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Newswise: Pandemic Inspires Framework for Enhanced Care in Nursing Homes
Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Pandemic Inspires Framework for Enhanced Care in Nursing Homes
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

As of May 2020, nursing home residents account for a staggering one-third of the more than 80,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S. This pandemic has resulted in unprecedented threats—like reduced access to resources needed to contain and eliminate the spread of the virus—to achieving and sustaining care quality even in the best nursing homes. Active engagement of nursing home leaders in developing solutions responsive to the unprecedented threats to quality standards of care delivery is required.

Newswise: Standardized Curriculum Introduces ICU Nurses to ECMO
28-Jun-2020 7:55 PM EDT
Standardized Curriculum Introduces ICU Nurses to ECMO
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center designed and rapidly deployed a curriculum specifically to equip nurses new to ECMO with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to provide proficient and safe care for patients receiving ECMO. The pre-COVID ECMO training proved to be an effective, resource-efficient and pragmatic solution that can be used across different types of ICUs and across institutions.

Released: 24-Jun-2020 6:50 PM EDT
AANA Supports CMS Action to Cut Red Tape for Providers
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Leaders of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) are encouraged by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement on the creation of the Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics in an effort to “cut red tape” for providers.

Newswise: Calling for Nursing Support Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Released: 15-Jun-2020 3:25 PM EDT
Calling for Nursing Support Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

There are close to 28 million nurses around the world who comprise a global workforce that delivers about 90 percent of primary healthcare, including frontline response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring their optimal contribution and continued well-being amid the myriad consequences of COVID-19 will increase the potential for measurable and improved health outcomes.

Newswise: Responding to Challenges of Older Adults with COVID-19
Released: 10-Jun-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Responding to Challenges of Older Adults with COVID-19
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Older adults with COVID-19 who survive hospitalizations and return to their homes confront substantial health challenges and an unpredictable future. Early evidence suggests that complex and long-term physical, functional, cognitive, and emotional negative health consequences will be the norm for them. However, the trajectories of health care needs of older adults with COVID-19 in the weeks and months following hospital discharge have yet to be identified.

Newswise: Creating a Hospital Culture that Supports Evidence-Based Practice
28-May-2020 3:00 PM EDT
Creating a Hospital Culture that Supports Evidence-Based Practice
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A multifaceted initiative at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego aligned organizational culture and infrastructure into an integrated system to support evidence-based nursing practice, providing a repeatable road map for other institutions aiming to develop practices and documents based on the best evidence to support patient outcomes.

Released: 19-May-2020 4:30 PM EDT
AANA Partners with 47 Nursing Organizations to Remove Practice Barriers in the VA
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

In a letter today, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) partnered with 47 national nursing organizations to request support for the Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Directive 1899 to permanently remove barriers and allow Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

Released: 14-May-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Nurse Anesthetists Responding to COVID-19 in Rural America
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) stand at the ready as the threat of COVID-19 threatens the nation’s rural communities. CRNAs are the primary provider of anesthesia care in rural America. The AANA has partnered with the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) to promote and release an infographic.

Released: 11-May-2020 12:40 PM EDT
AANA Leaders Prove Now is the Time for Evidence-Based Policy in the VA, not Politics
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

AANA President Kate Jansky, MHS, CRNA, APRN, USA LTC (ret), and AANA CEO Randall D. Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA—both veterans—addressed a series of “misleading” and “inflammatory” assertions made by the American Society of Anesthesiologists this week related to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) directive allowing full practice authority for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in the VA.

Newswise: Simulation-based Training Helps Providers Prepare for
Prone Position Ventilation for Patients With ARDS
29-Apr-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Simulation-based Training Helps Providers Prepare for Prone Position Ventilation for Patients With ARDS
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

An interprofessional simulation-based educational program helped Mount Sinai Hospital train nearly 90% of its medical ICU staff to care for patients in prone position, as part of its 2018 implementation of a new protocol related to prone position ventilation for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Released: 1-May-2020 5:20 PM EDT
Implementation of an Evidence-Based, Nurse-Driven Sepsis Protocol to Reduce Acute Care Transfer Readmissions in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Setting
Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

The aim of this study was to determine if implementing an evidence-based, nurse-driven sepsis protocol would reduce acute care transfer (ACT) readmissions from an inpatient rehabilitation facility compared to nonprotocolized or usual standard of care for adult sepsis patients undergoing physical rehabilitation.

Newswise: Nursing Research Informs Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
Released: 27-Apr-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Nursing Research Informs Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Nursing research has an important influence on evidence-based health care practice, care delivery, and policy. Two editorials in the journal Research in Nursing & Health, by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), explore how nursing research has been paramount in dealing with the emerging coronavirus pandemic.

Newswise: An Integrated Approach to Reducing Ventilation Time
21-Apr-2020 11:25 AM EDT
An Integrated Approach to Reducing Ventilation Time
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A Texas hospital developed an integrated approach that reduced ventilation time for ICU patients. The 2018 study, in AACN Advanced Critical Care, is the first to examine the effects of implementing protocol-directed sedation with the coordinated use of two evidence-based assessments across multiple disciplines.

Released: 21-Apr-2020 4:05 PM EDT
AANA Partners with 24 Organizations to Ensure Access to Quality Patient Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has partnered with 24 national organizations to request HHS Secretary Alex Azar support key provisions of the U.S. president’s executive order #13890, which provides a path to the permanent removal of burdensome supervision and licensure requirements for non-physician providers such as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

Released: 21-Apr-2020 4:05 PM EDT
AANA Joins Nursing Organizations to Thank and Encourage Governors in Removing Regulatory Barriers
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is one of seven organizations to endorse a statement on the pivotal role advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are playing in the care of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise: How Tweets May Influence Substance Abuse in Youth
Released: 21-Apr-2020 10:15 AM EDT
How Tweets May Influence Substance Abuse in Youth
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Substance use by youth remains a significant public health concern. While social media provides youth the opportunity to discuss and display substance use-related beliefs and behaviors, little is known about how posting drug-related content, or viewing posted content influences the beliefs and behaviors of youth relative to substance use.

Released: 20-Apr-2020 6:20 PM EDT
AANA Applauds Gov. Cuomo’s Call for Hazard Pay for Front-Line Healthcare Workers
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Monday New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on the federal government to provide pay bonuses to frontline healthcare workers. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) applauds this action and encourages Congress to compensate frontline healthcare workers in a manner that reflects the serious risk and harm they are experiencing.

Released: 16-Apr-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Parkdale Center and AANA Launch Free Virtual Support for Healthcare Professionals During COVID-19 Pandemic
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Committed to supporting healthcare professionals serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parkdale Center and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) have launched the free “Support The Front” program to service healthcare professionals dealing with grief, trauma, exhaustion, and fear.

Released: 15-Apr-2020 5:35 PM EDT
AANA Urges Congress to Provide Front-Line Healthcare Workers Proper Compensation During Pandemic
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to strain the physical and emotional well-being of front-line healthcare workers, many also are facing a financial burden and strain on their personal lives.

Released: 14-Apr-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Twelve U.S. Governors Issue Executive Orders to Remove Physician Supervision of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

To date, 12 state governors have issued executive orders to suspend restrictions on full scope of practice for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) supports these positive actions to enhance access to care for patients with COVID-19.

Newswise: Six Self-Care Strategies to Combat Clinician Burnout
Released: 7-Apr-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Six Self-Care Strategies to Combat Clinician Burnout
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A study published in Critical Care Nurse identifies six self-care strategies to combat clinician burnout. Based on interviews conducted in 2017 and 2018, the research may offer guidance for healthcare teams responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise: Curbing the Rising Toll of Adults with Complex Care Needs
Released: 6-Apr-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Curbing the Rising Toll of Adults with Complex Care Needs
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Data show that the number of people with clinically complex health and social needs is growing. Programs designed to support these adults have fallen short and the healthcare system is becoming overtaxed by these “super-utilizers”.

Newswise: Standardized Screening First Step to Early Identification of Delirium
31-Mar-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Standardized Screening First Step to Early Identification of Delirium
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

An initiative at Covenant Medical Center in west Texas changed clinical practice, resulted in a more judicious use of high-risk medications, and improved the quality of care for patients at risk for delirium.

Released: 31-Mar-2020 3:05 PM EDT
CMS Suspends Supervision Requirements for CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily suspended physician supervision requirements for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)—an action that the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) deems a critical step for CRNAs to serve the U.S. healthcare system more effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 26-Mar-2020 6:30 PM EDT
AANA and VA Partner to Care for Veterans During COVID-19 Pandemic
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The AANA has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to meet the needs of our nation’s veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 25-Mar-2020 6:25 PM EDT
AANA Issues Statement on the Use of Self-Supplied Personal Protective Equipment
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The AANA has issued the following position statement to support healthcare workers on the use of self-supplied personal protective equipment (PPE).

Released: 20-Mar-2020 1:55 PM EDT
AANA, ASA and APSF Issue Joint Statement on Use of Personal Protective Equipment During COVID-19 Pandemic
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

As anesthesia professionals are at an increased risk of exposure in caring for patients diagnosed with COVID-19, the AANA, the ASA, and APSF issued a joint statement today on the best use of personal protective equipment during the pandemic.

Released: 19-Mar-2020 12:05 PM EDT
AANA CEO Attends White House Meeting to Discuss COVID-19 Response
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The chief executive officer of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, met with members of the Trump Administration March 18 to convey the top priorities of nurses and other healthcare providers.

Newswise: Nurse Practitioner Clinical Settings Key to Delivery of Patient-Centered Care
Released: 19-Mar-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Nurse Practitioner Clinical Settings Key to Delivery of Patient-Centered Care
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

It’s long been understood that care that respects and integrates the wants, needs, and preferences of patients results in higher ratings of satisfaction and improved health outcomes. Yet, several barriers still often impede the delivery of patient-centered care. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) shows that organizational supports for nurse practitioners (NPs) can enhance their ability to deliver patient-centered care.

Released: 16-Mar-2020 7:15 PM EDT
AANA Updates COVID-19 Resources for Anesthesia Professions
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic unfolds, healthcare professionals such as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are facing an unprecedented, ever-evolving crisis.

Newswise: Firearm Violence Solutions from a Public Health Perspective
Released: 9-Mar-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Firearm Violence Solutions from a Public Health Perspective
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

While firearm violence is a major public health challenge in the United States, it has often been considered a law enforcement issue with only law enforcement solutions. An article by two University of Pennsylvania researchers advises that treating firearm violence as a disease and taking a public health approach to prevention and treatment can help reduce its harms.

9-Mar-2020 12:05 AM EDT
Patient Safety Awareness Week: CRNAs Set the Standard for Safe and Effective Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

In honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 8-14, 2020), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) want patients to know that nurse anesthetists are not only patient safety practitioners, they are patient safety experts. CRNAs plan and implement every step of the anesthesia process with patients’ safety and well-being in mind.

Released: 4-Mar-2020 4:50 PM EST
AANA’s COVID-19 Resources: Keeping Providers and Patients Safe During Surgery
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has compiled resources to help Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) develop strategic steps for managing patients with expected or confirmed infection of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Newswise: Improved Work Environments Enhance Patient and Nurse Satisfaction
Released: 2-Mar-2020 2:45 PM EST
Improved Work Environments Enhance Patient and Nurse Satisfaction
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has examined how hospital organizational factors influence nurse burnout and patient satisfaction. Using data from 463 hospitals in four states, researchers learned that hospitals with the best work environments were also those with the lowest burnout and highest patient satisfaction.

Newswise: Authentic Leadership Key to Improving ICU Nurses’ Professional Quality of Life
19-Feb-2020 11:45 AM EST
Authentic Leadership Key to Improving ICU Nurses’ Professional Quality of Life
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Results from a survey of ICU nurses at the University of Tennessee Medical Center reinforce the importance of nurse leaders to the overall health of the work environment and to individual nurses’ professional quality of life.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 10:05 AM EST
Patients in South Dakota Will Have Access to Affordable Quality Care, Thanks to a Law that Extends Authority of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Effective July 1, CRNAs in South Dakota can collaborate with dentists, podiatrists, and other providers, in addition to medical doctors.

Newswise: PA School Nurses on the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic
Released: 24-Feb-2020 2:30 PM EST
PA School Nurses on the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

At the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), researchers conducted an online survey of 362 Pennsylvania school nurses (elementary, middle, and high school) to better understand how they have a supply, administer, and perceive storing naloxone in their schools. The results illustrate that though many nurses have a supply of naloxone in their school, important barriers to access and use of this life-saving medication still exist.

Released: 21-Feb-2020 10:40 AM EST
AANA Board of Directors Approve “Scope of Nurse Anesthesia Practice”
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

This document reflects the professional scope of practice of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), including the full range of anesthesia services, and describes CRNAs’ professional, educational, clinical, and leadership roles.

Released: 5-Feb-2020 2:55 PM EST
State Legislators Push Forward Full Practice Authority for Advanced Practice Nurses
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

At an unprecedented pace, state legislators are voting in favor of lifting restrictions that would enable advanced practice nurses and other nonphysician providers to practice at the full extent of their education and expertise.

Newswise: Targeted Rounding Helps Bring CAUTI Rate to Zero
22-Jan-2020 5:15 PM EST
Targeted Rounding Helps Bring CAUTI Rate to Zero
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Daily targeted rounds and real-time training helped Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia achieve a rate of zero catheter-associated urinary tract infections and sustain it for more than a year, according to a study published in Critical Care Nurse

Newswise: COA Releases White Paper on Scholarly Work for Practice Doctorate Nurse Anesthesia Programs
Released: 28-Jan-2020 5:25 PM EST
COA Releases White Paper on Scholarly Work for Practice Doctorate Nurse Anesthesia Programs
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) approved its first guidance document on scholarly projects for nurse anesthesia programs offering practice doctoral degrees.

Newswise: A Brain Link to STI/HIV Sexual Risk: Young women with Low Condom Use During Sex Find Visual Sexual Cues Less Pleasant and Less Evocative
Released: 27-Jan-2020 2:30 PM EST
A Brain Link to STI/HIV Sexual Risk: Young women with Low Condom Use During Sex Find Visual Sexual Cues Less Pleasant and Less Evocative
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Data show that young adult women in the United States have high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that increase their risk of HIV. Though epidemiologic and behavioral factors for risk have been studied, we know very little about brain factors that may be linked to STI/ HIV sexual risk.

Released: 25-Jan-2020 6:00 AM EST
National CRNA Week: The House of Representatives Recognizes the Contributions of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

In honor of National CRNA Week (Jan. 19-25, 2020), Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and Sam Graves (R-MO) today introduced a bipartisan resolution on the House floor, “Recognizing the roles and the contributions of America’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and their role in providing quality health care for the public.”

Released: 24-Jan-2020 9:50 AM EST
As Rural Hospital Closures Continue, CRNAs Offer a Safe, Affordable Solution
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

“Rural healthcare systems are fighting for their lives,” according to Randall Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA and CEO of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). “Statistics remain grim.”

Released: 14-Jan-2020 4:05 PM EST
CRNAs, Nurses Gain Double Accolades: One of the Best 25 Jobs, The Most Honest, Ethical Professionals 18 Years in a Row
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

CRNAs are ranked among the U.S. Top 25 Best Jobs on the most recent U.S. News & World Report listing, and, for 18 years in a row, nursing is identified as the most honest and ethical profession on the most recent annual Gallup poll.

Newswise: Epidemic levels of chronic pain, opioid use disorder add to challenges of managing patients in pain
Released: 14-Jan-2020 9:50 AM EST
Epidemic levels of chronic pain, opioid use disorder add to challenges of managing patients in pain
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A series of seven articles in AACN Advanced Critical Care focuses on the challenges of safe, effective pain management in the ICU, including more Americans reporting daily chronic pain and the rapidly increasing prevalence of opioid misuse and opioid use disorder.

Newswise: Could Nursing Certification Make a Difference in Adopting Evidence-Based Practices?
17-Dec-2019 3:50 PM EST
Could Nursing Certification Make a Difference in Adopting Evidence-Based Practices?
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A survey of critical care nurses in six UPMC hospitals found a strong association between nurses who were certified in critical care and their knowledge of and perceived value in specific evidence-based practices used to care for patients receiving mechanical ventilation, according to a study published in the American Journal of Critical Care.

Newswise: Opioid Self-management Practices and Potential Safety Risks Among Patients with Cancer
Released: 19-Dec-2019 11:05 AM EST
Opioid Self-management Practices and Potential Safety Risks Among Patients with Cancer
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Despite a national opioid crisis, prescribed opioid analgesics remain a viable option for pain management for patients with cancer. In effect, patients with cancer represent one of the few groups excluded from most state legislation and policy initiatives on prescribing opioids as well as from opioid stewardship programs of many health systems. However, little is understood about oncology patients’ opioid self-management practices and potential safety risk that may stem from these practices.

Released: 13-Dec-2019 4:05 PM EST
Study on Negative Perception of Support Groups Garners Research Paper Award
UCLA School of Nursing

A study on the negative perception of support groups among older breast cancer survivors was selected as a 2019 Best Original Research Paper in the journal Cancer Nursing.

Newswise: PICU study finds holding intubated infants safe, with potential benefits for both patients and parents
22-Nov-2019 4:05 AM EST
PICU study finds holding intubated infants safe, with potential benefits for both patients and parents
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Results from a holding intervention at Children’s Mercy Hospital may help bring the benefits of patient mobility to the PICU. Researchers found that holding infants intubated for acute respiratory failure was well tolerated and safe, and the intervention quickly expanded to a wide variety of other critically ill infants.


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