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When nurses need to be the patient's voice
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When Kathleen Turner, RN, BSN, enrolled in nursing school, she intended on becoming a hospice nurse.
"My mother had worked for hospice for a long time, and she and I had cared for my grandmother in the last six months of her life," says Turner. "And seeing how those hospice nurses were with my family, that's what I wanted to do."
But for her final clinical rotation, Turner's instructor threw her a curveball and assigned her to, of all places, an intensive care unit.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES
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ANA Massachusetts 2015 Summer Event:
Nurses are Special…take time out to join us for a Day of Wellness!
Nurses always take care of others, so take a break and care for yourself!
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Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
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Eating Well for YOU: behavior changes, nutrition science,
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Appointment to President of ANCC Board of Directors
We are pleased to announce that Patricia Ann Reid-Ponte, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, has been appointed to serve as President of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board of Directors. Her term will begin Jan. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 31, 2017.
Her willingness to serve is a testament to her commitment to ANA and the nursing profession.
Calling ANA Massachusetts Members: Subcommittee for 15-year Anniversary Celebration
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to join a subcommittee as we work on planning the celebration of the 15-year Anniversary of our association, Spring 2016. Please send your name and contact information to email@example.com. We hope that you will join us in the planning of this exciting event for ANA Massachusetts (formerly MARN).
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.
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Calling all ANA Massachusetts Members: We are currently Recruiting for the New Public Relations Committee
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.
ANA Massachusetts Political Advocacy Program (Western and Central Massachusetts)
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Harrington Memorial Hospital
A light supper will be provided.
The American Nurses Association Massachusetts Action Champions
invite you to learn more about Political Advocacy.
There are many legislative issues that affect YOUR nursing practice.
Come learn about what they are and how YOU can make a difference.
Learn about your professional nursing organization and how it can support you ...
provide us with YOUR expertise on important nursing issues…
learn how to effectively lobby your legislators and their staff.
RSVP by Sept. 1, click here.
Space is limited — first 10 to register will receive a special door prize.
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Accredited Approver Unit Provider Symposium Western Workshop
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Baystate Health Conference Center, Holyoke, MA
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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!
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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
The key to building cohesive nursing teams
By Keith Carlson
Nursing teams have the potential to be dynamic and powerful entities, and creating and maintaining them is a process worthy of considerable attention. Cultivating team spirit and camaraderie among nurses is not something to be left to chance. Having said that, many managers who lack the savvy or willingness to manifest a winning team will often leave the group to its own devices. Work and determination are essential for a team's success, and leadership is a key ingredient.
Tools for survival as a new NICU nurse
The Huffington Post
Author Lori Boggan, RN, writes: It has been an amazing 11-year journey working as a neonatal nurse. The journey has taken me across the United States and beyond. Being a nurse has enriched and changed my life in so many ways. For that I am eternally grateful.
I still recall my first job. I felt like an impostor in my uniform.
Rehab before cancer treatment can help patients bounce back
Cancer patients who do rehabilitation before they begin treatment may recover more quickly from surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, some cancer specialists say. But insurance coverage for cancer prehabilitation, as it's called, can be spotty, especially if the aim is to prevent problems rather than treat existing ones.
CMS answers ICD-10 FAQs for healthcare providers
ICD-10 implementation will begin on Oct. 1, 2015, and as such, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced that, in order to ease the transition, they will be flexible when filing claims that do not use specific enough codes. On July 27, the organizations released a frequently asked questions list regarding the guidance.
Nurse leaders can learn management and leadership tips from school head teachers
The drive to improve quality in the education sector is similar to that in health care, and lessons from the schools system are relevant to nursing leadership.
Nurse leaders in the can learn management and leadership lessons from school head teachers, according to an article in July's Nursing Management journal.
The article suggests that there are relevant and transferable lessons the health service can learn from the education sector for managers at all levels, including heads of nursing, matrons, and executive directors of nursing.
FDA approves balloon for stomach to treat obesity
The New York Times
The Food and Drug Administration approved an inflatable medical balloon that helps patients lose weight by filling up space in the stomach. The agency cleared the balloon system, manufactured by Reshape Medical, to treat obesity in adults. The balloon is inserted into the stomach using an endoscope and then filled with saline solution. Patients are sedated during the procedure, which takes less than 30 minutes, according to an FDA release. A previous balloon device was withdrawn in 1992 because the balloon could rupture and block patients’ arteries.
High number of unnecessary CT scans associated with pediatric sports-related head trauma
Visits to emergency departments by children with sports-related head injuries have skyrocketed in the past decade, and new research finds that many patients undergo unnecessary computed tomography or CT scans that expose them to radiation and increase the cost of treatment. Fifty-three percent of patients studied received a CT scan, but only four percent of those actually had traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) on their CT scans. The new study was published online in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
University of Southampton study to examine how nurse staffing levels affect care, safety of patients
A University of Southampton study will investigate how the provision of nurses in hospitals affects the care and safety of patients.
Funded by the National Institute for Health Research: Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme and working with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and the universities of Portsmouth and York, the research will examine the relationship between nurse staffing levels, failure to observe patients' vital signs and possible consequences - such as cardiac arrest calls, unanticipated admission to intensive care and death.
Ankle injury: Simple rule reduces X-ray use, costs in kids
Medscape (free login required)
It's a win-win: applying the Low Risk Ankle Rule to children who present to the emergency department (ED) with an ankle injury reduces unnecessary X-ray exposure and lowers the cost of care for both patients and providers.
"Our findings are good news for the two million American and Canadian children with hurt ankles who visit [EDs] each year: although most currently receive x-rays, many do not actually need them," said Kathy Boutis, M.D., from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in a news release.
Older smokers with migraines may face added stroke risk
Older smokers who experience migraines appear to be at increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests.
The study included nearly 1,300 people, average age 68, who suffered migraine headaches with and without aura. Migraine with aura is a migraine that's preceded or accompanied by visual effects such as flashes of light or blind spots, or by tingling in the hands or face.
Scientists believe they may have found an Ebola vaccine
U.S. News & World Report
The final phase in a randomized trial in Guinea shows promising initial results in testing a vaccine against Ebola, a virus that ravaged West Africa and left global officials scrambling to control its spread.
"If proven effective, this is going to be a game-changer," Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, said in a call with reporters. "It will change the management of the current Ebola outbreak and future outbreaks."
Big swings in blood pressure could spell trouble
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Wide blood pressure fluctuations may signal an increased risk of heart disease and early death, researchers say.
The large study of people taking blood pressure medication found that variations of more than 14 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure readings between doctor visits was linked to a 25 percent increased risk of heart failure. Systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading.
How early-life stress could increase risk of anxiety and depression later in life
The Huffington Post
In a study on mice, which was published this week in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from McMaster University in Canada showed that early-life stress can lead to imbalances in the gut microbiome and contribute to the development of anxiety and depression.
"Early life stress changes the composition and metabolic activity of bacteria in the gut," the study's lead author, Dr. Premysl Bercik, a professor of gastroenterology at the university's medical school, told The Huffington Post in an email. "We postulate that this change is due to altered gut function induced by stress."
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