bachert, MD, head of the Upper Airway Research Laboratory at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium.
Internal Medicine News
An estimated 3.3 million U.S. women aged 15-44 years risk conceiving children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders by using alcohol but not birth control. The finding has officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging clinicians to screen this group for concomitant drinking and nonuse of contraception. The data come from an analysis of 4,303 nonpregnant, nonsterile women ages 15-44 years from the 2011-2013 National Survey of Family Growth, conducted by the CDC.
There's a twist in the relatively new area of hospital residencies for registered nurses: Training new nursing school graduates in specialty nursing fields.
One such program can be found at Brandon Regional Hospital in Florida, Hospitals & Health Networks reported. The hospital's nurse residency program provides 16 weeks of intensive training in critical care and other specialty areas.
A surgical safety checklist reduced patients' risk of death over 90 days and shortened their hospital stay, a new study found.
The findings suggest that surgical safety checklists can reduce health care costs by reducing the risk of complications or additional surgery to correct problems, said atthias Bock, MD, of Bolzano Central Hospital in Italy, and colleagues.
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