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Nurse practitioners gain right to dispense prescription drugs
The Lund Report
Patients who see a nurse practitioner for their primary care needs may not have to visit a pharmacy to get their prescriptions filled under legislation that passed the House unanimously. Senate Bill 8 removes restrictions that nurse practitioners face when they wish to dispense prescription medications to their patients. Current law requires them to prove that their patients struggle to get access to pharmacies. Supporters say the bill will reduce hassle for patients while improving care.
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Bachelor's degrees grow increasingly important for nursing school hopefuls
U.S. News & World Report
The medical field has recently seen a decline in the number of job opportunities for nurses with lower-level credentials, making it more difficult for those fresh out of college to find work. As a result, there has been an increased need for nurses to have bachelor's degrees and other qualifications beyond the standard requirements. While there seems to be more nursing hopefuls than jobs for them to fill, the opposite is true when it comes to specialized areas of medicine, according to the Times Union.
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MARN NEWS & UPDATES


New graduate board of directors position
Looking for New Graduates to serve a one year position on the MARN Board of Directors as a New Graduate Member. These Directors shall be members who have been licensed as registered nurses for five (5) years or less. The term will commence in July 2013. Responsibilities include attendance at Board meetings every other month. Please forward a Declaration of Interest Form, click here , to lpresutti@marnonline.org no later than June 30th.
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MARN 2013 membership survey
Please take a few minutes to complete our member survey so that we can better meet your member needs! We appreciate your time and your input! Go to survey, click here.
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Authors wanted for the massachusetts report on nursing (MARN Newsletter)
Needed: Articles for The September 2013 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The MARN newsletter is read by @ 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 July 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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Support the Oklahoma nurses tornado relief fund
The American Nurse Foundation and the Oklahoma Nurses Foundation are raising money for a relief fund dedicated to nurses that were affected by the May 2013 tornadoes. Nurses lost homes, cars and other personal belongings and suffered devastating property damage. While insurance and state/federal disaster assistance maybe available to these nurses and their families, the Oklahoma Nurses Tornado Relief Fund will assist them in-between the arrival of these funds as well as to provide funds for expenses not covered -- as was the case with Hurricane Sandy. ONF will distribute the funds to nurses in need in Oklahoma. Donate now to the Oklahoma Nurses Tornado Relief Fund through ANF.
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MA DPH primary care office loan repayment program
Massachusetts Department of Public Health administers the Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program, and is the state liaison for the National Health Service Corp. Both programs offer loan repayment to clinicians in exchange for the commitment to work in an underserved part of the state/with underserved populations.
To increase awareness of the program among clinicians working in MA, here is a link to a blog that features MLRP participants: http://publichealth.blog.state.ma.us/careers-in-primary-care/
In addition, see below documents that explain the programs further.
Fact Sheet, click here.
Brochure, click here.

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Call for APPLICATIONS: Fatigue Professional Issues Panel
ANA’s second professional issues panel on nurse fatigue is underway!
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is seeking applications for its Nurse Fatigue Professional Issues Panel during the month of June 2013. This panel will focus on nurse fatigue in order to promote health and safety for both patients and nurses. Time commitment for the Steering Committee includes participation on monthly conference calls for approximately six months along with email dialogue. The Advisory Committee will be consulted via email and possibly conference calls. ANA is looking for up to 15 Steering Committee members with the following types of experience and interest:

  • Experience conducting research related to nurse fatigue and work-related sleep loss
  • Expertise related to the science of sleep
  • Interest or expertise in health promotion and achieving healthy sleep
  • Interest or expertise in safety and risk management
  • Individuals who hold leadership or management positions at healthcare facilities
  • Registered nurses who have worked nights, rotating shifts, mandatory overtime, or extended work hours
  • Registered nurses who work in acute care, long-term care, or home health care


  • Click here to find out more and submit your application today. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 5, 2013. Applicants not selected for the Nurse Fatigue Professional Issues Panel Steering Committee will be included on the Advisory Committee associated with this panel. E-mail notifications of selection for the Nurse Fatigue Professional Issues Panel Steering Committee and Advisory Committee will be sent by August 2, 2013. Questions can be sent to professionalissuespanels@ana.org. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise in support of the American Nurses Association.

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    ANA Release-Legal Scope of Practice Win for RNs, Patients in IA
    The American Nurses Association (ANA) hailed today’s Iowa Supreme Court decision affirming Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners’ (ARNPs) ability to supervise a certain high-tech X-ray and imaging procedure as a victory for Iowa residents, who will benefit from having broader access and choice in obtaining important health care services.
    Full release, click here.

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    NURSING NEWS


    Cost, convenience not valid reasons to lower schools' nursing standards
    EdSource
    The California Supreme Court is considering a precedent-setting case to protect the right of schoolchildren with diabetes to receive care from licensed professionals. The court will determine whether other school employees, rather than licensed nurses, should administer insulin in schools to students with diabetes.
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    More cancer specialist nurses to improve hospital care
    Medical Xpress
    Research from the University of Southampton, shows that patients of better staffed hospitals are more likely to report being given more emotional support by nurses who work well together on wards.
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    More than 100 insurers sign up for Obama healthcare exchanges
    Reuters
    The White House, seeking to show early success for President Barack Obama's health reforms, said more than 120 insurers have applied to sell plans on federally-run online marketplaces that begin offering subsidized coverage in just over four months.

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    Massachusetts finalizes medical pot regulations; dispensaries unlikely this year
    The MetroWest Daily News
    Although Massachusetts public health officials recently approved regulations for the use of medical marijuana, effectively allowing the voter-approved law to finally take effect, it may take until 2014 before many towns see a dispensary.

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    Marathon nurse tells of devastation beyond anything she'd seen
    USA Today
    Alix Coletta graduated from nursing school less than a year ago. She had never seen the horrible sights she was about to see when the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon.

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    Nurses champion babies: Hospital yields huge drop in early-elective deliveries
    Nurse.com
    Nurse champions, two physicians, new guidelines and hard work helped a Tampa, Fla., hospital reduce its rate of early-elective deliveries by 91 percent in one year. St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital had a 38.6 percent rate of early-elective births, defined as occurring when 37 to 38 weeks of gestation is completed. That rate dropped to 3.3 percent during 2011, meaning more babies were born through full-term deliveries at 39 to 41 weeks of completed gestation.
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    New law in Nevada expands nurse practitioner scope of care
    Becker's Hospital Review
    Nurse practitioners in Nevada will be able to prescribe medication without receiving permission from a physician first, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval, according to a Think Progress report. Gov. Sandoval signed the bill into law June 2 and it will go into effect July 1, according to the report. Nevada joins 16 other states and Washington, D.C., in allowing patients full, direct access to nurse practitioner services, according to a news release from The American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
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    Nursing school deans: Nurses can fill the need for healthcare practitioners
    Detroit Free Press
    At a time when the state's medical services will be stretched as hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents gain access to healthcare through the Affordable Care Act, the Legislature has an unprecedented opportunity to improve access to care for Michigan citizens Senate Bill 2, introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen, a Republican from Grand Rapids, would allow certified nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists to provide primary care and other health services outside of the auspices of a physician.
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    HEALTHCARE NEWS


    Oncology nurses play a key role in treatment
    Missouri Valley Times News
    Oncology nursing is more essential than ever in assisting with high-quality nursing care. Over recent years, cancer treatment has shifted to outpatient settings where caring oncology nurses play a key role in administering and monitoring treatments.
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    Nurses take time out to ensure patient safety
    Billings Gazette
    On June 12, National Time Out Day will be practiced in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers around the country. Taking a "time out" to confirm correct patient, correct procedure, correct surgical site and other important information before every operative and other invasive procedure is a requirement of The Joint Commission Universal Protocol.
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    Study: Sky's the limit for nursing grads
    Prairie Business
    Less than a month after earning their degrees, 60 percent or more of North Dakota State University's newest nursing graduates already have jobs. And that's before they take the required licensing exam. "It's a great outlook, and it's a great career," said Carla Gross, chairwoman of NDSU’s nursing department. "The sky’s the limit as to what you can do with that degree."
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    POLICY & REFORM


    When will healthcare truly be affordable?
    Mike Wokasch
    With implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. has taken a huge step in attempting to make healthcare affordable for all U.S. citizens. The objectives are clear and well-intended. The healthcare benefits of the law are significant, but we are kidding ourselves if we really think healthcare is going to be affordable, especially for the currently uninsured.
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    Healthcare law's unpopularity reaches new highs
    NBC News
    President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law remains unpopular with the American public just months before it fully goes into effect, according to the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. The poll shows 49 percent of Americans say they believe the Affordable Care Act is a bad idea. That’s the highest number recorded on this question since the poll began measuring it in 2009. Just 37 percent say the plan is a good idea.
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