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|June 19, 2018 ||
By Keith Carlson
At a time in history when nursing shortages and nurse attrition can be devastating, healthcare organizations must find ways to attract and retain the best nurse candidates. We all know that high-quality nursing care and engaged nurse employees are crucial for patient satisfaction. With reimbursement often tied to patient satisfaction, the need to retain an excellent nursing workforce cannot be overstated.
Nov. 9-10, 2018 | Hyatt Regency Newport Beach | Newport Beach, CA
ANA\C Standing Together: Advocating for the Future of Nursing
Dr. Maria O'Rourke - Instrumental in rewriting CA Nurse Practice Act; Dr. Rhonda Foster - ANA Consultant and Educator; Dr. Joseph Morris - Executive Officer, CA Board of Registered Nursing
Panel discussions on: Reducing Workplace Violence; Advocacy and Legislation; and Partnering with the CDC on Infection Prevention
- Shake Your Groove Thing — 70s dance party with appetizers and libations
- Exhibit Hall — Featuring nursing schools, potential employers and vendors
- Awards Luncheon -— Honoring leaders in nursing and the community
- RNs share their work through poster sessions — Click here for more information about submitting your abstract
- ANA\C Business Meetings include: Open Board Meeting, Bylaws Hearing and General Assembly and much more!
ANA\C Members — Before Aug. 31: $199 | After Aug. 31: $250
Non-Members — Before Aug. 31: $249 | After Aug. 31: $300
Pre-Licensure RN Students — Before Aug. 31: $75 | After Aug. 31: $95
Click here to learn more and register!
Honor a nursing colleague! Nominate a Registered Nurse for an ANA\C award. Nominees must be ANA\C members. Awards will be presented at the ANA\C Awards Luncheon on Saturday, November 10th. Self-nominations are accepted and require a letter of support for the nomination. Nominations of a single individual for multiple awards are strongly discouraged. ANA\C Board members and Award Task Force members are ineligible for an award.
The following awards are open for nomination:
Only fully completed applications will be accepted.
- ANA\C Public Service Award:
Recognized an individual for dedication to nursing and public service.
- Florence Nightingale Award:
Recognizes the delivery of outstanding direct patient care by a Registered Nurse.
- Ray Cox Award:
Recognizes the lifelong commitment of an individual Registered Nurse in the field of nursing and their impact and dedication to the advancement of Nursing as a profession in the state of California.
- Elizabeth “Betty” Curtis Award:
Awarded to a Registered Nurse who is an advocate on behalf of nursing and health care in the legislature, regulatory boards, or other public policy arenas.
- JoAnne Powell Award:
Presented to an emerging nurse leader who has been in practice as a professional nurse for less than 5 years.
To nominate a colleague for an ANA\C award, complete the 2018 ANA\C Award Nomination Form, include the nurse’s name, contact information, a brief bio or CV, and your rationale for the nomination as it pertains to the award criteria.
Nomination Deadline: Aug. 1, 2018
Click here to download the nomination form.
ANA\C is looking for members to serve on our Editorial Task Force to assist in producing the e-Nursing Voice to be launched later this summer. This is your opportunity to help shape ANA\C's new e-Nursing Voice! If you're interested in serving on the Editorial Task Force and you have some experience writing, editing and/or proofreading, contact ANA\C at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include Editorial Task Force in the subject line.
Nurses are on the front lines of the nationwide opioid crisis — and they need every resource possible to fight back. A bill being debated by the House could help by expanding prescribing authority to all advanced practice nurses — but it needs your support to advance. Will you ask your representative to sign on now? Click here to begin.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on June 7 filed a brief in U.S. District Court in the case of Texas v. United States which indicates that the government will no longer defend the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) guaranteed issue and community rating provisions, which protect the ability of the estimated 52 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, to purchase health insurance coverage. These provisions require private health insurance providers to offer coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions and prohibit them from charging higher premiums based on an individual’s pre-existing condition(s). They are also some of the most popular provisions of the health law, with 75 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of Republicans in support.
Nurses work hard. Finding convenient and affordable continuing education shouldn’t be! PeriFACTS offers Labor and Delivery and Antepartum/Postpartum Nurses continuing education online starting at just $99 for one-year! Interested? Sign up for a FREE 30-day trial to periFACTS!
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Cerner Ambulatory Practice Management
Specialty Practice Management is a complete front- and back-office solution that offers a rapid return on your investment and improved satisfaction among your staff. Practices with 10 or fewer providers turn to this comprehensive solution to manage self-pay accounts and eliminate the common mistakes that prevent or delay insurance reimbursement.
Here is a brief summary of the work of the organization and the qualifications for the position. For additional information visit www.HealthImpact.org or contact Patricia McFarland, ACNL CEO Emeritus, at patricia@ACNL.ORG. Pat has agreed to assist the committee with the CEO search.
Eligio David Soliman Jr
Travel discounts are the #1 requested benefit program from ANA members. ANA has partnered with BookingCommunity to offer members hotel room rates that are discounted up to 70% — lower rates than you will find at any online travel or hotel website. ANA members get access to amazing deals that are not available to the public, at over 800,000 participating Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Plan a trip and watch the savings grow — it pays to be an ANA member!
To access these great, member-exclusive rates and book travel today – click here.
| || EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH|
Lead the Way to Cost Management and Financial Success Webinar
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!
| || NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY|
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Health Alert Network Advisory regarding outbreaks of hepatitis A infection among individuals reporting drug use and/or homelessness. Of the 2,500 cases of hepatitis A infection reported between January 2017 and April 2018, 68 percent were among persons who reported drug use (injection and non-injection), homelessness, or both. In response to these outbreaks, the CDC has issued guidelines to assist clinicians in identifying and preventing new infections.
One expert offers strategies for developing effective resilience programs to combat burnout among nurses.
Many primary care physicians see value in providing chronic care management services to their Medicare patients, so why aren't more patients receiving such care? A new survey provides some insights.
Good sleep is hard to come by for the 25 percent of Americans who experience a period of severe insomnia each year, new research suggests. There was some good news, though: Most who suffer a bout of "acute," new-onset insomnia will recover and go on to gain restful slumber, the study found.
A team of researchers from the U.S. and Ireland have developed a device that can be used to deliver drugs directly to a damaged region of the heart. The capability has the potential to provide a direct therapeutic option to guide how the heart recovers following a heart attack, leading to improved cardiac function.
Rebecca Love, MSN, RN, ANP, was surprised — and somewhat dismayed — when she discovered she was the only nurse among 200 participants at a three-day healthcare “hackathon,” a collaborative event involving a variety of software development experts.
The event, hosted by Tufts University in Boston in 2014, was filled with physicians, medical students, programmers and engineers who formed teams to develop new ideas and learn more about the basic principles of launching a new product.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Severe asthma includes up to 20 percent of asthma patients who have frequent and severe symptoms despite aggressive therapy with anti-inflammatory and other controller medications. Current treatments for severe asthma often include high doses of corticosteroids, such as prednisone, to control exacerbations. Reducing the need for corticosteroids with alternative treatments is preferable because these medications are associated with serious side effects from prolonged use, including multi-organ toxicities and immunosuppression.
More than one-third of adults in the U.S. took a medication with depression listed as a potential adverse event, ranging from beta blockers and heartburn medications to emergency contraception, according to findings recently published in JAMA.
"There is only limited information about the use of medications that have the potential for depression as an adverse effect," Dima Mazen Qato, PharmD, PhD, MPH, of the department of pharmacy systems at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and colleagues wrote.
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Merck announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for the treatment of patients with recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer with disease progression on or after chemotherapy whose tumors express PD-L1 as determined by an FDA-approved test. The new indication is approved under the Agency's accelerated approval pathway based on tumor response rate and durability of response. Continued approval may be based on verification and description of clinical benefit in confirmatory trials.
A growing number of children are missing out on recommended vaccinations in states that permit parents to skip inoculations due to their personal beliefs even when there's no medical reason kids can't be vaccinated, a U.S. study suggests.
Eighteen U.S. states currently allow parents to opt out of vaccinations recommended for kindergarten if they have a philosophical or religious objection. Since 2009, the proportion of children missing recommended vaccinations has climbed in 12 of those states: Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Utah, researchers report in PLOS Medicine.
By Jason Poquette
A 2010 movie entitled "Extraordinary Measures" starred Harrison Ford and was based on the real-life story of the parents of two children with a rare, terminal disorder known as Pompe’s disease. It was a good movie and an amazing story. The kids got the medicine during the trial phase and it worked. I wonder if the supporters of "right-to-try" measures for new, experimental drugs expect that newly signed legislation will produce many more stories like this. Maybe it will.
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