• Secret behind 'nic-sickness' could help break tobacco addiction
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    If you remember your first hit on a cigarette, you know how sickening nicotine can be. Yet, for many people, the rewards of nicotine outweigh the negative effects of high doses. University of California, Berkeley, researchers have now mapped out part of the brain network responsible for the negative consequences of nicotine, opening the door to interventions that could boost the aversive effects to help people quit smoking.

  • Survey reveals public's widespread mistrust of how health data are used
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Recent survey results released by the AMA showed that many patients are concerned about privacy protections regarding their personal health data, and nearly all agreed that it should be private and unavailable for purchase. Specifically, 75 percent of 1,000 patients who participated in the survey said they were concerned about privacy protection, according to a press release from the AMA, and more than 92 percent believed privacy is a right that should extend to health data.

  • Reframe the pain: Reducing needle anxiety in children
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Tears, tantrums, and distress – when it comes to needles, many children struggle with anxiety. But with vaccinations becoming more regular, finding ways to help reduce needle-related fear and pain is high on the agenda. Now, new research from the University of South Australia shows that children’s vaccination and needle fear can be lessened when nurses spend additional time supporting children in the vaccination process.

  • Dozens in China infected with Langya virus found in shrews
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Dozens of people in China have fallen ill with a new virus that is also found in shrews, a report has said, but there is so far no evidence of human-to-human transmission. The infections were found in China's eastern Shandong and central Henan provinces, affecting 35 people, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine this month.

  • They call it 'tranq' – and it's making street drugs even more dangerous
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Xylazine, an animal tranquilizer, which is also known as "tranq" or "tranq dope," surged first in some areas of Puerto Rico and then in Philadelphia, where it was found in 91 percent of opioid samples in the most recent reporting period. Data from January to mid-June shows that xylazine was in 28 percent of drug samples tested by the Massachusetts Drug Supply Data Stream, a state-funded network of community drug-checking and advisory groups that uses mass spectrometers to let people know what’s in bags or pills purchased on the street. Whatever its path into the drug supply, the presence of xylazine is triggering warnings in Massachusetts and beyond for many reasons.

  • US FDA takes steps away from animal testing requirement
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    In response to increasing pressure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is re-examining its requirement for animal tests to be performed for products under its jurisdiction. A story in Chemical & Engineering News, an independent news outlet of the American Chemical Society, explains that some alternative technologies that do not involve the use of animals could even improve the ability to predict human risk and efficacy for many drugs.

  • Samples of popular diabetes drug contain potential carcinogen, FDA says
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    The Food and Drug Administration said that traces of a potential carcinogen had been found in samples of a popular diabetes drug produced by Merck, the latest instance in which impurities were detected in top-selling pharmaceutical products.

  • Large study confirms COVID vaccines safe for pregnant women
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Pregnant women should feel confident that Pfizer's and Moderna's vaccines against COVID-19 are safe, according to a large new study. In fact, pregnant vaccinated women had lower odds of a significant health event, compared with nonpregnant vaccinated women, after both doses of either mRNA vaccination, the researchers reported in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

  • Wastewater surveillance expanded to detect the presence of monkeypox
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    An ongoing program that monitors wastewater for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 and which has effectively predicted subsequent surges in COVID-19 cases in San Diego has been expanded to detect the presence of monkeypox. Since the first confirmed case of monkeypox in California in late-May, reported cases have steadily risen in the state and across the country, now up to almost 100 in San Diego County and more than 1,300 in California.

  • What the demand for nurses with master's degrees means for their salaries
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    The U.S. is in dire need of more nurses and other health care workers—and there will be far more registered nurse jobs available than any other profession, according to estimates by the American Nurses Association. Beyond the immediate need for more nurses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing is expected to remain one of the fastest-growing career paths for the next decade. And while nurses of all levels of training are in demand, there is a particular need for professionals with master’s degree-level training or higher.

  • CDC ends some COVID safety rules, emphasizes personal risk
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    The CDC today announced that because the risk of "medically significant" COVID-19 has decreased, some overall public health measures the agency initially recommended may no longer be necessary. For example, CDC recommendations on social distancing, quarantining and testing children for COVID-19 while allowing them to stay in school — known as the test-to-stay strategy — may no longer be necessary for most Americans. The agency said high levels of immunity from vaccinations and prior infections, along with the availability of effective treatments and tools that prevent spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, prompted the action. However, the agency also said people who know they are high-risk for severe COVID-19 should continue to practice a multi-layered approach to keeping themselves safe. Well-known strategies include improved ventilation, well-fitting masks and testing as warranted.

  • KSNA Fall Conference On-Demand | October 1 - October 31, 2022
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Register now to participate in the 2022 KSNA Fall Conference On-Demand! This event will focus on providing the best care for all types of patients, featuring on-demand sessions on health disparities for LGBTQ+ persons, women's health and advocacy, person-centered care for the elderly and the challenges of mental health care in today's world. A special session by American Nurses Association's President Dr. Ernest Grant and Director of Nursing Programs Katie Boston-Leary will examine the national issue of diversity and inclusion in nursing. Content will be open on-demand from October 1 thru October 31 for viewing. For full details (presentations, speakers, etc.) and to register, please click here. Registration Early bird registration ends September 23rd and the on-demand site will open October 1st. Individuals are allowed to register after September 23 (early bird deadline), but registration fees increase by $20.00. A link to access the on-demand activity will be emailed to you following the registration process. No registrations accepted after October 24, 2022. Access to on-demand sessions ends at 11:59 PM CST on October 31, 2022. Accreditation Participants will receive 5.0 contact hours. The on-demand site/content and contact hours will only be accessible/ available until October 31, 2022. The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Member of KSNA? Register now to join us for the KSNA Live, Virtual Business Meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 6:00 pm. There is no cost to KSNA members to register for the business meeting, just a requirement to pre-register before October 10. We hope you will also choose to register for this event! Questions? Please contact Sara Fry at with any questions.

  • 2022 NNA Annual Convention - Coming Together
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    October 7-8, 2022 | Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel | Lincoln, Nebraska Register now to participate in the 2022 Nebraska Nurses Association (NNA) Annual Convention – Coming Together! This year’s event will be held on October 7-8 at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska. The 2022 Convention theme is “Coming Together”, and we are thrilled to be able to host the Convention this year in person. Educational topics will include a unique look at how national and regional nursing organizations adapted to their members’ needs as the pandemic unfolded, and their innovative methods to continue their important work as advocates for their nurses. A special session by American Nurses Association vice president Susan Swart will look at how ANA pivoted to meet the need for nurse resiliency and promoting role advocacy so we can all remember our “why.” Please join us in Lincoln! For full details (presentations, speakers, etc.) and to register, please click here. Registration Early bird registration closes September 1st. Individuals are allowed to register after September 1 but registration fees increase. No registrations accepted after September 26, 2022. Accreditation Participants meeting the successful completion requirements will receive a maximum of 7.5 contact hours. The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Questions? Please contact Sara Fry at with any questions.

  • ARNA Fall Conference & Membership Assembly
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    November 4, 2022 | Holiday Inn Little Rock Airport Conference Center | Little Rock, Arkansas Register now to participate in the 2022 Arkansas Nurses Association (ARNA) Fall Conference & Membership Assembly! Join your peers for a fascinating look at issues important to Arkansas nurses, including medical cannabis, your mental health, and a panel discussion on non-traditional nursing practices. Featured speaker Mary Trentham will share her expertise on protecting yourself from legal challenges to your license, following the case of RaDonda Vaught in Tennessee. Register today! For full details (presentations, speakers, etc.) and to register, please click here. Registration Pre-registration is required. Please note, registration fees include breakfast, lunch and continuing education credit. Undergraduate students and retirees are not eligible to receive nursing contact hours. Tickets to the 110th Anniversary Celebration Gala are an additional cost. Registration for the Fall Conference closes on October 24, 2022, at 12:00 pm CST. Accreditation Participants meeting the successful completion requirements will receive up to 4.0 contact hours. The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

  • Pearls and Pitfalls: The Journey of APRN Entrepreneurs
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    September 21, 2022 | 8:30 am – 4:45 pm CST | Live Via ZOOM Nurse Practitioners are experts in clinical care, but most are often novices when it comes to business, marketing, financial management and working outside mainstream healthcare settings. There is little focus on the business side within the curriculum of current nurse practitioner education. However, these skills are essential for nurse practitioners who want to grow, innovate and work in independent practice. Whether you are ready to open your own practice or enhance your current business capabilities and skills, join us for this day-long webinar and learn from Dr. Wendy Wright’s experience building her business over the last 15 years. She will share tips for effective and accurate billing and coding, mistakes to avoid in contract negotiation, and documentation that stands up against malpractice claims, and much more! The live, virtual event will begin at 8:45 am and will adjourn at 4:45 pm. Within the schedule for the day, we have incorporated three, fifteen-minute breaks for those watching to stretch, grab a drink, etc., as well as a 45-minute lunch break. During the time set aside for breaks and lunch, Wendy will be monitoring the ZOOM Q&A feature to address your questions. It will be a fun, full day of learning for everyone participating and we hope you will choose to join us! For full details, a list of the presentations being provided, and to register online, please click here. Registration Deadline: September 19, 2022 At 12:00 pm CST Accreditation 6.5 contact hours are available to those who meet the successful completion requirements. The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. What is the Midwest Multistate Division? The Arkansas Nurses Association, Kansas State Nurses Association, Missouri Nurses Association and Nebraska Nurses Association formed a collaborative, namely the Midwest Multistate Division (Midwest MSD), with the goal of promoting efficiencies and growth. As part of this collaborative, the Midwest MSD Professional Development Unit (PD Unit) was formed, which is accredited as an ANCC approver and provider of NCPD, to address the educational needs of nurses in the Midwest region. Questions? Please contact Sara Fry at with any questions.

  • Workplace equity, violence top American Nurses Association's legislative priorities
    on August 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Addressing mandatory overtime as well as workplace equity and violence, all amidst a nursing shortage, are among the top legislative priorities for the American Nurses Association, according to a speaker at the Rheumatology Nurses Society annual conference.