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The American Nurses Association of Massachusetts is pleased to announce the appointment of Carmela A. Townsend, DNP, MS/MBA, RN as Interim Executive Director. She succeeds Diane O’Toole, who had served in that role since 2010.
Dr. Townsend has over twenty five years of experience as a registered nurse, educator, and association executive. She received her BSN from the University of Connecticut, and was the first graduate from Northeastern University’s joint Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration Program.
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Oct. 19, 2018 | Sturbridge, MA | Register Today!
Hot Topics in Massachusetts Nursing:
Understanding and Addressing Domestic and Sexual Violence*
Joanne Timmons, MPH
Domestic Violence Program Manager, Boston Medical Center
*(meets MA DPH/BRN Ch. 260 training requirements for licensure renewal)
The Unintended Consequences of the Staffing Ratio Bill
Learn more and register today!
Nancy W. Gaden, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
SVP/Chief Nursing Officer. Boston Medical Center
Interactive Vignettes: Realistic Staffing Scenarios with Best Case Strategies
ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Committee
This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award 5.25 contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91).
100% attendance and Program Evaluation required.
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 | Baystate Health Educational Center | Holyoke, MA
Nuances of Evaluation
This program will provide an update on the evaluation focused 2015 ANCC criteria.
Discussion will focus on examining and reporting conflict of interest, bias and commercial support, interpretation of the evaluation data obtained from the gap analysis, evaluating a live program for transformation into an enduring program and outcome evaluation of both programs and provider units.
During this workshop the Nurse Peer Review Leader of the ANA Approver unit will introduce the new & improved ANA Massachusetts activity template.
Sept. 27, 2018 | 10-11 a.m. Arizona Time | Online Webinar
ANA's new webinar, Leading a Healthy Workplace Environment, explores ways to make nurses feel valued, and examines how engagement, satisfaction, and retention are all closely linked.
Our guest speaker, Keith Carlson, is a former director of nursing and a board-certified nurse coach with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings. He'll share practical tips and strategies you can use to build a positive culture and winning nursing team.
This webinar takes place on Sept. 27, from 1-2 p.m. EDT. Register now to reserve your spot. It's just $40 for ANA members and $45 for non- members. Plus, you'll earn 1 CE credit!
Tuesday, Oct. 16 | 1 p.m. EST
We invite all nurse leaders to attend this FREE webinar.
This live, free, and interactive webinar will provide practical, real-world techniques for reversing a culture that often results in high moral distress.
Register no later than Oct.15, 2018 at 1 pm ET to receive 24/7 access to this webinar so even if you can't attend the live webinar, you can still benefit from this information at a later time. A link will be emailed to all registrants the day after the webinar so you can view the webinar at your convenience.
Click here to learn more and register!
Friday, March 29, 2019
ANA MA Annual Spring Conference and Awards Dinner
Royal Sonesta Boston, Cambridge, MA
Nursing Community Coalition
The Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), comprised of 60 national nursing organizations, including ANA, celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Sept. 12. To kick off the celebration, NCC members from across the nation convened on Capitol Hill to meet with Congressional and committee offices to request additional Senate co-sponsors on the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (S.1109), the inclusion of Section 3003 of H.R. 6 in any final opioid package, and the support of a Senate companion bill to the Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act (H.R.1168). This Hill Day was followed by an evening reception honoring the profession's legislative champions and the Congressional Nursing Caucus.
Nursing Community Coalition
As Congress works to finalize the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriation bill for Fiscal Year 2019, the NCC on Sept. 7 sent a letter in support of the Senate's recommended levels of $249.472 million for the Nursing Workforce Development programs and $163.076 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research. ANA was one of dozens of nursing organizations to co-sign the letter.
Have a desk job, telecommute, or spend too much time couch-sitting? We have the challenge for you!
Sign up for the Move More challenge powered by support from Humana. This 15 day challenge will help you get more active while having fun and connecting with others.
Starts Sept. 24.
These awards are presented to a nurse and a nurse-led team who best exemplify nurse-led innovation in patient safety and/or outcomes, whether it is a product, program, project, or practice. The ANA Innovation Awards include a $25,000 individual nurse award and a $50,000 nurse-led team award. BD's contribution to the American Nurses Foundation supports the ANA Innovation Awards program for the next three years. Applications close Dec. 31, 2018. To learn more about the awards and apply, click here.
Members (and those not yet members) may not be aware of the many benefits offered with the American Nurses Association and ANA Mass membership. When you join ANA Mass, you are automatically a member of ANA, your professional nurses association.
ANA offers many fact sheets, tip cards and toolkits to help guide you in your work with patients and colleagues. Topics cover a vast range from dealing with bullying and workplace violence to what you need to know about social networking for nurses.
We have purchased a limited* number of tickets for the
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. show, first balcony.
These tickets are $65.00 apiece and are now available for purchase here.
*First come, first served.
Become an active member —
Join an ANA Massachusetts Committee today!
Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have a special talent or interest? Can you find the time to work on a one time only project? If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Listed below are the descriptions of the various active committees for the American Nurses Association - Massachusetts.
The Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Challenge is a global initiative to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance.
The Challenge is set to launch Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. EST with a live-streamed event featuring Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
The AMR Challenge encourages global leaders to make formal commitments in at least one of five key action areas to further progress against antibiotic resistance.
Learn more about the AMR Challenge and watch the kick-off event live.
Working from home has many advantages, including more time for yourself (no commuting!) and increased productivity. However, working from home can make it hard to focus on healthy habits, like being active every day.
The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to get in more activity. Over the next 15 days, Healthy Nurse, Healthy NationTM will share a simple tip to help you fit more activity into each day as part of the Move More Challenge, powered by support from Humana. Are you ready? Go to the Move More Challenge page and click yes. Join our discussion to let us know how you're being more active and social. By joining the Move More Challenge, you are automatically entered for a chance to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards! See official rules here. Not a member of Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™? Join here with your ANA credentials.
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Nursing is difficult. It is fast paced and requires tremendous amounts of focus, energy, and responsibility — making nurses more prone to depression. The infamous “culture of survival” in the nursing profession is intimidating. Working short staffed, pulling long hours, being verbally and physically abused by patients, and hearing the whistles and bells of call lights and machines for 8-16 hours can weigh heavily on even the strongest and most experienced nurse. We all need a break.
The FDA has approved Ajovy, a new drug for migraine prevention in adults, the manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, has announced.
The injectable drug, known as fremanezumab, a “humanized monoclonal antibody,” is the only one of its kind to offer quarterly and monthly dosing options, the company says in a news release.
With so many countries around the world struggling to recruit people for the healthcare sector, robots could one day provide a realistic solution to help ease the growing strain placed on existing workers.
While robotic technology is already helping some surgeons perform precision surgery, robots that can assist nurses and other personnel in their daily tasks are yet to make an impact.
By Lisa Mulcahy
RNs are the backbone that makes every care team in your hospital run like clockwork. Yet these caregivers are often unsung heroes and heroines as well — they routinely work beyond their physical and emotional limits for the good of their patients, and do so without complaint. As a hospital administrator, however, it's crucial to realize that the more essential support you provide your RNs with, the sharper they'll be when it comes to caring for every patient — improving health outcomes across the board. Employ these proven points to help your nurses accomplish their best work every day.
Each year, more than 200,000 adult cardiac arrests occur in U.S. hospitals and less than 26 percent of those patients survive, says the American Heart Association. Additionally, survival rates vary from hospital to hospital.
Could this be related to the way CPR education has traditionally been provided? To remain current in basic life support, healthcare providers only need to complete CPR training every two years. But studies show CPR skills can deteriorate within three to six months following this training, reports the AHA.
Digital technology thus far is pervading and influencing nursing practices. Every nurse today is expected to be able to use knowledge, information, and digital technology to maximize their nursing care and improve efficient ways of working in the healthcare system. More than 50 percent of nurses reported using digital technology in their everyday nursing practice. The Future of Healthcare 2022 Hospital Vision Study shows that the use of mobile devices is expected to grow up to 40 percent for all hospitals across the countries by 2020, and 97 percent of nurses will use mobile devices at the bedside by 2022.
In what is being billed as the largest genetic study ever conducted, British scientists report they have spotted more than 500 genes that play a role in blood pressure.
The research, which involved more than one million people, expands the understanding of the genetic factors that determine blood pressure and could lead to new treatments for the condition, according to researchers from Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London.
By Keith Carlson
Being visible is a key to success that the savviest healthcare professionals adopt as their modus operandi. Visibility is multifaceted, occurring both within and outside your workplace, and the potential impact on your career trajectory is often woefully overlooked. Visibility within your place of employment creates new opportunities since those with influence may more readily take notice of your contributions. It also creates circumstances wherein you can leverage what you accomplish in your current position to curry favor with future employers.
On the heels of one of the worst flu seasons on record, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association identified one of the biggest barriers preventing patients from receiving their flu shot: the time of day the patient sees their doctor.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania observed 11 primary care clinics over a three-year period and found flu vaccination orders dropped throughout the day, from 44 percent at 8 a.m. to 32 percent by 4 p.m.
Jeff Solheim writes, "In May, I had the privilege of introducing U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna to 160 emergency nurses who gathered in Washington, D.C. to advocate for legislation promoting a safe workplace for health care employees.
Because Rep. Khanna sponsored a bill — The Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Act — designed to better protect workers in the health care settings, it seemed appropriate for me to show him the extent of the problem."
Medical News Today
The National Cancer Institute note that "approximately 12.4 percent of women will be diagnosed with female breast cancer at some point during their lifetime."
Worldwide, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in women. Over the past few years, many studies have also been discussing the importance and potential impact of vitamin D in relation to breast cancer risk.
For years, taking a daily aspirin was believed to be one of the easiest ways to protect long-term health. But the bottom line on aspirin has recently gotten more complicated. Some research finds that aspirin can potentially reduce the risk of heart attacks and cancer, and some suggests that aspirin’s possible side effects, such as bleeding and ulcers, overshadow its advantages for many people.
Now, a trio of new research articles are calling that classic health advice further into question.
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