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Don't miss our next educational conference!

The Nursing Consortium of South Florida's next education conference, Empowering Nurses to Lead Change and Advance Health, will take place at the Signature Grand on Friday, the 11th of November. Diane Jacobs, MSN, RN, Co-founder of the CoMass Group a leading consulting firm specializing in the creation of healthy workplace environments and cultures that promote safety and quality care, will be the keynote.  Fourteen of South Florida's most distinguished nurse leaders will also present during this day-long conference.  You won't want to miss the more than 20 poster presentations on how your peers throughout the region are are leading change and advancing health.  Don’t just save the date, register today to make sure you aren't among those when this conference sells out.  Please click here for information on the limited number of program sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor tables available for this one-day conference. The last three Consortium conferences have sold-out, don't miss this one.

We're looking for former Day in the Life of a Nurse™ participants

The Consortium is interested in hearing from nurses who participated in Day in the Life of a Nurse™ when they were high school students.  Are you one?  Please send an email to Consortium Executive Director, Ralph Egües.. We're interested in capturing and sharing your story!

CDC issues summary of key Zika considerations for health care settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a summary of key considerations for health care facilities, including hospitals and health systems, as they prepare to receive patients potentially infected with the Zika virus. The document outlines nine steps health care facilities should take, including knowing the clinical manifestations of the virus, how to assess pregnant women and advise against sexual transmission during pregnancy, reporting and use of standard precautions. In addition, the document notes steps health care settings can take to educate patients and their families about the disease, transmission and steps to avoid infection. CDC also offers a 24/7 Zika hotline, at 770-488-7100, that can provide rapid access to CDC clinical experts, as well a dedicated e-mail address for pregnancy-related Zika questions at For more information, please see the related AHA Readiness Advisory or visit In other Zikanews, CDC awarded $6.8 million in funding to public health organizations to support Zika response, and a contract to develop a point-of-care Zika test.

Report: Nursing making progress on path to transformation

The nation has made significant progress toward transforming nursing roles, responsibilities and education to meet the promise of a reformed health care system and the nation's health needs, according to a report released by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The report assesses progress since the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report on the future of nursing and identifies areas that should be emphasized over the next five years, including efforts to remove scope-of-practice barriers, strengthen pathways to higher education, increase workforce diversity and improve the collection of workforce-related data. 

IRF and LTCH quality data preview reports available Sept. 1

Beginning Sept. 1, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals will be able to review their quality data for 30 days before it is reported this fall on new IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites, according to the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For more information, please see the instructions for accessing the LTCH and IRF preview reports.

FDA issues safety recommendations for programmable syringe pumps

The Food and Drug Administration has issued recommendations to reduce safety risks when using programmable syringe pumps to infuse therapies at low rates, when a lack of flow continuity can result in serious clinical consequences, including delay of therapy, over-infusion or under-infusion. Since March 2013, the agency has received more than 300 Medical Device Reports associated with programmable syringe pump use. Of the 100 MDRs that provided information on the infusion rates, the majority noted infusions at rates of 5 mL per hour or less. “Based on current information, the FDA believes that the overall benefits of programmable syringe pumps outweigh their risks,” the agency said. “Moving forward, the FDA has requested that manufacturers make labeling changes to their syringe pumps to address flow continuity concerns.”

HHS awards second contract to develop point-of-care Zika test

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response today awarded a second contract to develop a rapid test for Zika at the point of care. The tests would identify antibodies produced in response to the virus. ASPR also is supporting advanced development of two laboratory diagnostic tests for Zika.  Last week, DHS awarded a $2.6 million contract to further develop a test that may help physicians determine more quickly whether a patient was infected recently with Zika virus. The automated laboratory test uses a system that can test up to 120 samples at once and generate results within an hour. “ 

Date set for Day in the Life of a Nurse™ 2016

Day in the Life of a Nurse™ will take place on Friday, the 4th of November this year and all clinical sites and accredited nursing schools are encouraged to make plans to host students on that day.  “More than 1,500 students from fifty-four high schools and middle schools took part in the program last year visiting fifty-three South Florida hosting hospitals and schools of nursing from Tavernier to Fort Pierce; a record that we hope to break this year,” remarked Maggie Hansen, Chief Nursing Officer at Memorial Regional Hospital and Consortium President.  “The Consortium provides hosting facilities a best practices tool kit and participating schools a curriculum.  We also coordinate the program with area public school systems and schedule a series of calls leading up to the event where those organizing Day in the Life of a Nurse™ experiences can get their questions answered by experienced program hosts,” noted Program Chair Joanne Masella, Nursing School Dean at Palm Beach Atlantic University.  Clinical sites and accredited nursing schools wishing to participate should send an email to Consortium Executive Director, Ralph Egües.

Leveraging Nurse Leadership at All Levels – Building Toolkits for the Future, will be held aboard the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas March 2-6, 2017.  

The Nursing Consortium of South Florida’s third Sea-E-You™ conference, will feature a unique 10 contact hours leadership development program presented by 12 distinguished nurse executives and will include four 90-minute co-facilitated educational seminars and four facilitated round table discussions in a unique setting to enhance the opportunity of nurses at all levels to formally and informally engage senior nurse leaders and aspiring nurse leaders while enjoying a four-night weekend cruise aboard a five star cruise ship. For additional information, including super early-bird pricing and cabin rates please call 800-422-0711.  

ASPR issues tips for retaining, caring for health care facility staff after a disaster

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has issued tips to help health care facilities retain and care for staff after a disaster, such as the recent flooding in Louisiana. “The aftermath of a disaster can be traumatic,” the resource notes. “People may want to return to work, but may be hampered by injury, caring for loved ones, or unable to access transportation. These tips can help health care facility executives provide support for those who care so much for others, ensuring the continuity of a healthy, safe workforce and a resilient community at large.”           

NIH program targets chronic disease prevention, health disparities

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities has launched a research program to develop, implement and disseminate community-based interventions to combat chronic diseases in minority and underserved populations. The two Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers include researchers, clinicians, health care systems, public health agencies and other community organizations that will develop and disseminate health interventions that can be implemented in real-world settings, such as clinics, churches and community centers. “Multilevel interventions that take into account complex interactions between individuals and their environments can better address determinants of health and enhance chronic disease prevention and health promotion for local communities,” said NIMHD Director Eliseo Pérez-Stable, M.D. “Studies in these centers will add to our knowledge of what works in health disparities populations, thus advancing knowledge towards our nation’s health.”          

ASPR seeks input to inform Hospital Preparedness Program updates

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response encourages hospitals to participate in recently opened discussions on its Information Exchange about updating the Hospital Preparedness Program’s health care preparedness capabilities and performance measures. To register for the Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange, please click here. All registrants are vetted before admission to the Information Exchange. For additional information or assistance, please contact the ASPR TRACIE Assistance Center.


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