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The 2018 Nurse and Home Care Forum conference is designed for Nurse Informaticists, Nurse Executives, and Home Care Administrators. Hear from successful customers using Meditech expanse strategies for improving patient safety, care quality and patient outcomes. Get the latest updates in MEDITECH development service and marketing efforts. Network with leaders in the field as well as staff and peers while earning contact hours.
Registration and a Welcome luncheon is Wednesday, June 13th, at Noon. Pre-conference sessions begin at 1:00 p.m. The Networking session starts at 4:30 p.m.
Some Pre-Conference, Featured, and Education sessions are "Contact Hour Eligible".
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, June 15, 2018, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
MEDITECH Conference Center
1 Constitution Way
Foxborough, MA. 02035
You can complete the Registration Form online.
As APRNs we all have educational needs and must fulfill our CME requirements. Why not take a look at a conference that combines several different topics and allows you to expand your knowledge? And while we are learning, why not enjoy scenery in a temperate climate? And to top it off, when the conference is over, we have the choice to expand our time to include a vacation. Why not bring the family, stay over, enjoy Florida and the wonderful sight-seeing and entertaining venues? Golf, swim, just relax - all are options for you and your family.
The perfect continuing education event for Nurse Practitioners and other healthcare colleagues, the Skin, Bones, Hearts & Private Parts™ CME Conference truly offers it all. Held in sunny Florida in a first-class resort, attendees can network with other healthcare professionals from all over the United States. Earn up to 26 CME in topics ranging from dermatology to women's health. The conference is held in the Linkside Conference Center.
Conference Dates: June 11 - 14, 2018
Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort
9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy W.
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Nurses, are you interested in finding solutions to infection prevention and epidemiology that can be used in the clinical setting? No matter if you are a new nurse looking for a foundation, or ways to improve on your skills, you will find what you are looking for at the 2018 45th Annual Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Conference. Network with experts in the field and fellow Nurses who share your vision. There is a format to fit your learning style, so join us in Minnesota and take time to enjoy the beautiful nature while there. Register online at the website and plan your conference to fit your schedule.
There will be over 100 educational sessions across multiple tracks by experts. Enjoy a great networking hub of thousands of healthcare professionals. More than 150 Scientific abstracts and demonstrations of the latest technology. There will over 270 exhibitors, so visit them and pick their brains for the latest in research. Navigate changing guidelines and government officials will present reporting requirements.
Military nurses do their jobs under periods of extreme stress - the battlefield!
AACN recently published a research study that investigated the care of our service men and women from 2008 to 2014. AN was recently able to interview one of the researchers, Elizabeth Mann-Salinas, COL, USA (Ret), MSN, APRN.
1. The research study indicates that all injured servicemen and women that were transferred from Role 2 to Role 3 facilities utilized either fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft. Is the type of aircraft chosen based on patient injuries or availability of aircraft?
Generally almost all transport from a Role 2 forward surgical team is by rotary wing aircraft because these teams tend to be in austere locations without a runway for fixed wind transport. A few R2 facilities were co-located with an air base so that is why we had some transports by the fixed wing platform. What does change is the composition of the team that transport the patient, based on how critical they might be. The En Route Critical Care Nurse program was created to fill the identified gap in transporting post-operative patients.
2. In the study, 40% of the subjects did not have a defined en route care provider. Is there any thought to electronic medical records in combat?
EMR is the Holy Grail of all our battlefield documentation!! So many efforts are underway to tackle this difficult problem. In combat all communications systems are on the secure side and classified as Secret. This includes the medical information, making many of the proposed solutions unworkable. The Joint Trauma System works diligently to capture as much of the data on all patient care and movement but this is such a difficult challenge given our operational constraints. Even taking a photo of the paper records and sending it back to JTS is apparently not even tenable at this time until appropriate encryption and safe transfer can be established.
3. What type of military training do the nurses have that transport patients?
The JECC - Joint En Route Care Course - was created to meet the needs of the 3 services (Army, Navy, Air Force) to provide rotary wing experience for patient transport. Nurses and medics attend this course when they are expected to fulfil this mission. Critical Care Air Transport (CCAT) course is managed by the Air Force for fixed wing critical care transport teams (MD, ICU RN, RT). There is an Aeromedical Evacuation Course for nurses who care for the non-critically ill patients transported on fixed wing aircraft, and they are also trained to serve as the operational flight crew.
4. Many of our posters are nursing students. What would be a good career path if a student wants to become a military nurse?
I was recruited in 1994 out of my BSN program directly into the Army as a Nurse Corps Officer. It was the absolute best decision I ever could have made. They offered me my choice of initial duty assignment; the opportunity to specialize in either: critical care, emergency nursing, OB/GYN, behavioral health, OR (I chose critical care and attended the 4 month intensive course); and they allowed me a "sabbatical": to earn my Masters in Science as a Clinical nurse Specialist (at the University of Colorado in Denver) and then my PhD in Nursing at UTHealth - Houston. Full pay and benefits during those total 5 years of school. I attended the CCAT course and was a member of the Army Burn Flight Team for 2 years and was an amazing experience. I only retired last year to avoid another move now that my family is established here in Texas, but continue to serve as a civilian. Cannot recommend this option more to all nurses eager for career advancement, leadership opportunities, and world-travel. Please encourage interested students to reach out to a Health Care Recruiter. I believe the Army, Navy and Air Force programs are very similar, just depends on what you prefer. I like being on dry land myself......
Thank you so much for this informative interview Dr Mann-Salinas. AN has a robust Government/Military Nursing forum where you can find out more about nursing in the US military.
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The allnurses Magazine is a free publication with a strong emphasis on Empowering, Uniting, and Advancing nurses.
We are proud of the in-depth content featured within the pages of this magazine. We have articles from some of our most-talented writers including Beth Hawkes (Nurse Beth), Elizabeth Scala, and Lorie Brown. The allnurses Magazine will host a wide range of RN writers and innovators from across the nursing spectrum.
The real pride and joy, though, is this issue's cover story. The #NursesTakeDC rally taking place beginning April 25th. Beth Hawkes has written an amazing in-depth article centered around #NursesTakeDC and the related efforts for improved Nurse-Patient ratios. It truly is a must-read for anyone in the nursing profession.
We also highlight some of our popular content on Facebook, on the site, and share one of our iconic and topical cartoons, and so much more.
"The new allnurses Magazine is one of many changes we're undertaking to promote nurses and nursing everywhere.", said Mary, Content / Community Director for allnurses.com. "This is just the start of the many positive changes coming to allnurses.com."
Whether you're a long-time user of allnurses.com or coming to us as a new reader, we're happy that you are joining us!
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With more than 37.5 continuing education (CE) contact hours, the outstanding and diverse learning opportunities and inspirational gatherings promise to reignite your commitment to your practice and our profession. Hundreds of learning activities feature the latest innovations in practice, technology, and healthcare delivery, evidence-based practice and research to meet your clinical and professional practice education needs. Connecting with friends and colleagues at special events throughout the week will round out this inspirational experience. There are more than 275 sessions. There are also 2.5 hour sessions at the mastery level. For advanced practice nurses, the Advanced Practice Institute will allow you to obtain pharmacology contacts and to build on your advanced practice nursing skills. Update your knowledge, refine your skills and learn something new in critical care. This educational conference features the latest innovations in high-acuity and critical care practice, technology, healthcare delivery, evidence-based practices and research.
When and Where
May 21 through May 24, 2018
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
(800) 899-AACN (2226)
Westin Boston Waterfront
425 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
May 18 - May 22, 2018
Pre-meeting events: May 18 - 19
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center
1000 West Buena Vista,
The SGNA 45th Annual Course (Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates) conference is for Gastroenterology nurses and techs who want to stay on top of what is happening in GI field. Choose from over 100 educational sessions covering topics from the latest research taught by top professionals. Sessions last an hour and are concurrent. More information regarding sessions will be available soon, check back on the website.
Tailor your schedule to meet your needs so you can learn what interests you most and explore new subjects. There are hands-on opportunities, product and service highlights, and focused educational sessions. Poster abstracts are another way to gain insight and learn about evidence-based research. Posters are on display, and the authors will also give mini sessions to go over their information. Network with fellow GI nurses, experts, and exhibitors and bring home tools to enhance your career. Don't pass up a chance to earn up to 34.25 contact hours.
Mark your calendars! April 5th through April 8th, 2018 is the date!! Come network with your fellow SPN peers at the 28th Annual SPN Conference. Keep up with the latest in the field of pediatrics while earning CEUs from the 22.75 available. The Society of Pediatric Nurses is accredited with the distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
When / Where
April 5 - April 8, 2018
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place
Denver, Colorado 80202
Want to see what's in store? Check out the video recap of the 2017 event!
Meet and network with fellow Students, Nursing leaders, and Faculty members at the National Student Nurses' Association: Get Hooked! Insight, Inspiration, Ingenuity 66th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Glean nuggets of knowledge from the 35th president of ANA, keynote speaker, Dr. Pamela Cipriano on Wednesday, April 4th. Gain insight from her and the other speakers that will help you in your journey as a student or faculty member. Be inspired by your fellow students, nursing leaders, and faculty. Connecting with fellow nurses helps create a network of friends that can lead to a study group, future jobs, or having a support group. Show your ingenuity, branch out and try something new... You never know where it will lead.
April 4th through April 8th, 2018
Gaylord Opryland Hotel
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Sessions and Special Events
A few of the sessions offered are a mini NCLEX review, career counseling, poster sessions, and focus sessions. Don't forget the party on the first night: Lights, Camera, Action - From Movies to music. Come dressed as your favorite star!
Grab your bestie and participate in the fun run. Run the 5k or walk the 1k taking place on April 7th at 7 am. Have fun whether you walk or run while raising funds to support the Foundation of NSNA undergraduate scholarship program. Sign Up Now!
Another special event is the Poster Session and Project Showcase. The NSNA Chapters are invited to share school or state projects for research projects. These are great ways to expand your knowledge whether you are a poster presenter or an observer.
March 19 is the deadline for registration. Mail registration by March 12, 2018; if it is postmarked past that it will be returned. One form per registrant and it may be photocopied. Onsite Registration opens 4/3/18 at noon.
Registration confirmation is sent via email only, one week prior to the convention. Students must show valid student ID and current membership card (if a member) when picking up registration materials onsite.
National Student Nurses Association, Inc., Meeting Registration Dept.
P.O. Box 798
Wilmington, OH 45177
Refunds and Returned Checks
AN recently interviewed Dr Terri Maxwell who is the chief clinical officer of Turn-Key Health where she is responsible for clinical care delivery, competence and quality. In addition, she serves as vice president, Clinical Education, Enclara Pharmacia, an affiliate of Turn-Key Health. A recipient of a Project on Death in America award from the Soros Foundation, Dr. Maxwell previously served as vice president of Strategic Initiatives, Weatherbee Resources Inc. and the Hospice Education Network. She also held a number of executive positions at Hospice Pharmacia, and established the Center for Palliative Care in the Department of Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. A widely published author and frequent presenter at state and national meetings, Dr. Maxwell has served on a number of committees and editorial review boards, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Relatedness subcommittee, NHPCO QAPI NCHPP steering committee, NHPCO Research committee and the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy's editorial board. Dr. Maxwell earned a master's in Nursing and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island. In 2010, the College of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island made her a dean's list honoree at its Distinguished Achievement Awards.
We discussed palliative care and the initiatives seen in this area recently. She offered varied insights into this nursing specialty and how it encompasses so much of what we, as nurses do every shift.
Palliative care continues to advance end of life care in the US. What do you think is the biggest advance in this field in the last 5-10 years?
There have been so many advances in palliative care in the past 5 to 10 years. Some of the ones that come to mind include:
The role of palliative care in the health care system has grown in importance as people are living longer with chronic diseases and face a multitude of decisions about the use of technology, medications and therapies at the end of life.
In the last decade, palliative care has matured as a recognized, specialized, medical and nursing field.
In addition, there has been an explosion of articles and books about death and dying for lay people that has helped to create discussion about facing one's mortality at the end of life and the importance of quality over quantity of life.
Lastly, there has been an enormous expansion of programs throughout hospitals and more recently, into the community, to care for people with serious illness in their homes or in nursing homes.
Hospital-based palliative care services are expanding as advances in chronic disease management lead to longer lives. How does palliative care function in a hospital system?
Hospital-based palliative care programs vary in team composition and delivery models from hospital to hospital. Most are comprised of specially trained physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and chaplains who provide consultative services.
These services generally focus on the provision of expert symptom management, help navigating the healthcare system, goals of care discussions and family meetings. These provide opportunities to offer support for decision-making, emotional and spiritual support as well as providing assistance to staff in caring for their seriously ill patients.
What traits are important for a palliative care nurse to develop?
Important traits of palliative care nurses include empathy, which is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, compassion, the concern for others, and respect for human dignity. Communication and listening skills are critical, as is resilience in order to meet daily challenges, recover from difficulties and help to prevent burnout.
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the focus of palliative care is utilized across the continuum of care from pediatrics to geriatrics. How does palliative care differ among the patient populations?
The essential concepts and primary domains of care as outlined in the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care (2009) are similar across patient populations, as are the needs of patients and their loved ones. However, there are differences in care goals and ways in which decisions are made, especially among those who are younger.
Palliative care teams need to also recognize differences in disease states and disease trajectories across the age spectrum, have specialized knowledge related to medication management for the very young and very old and alter their communication strategies as appropriate.
How do you see palliative care advancing in the years to come?
I expect to see greater diffusion of palliative care into the community, hopefully supported by new payment methodologies that do not limit access with restrictive eligibility requirements. As we move beyond a fee for service (FFS) model to a value-based payment methodology, health care payers and providers will increasingly recognize the value of palliative care.
What is needed is a more comprehensive and coordinated palliative benefit for those with advanced illness who otherwise fall through cracks in care based upon CMS regulations for Home Health Care and Hospice. As palliative care grows, we will need to address workforce deficits and training needs. I also hope to see greater integration of palliative care concepts into medical and nursing school curriculums.
Thank you Dr Maxwell for your comments.
So...how does your hospital system, facility or practice utilize palliative care?
Here is a roll call of AN Palliative Care nurses
Are you looking to connect with other med-surg nurses, to learn the latest evidence-based research, and obtain the latest in clinical practice? If you said YES, then the 28th Annual Medical Surgical Nursing Conference in San Francisco will meet your needs. There will be accomplished speakers, posters and abstracts that present the latest in med-surg nursing.
April 5th and 6th, 2018, San Francisco, California
Call For Posters
Poster presentations will be done on both the 5th and 6th in sessions. Lynn Dow is the contact person.
If you are interested in presenting a poster, the educational tracks are as follows:
The AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo 2018: Embrace Action - Mind, Body, and Spirit event will be March 24 - 28, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Join Us in New Orleans - Nathalie Walker, AORN President - Embrace the Action!
If you are reading this article, then likely you have come to the same decision or are thinking about it. We each have a story or background as to how we came to make this life-altering leap into the sexy and emotionally fulfilling field of nursing right? (Teehee, that's a whole nother article!) Books, television shows, and movies like to portray nurses as being born knowing that this was our lifelong goal. While this may be true for some of us, how did the rest of us come to choose a career in nursing?
In late August 2017, allnurses.com released a survey that ran through September to determine what factors students consider when selecting a school. One of the questions asked nurses and student nurses, "Why did you choose nursing?". The survey, which is set to release soon, had over 1500 participants. The responses varied greatly; some were light-hearted answers (like the "sexy" comment, wearing scrubs, or liking all things gruesome); some practical, "it's what my parents would pay for"; some well thought out, "hours, schedule and pay", and some people were just plain "born to do this".
There were a number of similar and common threads woven through the survey responses. Nursing has ranked #1 as the most trusted profession for at least 15 years in a row in Gallup Polls. Job security, flexibility, and pay were a deciding factor for many choosing nursing as a career. No matter sick or well, people will always be in need of healthcare. Nursing was a popular second career choice as reported in the survey results, either from a non-healthcare profession or from many who were non-nursing healthcare professionals. They reported wanting to have more direct contact and connection with patients, many stating that they feel drawn to care for those in need, not to "sit behind a desk". The career opened up possibilities to work schedules so they could care for aging loved ones or children. For many it was a better, more stable paycheck offering sick and vacation time and better healthcare for themselves and their loved ones. Nursing also offered the ability to advance within the career itself and further their education toward ultimate life goals.
The "calling", or desire to care for people in a time of crisis or at their weakest, seems to be a strong pull toward nursing as a career. Several answers reflected "always having known that nursing was a calling", or that their "personality and heart guided them" toward this career. There were many replies that the "science" that nursing encompasses was the appeal. Anatomy, physiology, how the body responds to pharmacologic interventions, the technology of caring for the body systems was another popular response. The ability to think critically and quickly and to work with a team of like-minded professionals was a draw. Some answered that they loved the rush of emergent care, or on the flip side, the pace and attention to dying hospice patients and their loved ones.
A large number of participants were inspired by a family member (s). Some had family members that were in the healthcare profession and through watching, listening, or living with someone who is a nurse, they felt compelled to go on to nursing school themselves. Experiencing healthcare from the opposite side of the bed was another influence that a family had on many. For some being the patient and "living through" the healthcare continuum was the guide toward wanting to make a difference in the life of others.
As we all have come into the "wonderful world of nursing" for our various reasons, decisions, or life events it is clear that the survey has captured the uniqueness that each of us brings to the care of our patients and the advancement of our profession. Our passions, skills, and differences will ultimately keep nursing innovative and cutting edge while maintaining the very core of our career of care and compassion for others.
Keep your eyes open and watch for the complete results from the 2017 Student Survey to be posted soon. You will find out what students think are the most important factors to consider when searching for a nursing school. The interactive images will allow you to customize your view and discover how variables such as age, location, current level of educational standing, and degree program enrolled in can affect one's priorities.
More 2017 Student Survey Articles...
allnurses.com staff recently had the opportunity to interview Lisa Wolf, PhD, RN, CEN, FAEN, Director of ENA's Institute for Emergency Nursing Research. She has published research about bullying and how it affects nurses patient care.
How does bullying in the ED manifest itself?
Bullying can manifest as the dynamics of aggression, which includes overt hostility, denigrating comments, giving inappropriate assignments for the nurses' experience and expertise, and selective reporting. More difficult to identify and call out, however, are the dynamics of exclusion, which is marked by a withdrawal of help, support, and information. These types of behaviors often result in a nurse being "set up to fail", which has consequences for patient care.
How does this differ from bullying in other departments?
I don't know that it is very different in other departments, but the constant flow of patients, the short turnaround times, and the initial lack of knowledge about patient conditions makes the emergency department a particularly high risk area for this dynamic to manifest.
What kind of collateral damage results from bullying in the ED?
Workplace bullying is a significant factor in the dynamics of patient care, nursing work culture, and nursing retention. The impact on patient care cannot be overestimated, both in terms of errors, substandard care, and the negative effects of high turnover of experienced RNs who leave, compounded by the inexperience of newly hired RNs
What methods did you find to be the most effective in addressing / decreasing bullying?
Our respondents report that a "calling it out" strategy by both staff and management is the most effective way to reduce bullying and its consequences. An assessment of hospital work environments should include nurse perceptions of workplace bullying, and interventions should focus on effective managerial processes for handling workplace bullying
As a result of your research, what type of training do you recommend?
Given that management is the key role in mitigating bullying behaviors, education in the identification of bullying behaviors (especially those marked by the dynamic of exclusion) and in addressing them with staff is probably the most effective way to reduce workplace bullying.
Bullying is becoming more pervasive in our culture as a whole. However, as nurses on the forefront of life and death decisions, it is imperative that nurses have a toolkit to deal with bullying at work. The American Nurses Association published a position paper on this in 2015 with a goal; "to create and sustain a culture of respect, free of incivility, bullying and workplace violence."
ENA has also published guidelines to deal with and curb lateral violence which is defined as; "violence, or bullying, between colleagues (e.g. nurse/nurse, doctor/nurse, etc.)."
"According to a 2011 study by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), 54.5 percent out of 6,504 emergency nurses experienced physical violence and/or verbal abuse from a patient and/or visitor during the past week. The actual rate of incidences of violence is much higher as many incidents go unreported, due in part to the perception that assaults are "part of the job"."
ENA offers a toolkit with six distinct steps to address workplace violence. The first step is acknowledging that it exists and that nurses have the capability to decrease the incidence. There are many shareholders in this initiative including the front line staff but managers and administrators also have a key role in this. JCAHO, OSHA and other governmental agencies require documentation of a safe workplace and offer recommendations as well.
Violence should never be tolerated. Do you feel safe from lateral violence in your emergency department? What has your ED done to combat lateral violence?
Urology nurses function in multiple environments including hospitals, same-day surgi-centers, private practices and home health. They may care for patients with multiple co-morbidities in addition to urologic needs. The urologic nursing specialty requires its professionals to have a comprehensive knowledge of developmental and aging changes that are essential to understanding acute and chronic urological diseases. Here is an article about urologic nurses.
There are several sub-specialties for urologic nurses too:
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