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Nurses and their health: Forging a path forward
By Keith Carlson
A recent study by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles reveals that the number of American nurses who smoke decreased significantly between 2007 and 2011. The results, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, have certainly produced echoes of optimism when it comes to the health of nurses and the example they are able to set for patients. When it comes to self-care and healthy choices among nurses, there are certainly mixed opinions regarding how well nurses heed the advice they are likely to give to their patients.
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MARN MEMBER SAFE STAFFING SURVEY
We are developing our public policy platform for the coming year and we cannot do this without knowing the thoughts and wishes of the membership. The patient safety act ballot initiative for November 2014 seeks to change the landscape for nursing. Your participation is extremely important to the future direction of your association.
Please click here to complete this very brief survey and be entered to win $100 and conference registration discounts.

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Hear the latest issues impacting your nursing practice. Share with us your thoughts and ideas about the future of nursing and MARN priorities.

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Feb. 25 at Curry College
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Last Chance to Register: MARN Health Policy Legislative Forum
MARN Health Policy Legislative Forum
To Influence or be influenced: How legislation impacts professional nursing practice
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Great Hall - Massachusetts State House
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Featured Speakers:
Peggy Chapman, PMHCNS, BC

Chair, MAAPPN legislative committee
Representative Denise C. Garlick, RN
State Representative MA House of Representatives, 13th Norfolk District
Senator John Keenan
Chair, Joint Committee on Public Health
Represenative Kay Khan, BS, RN, MS
State Representative, MA House of Representatives, 11th Middlesex District
Representative Jeffery Sanchez
Chair, Joint Committee on Public Health
Ashley Waddell, MS, RN, CNOR
Staff Development Specialist, Children's Hospital Boston
Forum Flyer, click here.
Register Now, click here.

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Call for Posters
Exhibitor/Sponsorship Opportunities:

Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 11, 2014
Annual Spring Convention
Reaction... Response... Reflection, Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Tragedy
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Call for Posters, click here.
Exhibitor/Sponsorship Opportunities, click here.
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA
This educational offering will focus on nursing considerations in the assessment and management of patients with traumatic injuries, disaster preparedness, and lessons learned as we approach the one year anniversary following the Boston Marathon tragedy. Come meet and learn from those who were there and experts in the fields of trauma care and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as we explore implications for practice, education, and research.

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NEW DATE: Registration Open: MARN Accredited Approver Unit Eastern Workshop
Applying the 2013 ANCC Criteria to Nursing Continuing Education
One Year Later: Lessons Learned

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Wellesley Gateway Building
93 Worcester Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-9181

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ANA: Call for Bylaws Amendments 2014
The ANA Committee on Bylaws, call for bylaws proposals to be considered at the June 2014 Membership Assembly. Please click here if you would like to propose changes to our current Bylaws, stating the current language (if available) and the proposed new language. The current Bylaws can be found at: http://www.nursingworld.org/FunctionalMenuCategories/AboutANA/Leadership-Governance/ANA-Bylaws.pdf.
Proposals may be submitted by email no later than Monday, March 3. If you have any questions, you may send them to bylaws@ana.org or to bianca.fornari@ana.org.

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ANF Nurse Recognition Program Gain Wolters Kluwer Sponsorship
The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) announced that Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and point-of-care solutions for health care, has agreed to help broaden exposure for Honor a Nurse through a major corporate donation and sponsorship agreement. “Honor a Nurse” publicly acknowledges registered nurses who have made a difference in the lives of others while raising money for the Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), and its initiatives.
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CMS extends 2013 Meaningful Use attestation deadline for providers
Medical Economics
Another deadline for the $27 billion Medicare EHR Incentive Program has been extended by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Providers will now have until March 31, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST to submit their data for the 2013 reporting year. The previous deadline was February 28. “This extension will allow more time for providers to submit their meaningful use data and receive an incentive payment for the 2013 program year, as well as avoid the 2015 payment adjustment,” CMS stated in a press release.
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A patient's-eye-view of nurses
The New York Times
Last June, the month he turned 90, Dr. Arnold S. Relman, the eminent former medical educator and editor, fell down a flight of stairs at his home in Cambridge, Mass. He cracked his skull and broke three vertebrae in his neck and more bones in his face. By the time he arrived at the emergency room, blood was flowing into his brain and impinging on his windpipe, leading to severe choking and dangerously low oxygen levels. Surgeons cut into his neck to connect a breathing tube from his trachea to a mechanical respirator.
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Study: Bring home-based hospice techniques to hospital
Nurse.com
Using home-based hospice practices for terminally ill, hospitalized patients could reduce suffering and improve end-of-life care, according to a study. The study, published Jan. 21 on the website of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, was described as the first to show that palliative care techniques usually used in a home setting can affect end-of-life care for those who die in a hospital.
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More proof the flu vaccine works
Forbes
A Duke University Medical Center study released this past week shows that among this season’s influenza patients sick enough to end up in their intensive care unit, 91 percent had failed to receive this year’s seasonal flu vaccine. And for those admitted to the hospital, but with less severe disease not requiring an ICU stay, 67 percent weren’t vaccinated.
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Survey finds nurses have mixed feelings about their jobs
Nurse.com
While most nurses generally are satisfied with their jobs, many have a negative outlook for the future, according to a survey released by Jackson Healthcare, Care Logistics and Jackson Nurse Professionals. Factors such as inadequate staff to cover the number of patients and the addition of peripheral duties and documentation for regulatory requirements were cited by large numbers of the 1,333 hospital-based RNs surveyed as inhibiting time with patients.

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Liposome-bupivacaine showing promise in postoperative pain management
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Postoperative pain management is necessary to prevent mortality and to improve general body function after surgery. Opioids are commonly used to reduce postsurgical pain. However, they are associated with many side effects. The potential to be able to provide a long duration of analgesic effect with a single drug dose at the time of surgery is considered as important.

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Low testosterone may predict worse prostate cancer outcomes
Renal & Urology News
Low testosterone levels prior to radical prostatectomy (RP) for prostate cancer (PCa) are associated with worse oncologic outcomes, new findings suggest. In a study of 177 men who had their preoperative testosterone levels measured and underwent RP, a team led by R. Jeffrey Karnes, M.D., of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found that patients with a low preoperative testosterone level...

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Few Americans get recommended emergency stroke care
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Although most Americans live relatively close to a hospital that can give emergency stroke treatment, few actually receive the recommended therapies, a new study suggests. People suffering a stroke caused by a blood clot — which most strokes are — can be treated with a medication called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). As long as the drug is given within three hours of the first stroke symptoms, it can break up the blood clot and help limit brain damage from the stroke.
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Virginia bill is first step to improving mental healthcare
By Jessica Taylor
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33,300 people who suffered from a mental illness died by suicide in the U.S. in 2006. This number increases each year. At the same time, states nationwide have cut $4.5 billion from mental healthcare funding since 2008. But Virginia is taking steps to turn this trend around and become a true leader in the mental healthcare field. The Virginia Senate recently approved Senate Bill 260, which would allow mental health workers more time to find psychiatric beds in crisis situations and would increase the amount of time in an emergency custody.
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A single shot eases menopause hot flashes
Healthline
New research confirms that blocking a nerve cluster in the neck can substantially reduce severe hot flashes. Scientists have found a way to block hot flashes using a single injection of a nerve blocking agent in the first randomized, controlled study to examine the injection’s effects. The study was published online last week in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society.
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Point-of-care ultrasound for suspected appendicitis In kids proves accurate
redOrbit
Using portable ultrasound as a first-line imaging study in kids with suspected appendicitis helps reduce emergency room length of stay and reduces the need for CT scans, according to a team of Mount Sinai researchers. Bedside ultrasound, often referred to as point-of-care ultrasonography, has a specificity of about 94 percent, meaning that it misses few cases, , the Mt. Sinai researchers add. Results from the study are published online Feb. 10 in the peer-reviewed journal Academic Emergency Medicine.
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HPV incidence, clearance in young men similar to young women
Healio
Researchers have found that HPV infections are common among young, heterosexual men, but the infections subsequently clear, similar to the HPV course in young women. “While many of these infections clear, the median time to clearance is likely to be 6 months or longer, making HPV transmission likely,” the researchers wrote in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. “Therefore, male vaccination may reduce the transmission and overall incidence of HPV infections, as well as the rate of HPV-associated diseases among heterosexual men in the community.”
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8 additional cases of human infection with H7N9 virus are reported to WHO
Infection Control Today
On Feb. 13, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of seven additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.
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