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NGNA Webinar: Cultural Awareness and Family Caregiving: Taking Care of the Caregiver

On September 25, NGNA hosted the webinar Cultural Awareness and Family Caregiving: Taking Care of the Caregiver.

Members: Click here to view the archived webinar
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AHRQ Announces Continued Interest in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Career Development Awards

Background and Research Areas of Interest

The mission of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

The overall goal of the AHRQ PCOR Career Development Program is to build the nation's capacity for comparative clinical effectiveness research.

Improving Health Care Quality by Accelerating Implementation of PCOR

Within the mission, AHRQ seeks research that will help to improve the health and health care of all by accelerating the use of evidence about 'what works, for whom, under what circumstances' into clinical practice and health care policy development. Research should focus on ensuring that patients and their families, health care professionals, and health care policy makers have the information they need in order to make informed health care decisions and are able and empowered to use it. Specifically, AHRQ areas of PCOR research interest include:
  • Demonstrating the effectiveness of synthesizing, translating, and communicating complex scientific evidence to facilitate informed care planning and health care decision making by patients, families, and health care professionals at the individual level and informed policy decision making at the health system and population level.
  • Discovering, testing, and spreading techniques for health care practice improvement to improve health care quality, including accelerating the sustainable implementation of evidence-based practice. AHRQ has particular interest in practice improvement in ambulatory care settings.
  • Improving health care quality through the use of information systems and data resources that both provide meaningful clinical decision support to health care professionals and patients and families at the point of care and that capture important actions and outcomes of health care to support clinical and organizational improvement.
  • Developing the methods underlying the fields of evidence synthesis, stakeholder and patient engagement, decision making, and practice improvement.

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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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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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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!