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Jefferson Township: 'But they're nurse practitioners ...' thank goodness

So, what is a 'Nurse Practitioner', anyway? What is the benefit of a nurse practitioner over a physician? Are they new practitioners? [Read More]

First RN to Head CMS

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Marilyn Tavenner, a former nurse and hospital company executive, as the first full-fledged administrator for the Medicare and Medicaid healthcare programs since 2006. [Read More] 

CDC Health Advisory A (H7N9) Viruses

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Members Helping Members: IFN Relief Fund Update

$30,253.50 has been collected for the Sandy Disaster Relief Fund. $24,508 has been awarded to 14 applicants. The application deadline has been extended. [Read More]

NJSNA/IFN News Update 3.20.13

Missed the NJSNA/IFN News Update? Click Here to View. 

DOH News February 11, 2013

Interactive websites test flu readiness of New Jersey residents and businesses [Read More

Updates from Community Health Partners for Sustainability

LRP for providers in HSPA; 2013 National Health Center & Public Housing Technical Assistance Symposium; Free webinars [Read More

SePA Accepting Speaker Abstracts

SePA accepting speaker abstracts for 2013 TRENDS in Critical Care Nursing Conference [Read More

ANA Supports Nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to Head Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The American Nurses Association (ANA) commends the White House for its decision to nominate Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, BSN, RN, to permanently head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Tavenner, a former Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse, has served as chief executive officer of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and was Virginia’s secretary of Health and Human Resources under then-Governor Tim Kaine. [Read More

HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, Funding Opportunity

FY2013, HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, FOA titled Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) [Read More]

Notice to Medical Professionals

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) require all prescribing, ordering, referring medical professionals to be enrolled as a billing or “non-billing” Medicaid provider.  As of January 1, 2013 NJ Medicaid has become compliant with this Federal Regulation which went into effect March 2011. [Read More]

CDC Opportunity for Recent BSN Graduates

The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a two-year training program run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provides opportunities for promising future public health professionals to gain broad experience in the day-to-day operation of public health programs. PHAP is geared toward recent baccalaureate college graduates (BA/BS) who are beginning a career in public health. [Read More]

Governor's Nurses Week Proclamation

2012 Governor's Nurses Week Proclamation [Read More]

Nursing Scholarship Program

The 2012 application cycle for the Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP) opens March 27th. [Read More]

UVa Healthcare Worker Safety Center and ANA issue Call to Action to protect healthcare workers from exposure to bloodborne diseases

19 nursing and healthcare organizations endorse statement as roadmap for future effors on needlestick prevention [Read More]

ANA Supports Obama's Compromise on Women's Preventive Health Services Rule

"ANA commends President Obama for offering a compromise that balances women's reproductive health needs with the principle of religious liberty for religiously-run institutions,"... [Read More]

Federal Policy on Mandatory Vaccination of Healthcare Workers

On February 8, a federal advisory group on vaccines - the National Vaccine Advisory Committee - approved a report with recommendations on achieving 90% influenza vaccination rate of healthcare personnel. [Read More]

Counting on Nurses to Fill NJ's Primary Care Gap

Letting advanced practice nurses do what they're certified to do can help ease the coming shortage of primary care physicians. [Read More]

2012 Cook/Rutledge Fellowship

Cook/Rutledge Fellowship invitation, flyer, and application. [Read More]

ICN Call for Abstracts for the 25th Quadrennial Congress

ICN has issued its Call for Abstracts for the 25th Quadrennial Congress to be held in Melbourne, Australia, 18-23 May 2013. The online abstract submission website will be available starting 16 April 2012. The deadline for abstract submission is 14 September 2012. [Read More]

Health Care Innovation Challenge

You may have heard the announcement from CMS on Nov. 14 about the Health Care Innovation Challenge. Up to $1 billion will be awarded to innovative projects that test creative ways to deliver high-quality health care services and lower costs. Note that letters of intent are due December 19, 2011. [Read More]

ANA Statement on the Nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to Head Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The ANA commends the White House for its decision to nominate Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, BSN, RN, to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Tavenner, a former ICU nurse, has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and was Virginia's secretary of Health and Human Resources under then-Governor Tim Kaine. [Read More]

ANA Letter to HCA: Immigration Reform

On behalf of the American Nurses Association and the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses, I am very concerned by recent efforts of HCA and the Partnership for a New American Economy to ease restrictions on hiring immigrant nurses to fill vacant positions at your organization. ANA strongly opposes immigration to solve America's nursing workforce shortages, particularly during a time when registered nurses are reporting difficulties in getting hired. [Read More]

Justice is Served: Texas Physician Pleads Guilty

ANA Gratified by Convictions in 'Winkler County' Nurses Whistleblower Case [Read More]

RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars: Call for Applications

RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Releases Call for Applications Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars. Application Deadline: Feb. 7, 2012 [Read More]

Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act; Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans

Letter from ANA to Donald M. Berwick, MD, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health & Human Services. [Read More]

Principles for Nurse Staffing

The ANA Congress on Nursing Practice & Economics invites pubic comment on a proposed revison to the ANA Principles for Nursing Staffing. [Read More]

Social Security Expands Compassionate Allowances Conditions

Thursday, October 13, 2011-- Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced 13 new Compassionate Allowances conditions involving the immune system and neurological disorders. [Read More]

HHS Announces $82 Million to Bolster Nursing Workforce

HHS Hands out $82 Million to Bolster Nursing Workforce: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced $82 million in awards to help bolster the country's nursing workforce. [Read More]

Consumer Alert: PCIP

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has recently become aware of a website that has the appearance of being an official government website for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. [Read More]

CDC Message re: Carbon Monoxide Gas

The COCA wants to provide you with clinical resources about carbon monoxide poisoning. [Read More]

Amazing Nurses Contest: Celebrating America's Caregivers

The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, as part of its ongoing campaign to support nurses and nursing education, is honored to sponsor the "Amazing Nurses" national contest to celebrate and reward the important role that these valued caretakers play in our communities. [Read More]

NDEP Guide Demonstrates Team Care Can Help Reduce Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

To encourage and support a multidisciplinary approach to diabetes care, the National Diabetes Education Program* (NDEP) has released its guide Redesigning the Health Care Team: Diabetes Prevention and Lifelong Management. It presents practical resources to help health care professionals and organizations implement collaborative, multidisciplinary team care for adults and children with diabetes in a variety of settings. The Team Care guide can be downloaded from the NDEP website by visiting free of charge. It also can be ordered free of charge by phone by calling 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337), TTY: 1-866-569-1162.  

Transforming Care at the Bedside-NJ: A Progress Report

In October 2009 the NJ Hospital Association launched a three-year program to empower front-line hospital nurses to implement innovative practices aimed at improving the hospital work environment and the quality of patient care.

Entitled Transforming Care at the Bedside-NJ (or TCAB-NJ), the program is a state-specific application of a staff-driven, bottom-up approach to hospital improvement developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). [Read More]

Accountable Care Organizations - ANA's Official Comments

We are very pleased to share ANA’s official comments on the Centers for Medicare Services’ proposed regulations around Accountable Care Organizations. Please feel free to use these comments to in the event that your organization and its members to submit your own comment letter before the June 6 closing date.

The comment letter is intended as a guide for ANA’s Constituent/State Nurses Associations and Organizational Affiliates of some of the provisions most closely affecting registered nurses and the patients they serve. Our hope is that you will be able to use this letter to learn more about the ACO proposed regulation and perhaps zero in on those provisions most closely affecting your constituency. [Read More]

Resource for Preventing Needlestick Injuries

NIOSH Stopsticks Campaign:

AHA Endorses Requiring Influenza Vaccination for HCWs

On July 22, 2011, the American Hospital Association (AHA) published an advisory document ( stating the following:

"America's hospitals are committed to protecting the health and well-being of patients and staff. Evidence has emerged over the past few years clearly indicating that health care workers can unintentionally expose patients to seasonal influenza if they (the workers) have not been vaccinated, and such exposure can be dangerous to vulnerable patients. [Read More]

NJLINCS Health Alert Network: Public Health Update - Increase in Measles Cases 2011

Increase in Measles Cases - 2011 [Read More]

Winkler Sheriff Convicted!

Justice Served -- Winkler County Sheriff found guilty of retaliating against nurses.[Read More]

NJ Division of Consumer Affairs Launches iPhone and iPad Apps

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs launches FREE iPhone and iPad application for checking licenses and registrations. [Read More]

AARP NJ and NJSNA Seeking to Identify NJ Nurses

AARP NJ and NJSNA are seeking to identify NJ nurses who are serving on national, state, regional, and/or local Policy Making Boards. Click Here to complete the form. 

Guidelines for Timely Medication Administration

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has just released its final Guidelines for Timely Medication Administration for acute care settings, now available at Facilities and organizations may find this resource helpful in delineating medication administration policies and procedures. The document references ongoing discussion with CMS to reach resolution on the 30 minute medication administration requirement. ANA submitted comments related to the ISMP document and continues to monitor and contribute to this dialogue with CMS staff.

NJSNA in the News

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Practicing to the Full Scope of Practice

Click here to watch the PSB segment "Are Nurse Practitioners the Solution to Shortage of Primary-Care Doctors?"

New Study for Nurses on How Lifestyles Affect Health - Volunteers Needed

From Karen Daley, ANA President - Dear Colleague: I wanted to let you know about a study that is currently recruiting females nurses from across the United States: the Nurses' Health Study 3. Investigators at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, are asking femaled nurses between the ages of 22 and 45 to join this study... [Read More]

Health Professionals Not Immune to Substance Abuse

Written by: Mary Pat Angelini - Dear Editor: In the Showtime hit "Nurse Jackie", the title character epitomizes the patient advocate. However it also depicts a woman in the throes of a substance abuse disorder... [Read More]

New Jersey Capitol Report: Broadcast Schedule

Topic: Nurses Filling the Gap in Primary Care. Featured Guest: Pat Barnett, RN, JD, NJSNA CEO

5/21/11: Thirteen: 8:30 AM; 5/21/11: FiOS1: 6:30 PM; 5/22/11: NJN: 9:30 AM; 5/22/11: NJN: 7:00 AM; 5/22/11: WLIW: 9:00 AM; 5/22/11: WHYY: 11:30 AM; 5/22/11: FiOS1: 6:30 PM; 5/23/11: WBGO: 7:30 PM; 5/25/11: WHYY: 5:30 PM; 5/26/11 WLIW World: 7:00 AM

Call for Comments

The ONS and the ONS Foundation are very pleased to announce that a set of Breast Cancer Survivorship quality measures are now available for public comment until May 13, 2011 at midnight... [Read More] 

New Medicare Rules for NPs on E-Prescribing

CMS is starting a new phase of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) to increase electronic prescribing (e-prescribing). Nurse practitioners who don't either e-prescribe or properly document e-prescriptions can be penalized with Medicare fee cuts in 2012. To avoid pay cuts, NPs who are enrolled as Medicare Providers and directly bill Medicare Part B for at least 100 visits between January and June 2011 must show on Part B claims that e-prescribing was used at least 10 different times... [Read More]

10 Years Since Needlestick Law Effective Date, But Still Too Many Injuries

ANA offers online resources[Read More]

Health Resources and Services Administration's Nursing Scholarship Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP) application cycle is now open.[Read More]

Information about New Insurance Option for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

Received From: Danielle Liss - Regional External Affairs, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Region II-New York - This is one in a series of emails you will receive about the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) that was established by the Affordable Care Act. Please shre this information with your clients, patients, members, and colleagues who may encounter people in need of health insurance coverage. The PCIP is administered by either your state or the US Department of Health and Human Services and provides a health coverage option for children and adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia... [Read More]

Council of State Governments (CSG) Study Results

CSG commissioned a study to conduct a preliminary analysis of how the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) key coverage-related provisions would affect insurance coverage and state government health care spending. Five states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana, and Texas) were chosen due to their representative range of geographic locations and populations sizes. [Read More]

Op-Ed: End Supervision of Nurse Anesthetists by Physicians

Written by: David L. Knowlton - Unlike so many others in the health care policy arena who find themselves concerned with bottom lines and political consequences, my job as president and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute in West Trenton is a relatively easy one. I have a clear focus: health care quality and patient safety. So when the institute was asked to weigh in on the issue of whether New Jersey advanced practice nurse anesthetists should remain the only advanced practice nurses required to have the presence or direct supervision of a physician certified in their specialty (anesthesiologists), we did not hesitate. The clear answer from a patient safety point of view is unequivocally "No"... [Read More]

Girgenti Bill to Upgrade Penalties for Assaulting Nurses or Other Healthcare Workers Passes Assembly

TRENTON--Legislation sponsored by Senate Assistant Majority Leader John A. Girgenti, which would upgrade the offence of assaulting a nurse or other healthcare profession to aggravated assault today was approved by the General Assembly.[Read More]

Dr. Peter Buerhaus' perspective on the short- and long-term outlook for registered nurses in the US

Both the near and long-term outlooks for the stability and growth of the nursing workforce are dominated by the aging of RNs and by uncertainty over key economic factors. In the near-term (next couple of years) we can expect that, until there is a strong jobs recovery, most hospitals and other employers will continue to find that they can employ all the RNs they want at prevailing wages. To some observers, this situation might understandably suggest that it would be wise to decrease the production of new nurses... [Read More]

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