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The 2014 Midterm Federal Elections: What Nurses Need to Know Webinar

Register Now! The Nursing Community presents:The 2014 Midterm Federal Elections: What Nurses Need to Know Webinar

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 3:00-4:00pm ET

With 2014 midterm elections quickly approaching, it is important that nurses understand the political dynamics that will impact the election cycle. Mr. Wade Delk (American Society for Pain Management Nursing) and Mr. Dave Mason (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and National Nursing Centers Consortium) will be discussing how to stay informed of the election process and how potential outcomes may impact nursing and healthcare policy. Attendees will learn how to maximize political tools, become informed voters, and how to ensure the profession’s voice is heard in the upcoming election.

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Advocacy Update

Help Increase RN staffing in Nursing Homes:
Ask your Congressperson to Co-sponsor 24-hr RN Bill

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky has introduced a bill - H.R. 5373 - calling for nursing homes to have a registered nurse (RN) on duty 24 hours a day/7 days a week! Currently, federal law only requires nursing homes receiving Medicaid and/or Medicare funding to have a RN on duty 8 hours a day/7 days a week. Now we need you to ask your U.S. Representative to sponsor the bill by September 8 when Congress returns from recess. Getting as many cosponsors as possible will help the legislation get off to a strong start. The more sponsors there are – particularly when they are both Republicans and Democrats – the more likely other House members will be to support the bill as it moves forward.

To ask your Congressperson, just click here. It’s quick and easy.

Why round-the-clock RN coverage is critical:
  • Only a RN can assess a resident’s condition. The absence of RN staffing for up to 16 hours each day means that there is no one present capable of assessing and responding when residents’ medical conditions suddenly change or deteriorate.
  • Residents are entering nursing homes from hospitals “quicker and sicker." Their care requires a high level of skill and knowledge. Registered nurses are the only nursing personnel with the education, training, and licensure to provide timely clinical assessment, appropriate medical intervention, and evaluation of nursing home residents. Other nursing home personnel such as LPN’s and geriatric nurse assistants are not trained to provide such assessments or interventions.
  • Research shows that higher RN levels improve resident care. Higher levels result in lower antipsychotic use, fewer pressure ulcers, less restraint use and cognitive decline, fewer urinary tract infections and catheterizations, less weight loss, less decrease in function and fewer unnecessary hospitalizations of nursing home residents.

Help us jumpstart this important bill that would improve the health and safety of nursing home residents nationwide.

Thanks again for your advocacy!
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AHRQ Webinar Series

This series of Webinars aims to provide nurse administrators and nurse educators guidance on training using the materials covered in AHRQ’s Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities Training Modules.

Target Audience: Nurse administrators and nurse educators who provide staff training to first-line care staff, or who work closely with staff at long-term care facilities.

Presenter: Marian D. Edmiston, DEd, MSN, RN-BC

More information and no cost registration available at: http://ce.ahrq.gov/nurses/.
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2015 Annual NICHE Conference



The 2015 Annual NICHE Conference is a four day event highlighting evidence based innovations, research and networking opportunities. The goal is to deliver support to hospitals and other healthcare facilities in meeting one of the most critical challenges of our times - quality care of older adults.

Join NICHE and learn more about taking a leadership role in the care of older adult patients. Find out how to drive innovations that improve care across the continuum and lead change in your organization's approach to healthcare for our aging population. For more information please visit: http://conference2015.nicheprogram.org/
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NGNA/HIGN Upcoming Webinars

Register now for upcoming NGNA and HIGN webinars! The webinars, presented by expert faculty from NGNA and HIGN, will present clinical topics relevant to improving the delivery of healthcare to older adults, covering topics such as patient- and family-centered care approach to delirium, fall prevention, medication management, and diabetes management.

NGNA Members: Login to the NGNA website and return to this article to view a 50% discount code for NGNA members to use when registering for the webinar series.

August 6, 2014, 1:00pm-2:00 ET
Aging & HIV: Implications for the Older Adult

September 3, 2014, 1:00pm ET
Mistreatment Detection and Older Adults

October 14, 2014, 1:00-2:00pm ET
Vaccination and Older Adults

November 6, 2014 1:00pm ET
Medication Compliance and Adherence

December 3, 2014
Current Controversies in Ethics, Law and Nursing- Confronting Challenges in Health Care Ethics for those Caring for Older Adults

Click here to register for a webinar.