Arizona State Board of Nursing

ADHS Current RN Needs for Arizona

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ADHS Current RN Needs for Arizona

ADHS has asked for AzNA's help spreading the word to all Arizona nurses about emergency job openings across the state. Please share widely to your distribution lists.

Location: State-wide

There is an immediate emergency need for ICU nurses, Med Surg Registered Nurses, ICU acute care Nurse Practitioners, and personal care technicians to serve across Arizona. These positions are anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks - temporary missions. Lodging and logistics will be coordinated with the location you choose. Please see below for the locations in need and the point of contact for each location:

 

Tucson Medical Center: Mimi Coomler (520-360-1128)

Yavapai Regional: Mark Timm (928-899-2804)

Summit Healthcare: John Fish (928-537-6962)

Yuma Regional Medical Center: Lynn Harlow-Smith (928-920-1671) or

Diana Gomez (928-304-1175)

Northwest Medical Center: Jorge Salas (915-494-4445)

Cochise County: Gabe Lavine (520-559-2147)

 

Location: Flagstaff

There is an immediate emergency need for COVID-19 Specimen Collections Medical and Operational support staff to serve at the Coconino County Fort Tuthill Specimen Collection Site in Flagstaff, Arizona. This is an unpaid 4-week temporary mission, beginning 07/13/20 through 08/07/20. The available positions require verifiable medical training and that individuals be registered and credentialed through the ESAR-VHP registry system. Some positions may require a current and unencumbered license or certificate, depending on the position within the unit. Lodging and food will be coordinated and/or provided through Coconino County EOC – Logistics. Transportation costs will not be paid or reimbursed by the County, and are the responsibility of the volunteer. Please e-mail Wendy Roberts and/or Ben Wilson at [email protected] with questions regarding volunteer coordination.

 

In addition, temporary paid positions are available for the following positions:

Collection Site Operational Support - Temporary

Nurse- Temporary (COVID-19)

Disease Investigator - Temporary

Monitoring Operational Support - Temporary

Surveillance Operational Support - Temporary

Surveillance Specialist- Temporary

 

ADHS Current RN Needs for Arizona. (n.d.). Retrieved July 13, 2020, from https://azna.informz.net

This striking science experiment shows the effectiveness of masks and social distancing

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If anyone heard a Hamilton show tune emanating from the lab at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, that was likely from a test being conducted on the effectiveness of face masks in blocking flying respiratory droplets.

 

Rich Davis, microbiology director for the Sacred Heart Laboratory, published a visual demonstration on Twitter that vividly shows how masks and social distancing help contain the spreading of “big, fat, wet respiratory droplets,” and potentially of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19), which is known to spread via those globules.

 

Davis performed four everyday actions, all of which are “opportunities for large droplets of spit and stuff from your respiratory tract to get out into the environment.” He coughed, sneezed, talked, and sang at identical culture plates, firing bacteria from his mouth onto the agar jelly, to create a visual representation of the number of bacteria droplets that can reach another human being when the spit producer is masked or unmasked.

 

These are harmless bacteria that he says “live happily, secretly in your mouth, your nose, your throat.” The coronavirus is, of course, caused by a virus, not bacteria. But the same concept applies to the coronavirus, which we know is spread primarily through inhaling or touching those beads of saliva.

 

The results were as expected, and in line with CDC guidelines: The masked test didn’t produce any visible droplets on the agar in any of the instances, while the unmasked tests produced voluminous quantities of droplets. Most, by far, came from sneezing, followed by coughing, then talking and singing, which generated about the same amount of spittle.

 

In a separate social distancing test, he coughed for 15 seconds at two, four, and six feet from the dishes. At each stage, fewer and fewer droplets landed on the jelly; at six feet, the recommended range for social distancing, there was just one visible droplet from an unmasked hack.

 

The test started as a simple response to an internal request within the regional chain of hospitals that asked someone to demonstrate the value of wearing face masks. So, on a weekend, Davis headed to the lab and set up the apparatus in less than an hour, his phone propped up on test tube racks. But “it’s snowballed” and has gone coronaviral on Twitter.

 

Davis is fully aware of the limitations of his experiment—in fact, he doesn’t call it an experiment, rather a demonstration, because he’s the only data point, and he knew the outcome going in. It can’t account for what others would produce—”would their cough be as wet?”—although his second data point, local reporter Kevin Kim, produced similar results.

 

Davis also answered the most pressing questions on an extensive Twitter thread, including admitting he had to fake a sneeze because the age-old pepper-induced sneeze only served to make his eyes watery.

 

And he said that, for the singing test, he gave a rendition of “Dear Theodosia” from the musical Hamilton. (Kim, the reporter, belted out Tupac’s “Changes” and Smashmouth’s “All Star”; the Tupac track produced more droplets.) While singing may seem like a niche concern, a choir rehearsal in Washington State in March was one of the first known “super-spreader” events, infecting 52 people.

 

Increasing the volume or length of talking or singing would likely increase the number of droplets, meaning it’s easy to see how other fevered events could become super-spreaders.

 

The point of the demo, Davis stresses, is not to criticize people who haven’t been following best practices; they might have bad information or just been pushed by politicization. “Shame is a really bad practice for helping encourage good public health decisions,” he says. Instead, officials need to make more masks available and normalize their use.

 

One thing Davis didn’t foresee was generating some of the more visceral reactions on social media, where people have expressed revulsion at the resident bacteria in their systems. (“This is disgusting, my mouth is disgusting, I am disgusting,” he summarizes.)  “I’m a little inured to bacteria in your mouth,” he says, “[because] I am a microbiologist.

NCSBN Offers a Free Series of COVID-19 Courses for Health Care Professionals

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Media Contact: Dawn M. Kappel
Director, Marketing & Communications
312.525.3667 direct
312.279.1034 fax
[email protected]

 

CHICAGO – NCSBN’s International Center for Regulatory Scholarship (ICRS) is offering an invaluable series of free online COVID-19 courses for health care professionals. Three of the four courses offer continuing education credit upon completion.
 
Offered in a self-paced and concise format, the courses were designed to provide new, established and returning nurses with training and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The courses include: “COVID-19: Epidemiology, Modes of Transmission and Protecting Yourself with PPE,” “COVID-19: Nursing Care,” “COVID-19: Basic Law and Ethics for Nurses during COVID-19” and “COVID-19: Credible Information, Hoaxes and the Media.”
 
Maryann Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN, chief officer, NCSBN Nursing Regulation, comments, “In addition to being essential resources for nurses who may be called upon to treat patients with COVID-19, these courses contain valuable information for anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
 
Nurses and other health care workers are invited to self-enroll through the ICRS Connections Catalog at https://catalog.icrsncsbn.org. Enrollment questions should be directed to [email protected]

 

About NCSBN

Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was initially created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together nursing regulatory bodies (NRBs) to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. It has evolved into one of the leading voices of regulation across the world.

 

NCSBN’s membership is comprised of the NRBs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are three exam user members. There are also 27 associate members that are either NRBs or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories.

 

Mission: NCSBN empowers and supports nursing regulators in their mandate to protect the public.

 

The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not individual members.

Acute Care Readiness Course

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Acute Care Readiness Course

NCLEX Testing Update

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NCLEX Testing Update

Position Paper Supporting Virtual Simulation during COVID-19 Pandemic

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March 30, 2020

Synopsis

The International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL, www.inacsl.org) and the
Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH, www.ssih.org) support the use of virtual simulation as a replacement
for clinical hours for students currently enrolled in health sciences professions (i.e. nursing students, medical
students) during the current public health crisis caused by COVID-19.


The Problem

The COVID-19 pandemic is currently affecting over 80 countries and has spread throughout every state in the
United States.1 Countries including China, Italy, United States, Spain, Germany, Iran, and France are some of the
highest affected facing challenges of treating thousands of patients that exceed health system capacity.2 With
global shortages in personal protective equipment, many healthcare professionals are becoming ill with the
virus themselves leading to current shortages of healthcare professionals on the front lines.3, 4
With the pandemic expected to surge in waves and last for months, it is critical that the pipeline of educating
healthcare professionals remains intact. Universities across the world have transitioned to continuing education
through online or virtual means. In the context of health professions education, many regulatory bodies (such as
state boards of nursing) require completion of a set number of hours within the clinical setting. For example, in
California 5, thousands of nursing students who planned to graduate in a couple of months are being blocked due
to this clinical hour requirement. While policymakers in Texas6 and New York7 have readily promoted policy
change to assist with the educational challenges related to COVID-19 in the interest of helping needed
healthcare workers graduate, other regulatory agencies have remained firm.


The Resolution

The professional organizations of INACSL and SSH encompass the world’s leading experts in simulation-based
education for healthcare providers. We can attest that virtual simulation has been used for over a decade
successfully. Further, research has repeatedly demonstrated that use of virtual simulation - simulated
healthcare experiences on one’s computer - is an effective teaching method that results in improved student
learning outcomes.8, 9 Based on the current and anticipated shortage of healthcare workers, we propose that
regulatory bodies and policymakers demonstrate flexibility by allowing the replacement of clinical hours
usually completed in a healthcare setting with that of virtually simulated experiences during the pandemic. By
supporting this innovative yet effective way of teaching as a solution to address the clinical hour shortage of
health professions students, education efforts will continue seamlessly, and we will support timely career
progression of healthcare providers needed immediately to battle COVID-19.


Dr. Cynthia Foronda
President, INACSL
Bob Armstrong
President, SSH


References
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, March 25). Coronavirus disease 2019. Retrieved from
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/world-map.html
2. World Health Organization. (2020, March 25). Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Retrieved from
https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125…
3. West, M.G. (2020, March 24). New York City hospitals face new strain: Not enough workers. The Wall Street
Journal. Retrieved from https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-city-hospitals-face-new-strain-no….
4. Aloisi, S., Pollina, E., & Barbaglia, P. (2020, March 23). Italy’s medics at end of our strength as they fall too ill.
Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-doctors/ita…
5. Goldberg, E. (2020, March 20). Coronavirus may keep California’s nursing students from graduating. Retrieved
from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/health/coronavirus-nurses-healthcare…
6. Office of the Texas Governor. Governor Abbott takes action to expand the nursing workforce. Press Release.
Retrieved from https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-takes-action-to-expand-…
7. Chavez, N. & Carver, M. (2020, March 25). NYU wants its senior medical students to graduate early and join
the battle against coronavirus. CNN Health. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/25/health/nyumedical-students-graduation-co….
8. Kononowicz, A. A., Woodham, L. A., Edelbring, S., Stathakarou, N., Davies, D., Saxena, N., Tudor Car, L.,
Carlstedt-Duke, J., Car, J., & Zary, N. (2019). Virtual Patient Simulations in Health Professions Education:
Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis by the Digital Health Education Collaboration. Journal of Medical Internet
Research, 21(7), e14676. https://doi.org/10.2196/14676
9. Foronda, C.L., Fernandez-Burgos, M., Nadeau, C., Kelley, C.N., & Henry, M.N. (2020, February). Virtual
Simulation in Nursing Education: A Systematic Review Spanning 1996-2018. Simulation in Healthcare, 15(1), 46-
54. doi: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000411 

Emergency Declaration March 2020

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Emergency Declaration March 2020

 

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