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|January 22, 2019 ||
You want to create the professional future that your heart desires, but perhaps you haven’t had much luck with standard career planning methods. You’ve tried coming up with a list of New Year’s Resolutions or setting SMART work goals, but by Valentine’s Day, you can’t remember them.
As a nurse, you’re someone who’s put in long hours in college to earn a degree so that you could pursue your chosen profession. You then clocked in many more hours working long shifts, on an often unpredictable schedule, in order to build a track record in your field.
Don’t stop now—you’re too valuable not to go after all your dreams in 2019. But maybe it’s time to explore a more creative New Year goal setting approach, like mindfulness.
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Each year, ANA\C presents a dynamic educational conference in Sacramento to open the world of politics and legislation in a friendly and easy to understand venue. The goal of this conference is to provide the tools nurses need to effectively participate in the legislative process and support the nursing agenda throughout the state of California. Strengthening the voice of nursing can and will protect and enhance the nursing profession as well as nursing's position in the political and regulatory arenas.
Together we can break the barriers between nurses and elected officials!
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Have an interesting article you would like to share with nurses in California? Take this opportunity and submit it to TheNursingVoice@anacalifornia.org by Feb. 10, 2019 to be considered by the ANA\C Editorial Task Force. The first issue will be published in April 2019 and we are pleased to continue with our established features such as Ask Flo, BOD Member articles, President Address, ED Report, and APRN Corner.
We are excited to announce two new features as well: PHN Corner and New Nurse Corner. We are also working on Guest Corner, CNSA Corner, and Coalition(s) Corner, giving opportunities to our coalition/project partners to connect directly with you in order to strengthen our cooperation in advancing the profession of nursing and the health and wellbeing of all Californians.
The SJSU DNP Program is a 5 semester, 37 unit post-Master's practice doctorate program. Students considering the program should be thinking about a practice-related Quality Improvement or Evidence-based area of study for their DNP Project. The program includes leadership and practice based inquiry and coursework preparing students for a faculty role.
Actions taken by Governor Newsom on day one:
Governor Newsom's Proposed State Budget:
- Issued an Executive Order creating a large-scale single-purchaser system for prescription drugs to help drive down costs.
- Issued an Executive Order establishing a California Surgeon General to better inform public health options and opportunities.
- Sent a letter to Congress and the President, asking them to empower states to transform their health care systems - a first step towards establishing a Medicare-For-All model.
- The Governor made clear his intention to bolster the ACA and take new tangible steps to universal coverage which were further detailed in the budget that he unveiled on Thursday.
- Invest $200 million to expand Medi-Cal to all income eligible young adults up to age 26, regardless of immigration status.
- Increase and expand additional affordability assistance to low- and middle-income individuals and families purchasing insurance in Covered California.
- The additional funding would help individuals making $30,350 - $48,560 and create new subsidies for individuals making $48,560 - $72,840.
- The proposal would be funded by re-instituting the ACA's individual mandate to have coverage at the state level, as other states have done, which has helped to lower premiums.
These budget investments align with those that the State Assembly proposed last year and championed by the over 50 consumer and community groups of the #Care4AllCA campaign which seeks to move California towards a universal health care system without the need for federal approvals.
- Use Proposition 56 tobacco tax dollars to allow for additional investments in access, screenings, and other health care system improvements
The proposed 2019-2020 budget lays out a viable path to universal coverage. We will need your help to secure these vital expansions to access to care and affordability of coverage and take next steps. With additional ideas and investments, we can see how much further California can go down the path towards 100% coverage.
Health Access will continue to champion the goal of a more affordable, quality health care system for all Californians and we look forward to working with all of you to help us get there!
Texas Nurses Association
During disasters, nurses are often compelled by their duty to care for others while trying to balance care for themselves and their families. Care for the Caregiver makes sure that they are prepared before, during and after disasters to stay well and continue doing great work saving lives. The resources are free and can empower nurses. Find out more.
We invite you to submit an abstract for Healthcare Con 2019. Held over three days at Stanford University, this event will showcase the best research, education, innovation, and evidence-based improvement activities undertaken by colleagues from throughout the nation. Abstract details are provided at the link provided. Abstracts are due by Feb. 15, 2019.
Time is almost up to take advantage of this AMAZING deal from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)!
As a thank you for being a loyal member of ANA, you'll save $225 off any ANCC-APRN certification when you apply online. Don't wait – this offer expires Jan. 31, 2019!
ANCC-APRN certification is the bridge between graduation and employment. Get certified today, save money, and show the world you're ready!
The California Women Lead Board of Directors has announced the 2019 "Making our Vision of Equality a Reality" (MOVER) Awards.
The MOVER Awards will be presented Feb. 6, 2019 at the California Women Lead Annual Legislative Reception at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento.
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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, a heroic group of nurses who served in World War II – and these nurses are the only uniformed corps members from that war who haven’t been recognized as veterans.
You can help change that and give these nurses their due.
The bipartisan United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act was just introduced in the Senate and would right this wrong and finally honor these nurses’ valiant service to our country, but it needs your help to move forward!
Send your letter now: tell your Senators to support the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act and recognize the sacrifice these nurses have made.
These nurses filled an urgent need during the war efforts by ensuring that there were trained healthcare professionals at home and abroad – and paved the way for how nursing and nurse training evolved in the U.S. in the process.
Ten different bills have been introduced since 1995 aiming to give these nurses the credit they deserve – and none have passed. This new bipartisan bill, introduced by Senator Warren (D-MA) and Senator Daines (R-MT), is our best chance to honor nurse cadets and the critical role they played.
Thanks in advance for helping ensure that these nurses’ service to their country isn’t forgotten.
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Join the cutting edge of nursing at the 2019 ANA Quality and Innovation Conference. Get hands-on experience with the top innovations in nursing, learn about the next big tech advancement in health care, and help redefine what quality nursing looks like. Don’t miss out on the nation’s leading event for nursing innovation!
NEW THIS YEAR: For the first time ever, registering for the ANA Quality and Innovation Conference gives you complete access to the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference®. Enhance your conference experience and attend sessions across both conferences for a truly customized and immersive event.
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Harvard School of Public Health
Burnout among the nation’s physicians has become so pervasive that a new paper published by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard Global Health Institute, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association has deemed the condition a public health crisis. The paper includes directives aimed toward curbing the prevalence of burnout among physicians and other care providers, including the appointment of an executive-level chief wellness officer at every major healthcare organization, proactive mental health treatment and support for caregivers experiencing burnout, and improvements to the efficiency of electronic health records.
The anti-vaccination movement made the list of the World Health Organization's top threats to global health in 2019. The organization said some people's reluctance or refusal to vaccinate threatens to reverse progress made against a host of preventable diseases.
"Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease — it currently prevents two to three million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved," WHO said in a statement.
It’s easy to think of antibiotics as a default first step in treating whatever ambiguous cold-like illness you have this winter. But in recent years, as we’ve come to fully grasp how dangerous antibiotic resistance is, the healthcare world has tried to shift away from handing out prescriptions to everyone who walks in the door. Except it may not be going so well.
By Scott E. Rupp
A new report by Oliver Wyman says that women may take three to five years longer than men to reach CEO-level positions across different types of industries despite their making up to 80 percent of buying and usage decisions in healthcare. For healthcare specifically, women are absent from the C-suite, making up only about 30 percent of senior leadership and just 13 percent of CEOs. These meager numbers don’t match the number of women in the workforce, however, who represent as much as 65 percent of it.
Kaiser Health News
Scrolling through the GoFundMe website reveals a seemingly endless number of people who need help or community support. A common theme: the cost of health care.
It didn’t start out this way. Back in 2010, when the crowdfunding website began, it suggested fundraisers for “ideas and dreams,” “wedding donations and honeymoon registry” or “special occasions.” A spokeswoman said the bulk of collection efforts from the first year were “related to charities and foundations.” A category for medical needs existed, but it was farther down the list.
In the nine years since, campaigns to pay for healthcare have reaped the most cash. Of the $5 billion the company says it has raised, about a third has been for medical expenses from more than 250,000 medical campaigns conducted annually.
A "stealth condition" which is one of the western world's most common genetic disorders is causing far higher levels of cancer and chronic health conditions than previously thought, a UK study has revealed.
Hereditary hemochromatosis — a genetic condition which leads to a toxic build-up of iron in the body — was previously thought to be a low-level health risk. However, a new study, published in the British Medical Journal, has revealed that the condition in fact quadruples the risk of liver disease and doubles the risk of arthritis and frailty in older demographics.
It also leads to a higher risk of chronic pain and diabetes.
Many Americans who’ve been told they have a penicillin allergy may been misdiagnosed. A new report finds that of the roughly 32 million who are reported to have a penicillin allergy, most can take it safely.
"A lot of times what happens is people mischaracterize an adverse reaction with an allergic reaction," Dr. Natalie Azar told TODAY. "Someone might have nausea or an upset stomach and call that an allergy."
By Lynn Hetzler
Opioids are invaluable for treating chronic cancer pain, post-surgical pain and severe acute pain, but the results of a new study suggest that opioids may not be as good at reducing chronic noncancer pain. The dangers of opioid overprescribing are increasingly evident, as is the need to gain greater understanding of when opioids are likely to be effective. In short, research found that opioids provided small improvements in pain, sleep quality and physical functioning compared to a placebo, but the differences between the two pain relievers did not meet minimally important difference standards.
While it has long been understood how nerves signal pain to the brain, scientists haven't known how the brain adds a layer of unpleasantness.
Findings of a study published in Science offer an answer. A research team from Stanford University pinpointed the neurons in mouse brains that make pain hurt and were able to alter these neurons in a way that reduced the unpleasantness of pain without eliminating the sensation. The study lays the groundwork for future research into more targeted pain treatments.
The Weather Network
It is encouraging to see greater attention in the media to the issue of climate change and its effects on the life-support systems of the planet. The link between breast cancer and the environment, however, is being overlooked.
Premenopausal women exposed to high levels of air pollution have a 30 percent increased risk for breast cancer, according to a paper in Environmental Epidemiology published by Paul Villeneuve, a professor of occupational and environmental health at Carleton University, and his research team last year.
This should trigger a wake-up call, given that we tend to think of breast cancer as a disease of aging women.
We've all heard about techniques to get us more physically active — take the stairs, park the car a bit further from your destination, get up and march in place for a minute or two when standing or sitting at a desk.
Now a study finds even simple housework like cooking or cleaning may make a difference in brain health in our 70s and 80s.
"Exercise is an inexpensive way to improve health and our study shows it may have a protective effect on the brain," says Dr. Aron S. Buchman with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who led the study.
Previous research found just 45 minutes of walking three days a week actually increased brain volume among individuals 65 and older.
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