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Nurses and the culture of injury on the job
By Keith Carlson
A recent investigative series by NPR highlights the lack of on-the-job safety faced by nurses around the United States. According to the NPR reports, nurses suffer more work-related injuries than construction workers, and the situation is only getting worse. If healthcare workers want the necessary protections and equipment to increase their own safety — and the safety of their patients — more voices will apparently need to be raised in support of such measures.
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Calls for Bylaws Amendment Proposals, Nominations for ANA Elective Positions, and Proposed Dialogue Forum Topics are Underway!
A reminder that the Calls for Bylaws Amendment Proposals, Proposed Dialogue Forum Topics, and Nominations for Elective Positions is underway! The Calls will close on Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
Please click on the links below for detailed information, related resources, important dates, and contact information.
Call for Bylaws Amendment Proposals
Call for Nominations for ANA Elective Positions
Call for Proposed Dialogue Forum Topics
We look forward to your participation in this very important work of the Association.

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Nursing Archives Associates Annual Meeting
Join the Nursing Archives Associates for their annual meeting featuring nursing professional, author, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, retired US Army Colonel and BU School of Nursing Alumnae Susan Luz. Luz will speak on her life, career and her book Nightingale of Mosul: A Nurse's Journey of Service, Struggle and War. RSVP required, by March 26.
Tuesday, March 31 - 5:30 PM
Trustee Ballroom, One Silber Way, 9th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public
For Event Flyer, click here.

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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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Registration Now Open! ANA Massachusetts Events — Spring Events!
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
The goal of this forum is to discuss the impact of legislation on mental health and substance abuse care in Massachusetts and to highlight the impact of Nursing Advocacy
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.
Convention Brochure, click here.
Register Now, click here.
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet — 6-9:30 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Business Meeting — 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Spring Conference — 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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
Join Us for a Networking/Cocktail Reception on Saturday, April 11
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
ANA Massachusetts Members Free
Non Members $10.00
networking — socializing with colleagues
Cash bar and light appetizers
Dedham Hotel Group Room Block Rate - Deadline March 19, 2015
Group Code: ANAM or American Nurses Association Massachusetts.
Front Desk at 781-329-7900 or Central Reservations at 800-754-8052

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.
$199 includes lunch
Early Bird Registration Fee of $179 before March 15
Wellesley Gateway Building, Wellesley, MA

Save the Date!

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

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How hospitals can reduce barriers to nurse leadership
Despite the positive impact nurse leaders have on outcomes, they remain underrepresented in hospital leadership, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Although an Institute of Medicine 2010 Future of Nursing report found that healthcare is evolving toward nurse-led models, a survey of 1,000 hospital boards published in the Journal of Healthcare Management found only 6 percent of members were nurses, Nancy J. Robert, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief product and marketing officer for the American Nurses Association, told the publication.
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CDC: Seasonal flu vaccine even less effective than thought
HealthDay News
This year's flu vaccine is even more disappointing than previously reported, showing just 18 percent effectiveness against the dominant H3N2 strain of flu, U.S. health officials reported. That's a drop from the 23 percent protection level estimated for the flu shot earlier in the season, said experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The situation for children was even worse. The CDC panel pegged the effectiveness of the injected vaccine for kids aged 2 to 8 to be just 15 percent.
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Study: Decision support-enabled mobile apps help nurse diagnoses
Nurses who used a mobile application with evidence-based decision support tools are significantly more likely to diagnose depression, weight issues and tobacco use than nurses using not using such tools, according to a study published in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports.
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Healthcare jobs boost American middle class
The healthcare industry provides a ray of hope for middle-class workers seeking well-paying jobs with opportunities for advancement, the New York Times reports, though not all workers may benefit from this trend. Although the hospital sector has struggled to create new jobs in recent years, the latest data indicates hiring has returned to a brisk pace, with demand particularly high for nonclinical positions such as community health workers and medical assistants, FierceHealthcare has reported.
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Younger women conceal or don't recognize heart attack symptoms
Younger women often do not disclose heart attack symptoms for fear of being labeled hypochondriacs, according to a new study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Part of the problem is that many heart attack symptoms are not universally recognized as such, author Judith Lichtman, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, said. Women are more likely than men to experience lesser-known symptoms such as nausea and pain down their arms, she said.
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Variation in clinical practice guidelines for febrile infants
HealthDay News
Emergency department clinical practice guideline (CPG) recommendations contribute to observed practice variation in febrile infants, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Researchers examined the correlation between pediatric emergency department CPGs and laboratory testing, hospitalization, ceftriaxone use and costs for febrile infants in 33 hospitals in the Pediatric Health Information System. Generalized estimating equations were used to examine the correlation between CPG recommendations and rates of urine, blood, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing; hospitalization; and ceftriaxone use at emergency department discharge for infants aged ≤28 days and aged 29 to 56 days.
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Disrespectful healthcare cultures and risks to patient care
By Christina Thielst
A recent PSQH article listed a dozen persistent medication safety gaffes that need to be resolved. Not surprisingly, No. 8 was "disrespectful behavior: a history of tolerance in healthcare." Disrespectful behavior includes bullying, threats, aggressiveness and even more passive forms such as ignoring and exclusion. These behaviors don't belong in any workplace, and certainly not in healthcare because of the risks created and the definite threat to patient safety.
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CDC, federal partners develop improved method for attributing foodborne illness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service have developed an improved method for analyzing outbreak data to determine which foods are responsible for illnesses related to four major foodborne bacteria. On Feb. 24, the three agencies released a report on the new method. The report, titled "Foodborne Illness Source Attribution Estimates for Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157 (E. coli O157), Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), and Campylobacter using Outbreak Surveillance Data," was produced by the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration.
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Viable health information exchange not likely until 2017
By Scott E. Rupp
The results of a new survey by Black Book show broad insight into the "tentative" progress that health information exchange (HIE) and true interoperability have made. After polling nearly 2,000 health plan members and patients, 800 independent and employed physicians, 700 hospital executives, 1,200 insurers and 500 health information technology vendor staffers in a span of eight months, Black Book analysts have boiled down their findings thusly: "Persistent unpredictability describes the current state of operative HIEs."
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4 ways to better serve aging patients
It can be a challenge to treat elderly patients with complex needs and few physicians have specialized training in geriatrics. But the baby boomers are coming. By 2030, the over-65 population will be triple the size it was in 1980, according to a Medscape article that examines ways in which the industry has thus far underserved older patients. To make your practice more senior-friendly, consider the following steps.
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Skin test for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's shows early promise
HealthDay News
A small, early study hints that a skin test may someday be able to help diagnose people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Researchers found that skin biopsies can reveal elevated levels of abnormal proteins associated with the two disorders. As it stands now, a definite diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in a living person has not been possible, so the illness is often "unrecognized until after the disease has progressed," Ildefonso Rodriguez-Leyva, MD, of the Central Hospital at the University of San Luis Potosi in Mexico, explained in an academy news release.
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