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Hurricane Harvey Update

As the winds and rains of Hurricane Harvey begin to taper off, news outlets are reporting on the destruction and equating the scope of the damage to Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans.  Reports of up to 50 inches of rain in some areas of Texas underscore the intense flooding and destruction resulting from this storm.  NACNS has reached out to our Texas Affiliate to learn more about what clinical nurse specialists and the APRN community is experiencing and to see if we can help in anyway.  NACNS encourages our members to consider making a donation of time or money to the American Red Cross.

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Are you planning to be a preceptor to a CNS student this year?

Do you arrange clinical placements for CNS students?

Do you supervise CNS’s who serve as preceptors?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, be sure to check out the online self-study course, Developing Your Skills as a Clinical Nurse Preceptor, jointly provided by the Indiana University School of Nursing and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Launched in 2016, this course provides 4 continuing nursing education contact hours specific to the role of a preceptor for clinical nurse specialist students. It is separated into 3 modules: Organizing the Learning Experience, Engaging the Student, and Providing Useful Feedback, and it aims to provide new and experienced preceptors with tools and tips to have a successful clinical experience for both the preceptor and the student.

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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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Nursing Orgs Urge President Trump, Congress to Make High-Quality, Affordable Health Care Access a Top Reform Priority

NACNS joined America’s leading nursing organizations and the more than 3.5 million nurses they represent, in calling on the Trump Administration and Congress to prioritize patient health and the patient-provider relationship in any health reform proposals.

As lawmakers consider legislation to repeal, replace or fundamentally alter the Affordable Care Act, nursing organizations affirmed their shared commitment to health care policies that reflect patients access to:  health care with affordable coverage options; care delivered by providers of their choice, including CNSs and other APRNs;  upholding essential health benefits; greater Medicare efficiency;  and more.

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ANA is Accepting Applications for their Moral Resilience Professional Issues Panel

The American Nurses Association’s Center for Ethics and Human Rights is seeking applications for a Moral Resilience Professional Issues Panel to be convened January 2017. The panel will develop policy and identify strategies to strengthen moral resilience within practicing nurses. The goal of strengthening moral resilience is to address the phenomena of moral distress. Moral distress occurs when nurses know what the morally right thing to do is, but institutional, procedural or social constraints make doing the right thing nearly impossible. Moral distress threatens the core values and moral integrity of nurses and other health care providers. The panel will conduct its work over a 4-6 month period. Applications must be received by ANA by December 1, 2016.

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Grant Opportunity
: Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program

This announcement solicits applications for the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program.  Program Purpose The ANEW Program supports innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered nursing students to practice in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training.  The partnerships support traineeships as well as infrastructure funds to schools of nursing and their practice partners who deliver longitudinal primary care clinical training experiences with rural and/or underserved populations for selected advanced nursing education students in primary care nurse practitioner (NP), primary care clinical nurse specialist (CNS), and/or nurse-midwife (NMW) programs, and facilitate program graduates’ employment in those settings.

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CMS Announces Expansion of Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a structured lifestyle intervention that includes dietary coaching, lifestyle intervention, and moderate physical activity, all with the goal of preventing the onset of diabetes in individuals who are pre-diabetic. The clinical intervention consists of 16 intensive “core” sessions of a curriculum in a group-based, classroom-style setting that provides practical training in long-term dietary change, increased physical activity, and behavior change strategies for weight control. After the 16 core sessions, less intensive monthly follow-up meetings help ensure that the participants maintain healthy behaviors. The primary goal of the intervention is at least 5 percent average weight loss among participants.

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