April 2007 NursingInsider

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 ANA Urges Involvement in International Year of the Nurse Campaign
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

Nurses Workgroup Mini-Grant RFP, Round 6
Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is announcing round six of the 2006-2007 Nurses Workgroup Mini-Grant Program. The Mini-Grant program is designed to support innovative efforts to expand and deepen the involvement of nurses in environmental health issues, to promote advocacy activities and to encourage those initiatives that showcase collaborative efforts between nurses and environmental organizations.

The HCWH Mini-Grant program welcomes all applications for funding members of the HCWH Nurses Workgroup, participants of “RN No Harm” workshops, participants of the Commonwealth 2004 Initiative, ANA Constituent Member Associations, Specialty Nursing Organizations, Luminaries, Beacons and Guiding Lights of the Luminary Project, Nursing Unions, Schools of Nursing, nurse participants of Clean Med 2006, and HCWH Workgroups that wish to develop or expand their relationships with nurses.

The awards will range from $500 to $3,000 and will be for one-year only.

The proposal is due June 4, 2007. Applicants of accepted proposals will be notified by June 25, 2007. If awarded you will be required to submit a mid-year and final report by e-mail. Applicants apply by e-mail to Brenda Afzal at bafzal@son.umaryland.edu. If you have questions regarding the RFP, or your eligibility to apply, please contact Brenda Afzal by email or at 410-706-1778; or contact Jolie Patterson Rosst at jprosst@hcwh.org.

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ANA Calls for Nurse Nominations in Modern Healthcare's 6th Annual 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare Recognition Program
Nominate the nurse leaders of your choice for a notable spot in Modern Healthcare's 6th Annual "100 Most Powerful People" in Healthcare recognition program. Submit your nomination now at www.modernhealthcare.com. How does it work? Every year, associations like ANA go to their members and ask them to nominate their President, Chief Executive Officer or Executive Director. Modern Healthcare will place the 300 people who receive the most nominations on a final ballot and post it on their Web site, www.modernhealthcare.com. Then, for a short period of time (approximately two weeks), readers will visit the site again to vote for the 10 candidates they believe should make the final list of the "100 Most Powerful."

The 100 people who receive the most votes make the final list with the ranking determined by number of votes received. The magazine reserves the right to resolve voting irregularities. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, May 11, and the final ranking will be published in the Aug. 27, 2007, issue of Modern Healthcare.

In previous years, nurse leaders Mary Foley, MS, RN, ANA President 2000-2002; Barbara Blakeney, MS, RN, ANA President 2002-2006; Linda J. Stierle, MSN, RN, CNAA,BC, ANA Chief Executive Officer; Geraldine (Polly) Bednash, Ph.D., RN, FAAN Executive Director, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Pamela Thompson, RN, MS, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and Linda H. Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN, Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, Cheryl Johnson, BSN, RN, UAN President 1999 – present, have appeared on the list.

Donald Berwick, president and chief executive office of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has also been recognized with this honor, saying, "Power has been built into the structure of the system For instance, the secretary of HHS and the head of CMS will always be key players. You have politicians and the leaders of big health systems. That's always going to be the case. My presence isn't about me. It's about the importance that is being placed on the quality of care as a central concern in healthcare."

Nurses deserve to be recognized - along with nationally known politicians, political appointees and others with influence whose names regularly appear in the roster - as the powerful people we are. In 2007, let's get nurse leaders on the list. You can help make this happen by participating now.

Malaria Awareness Day
Wednesday, April 25th, is the first ever U.S. Malaria Awareness Day. Health leaders around the country and the world are recognizing this day in conjunction with Africa Malaria Day. Families USA’s work on malaria is part of its Global Health Initiative (www.familiesusa.org/globalhealth).

To learn more about the lesser-known aspects of malaria, see 26 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Malaria and the Families USA press release on Malaria Day.

Free Shipping and 20% Discount on ANA's Foundation of Nursing Package for Next Semester
Now through May 31, 2007, nursesbooks.org, the publishing program of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is offering free shipping and 20% off to schools ordering 15 or more Foundation of Nursing packages. This package is currently being used as supplemental texts in hundreds of undergraduate and graduate level nursing programs and hospital programs.

The ANA Foundation of Nursing package contains the newly revised Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2004), ANA's Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements (2002) and the newly revised Nursing's Social Policy Statement (2003). Together, these three books define contemporary nursing practice and every student should have them before they graduate and begin professional practice.

Orders must be faxed or mailed using free shipping order form or regular shipping rates and list price will apply. Download form: nursesbooks.org

If you have any questions, or have not reviewed this outstanding package and would like to request a complimentary review package, please send email to francine.bennett@ana.org.

MoNA Seeking Executive Director
The Missouri Nurses Association (MoNA) is seeking an energetic, dynamic & visionary nurse leader to serve as chief executive officer (CEO), providing operational leadership to all Association programs including legislation/governmental affairs, workforce advocacy, economic & general welfare (collective bargaining), continuing education and more.

Nursing Care in Life, Death and Disaster
Nursing Care in Life, Death and Disaster 
Now there is a conference can help you manage the crisis. Disasters happen and having a plan in place to deal with them is critical to the survival of your patients, your self and your facility. This conference is dedicated to considering the significant health and disaster preparedness policy questions related to an altered standard of care that can result from a natural and manmade disasters. It will provide you with the information you need to promote better decision making and to improve possible patient outcomes and the quality of care provided during a major disaster. 

Public Comment on Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice
The American Nurses Association (ANA) invites your comments on the draft Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice available. Please submit your responses electronically by the closing date of May 18, 2007. This document expands upon earlier work within Nursing Informatics (NI), building upon historical knowledge (ANA, 1994, 1995, 2001) and including new, state-of-the-science material for the specialty. Because of the rapid changes in related sciences, NI roles, and thinking within informatics, a new document was needed.

New Book/CD: Teaching IOM: Implications of the Institute of Medicine Reports for Nursing Education
Nursesbooks.org, the publishing program of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has published a new book and CD Rom, Teaching IOM: Implications of the Institute of Medicine Reports for Nursing Education, for classroom and clinical education. Nursing faculty can use this as a teaching tool to discuss contemporary issues with graduate or undergraduate students. These include identifying work redesign in terms of integration of technology; addressing patient safety, quality, and national quality indicators, using electronic medical records and documentation, and funding from research, education, and health policy agencies and professional organizations. Clinical educators will find the book useful to update nurses as to the why dramatic changes are taking place in their work environment.

Read Press Release | Go to nursesbooks.org

Deadline for Best Practice in Seasonal Influenza Immunization Campaign
Final week to submit entries in the ANA Best Practice in Seasonal Influenza Immunization Campaign. The deadline for submission of facility programs is April 20, 2007. Submitted programs will be reviewed and the top five facilities will be notified by May 24, 2007.

The ANA is committed to advocating for the health of nurses and the patients that they serve. Because of this commitment, ANA supports implementation of aggressive and comprehensive influenza vaccination programs for registered nurses that aim for 100% vaccination rates, while allowing nurses to “opt out” with the completion of an declination form. In order to support increased vaccination rates among health care professionals, ANA is sponsoring the Best Practice in Seasonal Influenza Immunization Campaign

MNA Seeking Executive Director
The Montana Nurses Association (MNA), a non-profit organization representing professional nurses, is seeking an Executive Director (ED). The ED of MNA is the Chief Executive Officer and a full-time professional who provides leadership and coordination that assures an effective, smooth-running organization.

New Free ANA Online CE: New Goals for Healthy Blood Pressure
During the American Nurses Association (ANA) 2004 Biennial Convention, a special symposium was held, which focused on new JNC 7 guidelines, The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, for healthy blood pressure. The video presentation made from the symposium has now been posted as an online continuing education module, New Goals for Healthy Blood Pressure, which is being offered FREE to NursingWorld Visitors. Go to online CE catalog...

ANA Releases Newly Revised Corrections Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice
This book is the second revision of Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice in Correctional Facilities, first released in 1995. Corrections’ nursing delivers patient care within the distinctive environments of the criminal justice system, to include juvenile detention centers and substance abuse treatment facilities. Read Press Release | Go to online bookstore

Seeking Vice President Patient Care Services for 300+ bed system
VP Patient Care Services. Incredible opportunity to lead Patient Care in 300+ bed, award-winning healthcare system in picturesque, mountain community in the Southeast. Located in one of the fastest growing areas in the State, the System is only 8 miles from a metro area and 90 miles from the State Capital, offering the best of both worlds-relaxing, mountain community yet close to metro areas and conveniences.

MSN, 10 years' exp, 5 in nursing mgmnt, and current RN license. Demonstrated experience and abilities considered in lieu of MSN. Will be creative, forward thinking and passionate about patient care and keeps abreast of issues surrounding quality, safety and standards of care or practice.

Contact: Linda Garrett, Garrett Associates Inc.; 404-364-0001; Garrett@GAISearch.com; www.GarrettAssociatesInc.com

VSNA Seeking Executive Director
The Vermont State Nurses Assoociation (VSNA) is seeking an energetic and visionary leader to serve as part-time Executive Director. Application deadline: May 5th, 2007

New Online CE from American Nurse Today
Improving the Care of Stroke Patients is the CE article in the April issue of ANA’s journal, American Nurse Today. Each year, about 700,000 new or recurrent strokes occur in the United States, killing about 150,000 people. This averages out to one stroke every 45 seconds and one stroke death every 3 to 4 minutes. Perhaps even more alarming, the incidence of transient ischemic attack (TIA)—a warning sign of impending stroke—exceeds that of stroke. About 15% of strokes occur within 90 days of a TIA. This independent study provides evidence-based guidelines to help healthcare providers improve their care of stroke patients and resulting patient outcomes

Read the article and take the post-test to learn the use of evidence-based practices to improve the quality of care for stroke patients.

AHRQ/AD Council “Questions Are the Answer” Campaign
To empower patients to be more involved in their health care, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is working with the Ad Council on a national, multimedia public service advertising (PSA) campaign. The “Questions are the Answer: Get More Involved With Your Health Care” campaign features TV, radio, and print PSAs that encourage patients to ask questions with the goal of improving the quality of their care and preventing medical mistakes. In addition, the campaign features a Web site with a Question Builder that allows patients to create personalized lists of questions to take with them to medical appointments. To learn more... www.ahrq.gov/questionsaretheanswer.

ANA's Office of General Counsel Evaluates Nursing Website, ASRN
In response to questions from our Constituent Member Associations (CMAs) regarding the validity of an organization called the American Society of Registered Nurses (ASRN), ANA initiated an investigation of the organization. While the ASRN's website refers to its having been founded in May 2003, ANA has to date found no public records relating to ASRN prior to 2007. The group had claimed over a million members, but has recently removed that number from its website. It has been determined that some of the persons identified as associates of ASRN on its website were not connected to the universities listed with their names. There may be some link between ASRN and the American Honor Society of Nursing (AHSN) that claims on its website to have been founded in November 2005. To date, there has been no verification of the programs described on the ASRN website. ANA will provide additional information as it becomes available from our own investigative efforts, or from those of sister organizations that have been looking into ASRN.

UAN National Labor Assembly News
After a prolonged debate, the United American Nurses (UAN) National Labor Assembly (NLA) approved new measures upholding and defining UAN's role as the autonomous national union representing registered nurses, creating a new national political action committee and calling on the national union to take a leading role in the push for single payer health care. UAN Press Release | ANA comments on NLA Meeting

CMS Clarifies Guidelines for National Provider Identifier (NPI) Deadline Implementation
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is implementing a contingency plan for covered entities (other than small health plans) who will not meet the May 23, 2007, deadline for compliance with the National Provider Identifier (NPI) regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Go to the CMS web site for additional information and to review this guidance: www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalProvIdentStand/

Call for Public Comment on "Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice"
The American Nurses Association (ANA) invites your comments on the draft "Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice" available. Please submit your responses electronically by the closing date of May 18, 2007. This document expands upon earlier work within Nursing Informatics (NI), building upon historical knowledge (ANA, 1994, 1995, 2001) and including new, state-of-the-science material for the specialty. Because of the rapid changes in related sciences, NI roles, and thinking within informatics, a new document was needed.

ANCC Magnet Designation - March 2007
The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition within nursing of professional nursing practice. These are the facilities that received Magnet Designation in March 2007:

  • St. Joseph Hospital and Health Care, Syracuse, NY (Re-designation)
  • Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
  • Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH
  • EMH Regional Medical Center, Elria, OH
  • The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
More on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®