ANA publishes nightingale letters online

The American Nurses Association has published two items penned by Florence Nightingale. These letters are part of an effort to make available original writings of Miss Nightingale.

Washington nurses to become Academy Fellows

Three Washington nurses have been selected for induction as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. They will be honored, as part of the 173-member 2017 class of Fellows, at the Academy’s annual policy conference, October 5-7, in Washington, D.C.They are Deborah Anne Burton, PhD, MN, BSN, RN; Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, PhD, RN; and Janet R. Katz, PhD, RN.

Opioid OD mortality could reach 250 a day if trends continue, analysis finds

Close to 100 Americans are killed by opioids each day, a figure that could rise to 250 - or more than 650,000 over the next decade - if potent synthetic compounds such as fentanyl and carfentanil continue to proliferate while waiting time for treatment lengthens in the hardest-hit areas. Experts predict mortality will not stabilize until after 2020, because it will take several years to see if government interventions are effective.

Charlotte Foster, RN, BSN, MHA Memorial Event

A memorial for Charlotte Foster is planned for Saturday, July 1 at 1 p.m., at Seattle’s Northwest African American Museum, located at 2300 S. Massachusetts St. (23rd and S. Massachusetts St.) in the heart of Seattle’s Central District.

Opioid Prescribing Guideline Implementation-Call for Public Comments by June 23, 2017

The Nursing Commission sent out the following information on behalf of Washington State Agency Medical Directors Group: The Washington State Agency Medical Directors Group (AMDG) developed a comprehensive Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain in June 2015. The Guidelines were subsequently adopted by the Bree Collaborative at the July 2015 meeting. The AMDG workgroup will design and carry out strategies to implement the Guidelines. Your feedback is requested on the Bree Collaborative draft opioid prescribing metrics. Call for Public Comments by June 23, 2017.