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A substantial portion of qualified nurses are reaching retirement at the same time, creating a sudden deficit that has been hard to fill. At the same time, Baby Boomers, which represent one of the largest generations, has increased demand on the healthcare system as they age and require additional medical care. As a result, the U.S. will need to train one million new nurses by 2022 to meet demands.
May 12 was significant for all nurses because it is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. We recognize her ongoing influence as we celebrate nurses – our profession and the important work we do! This year, National Nurses Week 2018 poignantly ends on Flo’s birthday.
Florence Nightingale established hygienic conditions in hospital wards leading to improved patient outcomes. Recognizing the importance of education, she established the Nightingale Training School for Nurses as she firmly believed nurses needed specific education and training.
Dedicated to her patients’ wellbeing, she diligently checked on soldiers’ wounds at night carrying a lamp, hence the nickname The Lady with the Lamp. Florence Nightingale became a celebrity in her time – she wrote the seminal book, Notes on Nursing; she was admired by Queen Victoria, who awarded her the Royal Red Cross; and later she received the Order of Merit from King Edward VII.
Florence is the mother of professional nursing and the first proponent of evidence-based practice. We celebrated her birthday along with all the hardworking, dedicated nurses who continue in her footsteps. Happy Birthday, Nurse Flo!
Gabriela Smith-Tan, recipient of ANA\C's 2018 Nursing Students in Sacramento Internship (NSSI) discusses the importance of advocacy in nursing.
Click here to view Gabriela's Video Message About the Importance of Advocacy.
Our thanks go to Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center for inviting us to celebrate #NursesWeek at their Nurses Fair! Thank you to our own Anna Dermenchyan (left) and our Treasurer, Kelly Bell (right), for representing ANA\C!
ANA\C Board of Directors and Staff are very proud to congratulate two ANA\C Members for being recognized with National Awards 2018 from the American Nurses Association:
Drs. Drew and Chinn are worthy recipients of the Awards and we wish them continued success with their work.
- Dr. Barbara J. Drew, PhD, MS, RN was inducted to the ANA Hall of Fame, and
- Dr. Peggy L. Chinn, PhD, RN, FAAN received Honorary Human Rights Award.
Being a registered nurse (RN) does not guarantee immunity from substance use disorders (SUDs) or mental illness. In fact, most people suffering from a SUD, treatable brain disease or mental illness may not even recognize they have a problem.
According to the Journal of Nursing Regulation, an estimated 10-20% of #nurses are chemically dependent (Journal of Nursing Regulation, Vol. 2, July 2011).
Healthcare professionals, including #RNs, may be particularly susceptible to substance abuse due to job stresses and access to controlled substances. Mental illness, such as major depression, may also affect an RN’s ability to practice safely.
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Nurse’s Appreciation Night with the Oakland A’s took place on May 8. Thank you to the Oakland A’s for hosting this event in appreciation to all Nurses!
Mary Ann Begich
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Jessica Marie Tiu
Sherry Joy Velasco-Olorga
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- Expand your professional network with peers from across the country.
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But the latest plan to deal with this crisis leaves nurses out of the equation.
Your representative serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is considering a number of bills to combat the opioid epidemic – but they left out a critical piece of legislation that would allow nurses to prescribe treatments to people suffering from opioid addiction.
Help fix this proposal by sending your letter now: give nurses the resources they need to combat the opioid epidemic.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 1:00 PM EDT
This free, interactive, live webinar will allow you to:
Attendance is free for ANA members and non-members.
- Advance your strategic visioning and leadership skills
- Challenge your current strategic approach: How to disrupt the status quo
- Master key aspects of innovation that allow you to have a true impact
- Immediately apply 6 critical strategic thinking skills to enhance outcomes
- Reconsider 10 principles of strategic leadership: How to make a difference in today’s healthcare arena
June 6 | 8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | District Architecture Center
421 7th Street, NW | Washington, DC 20004
and via live webcast
Join the Committee on the Neurobiological and Socio-behavioral Science of Adolescent Development and Its Applications for a public information gathering session examining how the science of adolescent development can be applied to institutions and systems so that adolescent well-being, resilience, and development are promoted and that systems address structural barriers and inequalities in opportunity and access.
Topics to be addressed during the public session include:
Learn more and register.
- Understanding contemporary adolescents;
- Biological and neurological processes of adolescence;
- Adolescents and technology; and
- Cross-system approaches to promoting adolescent development.
June 20 | 1-2 p.m. EDT | 1.0 CE |
Register Today for Leading a Cost-Savvy Unit
Nursing's role in sound financial management is more important than ever. But how can nurses make their voices heard and contribute to financial security in the workplace?
Join us for this live ANA webinar, leading a Cost-Savvy Unit, and get everything you need to succeed in today's increasingly cost-conscious health care environment.
Leading a Cost-Savvy Unit will arm you with knowledge to make financial decisions that are in nurses' and patients' best interests. You'll learn to:
- Define the stages of cost reduction
- Apply cost discipline to nursing
- Identify measures of financial success
- Translate nursing's role in cost management
- Identify best practices to achieve successful budget reduction
- And more!
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New research found that five classes of commonly prescribed antibiotics were associated with an increased risk of kidney stones. That increased risk appeared to linger for three to five years, and pediatric patients were the most vulnerable to developing the painful condition.
For critically ill diabetes patients, making sure their blood sugar levels are correct is crucial. If they drop then glucose needs to be administered, but if they rise too high then insulin is required. Currently, this is done by nurses in hospitals, but one start-up has created an "artificial pancreas" that can automate the process, and it's a chip that's smaller than a thumbnail.
HealthDay News via Monthly Prescribing Reference
Chronic acetylsalicylic acid (ASA; aspirin) exposure is associated with increased risk of malignant melanoma (MM) in men, but not women, according to a letter to the editor published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Researchers examine the risk of MM after chronic aspirin exposure. All patients aged 18 to 89 years with no prior history of MM and a minimum follow-up of five years after continuous once-daily ASA exposure for one year or more were included. All patients within the same time frame with no documented ASA exposure were included as controls.
Health IT Analytics
Eighty-seven percent of registered nurses (RNs) agreed that non-physician healthcare professionals, including RNs and nurse practitioners, are playing an increasingly important role in patient management and care coordination, according to a University of Phoenix College of Health Professions survey.
Eighty-two percent believe that they will play an even larger role in the overall management of patient care in the next five years.
Named for the abnormal electrical wave patterns that characterize it, LQTS causes dangerously fast irregular heartbeats in response to stress and exercise, according to the National Institutes of Health. Many people don't know they have it until it causes them to faint or have seizures. Artificial intelligence could change that. AliveCor, a medical device start-up, and Mayo Clinic used artificial intelligence to identify LQTS in patients whose EKG results appear normal.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently encouraged all primary care physicians to follow guidelines of the AAP to screen children aged 3 years and younger for developmental disabilities. The recommendation comes in the wake of a recent report that showed the prevalence of autism increased to 1 in 59 children in 2014, up from 1 in 68 in a previous reporting period.
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Many in the healthcare community were astonished to read the story, highlighted in a recent Medscape article, of Ryan Franks, a 44-year-old nurse who was alone in a remote nursing post in Western Australia when he suffered a myocardial infarction (MI) and treated himself. This story, which originally appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, was a testament to the lifesaving potential of virtual emergency medical care in remote settings and to the courage of a nurse who found himself in truly frightening circumstances.
American College of Cardiology via Medical Xpress
Hypertensive adults with low platelet count who took a combined daily pill of both enalapril and folic acid saw a 73 percent reduction in their risk of first stroke compared to patients who took only enalapril daily, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
It’s an exciting time to be a nurse — our role in healthcare is as important as ever and we have access to technologies and innovations that allow us to provide better care for patients. Even with these advances, however, the importance of ensuring we are well prepared to be sources of support remains constant.
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