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Nurses are becoming patients
According to surveys by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are more than 35,000 back and other injuries among nursing employees every year, severe enough that they have to miss work. Nursing assistants and orderlies each suffer roughly three times the rate of back and other musculoskeletal injuries as construction laborers. In terms of sheer number of these injuries, BLS data show that nursing assistants are injured more than any other occupation, followed by warehouse workers, truckers, stock clerks and registered nurses.
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FINAL CALL: Call for Nominations — ANA Massachusetts Elected Offices — DEADLINE FEB. 13
In 2015, as in past years, you will be asked to cast a ballot to elect a Board of Directors, including a President-Elect. Additionally, you will be voting for a Treasurer, Secretary, 3 Directors and 2 members for the Committee on Nominations. This may seem like it is a lot of people, but when you compare it to our current list of 1400 members, it is a small percentage indeed.
This is your time to step forward and become a candidate for one of these open positions. This is your time to honor our past by steering the future of the organization to greater successes and heights. This is your time to pay it forward. This is your time – no more reasons why you can’t do it - no more questioning whether you have “what it takes” - no more ignoring the call – This is your time to make a difference.
Call for Nominations Document, click here.
Consent to Serve, click here.
Self Assessment, click here.
Deadline, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

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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! Contact for more information
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NPR Safe Handling Series
As a strong advocate for safe workplaces for registered nurses, ANA Massachusetts has been tuned in intently to the National Public Radio series on nursing injuries. Our parent organization, ANA, assisted NPR by providing background information and coordinating interviews for the four-part series, which kicked off this week and continues every Wednesday in February. We encourage ANA Massachusetts members to educate themselves about the risks associated with lifting and moving patients, to share information on ways to prevent injuries on the job; and to advocate for a safe workplace for all nurses and health care workers. Please click here for resources on safe patient handling.
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ANA Responds to President's 2016 Budget Proposal
The American Nurses Association (ANA) appreciates the vital investments included in President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget that strengthen the nation’s health care system. However, of great concern is the absence of increased funding that would help address critical faculty shortages and recruit new nurses into the profession.
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Seeking Public Comment: Revision of Nursing Administration Scope and Standards
The Nursing Administration Scope and Standards Revision Workgroup members seek public comments about the draft Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice, Second Edition. The comment period closes on March 6, 2015. Please consider reviewing and providing recommendations for improvements as part of your professional responsibility and accountability. Do invite students, colleagues, and other stakeholders to also respond. Access the draft document and response process, here.
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Registration Now Open!
Massachusetts Student Nurses Association
2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Forum Flyer, click here.

ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative Forum
Advocacy Beyond the Bedside...Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Policy
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House
Register now, click here.
Program Flyer, click here.

2015 ANA Massachusetts Awards Dinner and Spring Conference
Awards Dinner Flyer, click here.
Conference Flyer, click here.
Register Now, click here.
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Business Meeting
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Spring Conference
Theme: The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA
Morning Keynote - Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, American Nurses Association
Featured Speaker - Cheryl Bartlett, RN
Executive Director, Cape Cod Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative and Public Health, Cape Cod Health Care, Former MA Public Health Commissioner
Call for Posters, click here.
Awards Dinner Sponsorship and Ad Opportunities, click here.
Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities, click here.

Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston
MHC Women's Health Conference Registration
Forum Flyer, click here.

2015 Annual Spring Symposium - Continuing Nursing Education: Boot Camp
Friday, May 1, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Symposium Flyer, click here.
Registration, click here.

Save the Date!

Celebrate National Nurses Day with ANA Massachusetts at Fenway
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pregame Networking Event
Game time - Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay24, 2014
Massachusetts State House

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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to step down
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for almost six years has overseen public health initiatives ranging from tobacco control and food safety to personalized medicine and drug approvals, is stepping down, the agency said. Hamburg, 59, is one of the longest-serving FDA commissioners in the modern era. She was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in May 2009 and last year was named the world's 51st most powerful woman by Forbes magazine.
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How is the measles outbreak affecting the healthcare industry?
By Danielle Wegert
Douglas Coupland once said, "Adventure without risk is Disneyland." However, he clearly wasn’t considering the health risks of high-volume amusement parks, like Disneyland. But, these places are a breeding ground for disease, as was made apparent by the recent measles outbreak stemming from the theme park. The outbreak began in December and, to date, there are 119 confirmed cases in the country.
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New guidelines issued for treatment of allergic rhinitis
HealthDay News
For the 1 in 6 Americans with allergic rhinitis, new treatment guidelines have been issued by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. The recommendations for those ages 2 and up appear in the February issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Allergy testing tops the "do" list; sinus imaging is a "don't" for people with signs of allergic rhinitis, the guidelines say.
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Break into niche markets to create new streams of patients
By Jarod Carter
Word-of-mouth referrals from your patients are essential to building your business. Another large source of nonphysician referrals comes from establishing a presence in a niche market where people are serious about performance. This is another one of those areas in which my advice applies to all types of practices, not just cash-based ones like mine. This is only a list of the first three niche markets that came to mind, but the list of possible markets is seemingly endless. If you are creative and consistent over time, there are more patients in niche markets than you could possibly have the time to accommodate in your practice.
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New study echoes dementia dangers of allergy, sleep pills
By Denise A. Valenti
The physicians associated with the Alzheimer's Association recommend that those with dementia avoid over-the-counter medications that have diphenhydramine as the active ingredient. Diphenhydramine, an antihistamine that tends to make people drowsy, is in many allergy products, pain relievers, cold-and-sinus remedies as well as sleep aids that are available without a prescription. Diphenhydramine is in a class of pharmaceuticals that reduce cholinergic nerve processing, and the cholinergic systems are already reduced in Alzheimer's disease (AD).
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Study: Some with kidney stones might have calcium buildup in blood vessels
HealthDay News
Some people who develop recurring kidney stones may also have high levels of calcium deposits in their blood vessels, and that could explain their increased risk for heart disease, new research suggests. "It's becoming clear that having kidney stones is a bit like having raised blood pressure, raised blood lipids [such as cholesterol] or diabetes in that it is another indicator of, or risk factor for, cardiovascular disease and its consequences," said study co-author Robert Unwin, M.D., of University College London. Unwin is currently chief scientist with the AstraZeneca cardiovascular and metabolic diseases innovative medicines and early development science unit, in Molndal, Sweden.
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FDA's investigation into patients being injected with simulated IV fluids continues
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing to investigate multiple instances of Wallcur simulated saline solution being administered to patients. To date, we are aware of more than 40 patients who have received infusions of the simulated saline products. Some of the patients experienced adverse events associated with these products including fever, chills, tremors and headache.
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CDC: Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to early menopause
HealthDay News
There's a link between early menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a new study suggests. The findings may help explain why women are two to four times more likely to have CFS than men, and why the condition is most common among women in their 40s, the researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Although the study was able to find a link between early menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome, the researchers weren't able to learn whether one condition causes the other, or if there's another factor that might cause both conditions.
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What healthcare providers need to know about measles
By Joan Spitrey
Many who work in healthcare today are too young to remember the measles epidemics of years past. Therefore, their knowledge and care of this previously eradicated disease is extremely limited and quick identification of infected individuals could be limited. As we learned last year from our Ebola exposures, our lack of knowledge of uncommon, yet highly communicative diseases is our Achilles’ heel. As healthcare providers, we owe it to ourselves and our patients to remain informed of such diseases.
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