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Medical devices may create problems for children
Nurse.com
As modern medical advances help more children with complex conditions live longer, a significant number suffer from complications caused by medical devices that are also necessary for their survival, according to a study. The researchers said the study underscores the continued need to improve care for this growing population of children by enhancing medical device safety practices and ensuring device design is suitable or adaptable for pediatric patients.
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With nurses at risk of compassion fatigue, hospitals try to ease their stress
The Washington Post
Jan Powers, a clinical nurse manager in the pediatric oncology unit at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, remembers how hard it was for her team after the death of a child. They met with an art therapist, who brought clay. “There was a lot of pounding and kneading, and while we made our pots and whatever, people started to talk,” she said of the session last summer. “When your hands are occupied and you’re not in the spotlight, it’s easier to say things like ‘I feel really bad’ or ‘This child touched my heart and I’m grieving.’ It gives staff a chance to create out of something that is hurtful and painful.”
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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 30.

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MARN 2013 membership survey
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Authors wanted for the Massachusetts report on nursing
Needed: Articles for The September 2013 edition of the Msssachusetts Report on Nursing (MARN newsletter)
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 10th!
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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Update on nurse practitioner signatory authority
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CDC health alert network health update - Notice to healthcare providers: Updated guidelines for evaluation of severe respiratory illness associated with MERS-CoV
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CDC health alert network health update: Nationwide shortage of Doxycycline: Resources for providers and recommendations for patient care
Full alert, click here.
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Registration now open for ANA/ANF 2013 staffing conference
It's the million-dollar question: How do you optimize nurse staffing?

Achieving optimal nurse staffing has long been a complex challenge. With health care transformation and changing models of care, nurse staffing and its impact on patient outcomes and reimbursement are being looked at in new ways. ANA is meeting the need to formulate real-life solutions to these challenges with our inaugural staffing conference, Fostering Innovative Staffing Solutions, Nov. 8-9, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

Registration is now open and early registrants will receive discounted pricing until Aug. 31. Discounts are also available for groups of 3 or more from the same organization.

Not just another conference: Why should you and your members attend? Using innovative strategies that promise to engage you, attendees will shape the dialogue about optimal staffing models and leverage the latest thinking of thought leaders to learn best practices, leading strategies and practical solutions. You can expect to:
  • Impact real world staffing with solutions that can be implemented at your organization.
  • Learn how staffing not only impacts quality outcomes, but can create cost savings.
  • Engage with leading experts about the latest staffing models based on your practice area.
  • Integrate innovation into your nursing recruitment and retention efforts to boost effectiveness.
  • Design the official ANA white paper on staffing for distribution to thousands of key decision makers and legislators.

If you’re looking for staffing solutions that can be put into practice at various health care settings, this is the conference to attend! For more information about our speakers and session formats, go HERE.

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NURSING NEWS


Should nurse practitioners be able to treat patients without physician oversight?
The Wall Street Journal
One of the many problems confronting healthcare is the shortage of primary-care physicians, especially in rural areas. And some fear the shortages will worsen as more patients seek care under the Affordable Care Act. Can nurse practitioners help fill that shortage? In addition to providing advanced nursing care, nurse practitioners are licensed to perform clinical care, including ordering lab work and X-rays, and are especially useful in assisting patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
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FDA approves new obesity drugs
KDKA-TV
Could the key to weight loss be in the brain? That’s what drug makers are banking on with the FDA approval of new drugs designed to make you think you're full. "Our first new drugs for obesity in over 10 years," says Dr. Marc Itskowitz, an internist at Allegheny General Hospital. "We're losing the battle against obesity, so I think having extra medication is helpful."

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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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Specialist nurse role 'must be protected'
Pharma Times
New research from the University of Southampton provides the first direct evidence that a widespread policy of employing more specialist nurses in hospitals is linked to measurable benefits for patients, say the authors. The study finds that patients with cancer have a better experience of care at hospitals that employ more cancer specialist nurses - the patients are more likely to report being given more emotional support by nurses who work well together on wards, according to Peter Griffiths, Professor of Health Services Research at the University, et al, reporting their findings in the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy.
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Bill would empower nurse practitioners
The Desert Sun
Medical providers are split over a new bill that would expand the role of nurse practitioners, allowing them to practice independently, diagnose patients, set up a plan of treatment and prescribe medications without consulting with doctors. Some believe the bill could help to relieve doctor shortages in California as the Affordable Care Act kicks into gear, especially in underserved areas such as the Coachella Valley, and help to fill in the gaps in medical care. Others think it would provide uneven quality with too little oversight or training.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


Intervention reduces postoperative complications
Nurse.com
A standardized postoperative care program that emphasizes patient education, early mobilization and pulmonary interventions is associated with reduced risk of postoperative pneumonia and unplanned intubation, according to a study. Michael R. Cassidy, M.D., and colleagues at the Boston University Medical Center studied the effects of the program, I COUGH, on all patients who underwent general or vascular surgery at their institution during a one-year period.
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Tasks other than patient care consume much of nurses' time
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Nurses spend more than half their time on tasks other than patient care, including communication, and find that the biggest challenge of communication devices is unnecessary interruptions, according to a report published by Voalte. Researchers surveyed 226 nurse leaders and 287 staff nurses at acute care hospitals to describe their perceptions regarding how nurses communicate, the time spent communicating, and barriers to communication.
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ER nurses receive special training to aid sexual assault, abuse victims
The Register-Herald
Nurses from six local counties received specialized training to help individuals who have been the victim of sexual assault or abuse. Of the counties in southern West Virginia, including Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas and Summers serviced by the Women’s Resource Center, there is only one certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) working in an emergency room.
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On the rise: Team-based care coordination model takes off
Nurse.com
While the patient-centered medical home concept is not new, passage of the Affordable Care Act has elevated the idea of a whole-person orientation to care that’s delivered in a more coordinated way to engaged patients. "It’s a team-based approach to management of our patients," said Felice Lewaine, RN, medical home care coordinator at two primary care offices with Hunterdon Healthcare in Flemington, N.J. "I’m making sure all of the care is coordinated to help patients manage their health."
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