Press Room

Clinical Nurse Specialists Echo Nurses’ Need for Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit During National Nurses Week

“The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is pleased that this year, National Nurses Week is focusing inward on the health and wellbeing of nurses, the largest group of health care professionals.

This year’s theme, Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit, and the designation of 2017 as the Year of the Healthy Nurse is a welcome reminder that nurses need to prioritize their own health to best help model positive health and wellness behaviors.

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The American Health Care Act Threatens Health Care Affordability, Access and Delivery

“By passing the American Health Care Act today, the U.S. House of Representatives are threatening health care affordability, access and delivery for millions of Americans.

As members of the advanced practice nursing community, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is deeply troubled that the new legislation would allow insurance companies to charge more to those with preexisting conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or previous injuries, like back or other joint surgery. Also concerning is that the bill would give states the ability to opt out of covering essential health benefits, such as emergency services, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorders services, prescription drugs, and wellness services and chronic disease management.

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National Nursing Association Announces 2017 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Members

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced its 2017-2018 Board of Directors at the group’s annual conference in Atlanta last month. NACNS represents thousands of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) nationwide who provide direct patient care and lead initiatives to improve health care quality and clinical outcomes, and reduce costs. The newly elected board members demonstrate leadership in nursing education, practice, research and administration.

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Bloomington Nurse Elected to Serve as President of Leading National Nursing Association

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced that Vincent Holly, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at Indiana University Health, Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington, IN. has been elected President of the 2017-2018 NACNS Board of Directors. Holly is also Adjunct Faculty for the Indiana University School of Nursing’s adult health CNS program.

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Alarm Fatigue Focus of AAMI’s Horizons

The proliferation of clinical alarms poses one of healthcare technology’s most pressing patient safety challenges—“alarm fatigue.” While device alarms can improve medical care by arming clinicians with valuable information about their patient’s health, most are false or nonactionable, often resulting in a sensory clutter that overwhelms clinicians and caregivers, desensitizing them to the alerts. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s spring 2017 issue of its award-winning, peer-reviewed publication, Horizonsfocuses on clinical alarm management.

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Clinical Nurse Specialists Join the Front Lines of Infection Control

Nurses are the front-line of defense against the spread of infections in U.S. health care facilities. Moreover, the increasing number of emerging diseases often forces nurses to take on roles outside of their normal duties, such as environmental cleaning and waste management.

The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is joining the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network) so that clinical nurse specialists can better address emerging threats and follow infection control procedures to not only protect themselves, but also to protect their patients and nurses working at the bedside.

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