Ill. flu season sees early spike in cases | Survey shows attitudes toward medical marijuana in pediatric cancer | CDC: Upcoming flu season may be tough, vaccine efficacy low
December 14, 2017
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Ill. flu season sees early spike in cases
Illinois' flu season is experiencing an early spike in cases, and state data show there have been 45 ICU admissions and one influenza-related pediatric death. Advanced practice nurse Kristina Berg, at HSHS Good Shepherd Family Health Clinic in Shelbyville, said patients with flu are coming in along with those who have other illnesses with similar symptoms, such as stomach flu and strep throat.
Effingham Daily News (Ill.) (12/13) 
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Survey shows attitudes toward medical marijuana in pediatric cancer
A survey of 288 registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians and other oncology providers in Chicago, Boston and Seattle found 92% were willing to help children with cancer access medical marijuana, researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings also showed that inadequate standards for formulation, dosing and potency were the biggest hindrance to recommending medical marijuana for pediatric cancer patients.
Forbes (12/12),  HealthDay News (12/12) 
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Calling all nurses and student nurses
Calling all nurses and student nurses
Every nurse should play a role in transforming health care in Illinois. Join us in Springfield for two advocacy events where we will discuss how nurses should be involved in shaping healthcare in Illinois: Student Nurse Political Action Day on April 17, 2018, and Nurse Lobby Day on April 18, 2018. Click the links to learn more and register.
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Coming to Illinois in 2018! Nurse Plates will finally be available next year!
Coming to Illinois in 2018! Nurse Plates will finally be available next year!
The Illinois Nurses Foundation wishes to thank everyone who supported securing the Nurse Plates in Illinois! Now that we have a budget in Illinois, the plates will be put into production, and the monies donated to secure the plates will be allocated and distributed to the foundation. Those who submitted an RSVP will receive a notice from the Secretary of State regarding next steps. All others will be able to order the plate in 2018. We are excited to begin funding grants for nurse-initiated projects and award additional scholarships as we move forward. Watch for more details.
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