March 2007 NursingInsider

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ANCC Announces Content From The 10th National Magnet Conference Now Available Online
03/30/07
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is happy to announce a new way for members to access content from the National Magnet Conference and accrue Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours.

Content from the Tenth National Magnet Conference now available online! Concurrent and Plenary session recordings, synchronized with presentation slides can now be accessed for a per-session fee of $10 each. After viewing the session, learners complete a short online evaluation and print their CNE contact hour certificate. Free content is also available including the New Magnet Celebration, Colorado Magnets’ Presentation and reproductions of Posters presented at the conference.

Get started today at: http://client.blueskybroadcast.com/ici/

ANA President Testifies on Capitol Hill in Support of Nursing Workforce Development Programs
03/29/07
The American Nurses Association (ANA) President, Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR will testify this week before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies in support of increased funding of $200 million for the nursing workforce development programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act. President Bush’s proposed budget for FY 2008 calls for a funding decrease of more than $44 million. More...

ANA Supports the RESPECT Act
03/29/07
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has been tracking several key pieces of legislation at the federal level on H.R. 1644/S.969 RESPECT Act - The Re-Empowerment of Skilled and Professional Employees and Construction Tradeworkers (RESPECT) Act will clarify the definition of the term “supervisor” thereby limiting the ability of employers to take away union protections.

ANA commends the action of U.S. lawmakers to introduce legislation that would reverse a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to expand the definition of the term "supervisor." That decision, rendered in September 2006, effectively limits the rights of thousands of registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses to retain basic protections under federal labor law.

Read more on The RESPECT Act and what ANA has done on behalf of this initiative

ANA Urges Nursing Professionals to Contribute Their Experiences as Part of Cover the Uninsured Week
03/29/07
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is proud to continue its efforts focusing national attention on the plight of the millions of Americans currently without health insurance. ANA is one of the founding partners of Cover the Uninsured Week, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

ANA wants to provide a forum for nurses to add their voice to the health coverage debate. ANA, along with our partners in Cover the Uninsured Week, are asking nurses to share their stories and experiences related to health care issues. More...

ANF Grant Reviewers Needed
03/29/07
The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) is seeking individuals to review proposals for its prestigious grants program. ANF has awarded over 3.5 million dollars in grants to over 950 beginning and experienced researchers in its 52-year history to conduct studies that contribute the advancement of nursing and health care. Applications are invited from seasoned investigators to serve as a Nursing Research Grant (NRG) Reviewer or to serve on the Nursing Research Review Committee for a 3-year term. NRG reviewers are responsible for reviewing grant proposals and writing critiques. Members of the Nursing Research Review Committee also review proposals and write critiques. Additionally, NRRC members make the final determination for the allocation of funds to grantees.

Qualifications for NRG reviewers and Nursing Research Review Committee members include an earned doctorate, receipt of external research funds within the last seven years and membership in a Constituent Member Association (CMA) or the Individual Membership Division (IMD) of the American Nurses Association.

A single application that may be used for both NRG reviewers and the Nursing Research Review Committee members is available on the ANF website: www.anfonline.org. The deadline for the receipt of applications is May 4, 2007. Information about this year’s grants which are due May 15, 2007.

National Quality Forum's Implementation Conference

03/28/07
The National Quality Forum's Implementation Conference is May 10-11, in Chicago, IL. Demand for reporting quality-related data to increase the transparency and accountability of healthcare is high. The conference is designed to support a variety of stakeholders in overcoming the challenges of performance measurement and reporting at the physician level. They will address cross-cutting implementation themes including:

  • Challenges and Opportunities: Reporting Safety, DVT Care and Healthcare-associated Infection Data
  • Intersection of EHRs and Quality Measure Development
  • Payer and Provider Perspectives on Measurement and Reporting
  • Pediatrics: Performance Measurement and Reporting Across Settings of Care and Consumer Involvement
  • Provider Leadership and Community Partnership Pilots
  • Value: Reporting on Episodes of Care and Cost
For more information visit: www.qualityforum.org/about/meetings/spring_meeting07.asp or download the Brochure [pdf]

ANA Clarification of Recent HITSP News and Call for Increased Participation by Registered Nurses in Developing Safe and Secure Information Systems
03/27/07
In recent weeks the American Nurses Association (ANA) has received a number of inquiries that indicate a need to clarify news released in January 2007 by the Health Information Technology Standard Panel (HITSP). The HITSP has recommended that the ANA recognized terminology, the Clinical Care Classification (CCC), “may be applicable for documenting, coding, and tracking nursing care in any healthcare setting.” The recommendation is based on the application of the CCC by the Biosurveillance Technical Committee (BIO TC) to a biosurveillance interoperability usecase. This recommendation is positive for the profession because it indicates the importance of nursing terminologies in the national interoperability work being conducted by HITSP. The recommendation, however, does not in any way preclude the use of other ANA recognized terminologies in electronic clinical information systems. More...

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month
03/27/07
Does persistent menstrual or pelvic pain make your life miserable? Have your patients or even you been having painful periods, possibly with pelvic pain that continues after your period ends. A talk with your health care provider about an evaluation for endometriosis could be appropriate. These symptoms are not normal. They could be symptoms of endometriosis, a treatable condition that affects between two and 10 percent of reproductive age women. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment options. Learn more...

ANA Statement on RESPECT Act
03/26/07
The American Nurses Association (ANA) commends the action of U.S. lawmakers to introduce legislation that would reverse a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to expand the definition of the term “supervisor.” That decision, rendered in September 2006, effectively limits the rights of thousands of registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses to retain basic protections under federal labor law.

H.R. 1644/S. 969 The Re-Empowerment of Skilled and Professional Employees and Construction Tradeworkers (RESPECT) Act will clarify the definition of the term “supervisor” thereby limiting the ability of employers to take away union protections. Read ANA Statement...

New ANA/ANF Online CE
03/22/07
The Nurses Role in Tobacco Prevention and Cessation for Adolescents is the latest online continuing education offering. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the Unites States today. Almost all of today’s current smokers started in their teen years. The goal/purpose of this independent study module is to call attention to adolescent smoking and encourage nurses in many settings to intervene. Resources and opportunities for tobacco prevention and cessation are described.

This Independent Study Module (ISM) was developed for Partners in Program Planning for Adolescent Health (PIPPAH), a federally funded program administered by the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) of the American Nurses Association. Go to CE...

The Perfect Gift for that Special Nurse! Honor a Nurse 2007
03/21/07
Join the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) by giving the gift of recognition! In celebration of Nurses Week 2007, ANF invites you to Honor a Nurse with a special $100 tax-deductible donation to ANF. Your honored nurse, along with your name will appear in the May/June issue of The American Nurse (TAN) for all to see!

ANA Urges Involvement in International Year of the Nurse Campaign
03/21/07
The American Nurses Association (ANA), as part of its commitment to advancing the nursing profession, encourages nurses and health care professionals around the world to take part in a campaign urging the United Nations to adopt resolutions declaring 2010 International Year of the Nurse, and 2011-2020 a UN Decade for a Healthy World. Nurses can sign an on-line pledge resolving to work together in improving health care for all communities.

ANA is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Nightingale Declaration Campaign. ANA joins with a coalition of nursing, educational and health care organizations in building support for this international effort. Our goal is to demonstrate the nursing community's commitment to improving health care locally, nationally and internationally through nursing practices that reflect the principles of Florence Nightingale.

To learn more, or to join the campaign, please visit www.nightingaledeclaration.net

Deep-vein Thrombosis Awareness Web Cast
03/20/07
In recognition of DVT Awareness Month, the "Perspectives on Deep-vein Thrombosis" presentation is being offered via web cast. This program highlights a session which features Melanie Bloom, Geno Merli, MD, FACP and ANA staff member Rita Munley Gallagher, PhD, RN. Included is a discussion that helps to (1) identify the signs and symptoms of DVT and pulmonary emboli and their prevention; (2) detail the efforts of the Coalition to Prevent DVT; (3) highlight perspectives of the patient, family, physician and nurse on the impact of DVT; and (4) provide an opportunity for discussion on the prevention and impact of DVT. Access the web cast....

ANA Statement on the U.S. Army Surgeon General
03/19/07
The American Nurses Association (ANA) commends the U.S. Army’s decision to appoint Major General Gale Pollock, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), as the Army’s interim surgeon general. Major General Pollock is the first female nurse to serve as the Army’s top medical officer; she retains her titles, including deputy surgeon general and Chief, Army Nurse Corps. Read ANA Statement...

ANA Quadrennial Policy Conference – Nursing Care in Life, Death and Disaster
03/16/07
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is hosting its inaugural quadrennial policy conference, Nursing Care in Life, Death and Disaster, scheduled for June 20-22, 2007, in Atlanta, Georgia. This major policy conference is dedicated to considering the significant health and disaster preparedness questions related to an altered standard of care that can result from a major natural or manmade disaster.

Conference on Internationally Recruited Nurses: Creating Positive Practice Environments
03/15/07
The Internationally Recruited Nurses: Creating Positive Practice Environments conference, March 19-20, in San Francisco, focuses on strategies that create a positive work environment and facilitate the successful integration of internationally recruited nurses into the health care team and provides a better understanding of the immigration processes related to internationally recruited nurses. This conference is being co-sponsored by the American Nurses Association and the International Centre on Nurse Migration (which is a joint initiative of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and the International Council of Nurses).

NLN establishes Academy of Nursing Education
03/14/07
Fellow Program to Recognize Nurse Faculty and Others Who Have Made Enduring and Substantial Contributions to the Field
March 2, 2007 – New York, NY– The National League for Nursing announced today an historic step in academic nursing education, the founding of the Academy of Nursing Education. Individuals inducted into the academy will be designated as Fellow, Academy of Nursing Education and entitled to use the approved credential. More…

DVT Continuing Education Offering
03/13/07
March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness month. Do you know that deep vein DVT may result in complications, such as fatal pulmonary embolism (PE), if not quickly diagnosed and treated. Pulmonary embolism can occur when a blood clot fragment breaks loose from the vein and migrates to the lungs, blocking a pulmonary artery or its branches. When that clot is large enough to completely block one or more pulmonary vessels, death can occur. In the U.S., more people die each year from PE than motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer or AIDS. DVT and PE are collectively known as venous thromboembolism (VTE), a significant cause of mortality and morbidity in elderly patients, despite availability of prophylactic therapy and the number one cause of unexpected hospital death. To learn more about the signs and symptoms of DVT and pulmonary embolism and strategies aimed at DVT prevention and treatment Take the CE

New Audio CE for ANA Members Teaches Leaders to Use Financial Tools
03/12/07
Finance 101 For Treasurers and Presidents is an "audio/visual" continuing education module, available to ANA members in the Members Only section of NursingWorld. The CE was taped during the American Nurses Association Engaging Leaders Conference Call Series. The original call took place on November 13th & 14th, 2006. The purpose of this call is to educate elected leaders about how to use financial tools to fulfill their fiduciary responsibility.

ANA Members already registered on the Members Only site can log on and access the CE. ANA members not registered must create an online account at Members Only.

ANA Publications Archive
03/09/07
The ANA Publications Archive is the newst addition of information available in Members Only. This archive is a collection of American Nurses Association (ANA) publications that have been taken out of circulation. The publications in this collection cover a wide variety of topics and issues in order to provide a historical perspective regarding the development of policies, positions and issues in the nursing community and should be interpreted within its historical context.

ANA Members already registered on the Members Only site can log on and access the archive. ANA members not registered must create an online account at Members Only.

It is important to note that most of these publications have been superseded by current and updated information which can be found and purchased at www.nursesbooks.org.

The American Nurses Association Partners With Crocs, Inc.
03/08/07
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has partnered with Crocs, Inc., to offer ANA members a special member benefit program for Crocs “Work” shoes. This new program is available now and can be accessed by ANA members. Read Press Release...

Florida Nurses Association Seeks Executive Director
03/08/07
After more than 30 years at FNA, Paula Massey announced her retirement to the Florida Nurses Association (FNA) Board of Directors. The Board of Directors have appointed a Search Committee.

The Committee is looking for a person with a Bachelors degree in either nursing, management or a related field. A graduate degree is preferred. They have stipulated that the applicant must have five years experience in administration, leadership, personnel management, planning program and/or continuing education activities. A registered nurse is preferred.

National Patient Safety Awareness Week - March 4-10
03/07/07
Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) is a national education and awareness-building campaign for improving patient safety at the local level. Hospitals and healthcare organizations across the country are encouraged to plan events to promote patient safety within their own organizations. Educational activities are centered on educating patients on how to become involved in their own health care, as well as working with hospitals to build partnerships with their patient community.

The Department of Health & Human Services' (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) joined with The Advertising Council today (3/7/07) to launch a national public service advertising campaign designed to encourage adults to take a more proactive role in their health care. The campaign is being launched during national Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 4-10, 2007).

The new "Questions Are the Answer: Get More Involved With Your Health Care" PSA campaign, which was created pro bono by ad agency McCann Erickson Detroit, aims to encourage all patients and caregivers to become more active in their health care by asking questions. The campaign includes new television, radio, print and Web advertising that directs audiences to call a toll-free number, (1-800-931-AHRQ), and visit a comprehensive Web site, www.ahrq.gov/questionsaretheanswer to obtain tips on how to help prevent medical mistakes and become a partner in their health care. The site also features an interactive "Question Builder" that allows consumers to generate a customized list of questions for their health care providers that they can bring to each medical appointment.

Go to AHRQ Press Release...

Cover the Uninsured Week - April 23-29
03/07/07
The American Nurses Association is proud to continue its efforts focusing national attention on the plight of the millions of uninsured Americans. ANA is one of the founding partners of Cover the Uninsured Week, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Now in its fifth year, Cover the Uninsured Week (April 23-29) brings together individuals and organizations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia to demand that our nation’s leaders find solutions for the more than 46 million Americans living without health insurance.

This year, Cover the Uninsured Week comes at a critical moment in the health coverage debate. After 10 years, The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) must be reauthorized by Congress to continue its vital role in providing coverage for children living in families earning too much for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance.

To raise awareness, ANA, along with its Cover the Uninsured Week partners, is taking part in an ad campaign targeting opinion leaders as well as areas that would be hardest hit should Congress fail to reauthorize SCHIP. These ads, both print and television, will be appearing in local and national papers as well as broadcast and cable stations. ANA encourages its members and concerned citizens everywhere to watch for the ads and join in on the dialogue for Cover the Uninsured Week. If you want to learn more about Cover the Uninsured Week, or see the ad campaign go online to covertheuninsured.org

Take the Center's Conflict Survey
03/06/07
You are being invited to participate in an important research study that explores perceptions of nurses related to conflict and conflict resolution in the workplace. The study is being sponsored by the Center for American Nurses. The purpose of the survey is to identify the challenges related to conflict encountered by nurses in practice in an effort to develop resources for nurses facing conflict in the workforce. Take the Survey...

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ANA Urges New Tests for Philippine Nurses Seeking to Practice in the U.S.
03/05/07
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is urging the Philippine government to facilitate a retake of the nurse licensure exam without penalty for the nurses who passed the June 2006 examination. Following investigations by both the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) and the Philippine government, it was discovered a portion of the 500 question exam was known to a large number of examinees prior to the exam being administered.

ANA Press Release | ANA Letter to Philippine Board of Nursing

ANA Announces its Endorsement for the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800)
03/02/07
The American Nurses Association (ANA) announces its endorsement for the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800). The Employee Free Choice Act would restore and protect workers’ rights to form unions. ANA has always been an advocate for worker’s rights to unionize, and defends the rights of all workers to bargain for better wages, working conditions and benefits. ANA actively supports initiatives which serve to strengthen the economic and general welfare of nurses. Read ANA Statement...

The ANA and the Coalition to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Announce DVT Awareness Month
03/02/07
DVT is a leading cause of death and strikes more than three million Americans each year
The American Nurses Association (ANA) announced March 1, 2007 its support of the Coalition to Prevent DVT’s fourth annual National DVT Awareness Month. DVT occurs when a blood clot forms and partially or completely blocks blood flow inside a deep vein, typically located in the calf or thigh. If the blood clot breaks free and travels to the lungs – known as a pulmonary embolism (PE), it may obstruct the pulmonary artery or one of its branches, blocking blood flow to the heart. Each year, DVT-related complications kill up to 300,000 Americans.

For more information, visit www.preventdvt.org

CNPE Position Statement Review
03/01/07
The ANA Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics (CNPE) is seeking comments on the following position statements:

  • Safety Issues Related to Tubing and Catheter Misconnections
  • Utilization of Nursing Assistive Personnel in All Settings
  • Elimination of Violence in Advertising Directed Toward Children, Adolescents and Families
If you are interested in participating in this review, please provide your comments by April 30, 2007.

Online CE from American Nurse Today
03/01/07
The 5 P’s Spell Positive Outcomes for ARDS Patients is the CE article in the March issue of ANA’s journal, American Nurse Today. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) accounts for 1 in 10 critical care beds and kills 150,000 Americans each year. Nurses can make a significant impact in reducing these deaths through innovative positioning techniques. In addition, early recognition is key to a positive outcome. The topic was well attended when offered at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses national meeting in May, 2006.

Read the article and take the post-test.

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