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Brenda Marion Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN

Pamela CiprianoBrenda Nevidjon was named the next cheif executive officer at the Oncology Nursing Society, a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care.

Nevidjon is currently a professor at the Duke University School of Nursing and coordinator of the Systems Division, which includes the nursing informatics, nursing education, and nursing and healthcare leadership graduate majors. She will start her new role at ONS on September 1.

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Nevidjon joined the fellowship in 2004.

 
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Medicare Coverage of Hep C Testing Applauded by the American Academy of Nursing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will now cover screening tests for hepatitis C virus, which 2.7 to 2.9 million Americans may have. This decision will save many lives. The American Academy of Nursing supports this coverage.

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Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare beneficiaries might be covered for hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing.

“Hepatitis C virus is the most common blood-borne infection in the US and is quickly becoming a major public health problem,” says Donald Bailey, PhD, RN, FAAN; an associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing.

Approximately 75 to 85% of people infected with HCV develop chronic infections. Chronic hepatitis C virus infection can last a lifetime and lead to serious liver problems, including scarring of the liver and hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common liver cancer. In the next 10 years, about 150,00 people will die from liver cancer and end-stage liver disease associated with chronic hepatitis B and C. Liver disease is now the leading cause of death in Americans with HIV infection, a group already highly susceptible to HCV.

The American Academy of Nursing and its Expert Panel on Emerging & Infectious Diseases has long called for increased testing for HCV. The Academy is pleased that Medicare will now cover testing for many high risk groups.

Who is eligible? Medicare patients who are considered “high risk” are eligible. Based on research, Medicare has said people who are at a high risk of carrying the virus are persons:

  1. with a current or past history of illicit injection drug use
  2. received a blood transfusion prior to 1992
  3. are born from 1945 through 1965, who are five times more likely to carry the virus.

What should Medicare patients do? If you are at a high risk, ask your primary care provider to conduct a simple blood test to check for the virus. 

“The healthcare community and consumer advocacy groups need to increase efforts to educate the public about this disease,” says Donna Zucker, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst. “With earlier testing and diagnosis, the easier it is to treat this disease.”

This coverage change will assist in efforts to educate the public, curtail the spread of the virus, and more effectively treat the disease.

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The American Academy of Nursing (www.AANnet.org) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,200 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.

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Jill E. Bormann, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN

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Jill E. Bormann is one of five VA nurses from across the country who has been named a recipient of the Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nursing and Advancement in Nursing Programs. Dr. Bormann received the award in the category of Registered Nurse Expanded Role. 

Dr. Bormann conducts federally funded research on the health outcomes of the Mantram Repetition Program, a spiritually integrated educational program for symptom management, in various groups including Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, adults living with HIV/AIDS, family caregivers of veterans with dementia, healthcare employees, and first-time mothers.

Research findings provide growing evidence that the Mantram Repetition Program is an effective approach to symptom management. It is an innovative intervention that is invisible, inexpensive, non-pharmacological, and complementary to mainstream medicine.

“As a psychiatric nurse, I am interested in caring for the whole person—mind, body, and spirit,” Bormann said. “I have witnessed firsthand, personally and professionally, how powerful mantram (sacred word) repetition can be to manage symptoms and everyday life stress. It is a privilege to study and disseminate this program to as many as possible, including Veterans, family caregivers, and staff.”

The Mantram Program was adapted from the work of Eknath Easwaran at the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation. Learn more about the Mantram Repetition Program.

Dr. Bormann is an associate nurse for executive and research at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. She was inducted into the fellowship in 2013.

 
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Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will talk about the BRAIN initiative, a new research program to understand the complexities of the human brain. Dr. Insel will speak at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science’s biannual conference to be held September 18–20, 2014, in Washington, DC.

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WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2014)—When President Obama announced the BRAIN initiative last year, he remarked, “As humans, we can identify galaxies light years away; we can study particles smaller than an atom. But we still haven't unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter that sits between our ears.”

The BRAIN initiative, short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, is a research program focused on understanding the complexities of the human brain. This initiative has a direct connection between the work, research, and care of nurses.

“For nurses, the BRAIN initiative offers better tools to understand how the brain works in health and disease,” says Dr. Thomas Insel, who will speak at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science’s 2014 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, held September 18–20 in Washington, DC.

Consistent with the Council’s mission of Better Health through Nursing Science, Dr. Insel pioneered groundbreaking research on genetics and neurobiology of mental disorders. As well, Dr. Insel led efforts to transform the diagnosis and treatment of serious mental illnesses. For the past twelve years, Dr. Insel has served as director of the National Institute of Mental Health, the component of the National Institutes of Health charged with generating knowledge to understand, treat, and prevent mental disorders.

“Since brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and autism, are among the most disabling in our country,” says Dr. Insel, “a deeper understanding of the brain promises to reduce morbidity and mortality from both neurological and psychiatric diseases.”

Along with Dr. Insel, other keynote speakers are Patricia Flately Brennan, national program director of Project HealthDesign, and Robert Kaplan, director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. As well, there will be presentations from leading and promising nurse researchers from across the country and the globe. More information about the Council’s conference schedule and speakers are at www.NursingScience.org.

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The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (NursingScience.org) overarching mission is Better Health Through Nursing Science. Established in 2000 as an open membership entity of the American Academy of Nursing, the Council works to be a strong voice of nurse scientists at the national and international levels; supports the development, conduct and utilization of nursing science; and facilitates lifelong learning opportunities for nurse scientists.

The American Academy of Nursing (AANnet.org) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,200 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.

Contact:

Michael Marriott
Communications Manager,
American Academy of Nursing
michael_marriott@aannet.org

 
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