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Good Morning, Readers,

Every day, nurses tackle challenges, streamline workflows, and innovate on the spot. With this in mind, we are thrilled to partner with Johnson & Johnson to promote the 2024 NurseHack4Health Pitch-A-Thon. This event empowers nurses to create solutions and pitch for grant funding. Over the next few months, we hope you will join us on a journey as we bring you the information and tools you need to get your solutions to the table. Together, we are building a brighter future for healthcare.

Today's Top Beats

💡 NurseHack4Health Pitch-A-Thon
🩺 Multistate Compact Challenged
🧘 Take A Mindful Moment

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Stay safe. Stay healthy. Be kind.
Tamara AL-Yassin

Chief Executive Officer


Multistate Compact Challenged

Physician and nursing groups are challenging a proposed multistate licensing compact for APRNs, which would allow APRNs with over 2,080 hours of practice to work across state lines without additional licenses. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners opposes the required practice hours and calls for the creation of an advisory committee, while the American Medical Association argues the compact undermines state laws and could harm patient safety. Four states have joined the compact so far, but seven states rejected it in 2023.

DIY Sunscreen Trend

When model and content creator Nara Smith ran out of sunscreen, she asked her husband, fellow model Lucky Blue Smith, to make it for her, and then shared the process on TikTok. Despite the smooth application of the concoctionβ€”composed of coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and zinc-oxide powderβ€”dermatologists caution against DIY sunscreen due to the difficulty in ensuring proper zinc concentration and efficacy. This DIY trend is especially worrying as a 2024 survey reveals many young adults prioritize tanning over skin cancer prevention.

Black Donors’ Kidneys Discarded More

Kidney disease disproportionately affects Black Americans, who are more likely to develop kidney failure and less likely to receive kidney transplants than white Americans. Worse yet, the U.S. Organ Transplantation System’s algorithm erroneously considers all Black donor kidneys as more likely to stop working (despite evidence that genetic factors might be responsible), leading to higher discard rates of kidneys from Black donors. Learn more about this ethical issue and how this practice might be changed here.Β 


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Top 5 Things to Know about the NurseHack4Health Pitch-A-Thon

Do you know about the upcoming NurseHack4Health Pitch-A-Thon? Here are the top five things to know:

🤔 What: The free Pitch-A-Thon event gives your team a chance to use technology, creativity, and experience to take apart a problem, fix it, and build it better for a thriving workforce and healthier workplace.

🙋‍♀️ Who: The Pitch-A-Thon is open to any and all interdisciplinary teams backed by a 501c3 or equivalent non-profit health system (or one that will partner with a fiscal sponsor).

📆 When: Pitch-A-Thon applications are due August 2nd.Β 

❓ Why: Your team can solve that long standing problem at work you’ve all lived with for years, with the chance to receive up to $150,000 in grant funding to make your pitch a reality.

⭐️ How: Never pitched before? Not a problem. Pitch-A-Thon coaches will help you build your pitch through their innovation academy workshops, so you don’t have to figure it all out yourself.

Gather your team and apply now to throw your hat in the ring and take nursing to the next level!

The NurseHack4Health Pitch-A-Thon is presented by Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, & SONSIEL and sponsored by ALL IN Wellbeing First for Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson Foundation.



The amount of grant funding offered by the NurseHack4health (NH4H) Pitch-A-Thon for nurse-led solutions that β€œcreate systemic and sustainable change for a thriving workforce and healthier work environments.” Learn more about the NH4H Pitch-A-Thon and submit your proposal (due August 2) here.Β 


What Does Innovation Mean to You?

The Nursing Beat wants to hear your thoughts on nurse-led innovation at your facility. Take the survey for a chance to win one of three $100 American Express gift cards.



Anxious? Take A Mindful Moment With Me

A little mindfulness can go a long way in easing your anxiety. SLOW DOWNNNN and check in with yourself with these two easy strategies:Β Β 

Box breathing to ground yourself β€” inhale deeply for four seconds, hold for four, exhale for four and rest for four. Repeat a few times to center yourself andΒ Β feel more at ease. This works and is a personal fave.

Turn routine into a *chefs kiss*Β Β mindful moment. Washing your hands? Slow down, feel the water & the soap. What does it feel like? What does it smell like? Is it hot or cold? Walking to a patient room? Come back to the present moment, slow your pace. Focus on the sensation of your feet touching the ground & the rhythm of your steps.

Slow down, take a mindful minute and feel your anxiety melt away. This can make your shift (and your burnout) feel less intense. Rooting for you always!

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Self-Care Catalyst helps healthcare professionals optimize their wellbeing and eliminate burnout through mentorship, education, and community. Connect here!

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P.S. Team TNB is on summer recess July 4 & 5. We will see you back here Monday, July 8th! Whether with your loved ones or working, we hope you have a safe holiday!Β 


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