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Nurses can practice without physician supervision in many states
The Washington Post
For years, nurses have been subordinate to doctors — both in the exam room and the political arena. But aided by new allies ranging from the AARP to social workers and health-policy experts, nursing groups are pressing ahead in a controversial bid to persuade state lawmakers to shift the balance of power.
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MARN NEWS & UPDATES


MARN 2013 annual Spring Convention
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Living Legends and Excellence in Nursing Awards Dinner
Friday, April 26
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MARN elections: Voting online now open
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Authors wanted for the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing (MARN Newsletter)
Needed: Articles for the summer 2013 edition of the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The MARN newsletter is read by roughly 118,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!
This is YOUR newsletter so we encourage YOU to make a contribution!
For 2013, we invite you to write about how nurses unite and work to improve healthcare.
Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!!
We really look forward to your article.
Deadline date for submission is April 10!
Your contribution can be sent to newsletter@marnonline.org or mailed to MARN Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186.

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Request for comments — 2013 proposed ANA bylaws amendment
Click here for the proposed amendments to the 2012 ANA bylaws.
Template to be used for comments, click here.
Comments are due to ANA by April 9.

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Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing Pinnacle lecture series
Family Journey, Recovery, and Resilience: A Caregiver's Perspective
Lee Woodruff
Best-selling author, CBS This Morning show contributor, and Bob Woodruff Foundation cofounder
Wednesday, April 10
5 p.m.
Boston College, Yawkey Center, Murray Room
Read more and RSVP at www.bc.edu/pinnacle.

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AROUND MASSACHUSETTS


Children's access to mental care in Massachusetts is growing
The Boston Globe
Children who go to a Wellesley pediatrician in Boston can, if needed, see a psychologist in a nearby exam room. At a medical office in Peabody, boys and girls with anxiety issues can simply go upstairs to see a social worker. And at a Newton pediatric clinic, children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are able to see an on-site nurse practitioner specializing in mental health.
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NURSING NEWS


Tell Congress to fund critical nursing programs
ANA
  • 4,129 fewer nurses and nursing students will be supported by Nursing Workforce Development programs.
  • 1,011 fewer trainees will be in the Advanced Education Nursing and Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship.
  • 978 fewer nurses, nursing students, faculty, and other health professionals delivering care to the elderly, disabled, and chronically ill who are supported by the Title VIII Comprehensive Geriatric Education program.
These numbers are simply too high. In 2004, ANA worked tirelessly to increase funds for Title VIII, which funds workforce development programs, and we succeeded by getting the largest single year increase of 26 percent in over 30 years. We cannot go back. The implications are far reaching and would devastate access and quality of care and hinder those nurses who are working to move up in their careers.

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Nominate nurses for Modern Healthcare's '100 Most Influential People'
ANA
The American Nurses Association encourages nurses and others who support the profession to nominate nurses for Modern Healthcare's "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" ranking. Recognizing nurse leaders in the "Most Influential" rankings is an excellent way to elevate the contributions of the profession.

We encourage you to cast your vote for ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN, here. Each individual may only nominate one person.

Modern Healthcare will list the 300 people who receive the most nominations on a final ballot and post the list on its website. Then, from Monday, May 6 to Friday, June 14, readers can visit the site again to cast votes for five nominees they believe should make the final list of the "100 Most Influential." The deadline for nominations is ,b>Friday, April 19.

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Temporary staffing requests for PAs, NPs, on the rise
Becker's Hospital Review
The demand for temporary physician assistants and nurse practitioners is growing rapidly, according to a survey by Staff Care, a national temporary healthcare staffing firm. From October 2012 to February 2013, researchers polled healthcare executives and medical group managers about their use of temporary physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
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Hospital staff nurse wages keep pace with inflation
ANA
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the fourth quarter 2012 numbers on Employer Costs for Employee Compensation. BLS is our best source for information on wages and benefits of hospital staff nurses. At the end of the year the estimated average annual wage for staff nurses was $71,344. The corresponding average annual value of fringe benefits was estimated to be $33,150. Estimated average annual wages have continued to increase throughout the period framed by these data.
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Nurse practitioners hemmed in by scope of practice laws, payment policies
Healthcare Finance News
As the debate around using nurse practitioners to stem the predicted physician shortage continues to heat up, a new policy brief from the National Institute for Health Care Reform points to barriers that are preventing the fullest use of NPs.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


Annual BP checks may improve hypertension identification
HealthDay News
For previously normotensive adults, an annual office-based hypertension screening strategy is associated with improved specificity while maintaining sensitivity, according to a study. Researchers conducted a retrospective case-control study involving 372 adults without hypertension and 68 patients with newly diagnosed hypertension to assess the standard screening practice of checking blood pressure at every visit versus a strategy that considers only annual blood pressure measurements.
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Popular over-the-counter pain killer effective at blocking the flu
Medical Daily
A team of French scientists has used advanced 3-D modeling and computer screening of molecules to show Naproxen, commonly sold as Aleve, is effective at blocking flu virus replication in cells and showed its success in mice infected with the flu. Naproxen is currently approved throughout the world and for pain relief and inhibits a pain pathway called COX-2.
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POLICY & REFORM


Annual workforce report shows NPs pushing for increased autonomy in their roles
ModernHealthcare.com
As healthcare reform unfolds, midlevel health professionals such as nurses and physician assistants are advocating for more autonomy so they can play a bigger role in the delivery of primary care. Nurse practitioners, specifically, are pushing hard for more latitude in how they are allowed to provide care. Continued expansion of their roles is one way the industry will treat millions of additional insured patients expected to seek services thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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