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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. 

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. 

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.”

FCN - FL Action Coalition Reception at UM

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host a Florida Center for Nursing - Florida Action Coalition reception on January 12, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. To register for this event, please contact Andrea Russell at or at 407-823-0980.

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.

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. “ 


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