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Nurse Tapped as Acting Surgeon General; Online Training for RNs on Opioid Prescribing

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Two Webinars to Look for from the AHA

The American Hospital Association is hosting two webinars of particular interest to nurses in the near future. Tomorrow, April 26, the AHA continues its series of free webchats as part of its Hospitals Against Violence yearlong initiative. This one will focus on how hospitals can serve as leaders in citywide violence prevention, and will feature Rebecca Levin, strategic director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She’ll explore how the hospital established it’s “Strengthening Chicago’s Youth” program as a way to convene community stakeholders and work toward ending the city’s scourge of violence.

Also, on May 9, the AHA’s American Organization of Nurse Executives will host another webinar, exploring how two health systems have brought about innovation and ensured sustained safety and quality in their organizations through AONE’s Care Innovation and Transformation Program. Speakers for this AHA webinar, planned in conjunction with Hospitals In Pursuit of Excellence, include the chief nursing officer of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, and the vice president of patient care services at Lee Health, in southern Florida.

Nurse Tapped as Acting Surgeon General

The White House has tapped a nurse as one of the top federal clinical posts, following the departure of one Obama administration holdover, the New York Times reports. Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams took over Friday as acting surgeon general, following in the steps of Vivek Murthy, who was fired from the post after refusing to resign, according to the Times. Trent-Adams may be the first nonphysician to serve in the role, though not the first R.N., as Richard Carmona was both a nurse and a physician under the second George Bush. The acting surgeon general previously was an Army nurse officer and research nurse at the University of Maryland, reported the Times.  

RNs Call for New Approach to Palliative Care

The American Nurses Association and Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association recently partnered and issued a Call for Action: Nurses Lead and Transform Palliative Care, according to a release. The Call for Action was constructed around five key focus areas identified by a specially formed Hospice Nursing Professional Issues Panel in 2016 and outlines 12 key recommendations and provides the necessary steps to achieve quality primary palliative nursing, regardless of setting, the release notes. “This call to action is the blueprint for America’s 3.6 million nurses to transform the care and culture of serious illness, by sharing a common framework for the delivery of primary palliative nursing care to all patients and families, whenever and wherever they need it,” said Sally Welsh, R.N., CEO at HPNA, in the release.

Guidance on Prescribing Opioids

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seem to be covering all the bases with a new online training series on prescribing opioids under CDC guidelines. The first of eight modules in the series is an overview of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, and was just launched. The remaining seven are planned to be released throughout this year. The launch comes as the Trump Administration outlined its plans on spending $1 billion fighting opioid addiction in various ways.

Best Place for Male Nurses

Finally, the American Assembly for Men in Nursing is seeking nominations for the Best Workplace for Men in Nursing recognition program for 2017, with a June 30 deadline. There is a $500 application fee, however. Criteria for winners can be found here.

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