• Hospital data shows longer, costlier stays for patients experiencing homelessness
    on May 20, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    Nearly 30,000 people last year were homeless when admitted to hospital and/or discharged from hospital, a first-of-its-kind Canadian analysis shows. Almost all of these inpatients were admitted following a visit to an emergency department, and the complexity of their illnesses meant they stayed twice as long as the national average.

  • Outside the guidelines: Prostate cancer screening overused in older men
    on May 20, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    A relatively high percentage of men in their 70s and 80s, as well those determined to have a limited life expectancy, report receiving prostate cancer screening, despite recommendations against screening for men in those age groups.

  • What health risks do microplastics pose?
    on May 20, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    The annual production of plastic worldwide has increased exponentially from about two million tons in 1950 to 460 million tons in 2019, and current levels are expected to triple by 2060. Plastic contains more than 10,000 chemicals, including carcinogenic substances and endocrine disruptors. Plastic and associated chemicals are responsible for widespread pollution, contaminating aquatic (marine and freshwater), terrestrial, and atmospheric environments globally.

  • 2015 to 2021 saw increase in electronic vaping product use in teens
    on May 20, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    From 2015 to 2021, there were significant increases in the use of electronic vapor products among adolescents, according to a study published in the May issue of the Ochsner Journal.

  • Underrepresented populations, those with lower income at higher risk for severe RSV
    on May 20, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    Older adults from underrepresented populations and those with lower incomes were more likely to have risk factors for severe respiratory syncytial virus disease, a study showed.

  • Slight decline seen in US drug overdose deaths
    on May 20, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    New 2023 provisional data from the National Center for Health Statistics show the first decline in deaths from drug overdose in the United States since 2018.

  • CDC launches wastewater dashboard for flu to help track H5N1
    on May 20, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    The CDC has launched an interactive map that shows site-level data for influenza A virus levels in wastewater. The CDC was already monitoring wastewater in the United States for influenza A viruses as part of its regular year-round surveillance.

  • What to know about COVID FLiRT variants
    on May 20, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    At the end of March, the KP.2 variant was causing about four percent of infections in the U.S., according to the CDC, while its parental strain, JN.1, was causing over 50 percent of infections at that time. As of early May, KP.2 makes up about 28 percent of infections, overtaking JN.1 as the dominant variant. KP.2 is one of several variants being referred to as "FLiRT variants," named after the technical names for their mutations. The prevalence of these variants comes at a critical time, as experts are deciding how to formulate the fall COVID vaccine.

  • Nurses don't trust employers to safely implement AI tools, survey shows
    on May 20, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    Three out of five nurses said they don't trust their employer to place patient safety as the most important factor when using artificial intelligence tools, according to a survey.

  • 2024 APRN Conference
    on May 20, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    April 30–June 30, 2024 | On-Demand Register now for the 2024 APRN Conference On-Demand! MONA's annual Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Conference is designed for those advanced practice registered nurses who are recognized as nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists. The conference will help APRNs: 1) Develop clinical skills and knowledge applicable to advanced practice nursing, and 2) Describe current and future trends impacting advanced practice nursing. This year's conference will be a virtual, on-demand program featuring five 75-minute and sixteen 60-minute presentations on a variety of topics. Pre-registration is required for access to the on-demand content. The on-demand site will open April 30, 2024 and the content will be available for viewing through June 30, allowing registrants 60+ days to view the sessions at their convenience. For full details, a list of the on-demand presentations being provided, and to register online, please visit the MONA website. Early-Bird Registration Fees MONA Member $375.00 Non-Member $425.00 Early-bird registration fees are available to those who register before April 1, 2024. Individuals are allowed to register after April 1, but registration fees increase by $50.00. Registration Closes: June 1, 2024 Accreditation Participants can receive a maximum of 22.25 contact hours for viewing all the session presentations. Of the twenty-one presentations provided, five are designated as pharmacology sessions, making a total of 6.25 contact hours, pharmacology focused, available to participants. *Number of sessions and total contact hours provided subject to change The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Refund/Cancellation Policy – Registration fees, less a $50.00 enrollment processing fee, will be refunded to registrants who cannot attend and notify the Missouri Nurses Association/Midwest MSD office in writing of the cancellation before April 1, 2024. No refunds will be made after April 1, 2024. Questions? Please contact Sara Fry at with any questions.

  • Supporting nurses of all tenures
    on May 20, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    In the postpandemic world, attrition among nurses remains a concern: about 30 percent of nurses across experience levels say they're at least somewhat likely to leave their positions in the next six months, according to a McKinsey survey conducted in collaboration with the American Nurses Foundation.