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Nurses must play detective to diagnose Lyme disease – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today!

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These investigative skills are among the best assets of healthcare professionals, many of whom will be faced with a new wave of infections this year.
“Ticks carry a lot of infections, not just Lyme disease,” said Ruth Kriz, MSN, APRN, a Washington, D.C.-based nurse practitioner who has studied the effects on tick-borne infections for 30 years.
According to a 2015 report from the Centers for Disease Control, 95% of confirmed Lyme disease cases were reported from only 14 states. The main geographic territory ranges from Maine to Virginia along the East Coast and the upper Midwest states of Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The migration patterns of many ticks is expanding, according to a long-term study published in 2015 by University of Indiana biology professor Keith Clay. That means clinicians outside those 14 states are likely to see an increase in patient concerns.

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) released the following statement on the failure of the so-called “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act.

“The only way our country can truly reform our healthcare system is by working together,” said ANA Executive Director, Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN. “ANA urges Senators to craft bipartisan legislation that protects Americans from being denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions, protects essential health benefits, and improves quality, affordability and access. ANA remains committed to working with Congress to provide coverage to all Americans, and will continue to fight against any legislation that puts politics ahead of patients.”

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Ensure you follow the grievance process right – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today!

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The reader wanted more general information about grievances and what a grievance should include.
Simply put, grievance procedures are processes by which you can question or appeal a decision by someone who supervises or evaluates you, and in which that person’s decision affects your job security.
Usually, the superior’s decision is in the form of a performance appraisal, a written disciplinary action against you or a termination of your employment.
As you may know, there are many types of grievance procedures in the workplace. They may be informal, meaning a statement in the employee handbook encourages that any disagreement be resolved among the parties involved. Often, a hierarchy of individuals in administration are listed and the employee can go up this line to attempt to resolve the issue.

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How texting can protect babies from sudden death – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today!

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A series of educational videos delivered by text or email successfully encouraged new mothers to use safe sleep practices for their babies, reducing the risk of sudden unexpected infant death, a new study has found. The research comes from the University of Virginia Schools of Medicine and Nursing, Yale University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine.

A complementary program in which nurses delivered safe-sleep messages and modeled safe-sleep practices did not significantly influence adherence to the recommended sleep practices. That finding aligns with previous studies that found that mothers usually intended to follow the safe-sleep recommendations but then, when they returned home, did not.

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Texas grants first nurse practitioner full practice authority – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today!

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Charlene Seale is a certified nurse practitioner at the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center in Amarillo.
“I felt very fortunate,” Seale was quoted as saying, about being chosen as the state’s first NP to have full practice authority. “So now we are working with the other 31 nurse practitioners to put them through that same application process and hope to have them through the process by the end of the summer.”
The article went on to say that “though the private sector in Texas is not eligible to grant full practice authority to NPs, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs gave its healthcare systems the ability to do so in December 2016. The Amarillo VA Healthcare System was the first to take this step.”

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Colorado university adds nursing leadership degree – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today!

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Nurses can participate in an online degree program to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Administration. The program will help nurses working in western Colorado at hospitals in Grand Junction such as St. Mary’s Medical Center – SCL Health, and Community Hospital, both of which are setting their sights on Magnet status.
“We already have a master’s program for nurse educators that has been thoroughly popular, but we do have a lot of people in our community who are leaders and that need a little bit different skill set,” Sandie Nadelson, CMU’s director of health sciences stated in the June 4 article published in The Daily Sentinel online. “The program, approved by Colorado Mesa’s Board of Trustees in May, will combine existing classes such as business law and ethics, advanced health assessment and health policy to equip practicing nurses to lead at work.”

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Another shift done, Sara stumbled into her apartment. Catatonic, she sat in her kitchen, tired of her job, sick of her boss and unhappy with her career. She felt alone.
Then the phone rang. An upbeat, energetic voice filled the room. The call was from Mandy, a newly discovered colleague, who wanted to know if Sara wanted to accompany her to an informational seminar at a local university that had just started a new graduate degree program in their shared specialty. Mandy was so contagiously excited over this program that Sara couldn’t say no. As Mandy lifted Sara out of her funk, she exemplified why every nurse needs a well-developed network.
Networks can pull us up out of ourselves. They represent endless possibilities. If well chosen, the people in our networks light up our careers with countless career options like constellations in the sky. And like stars in the sky, the darker the background, the brighter the possibilities.

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Racial preferences for caregivers don’t hold up – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today!

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However, as the following case illustrates, discrimination of this kind is not protected under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Brenda Chaney, a black certified nursing assistant, was hired by Plainfield Healthcare Center, which is a nursing home. Her daily shift requirements were included on an assignment sheet that all employees received when they came to work. Among other things, the sheet included a comments column for miscellaneous notes on the residents. Chaney’s assignment sheet noted that a resident on her unit “prefers no black CNAs,” (Brenda Chaney v. Plainfield Healthcare Center, 612 F.3d 908 (2010)).
The nursing home had a policy of honoring such racial preferences for caregivers so residents retained the right to select their providers, the right to privacy and the right to bodily autonomy. Plainfield based its policy on its concern that not supporting these rights would risk violations of state and federal laws.

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For instance, Massachusetts state lawmakers were scheduled to hold a hearing at the State House on July 11 on legislation that will strengthen the penalties for assaulting a healthcare worker while also streamlining how victims of healthcare workplace violence are able to use the justice system, according to an article by PR Newswire.
The bill – S.765/H.795 – will increase the penalty for assaulting RNs, emergency medical technicians and other healthcare providers from a misdemeanor to a felony, punishable by either up to two-and-a-half years in jail or not more than five years in state prison, according to the article.
“Healthcare professionals are being assaulted at a rate four times greater than those working in other industries,” said Donna Kelly-Williams, RN, president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, according to the PR Newswire article. “Fear of violence and actual violence is rampant in Massachusetts healthcare facilities. An assault on a nurse is a serious action and should be taken seriously by our judicial system.”

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In the following case (Holmes v. Louisiana State Board of Nursing, 156 So. 3d 183 (2014)), an RN learned the hard way about her board’s decision-making authority.

Mary Ann Holmes obtained her license as an RN in Louisiana in 2010. She landed a job at a nearby medical center. Unfortunately, Holmes did not get along with her co-workers and many refused to work with her. She allegedly yelled at co-workers, was generally rude and behaved in an “insubordinate manner,” according to court documents. This behavior continued even though she was counseled about it.

Many patient complaints also were lodged against Holmes. Patients said they “felt insecure” about her care.

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