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Apply Now: ANA Nurse Fatigue Professional Issues Panel - 06/04/2013

American Nurses Association

Dear ANA Member,

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is seeking applications for its Nurse Fatigue Professional Issues Panel during the month of June 2013. This panel will focus on nurse fatigue in order to promote health and safety for both patients and nurses. Time commitment for the Steering Committee includes participation on monthly conference calls for approximately six months along with email dialogue. The Advisory Committee will be consulted via email and possibly conference calls.

ANA is looking for up to 15 Steering Committee members with the following types of experience and interest:

  • Experience conducting research related to nurse fatigue and work-related sleep loss

  • Expertise related to the science of sleep

  • Interest or expertise in health promotion and achieving healthy sleep

  • Interest or expertise in safety and risk management

  • Individuals who hold leadership or management positions at healthcare facilities

  • Registered nurses who have worked nights, rotating shifts, mandatory overtime, or extended work hours

  • Registered nurses who work in acute care, long-term care, or home health care

Find out more and submit your application TODAY. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 5, 2013.

Applicants not selected for the Nurse Fatigue Professional Issues Panel Steering Committee will be included on the Advisory Committee associated with this panel. E-mail notifications of selection for the Nurse Fatigue Professional Issues Panel Steering Committee and Advisory Committee will be sent by August 2, 2013.

Questions can be sent to professionalissuespanels@ana.org. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise in support of the American Nurses Association.

Sincerely,
Cheryl A. Peterson, MSN, RN
Director, Nursing Practice & Policy
American Nurses Association


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Future of Nursing - Campaign for Action Webinar - 05/28/2013

As a reminder, join the Future of Nursing:Campaign for Actionfor a Webinar on

An Update on NCSBN's Campaign for APRN Consensus,

Legislation and Maps

Monday, June 3, 2013 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT

(2:00-3:00 CDT, 1:00-2:00 MDT, 12:00-1:00 PDT, 11:00-12:00 Alaska Time,

9:00-10:00 Hawaii-Aleutian Time)

Login Information:

To join the online meeting, 15 minutes prior to start time:

1.Go tohttps://aarp.webex.com/aarp/j.php?ED=207199372&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

2.Enter your name and email address

3.Click "Join"

4.Participants Dial (866) 513-4976

5.When promoted give passcode: 6875187

***To check that you can access WebEx before the webinar, test your system well in advance of the start time by clickinghttp://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html. FOR SUPPORT, call 1.800.508.8758, then press option 3 to help you with setup.***

If you are still not able to login to the online meeting, join the teleconference portion only:

1.Participants Dial (866) 513-4976

2.When promoted give passcode: 6875187

NOTICE

By participating in this meeting, you agree that your communications may be recorded at any time during the meeting.




University of Florida Health Care Entrepreneurship Summit - 05/17/2013

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The University of Florida is hosting a Health Care Entrepreneurship Summit in Orlando Florida, July 19-20, 2013. This innovative program is designed for those who are seeking to develop their own private specialty practice in the growing areas of:

  • Geriatric / Elder Care Management

  • Life Care Planning/ Medicare Set Aside Allocation

  • Forensic Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Health Care Risk Management

Participants will have the opportunity to hear firsthand how other health care professionals have made the transition from individual employee to Self Employed Entrepreneur. Participants will hear from the Associate Director of the University of Florida Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation about strategies for getting started as an Entrepreneur and overcoming challenges in establishing yourself as an entrepreneur. Participants will also hear presentations on business planning, marketing yourself through social media, and much more.

As a member of FNA, you are eligible to register for this event at the significantly reduced rate of $99. Because of the nature of the material attendance will be limited to 50 people, so I would encourage you to register today. For more information (and to register) please visit:

http://pd.dce.ufl.edu/summit.aspx

 




Join FNA at the Florida Health Literacy Summit - 05/09/2013

JULY 26, 2013

FLORIDA HEALTH LITERACY SUMMIT

More than 90 million people in the United States have a hard time understanding and using health information.

Join us for the 2013 Florida Health Literacy Summit. This one-day event will provide a forum for educators, health professionals, and other interested stakeholders to engage in a dialog and share information and resources on how to effectively serve adults and families with low health literacy.

Location:

MORGRIDGE INTERNATIONAL READING CENTER
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd. Bldg 122
Orlando, FL 32816

Topics covered will include:

Florida Literacy Coalition

Best Practices Networking CEUs Available

Creating Plain Language Health Materials
The Teach-back Method for Effective Patient Communications
The High Cost of Low Health Literacy
The Health Literacy Universal Precautions Tool-kit
The Florida Health Literacy Initiative
Building Health Literate Organizations
The Implications of Health Literacy on Health Policy

Registration Fee: $15 (includes lunch and parking) Summit Registration Information at:

www.flhealthliteracy.org

Sponsors:

This event is made possible through the generous support of:
Summit Partners
Florida Nurses Association
Florida Blue Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network (TBCCN) Florida Department of Health-Hillsborough County
Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, Inc. Florida AHEC Network Florida Public Health Association, Inc.
Florida State College at Jacksonville
West Area Adult School
Summit Partners
Florida Nurses Association
Florida Blue Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network (TBCCN) Florida Department of Health-Hillsborough County
Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, Inc. Florida AHEC Network Florida Public Health Association, Inc.
Florida State College at Jacksonville
West Area Adult School
Summit Partners
Florida Nurses Association
Florida Blue Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network (TBCCN) Florida Department of Health-Hillsborough County
Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, Inc. Florida AHEC Network Florida Public Health Association, Inc.
Florida State College at Jacksonville
West Area Adult School



2013 FANA Spring Meeting - 05/07/2013

 

 

2013 Spring Meeting

The FANA Spring Meeting is held to promote the continual professional growth of its membership. Knowledge is essential for the maintenance of the quality of anesthesia practice of the CRNA. In addition, the program provides an opportunity for CRNAs to meet their professional responsibility for continuing education.

Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23
6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
3030 Holiday Drive
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316
800-228-9290/954-525-4000

Click here to register

 
2013 Fall Annual Meeting
October 11-13, 2013
Disney's Yacht & Beach Club
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Look for upcoming registration date

2014 Winter Meeting
February 19-23, 2014
Marriott Marco Island Resort
Marco Island, FL
Look for upcoming registration date




MoreLuv Scrubs Celebrates National Nurse's Week! - 05/07/2013



5th Annual Florida Tobacco Summit - 05/07/2013

June 6, 2013

Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort & Conference Center
2301 S.E. 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The purpose of the Florida Tobacco Summit is to bring Florida's Health Professionals together to educate and inform them about the newest tobacco related treatment options, trends and areas of interest. This one-day Summit will host speakers from the Seattle Public Health Department, Memorial Healthcare System, University of Wisconsin and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

To Register - Log On:

http://www.ahecregistration.org

Registration Fee: $50.00

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, CME/CE and all Program Materials.

Questions: (305) 743-7111




Nurses Appreciation Night of Soccer! - 03/26/2013
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2013 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Application Cycle Opens Today! - 03/05/2013

We have some exciting news to share with you! The 2013 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program (formerly known as the Nursing Scholarship Program) application cycle is now open. The deadline to apply is May 2, at 7:30 pm, ET. To learn more about program eligibility and requirements, visit: http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/Nursing/guidance.pdf

We also wanted you to be aware of an important program change. The Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP) and Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP) have a new name and identity. These programs now fall under NURSE Corps: Caring for Communities in Need. Through the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program and the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, NURSE Corps is empowering and enabling nurses to follow their passion for helping and healing others. While the name may be new, these are still the same great programs which have supported a community of nurses who provide quality health care to underserved areas throughout the U.S. and its Territories since 2002.

To learn more please visit the new NURSE Corps web page where you will find important program information. While you're visiting the web page, please be sure to check out the first edition of NURSE Notes, our new quarterly newsletter. Later this spring, we look forward to sharing a special member stories feature entitled "Stories from the Field" and a NURSE Corps Facebook page.

To learn more about program eligibility and requirements, visit: http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/Nursing/guidance.pdf.

The deadline to apply to NURSE Corps Scholarship Program is Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm, ET. Please help us spread the word to potential applicants.




Liability Insurance - 3/4/2013

Marsh Affinity Group has informed us that they currently offer the lower limits on liability insurance for nurse practitioners.  You have to call the number and ask for that option at the present time.
 
They also offer occurrence based policies.  In researching, this is the only company we have found so far that offers occurrence based (vs. claims made) policies for NP's in Florida since Lewis and Clark went into receivership.
 
To contact them, please call: 1(800)503-9230

 

They are working on getting this information available on the web.  We will keep you apprised.

 

For additional information on Lewis and Clark contact Mike Anderson of Vista Consulting Group at 800-476-2112 extension 137.

 

 



Nurses Practitioners Unite, Urge Lawmakers to Revamp Healthcare Laws - 3/4/2013

TALLAHASSEE – On the eve of the 2013 Florida Legislature, several nurse organizations are urging lawmakers to make changes in nurse practitioner laws that will address the growing demand for primary care services and practitioners.


The Florida Nurses Association, Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Florida Nurse Practitioners Network want lawmakers to modernize 40-year-old nurse practitioner laws to reflect changes coming under the Affordable Care Act, which will bring thousands of people into commercial and Medicaid health care plans.


“With a shortage of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners – with their experience and education – are ready and available to step in and provide patients with the basic health care services, without delay.” said FNA President Mavra Kear on behalf of the four organizations.

Specifically, the groups want lawmakers to update laws that prohibit advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) from prescribing certain medications and to modify policies including reimbursement practices that will encourage commercial and Medicaid health plans to make nurse practitioners available for the growing number of enrollees.
The nurses are part of a growing chorus of other groups calling for changes in scope of practice laws:

  • The Associated Industries of Florida, in its 2013 legislative recommendations, makes the following statement: “Florida cannot simply hire hundreds of physicians overnight… there is a plethora of trained, professional health care providers who are currently prohibited from delivering basic care that could be used if some regulatory, licensing barriers were removed.
  • In a summary of its ARNP Scope of Practice Summit in Tallahassee, Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic Calabro says that stakeholders are ready to discuss the issue and have productive negotiations based on evidence-based reports, and focus on doing what is best for Floridians. “Now is the time to put aside historical disagreements among interest groups, and work together toward a healthier, efficient, and cost-effective Florida,’’ he states
  • A National Governors Association report in December urged states to “consider changing scope of practice restrictions and assuring adequate reimbursement for their services as a way of encouraging and incentivizing greater (ARNP) involvement in the provision of primary health care.”

“As lawmakers address comprehensive changes under the Affordable Care Act, we look forward to assisting them with the primary care challenges faced by our state,” said FNA Executive Director Willa Fuller. “It is vital that nurse practitioner laws are updated to reflect the role we play in this new age of
health care.”

 

For additional information contact: Alisa Snow, FNA Lobbyist at 850-443-1319.



Court Blocks Privatization of Health Services in Regions I, II, and III - 12/4/2012

Tallahassee, Fla. – (December 2012) The Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Leon County ruled this morning that the DOC has the statutory authority to enter into contracts with for-profit entities to provide health care services for Florida’s inmates so long as appropriate funding is specifically and appropriately approved by the full Florida Legislature.  The court found there was no appropriation by the full legislature for Regions I, II, and III.  Therefore, the court enjoined the implementation of the Corizon contract to privatize health services in Regions I, II, and III.  The court did find, however, that there is no prohibition against entering into a contract to privatize prison health care in Region IV.

The 2012 General Appropriations Act ("GAA") contains language in Line Item 784 authorizing funds for the contracting of health services in the Southern Florida Region (Region IV), which is the region covered by the proposed contract with Wexford Health Services.  However, there is no mention, or authorization, of funds in the GAA to contract for health services in the remainder of the state (Regions I, II, and III).  Therefore, Line Item 784 clearly authorizes funding only for privatizing health services in Region IV and does not authorize funding for privatizing health services in Regions I, II, and III.  The challenged contracts with Wexford and Corizon do not become binding and enforceable unless funded by the legislature through valid appropriation. 

After the Florida Legislature recessed in 2012, the DOC submitted to the Legislative Budget Commission (“LBC”), a group of 14 legislators, for consideration at its September 12, 2012, meeting a proposal to amend its 2012-2013 operating budget (which included funding only for Region IV) to privatize prison health care for the entire state.  This request was approved by the LBC and is the basis for funding the Corizon contract for Regions I, II, and III.  The court’s ruling stated that it is the duty of the full legislature, not a small group of select legislators, to make the policy decisions on spending set forth in the GAA.  The court found that there is simply no language in the GAA indicating any intent to fund any privatization contract for Regions I, II, and III, and in light of the clear and unambiguous language, the only possible conclusion is that the legislature did not intend to provide funds for contracting out health services in Regions I, II, and III. 

The court found that the LBC’s action violated Article III of the Florida Constitution by increasing the budget to fund a program (privatizing prison health services for Regions I, II, and III) that was not authorized by the Florida Legislature.  Therefore, the DOC may proceed with negotiating a contract for providing prison health care services for Region IV but is enjoined from implementing the challenged contract with Corizon for privatization of health care services in Regions I, II, and III. 

FNA represents registered nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners, behavioral analysts, behavioral specialists, dentists, dietitians, pharmacists, nutritionists, mental health consultants, psychologists, and speech language pathologists who work in agencies across the state, including the Departments of Health, Corrections, Department of Elder Affairs, Education, Children and Families, Juvenile Justice, Agency for Health Care Administration, and Children’s Medical Services. 

The Florida Nurses Association mission is to serve and support all registered nurses through professional development, advocacy, and the promotion of excellence at every level of professional nursing practice. For more information on FNA, please visit www.floridanurse.org. If you have any questions, please contact Jeanie Demshar at 407-896-3261 or jdemshar@floridanurse.org.

 

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Revised ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses reflects importance of positive practice environments and evidence-based practice - 12/3/2012

Geneva, Switzerland, 3 December 2012 – The International Council of Nurses’ newly revised Code of Ethics for Nurses highlights the importance of work environment and evidence-based practice. A guide for action based on social values and needs, the Code has served as the standard for nurses worldwide since it was first adopted in 1953.

 "This is a critically timed publication," said ICN’s Chief Executive Officer, David Benton. "Now, more-than-ever, nurses are facing major ethical dilemmas as governments struggle to contain costs. This publication provides an essential tool - a compass - to help navigate the challenges ahead".

The 2012 revised edition includes the nurse’s role in developing and sustaining a core of professional values, creating a positive practice environment, maintaining safe, equitable social and economic working conditions, sustaining and protecting the natural environment and contributing to an ethical organisational environment.

 The ICN Code of Ethics is regularly reviewed and revised in response to the realities of nursing and health care in a changing society. It makes it clear that inherent in nursing is respect for human rights, including the right to life, to dignity and to be treated with respect. Used as a guide by nurses in everyday choices, it supports their refusal to participate in activities that conflict with caring and healing.

 In a handy pocket size, the 2012 Code of Ethics for Nurses, is available on the ICN website for downloading. ICN requests all nurses to help with its dissemination to schools of nursing, practising nurses, other health professions, the general public, consumer and policy-making groups, human rights organisations and employers of nurses.

 

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally. For further information contact Lindsey Williamson at: media@icn.ch Tel: +41 22 908 0100; Fax: +41 22 908 0101, www.icn.ch



New Medicare Provisions to Recognize and Pay for Core Nursing Services - 11/15/2012

SILVER SPRING, MD - In a major advancement for registered nurses (RNs), a new Medicare rule calls for paying RNs for services intended to effectively manage patients' transitions from hospitals to other settings and to prevent complications and conditions that cause expensive hospital re-admissions.
The rule also creates new payment codes for "care coordination" activities performed by RNs that reduce costs and improve patient outcomes, increasing likelihood of direct reimbursement for these services and potentially creating more RN jobs to fill this need.

With up to 20 percent of Medicare patients re-admitted to hospitals within 30 days of discharge, more value is being placed on effective transitional care and care coordination.

"The American Nurses Association has been advocating for years that government and private insurers need to recognize nurses' contributions to transitional care and care coordination and pay appropriately for these essential services," said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN. "This Medicare rule is a giant step forward for nurses whose knowledge and skills play major roles in patients' satisfaction and quality of care."

ANA's 2012 report, "The Value of Nursing Care Coordination," highlights numerous studies showing the positive impact of nurse-managed care coordination. Studies show that care coordination reduces emergency department visits, hospital re-admissions, and medication costs; lowers total annual Medicare costs; improves patient satisfaction and confidence to self-manage care; and increases safety for older adults during transitions between settings.

ANA participates on the American Medical Association CPT and RUC panels that set codes describing medical, surgical, and diagnostic services and place price values on them - the foundation for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) payment policies.

"There's no doubt that ANA’s involvement on these panels had a strong influence on the new provisions that account in real dollars for nurses’ crucial contributions," Daley said. "Patients benefit from our work. Now the value of our work is being recognized through payment policy."

New payments will be awarded to nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and other primary care professionals for "transitional care management" services provided within 30 days of a Medicare patient's discharge from a hospital or similar facility. To qualify for reimbursement, the primary care professional must: contact the patient soon after discharge; conduct an in-person visit; engage in medical decision-making; and provide care coordination. Care coordination involves effectively communicating and delivering a patient's needs and preferences for health services and information among a continuum of health care providers, functions, and settings.

The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, issued Nov. 1 by CMS and set to take effect Jan. 1, 2013 after publication in the Federal Register, also includes new codes that describe 'complex chronic care coordination,' a service typically provided by RNs. Though the rule will not allow separate billing for care coordination, some private insurers are likely to use the codes to reimburse providers directly for the service. Such reimbursement policies for care coordination could expand the RN job market. They could also raise recognition for nurses performing this long-held, core professional standard and competency considered integral to patient-centered care and the effective and efficient use of health care resources.

The rule contains several other provisions that benefit nurses by:

  • Clarifying that certified registered nurse anesthetists will continue to be reimbursed for providing chronic pain management services in states where permitted by license.
  • Permitting advanced practice registered nurses to order portable X-rays.
  • Ensuring nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists can conduct the in-person encounters required for ordering durable medical equipment for patients.



Pharmaceutical Company Pfizer offers prescription assistance program to meningitis patients - 10/31/2012

Pharmaceutical Company Pfizer has expanded its Reimbursement Solutions, Verification, and Payment HELPline, also known as the RSVP Program, to cover anti-fungal medications currently being used as part of the outpatient treatment protocol for cases of fungal meningitis associated with contaminated NECC steroid injections. The program offers hardship assistance to those who qualify. If patients are experiencing serious financial hardship (e.g., cannot afford coinsurance, or have been denied coverage), they may apply for hardship assistance through RSVP. If approved, they may access Pfizer medicines for free, or in some cases, obtain a Co-Pay Card‡ that will cover the full cost of the co-pay. Eligibility for financial exceptions varies by product. An RSVP representative will help confirm if these patients are eligible for hardship assistance. If patients are accepted into RSVP with hardship assistance, they must reapply to the program at the end of each calendar year (December 31).

The Florida Department of Health is working to ensure that all current Florida cases and potentially affected Floridians are aware of this program.
To apply, contact Pfizer RSVP: 

  •  Call 1-888-327-RSVP (7787), Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 8 PM ET. RSVP representatives are happy to assist you in English or Spanish
  • Download RSVP patient application here or call 1-888-327-RSVP (7787) to begin the enrollment process
  • Patients and their doctors must fill out and mail the completed application, along with proof of income.

The Florida Department of Health remains committed to protecting the health and safety of all Floridians. We continue to update our website regarding this meningitis outbreak at http://newsroom.doh.state.fl.us/. We have set up a toll-free hotline at 1-866-523-7339 for those who may have additional questions.