[LEGISLATION] H.R. 3723: Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2013

H.R. 3723: Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2013

To amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the program for viral hepatitis surveillance, education, and testing in order to prevent deaths from chronic liver disease and liver cancer, and for other purposes.

Thank you to the newest Cosponsors.  Please thank your legislators for supporting legislation that YOU believe in.  If they are not listed as Cosponsors, touch base with them and let you know what you support.  Your voice goes a long way towards creating change.


Explore the full text:  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3723/text

Take time to thank our supporters, or voice your thoughts to your representatives.

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[VOICES of EXPERIENCE] Advice for Nursing Students From the Field


Voices of Experience…  Advice for Nursing Students

Some words of experience from men and women who are working nurses in a variety of settings, with myriad skills, perspectives, and levels of education.  Thank you to all of the nurses who have been so forthcoming in sharing their views and experiences !

It takes a lot of hard work and determination. You can start off by job shadowing at the hospital, that way you can get a feel for the nurse’s role first hand. I saw that you were an observer for a medical team which is a good start. If anything, for now get your prerequisites out the way. A community college is a good start for those, save you some money, just make sure your classes will transfer to the prospective nursing programs. I would definitely recommended getting your BSN though, it will be beneficial to you in the long run. Just know that nursing is a whole different field, a different way of thinking. Good luck to you! ~Jwana


Get ready to change your way of life! I was 47 yrs. old before I started nursing school.
I had to eat, breathe, and sleep nursing. I traveled 70 miles one way to class.
I ate my sandwich walking across campus to my next class. Maybe you can partner up
with a friend. I did and we traveled together. By the way,neither of us had prior nursing experience. We quizzed each other on what we had studied on the way, to and from class. I studied on the couch sometimes until 2;00 A.M.and set my alarm clock. I had to wake up early early in a.m. to hook up with my ride and get to class on time.

It won’ t be easy, but you can do it. You really have to be determined that you will make
it through the course and graduate. By the way, if you are married or in a relationship,
I hope you have a supportive spouse or partner. That will help a whole lot.

Nursing was the experience of a lifetime. You will never be sorry. Being a nurse will do
a lot of things for you. It will makes you a more caring, organized, stronger person (emotionally), able to make right decisions for your patients. It teaches you a different way of thinking. I had a little trouble leaving my patients at the hospital, when my shift ended. I hope that you learn to do that. Be determined and stick with it. Do not let the words, “I quit!” creep into your mind. Good luck!
mind, no matter what. ~Katie

Get as organized in your life as possible.
Make sure you have everything in your life done ahead of time. Get all your dental, medical, car appointments, etc….. done beforehand. We weren’t allowed many absences and if you missed something it was hard to fill in the gap.
Expect for your world to revolve around school and most things will be second.
Best of wishes, ~Lynda


Nursing Programs Set To Receive 15% Proposed Budget Increase for 2014

On July 11, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a fiscal-year 2014 labor, health and human services, and education (LHHS) spending bill. The bill, S. 1284, included a $164.3 billion budget plan for LHHS. Of the $164.3 billion allocated, the National Institutes of Health is set to receive a $307 million budget bump from 2013, totaling $30.95 billion for 2014.


Healthcare Professionals Need to Be Trained in Human Trafficking

[IMPORTANT READ] Trading on innocence
Human sex trafficking a real-life horror story for country’s youth

Many people think sex trafficking happens only in third-world countries, but it’s also pervasive in the U.S. Nurses are in a prime position to identify possible victims of sex trafficking when they seek medical treatment in the ED, free clinics, physician offices and other locations. But too often those opportunities are missed.

For Additional Information:

Human Trafficking Awareness Training:  http://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/awareness-training

Interactive Online Trainings & Pre-recorded Webinars: http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/national-human-trafficking-hotline/access-training/online-training

Article: Human Trafficking Training Needs for Healthcare Professionals: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/childrenatrisk/vol2/iss1/8/


Education and Cancer: What are Your Rights?


September heralds a time of going back to school, shopping for school supplies, and excitement of seeing friends after the summer holidays.  But, for some children and parents, the fall brings additional questions.  Many children across the country are going through cancer treatments while in school – a situation that raises questions about how to balance school work and medical needs.  Thankfully, a number of laws, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), provide students with the right to receive accommodations and necessary special education.

The Cancer Legal Resource Center offers webinars and trainings regarding the legal rights of students with cancer.  This educational opportunity is provided by a long-time volunteer of the CLRC and made possible by a grant from the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation, 2012 Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant.

For additional information about the rights for students with cancer check out valuable information from the American Cancer Society.


Nursing students lack effective role models for infection prevention: Study

Nursing students lack effective role models for infection prevention: Study
100 percent of student nurses surveyed observed lapses in infection prevention and control practices during their clinical placements, according to a British study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

[SEPTEMBER] Health Awareness Topics

Health Awareness Topics – September 2013