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March 7 – 13 2010 was Patient Safety Awareness Week. This week serves to raise awareness of safety initiatives and provide resources for hospitals and health care providers.  On the front lines of such initiatives are nurses, who often have the most interaction with patients. Pam A. Thompson, MS, RN CENL, FAAN, chief executive officer of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), a national professional organization which has been providing leadership, advocacy and research to advance nursing practice and patient care spoke to nursezone.com about the important of nurses with regards to patient safety.

To read her interview, go to http://www.nursezone.com/Nursing-News-Events/more-news/Where-Patient-Safety-Really-Counts-%E2%80%93-at-the-Bedside_33688.aspx

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AcademyHealth is offering a scholarship for minority graduate students and fellows interested in health services research (HSR) and/or disparities research. Provided by the Aetna Foundation, this scholarship provides full funding for 15 minority graduate students to attend the AcademyHealth 2010 Annual Research Meeting (ARM).

For more information and eligibilty requirements, to go:

http://www.magnetmail.net/actions/email_web_version.cfm?recipient_id=22050002&message_id=941281&user_id=AcadHealth

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Blessed to be home: but sad to have left the insurmountable issues in Haiti.  There were many occasions of shear sadness at the acknowledgment that I would not make grand changes.  I recognized that my small offering of service made small differences- one life at a time- leaving the big stuff to the Lord. I feel great to have been expended with my meager offerings. What a privilege to meet such resilient and beautiful people. Even through their devastation they had the courage to smile, to say thank you, or to honestly seek knowledge. I learned so much through their courage. I learn that when you are use to less and crisis happens you keep on going because you are use to it. As Americans we are truly BLESSED and easily inconveniences.  We could not survive this daily devastation.

I met people from around the world and lots from the US-all trying to make a difference. It felt good to be part of the human race where neither color nor language made a difference except the desire to share compassion and cause change.

I learned through this trip that Haiti’s solution is not bringing its entire people to America but rather do what we as nurses have aimed in the art of caring-To empower other humans. The answer is to teach them how to take care for themselves and to maintain their strong and rich culture.  We have much to do!

Rosario Medina-Shepherd PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC
NAHN Vice President

For more pictures from Dr. Rosario Medina-Shepherd’s trip to Haiti, click here to visit the gallery.

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February 12, 2010

Nurses:

Please read the article below referencing Nurse Ann Mitchell who was tried for reporting a physician for his “questionable, unsafe” practices. Luckily she was found not guilty but it did remind many of us who practice in nursing that we must always remember that we are the advocates for the patients. We must continue to be “whistle-blowers” when we see some questionable practices. It is our duty as nurses to protect our patients. I encourage us to report any malpractice and to report it properly.

Norma Martínez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN
NAHN President

For more information, please read the full article at the New York Times website. Nurse Anne Mitchell was acquitted after a four day trial. She was charged with a felony for alerting the state medical board of a doctor in her clinic that she felt was practicing unsafe medicine.

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National Association of Hispanic Nurses Vice President, Rosario Medina-Shepherd, PhD, ARNP, BCFNP, is on a Medical Mission to Haiti.  Dr. Medina-Shepherd is Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University – Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Boca Raton, FL.  We will provide further updates as they are received from Dr. Medina-Shepherd.  On behalf of NAHN, we thank Rosario for serving on a medical mission in such a time of need.  Our prayers are with her and the people she serves in Haiti.

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National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) has started a new program called text4baby.  Expectant and new mothers can receive free texts with tips for pregnancy and infant care. The texts are timed to the mother’s due date or baby’s birth date.  For more information, please visit http://www.text4baby.org.

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Dear NAHN Members and Friends of NAHN,In the wake of Haiti’s recent and unimaginable disaster, I want to express our sincere condolences to all who have suffered through this devastation.  As there is urgent need for medical help, NAHN nurses have contacted headquarters to assist with their nursing services.  If you wish to donate your services, supplies or funds, please contact the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) at 703-276-1914, or visit them online at http://www.cidi.org/incident/haiti-10a/.

Additionally, we are in contact with the White House to disseminate pertinent information on the efforts as we receive it.  Please read the information below provided by the White House.

We commend all who reach out and help.  If any members of NAHN participate in the Haiti disaster efforts, please be safe and keep us updated on your honorable work.

Sincerely,

Norma Martinez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN

President of NAHN

“Here is a summary of informational tools and resources for the coming days as it relates to the situation in Haiti.In these first critical hours, we are focusing on saving lives and supporting recovery, but we know that several of you are pooling resources and supplies in your own communities.

For the most up to date information throughout the coming days please continue to monitor http://www.whitehouse.gov/HaitiEarthquake

You can find ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information, or through USAID’s interactive website, which has a list of NGOs and instructions on how to help: http://www.usaid.gov.

Right now, the airport is being used to facilitate search and rescue efforts. This is a complex and difficult environment, and all of our efforts have to be focused on prioritizing and moving the right resources into Haiti that can save lives in the next 48 hours.   That is why we are encouraging private citizens to focus their efforts on supporting established aid organizations that are deploying resources to Haiti, and to hold off on travelling there themselves.

We ask that you keep track of offers of in kind services and supplies being offered in your communities in the coming days so that as needs on the ground are assessed we can quickly turn around the resources and get them to Haiti.  Those looking to donate time, supplies or funds should contact the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) at 703-276-1914, or visit them online at http://www.cidi.org/incident/haiti-10a/

We will have continued outreach calls on this issue as we continue to learn more about the situation on the ground and resources needed in the coming days.

The White House.”

To read President Obama’s remarks on the Haiti earthquake and the relief effort, please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-recovery-efforts-haiti



New studies show that the average age of RN’s is becoming younger. Since 2003, there has been a significant grown in the number of RN’s aged 23 to 25 who are entering the workforce. However, nurses aged 50 to 64 are still the fastest growing age group in the nursing profession.

Source: nurse.com


The Robert John Woods Foundation released the results of their Gallup survey of opinion leaders regarding the involvement of nurses in health reform.

The results from the survey include:

“Opinion leaders feel that nurses’ primary areas of influence are reducing medical errors (51%), improving quality of care (50%), and coordinating patient care in the health care system (40%).

Large majorities of opinion leaders said they would like to see nurses have more influence in a large number of areas, including reducing medical errors and improving patient safety (90%); improving quality of care (89%); promoting wellness and expanding preventive care (86%); improving health care efficiency and reducing costs (84%); coordinating care through the health care system (83%); helping the health care system adapt to an aging population (83%); and increasing access to health care (74%).

§ Seventy-five percent of opinion leaders say government officials will have a great deal of influence in health reform in the next five to ten years, compared to 56% for insurance executives, 46% for pharmaceutical executives, 46% for healthcare executives, 37% for doctors, 20% for patients and 14% for nurses.

Opinion leaders identified the top barriers to nurses’ increased influence and leadership as not being perceived as important decision makers (69%) or revenue generators (68%) compared with doctors; nurses’ focus on primary rather than preventive care (62%); and nursing not having a single voice in speaking on national issues (56%).”
For more on the poll, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/groundbreaking-new-survey-finds-that-diverse-opinion-leaders-say-nurses-should-have-more-influence-on-health-systems-and-services-82154412.html

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is looking for applications for its Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars (NFS) program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training and salary and research support to young faculty. It a career development program whose goal is to improve the productivity of junior nursing faculty through protected time to pursue scholarly activities (salary support), funds for original research, and leadership training.

Candidates must:
  • Be a registered nurse with a research doctorate in nursing or a related discipline.
  • Be a junior faculty member in an accredited school of nursing in an academic position that could lead to tenure. (Junior faculty members are defined as those who have been in a faculty position after completing their doctorate for at least two years and no more than five years at the start of the program and usually are at the instructor or assistant professor level.)
  • Identify at least one senior leader in the school of nursing to serve as an institutional mentor for academic career planning and to provide access to organizations, programs and colleagues helpful to the candidate’s work as a Scholar.
  • Identify at least one senior researcher in the university with similar or complementary research interests to serve as a research mentor. We encourage Scholars to select the research mentor from a discipline outside of nursing.

For more information and the complete call for applications, please visit http://www.nursefacultyscholars.org/

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NAHN member, Rose Caballero, has been appointed to the Texas Utilization Review Advisory Committee for a term of one year. The Texas Utilization Review Advisory Committee advises the Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner Mike Geeslin on the development of rules to implement Texas House Bill 4290. The committee also advises Commissioner Geeslin on any changes that need to be made to the existing utilization rules in order to administer Chapter 4201 of the Texas Insurance Code.

Fore more information, visit The Texas Department of Insurance Website.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces the annual National Influenza Vaccination Week to be held January 10-16, 2010. This years vaccination week focuses on the H1N1 vaccine. Each day of the week is designated to a different population subset.

January 11 – Health Care Workers

January 12 – People with chronic health conditions and those at high risk for the flu

January 13 – Children, pregnant women, and caretakers of infants under 6 months.

January 14 – Young adults, 19 – 24 years of age.

January 15 – Seniors

For a letter from Health and Human Services Secretary Katherine Sebelius, click here.

For more information on National Influenza Vaccination Week, click here.

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GAO Announces Appointments to New Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission

GAO Announces Appointments to New Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) with NAHN President, Norma Martinez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN, appointed as a commissioner.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 established MACPAC to review Medicaid and CHIP access and payment policies and to advise Congress on issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP. The Act directs the Comptroller General to appoint MACPAC’s members, with initial appointments to be made no later than January 1, 2010.

For more information, please visit the GAO website: http://www.gao.gov/press/macpac_2009dec23.html

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The 14th Annual International Nursing Research conference will be held in Burgos, Spain from November 9-12, 2010.  The event is bilingual and abstracts will be accepted in both English and Spanish. Click here for a preliminary program and more information.

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Congratulations to Dr. Elias Provencio-Vasquez on his appointment to Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Texas El Paso.  He is the first Hispanic male to hold such a position. As well in 1992, Dr. Provencio-Vasquez was the first Hispanic male to obtain a Ph.D. in nursing.

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House and Senate Appropriations Committees Pass Bill with Momentous Funding for Nursing Education and Research

On December 9th, 2009, both the House and the Senate Appropriations committees passed the final 2010 appropriations bill. This bill includes generous funding for both nursing research and education in light of the pressing need for nursing professionals in the United States. The Nursing Workforce Development is slated to receive $243.87 million dollars, a significant increase from the $171.03 million dollars awarded to the program in 2009. The Nursing Workforce Development is the primary source of federal funding for nursing education and research. Their programs include advanced education nursing, workforce diversity grants, nurse education, practice and retention grants, national nurse service corps, nurse faculty loan program, and comprehensive geriatric education grants. The national nurse service corps, which aids in loan repayment for nursing students in exchange for a minimum of two years of service in understaffed healthcare centers, received the largest increase in funding, from $37.13 million in 20009 to $93.68 million in 2010. The Nurse Faculty Loan program, which aids in loan repayment for nursing faculty, also saw an increase in funding, from $11.5 million in 2009 to $25.00 million to 2010. The funding for advances education nursing, nursing workforce diversity, nurse education, practice, and retention, and comprehensive geriatric education retained their 2009 funding of $64.44 million, $16.11 million, $39.70 million, and $4.57 million respectively. The bill also awarded $145.66 million to the National Institute of Nursing Research.

The bill will next be voted on by both the House and the Senate. If passed, the funding for nursing education and research will be at its highest level ever.

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NAHN President, Dr. Norma Martinez Rogers, is featured on the United States Department of Labor website, where she discusses the important of protecting healthcare professionals from airborne pathogens and infectious disease. You can view the video at: http://www.dol.gov/regulations/videos.htm#video4. For a fact sheet on current Office of Safety and Health regulations regarding airborne pathogens visit: http://www.dol.gov/regulations/factsheets/osha-fs-airborne.htm

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On December 9th, 2009, President Obama designated $600 million dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment act to go towards the construction and renovation of 85 community health centers. As well, the funds will go towards the adoption of Electronic Health Records and other new Health Information Technology. The funds will also create new job opportunities in health care, as well as care for half a million patients in underserved communities.  For more, go to the White House website at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/president-obama-announces-recovery-act-awards-build-renovate-community-health-cente

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Congratulations to Dr. Norma Cuellar who will be taking a faculty position as full professor, tenured at the University of Alabama. Along with her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Cuellar will continue her research in sleep and alternative health care practices. She will begin her work with the Spanish Outreach Program at UA and will bring her expertise in cultural diversity issues to implement interventions to improve sleep and health care in Hispanics in the area, a fast growing population. As well, she plans to examine the use of alternative health care practices in Hispanics who suffer from great health disparities in the area. She has been an active member of NAHN for several years. Again, congratulations for this wonderful accomplishment.

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Health Reform and Communities of Color: How might it Affect Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities?
The Kaiser Health Foundation has issued a report which examines how health reform will improve accessibility to health care for minorities.  These changes include not only the expansion of Medicaid, but also workplace development and community health centers.

To read the full brief please go to:  http://www.kff.org/healthreform/upload/8016.pdf

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Overview
Join us at the first national conference for nurses addressing the relationship between human health and the environment. Learn about the growing movement that is being created by nurses as they “green” their health care institutions, engage in scientific inquiry, integrate environmental health practices into nursing assessments and interventions, and create and support policies that protect human health and the environment.  Come hear about and share in the expanding roles that nurses are taking in the exciting and critical field of environmental health.

Join us as we

  • Foster a community of nurses engaged in protecting human health and the environment.
  • Explore policy and legislative opportunities related to environmental health and nursing.
  • Expand the number of nurse educators committed to incorporating environmental health into existing curriculum.
  • Develop an environmental health research agenda for nurse researchers.
  • Promote evidence-based, environmental health practices.

Post-Conference Special Sessions:  June 9, 2010

  • Nursing Research Agenda: Participate in the development of an Environmental Health Nursing Research Agenda
  • Trip to the Hill: Visit policy makers to advocate for chemical policy reform

Note:  Additional sessions may be added.

Call for Abstracts
The ANHE Planning Committee is accepting abstracts in the areas of research, practice, education, and policy/advocacy that address the conference theme, “Our Environment, Our Health: A Nurse’s Call to Action.”  Abstract deadline is January 31, 2010.

Sponsors and Exhibitors
ANHE 2010 presents a unique opportunity for organizations and vendors to capitalize on exclusive networking opportunities with nurses involved in education, policy, practice, and research.

Details
For details on the main conference, fees, hotel, abstract submission, sponsor and exhibitor opportunities, and registration, visit: nursing.umaryland.edu and click on “Calendar & Events” or call the Office of Professional Education at 410-706-3767.

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Help us make a healthier Nation.   Be a part of the national dialogue.

Making a Difference

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for promoting health and preventing disease. Since 1979, Healthy People has set and monitored national health objectives to meet a broad range of health needs, encourage collaborations across sectors, guide individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measure the impact of our prevention activity. Currently, Healthy People 2010 is leading the way to achieve increased quality and years of healthy life and the elimination of health disparities.

Now Is the Time

Every 10 years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leverages scientific insights and lessons learned from the past decade, along with new knowledge of current data, trends, and innovations. Healthy People 2020 will reflect assessments of major risks to health and wellness, changing public health priorities, and emerging issues related to our nation’s health preparedness and prevention.

The Process

The Healthy People process is inclusive; its strength is directly tied to collaboration. The development process strives to maximize transparency, public input and stakeholder dialogue to ensure that Healthy People 2020 is relevant to diverse public health needs and seizes opportunities to achieve its goals. Since its inception, Healthy People has become a broad-based, public engagement initiative with thousands of citizens helping to shape it at every step along the way. Drawing on the expertise of a Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020, public input and a Federal Interagency Workgroup, Healthy People will provide a framework to address risk factors and determinants of health and the diseases and disorders that affect our communities.

Stay Involved and Informed

Public participation is shaping Healthy People 2020, its purpose, goals, organization, and action plans. HHS is seeking input from communities and stakeholders through public meetings across the country and public comment periods. As a national initiative, Healthy People’s success depends on a coordinated commitment to improve the health of the nation. Subscribe to the Healthy People listserv for the latest information on Healthy People 2020 and to receive e-mail notices of related news, events, publications, and more!  To become an active supporter of Healthy People, join the Healthy People Consortium.

Source:  http://www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020/

Timing

Healthy People 2020 will be released in two phases. The framework (the vision, mission, goals, focus areas, and criteria for selecting and prioritizing objectives) will be released in 2009. In 2010, the Healthy People 2020 objectives will be released along with guidance for achieving the new 10-year targets.

Key Dates

Date Event
2008/2009 Meetings of Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020
Spring 2008 Six regional public comment meetings across the nation
2008 Public input and comment on the framework
2009 Release of Healthy People 2020 framework
Summer/Fall 2009 Online public comment on the draft objectives
Summer/Fall 2009 Three public comment meeting around the country
2010
Launch of Healthy People 2020 (goals, objectives, & action plans)

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