MARN Nursing Flash
Dec. 3, 2013

Study finds improving lighting patterns could help hospital patients
Changing the lighting patterns in hospital rooms to make the rooms more aligned with normal sleep-wake cycles could help patients feel better with less fatigue and pain, according to a study. Researchers said the findings, published Oct. 27 on the website of the Journal of Advanced Nursing, point to a simple and inexpensive way to potentially improve patient care.More

Attacks on nurses rare, but profession faces risks
USA Today
Tragedies such as the stabbing death of a Texas nurse while caring for a patient in a surgery unit are relatively rare, but they underscore the disproportionate risk of physical violence facing many nurses on the job, federal data suggest. From 2003 through 2009 eight registered nurses were fatally injured at work, four from gunshot wounds, according to 2011 data from the federal National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. More

DON'T MISS OUT — MARN invites you to a Holiday Networking Social

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
History of Nursing Archives
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
at Boston University
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Mugar Memorial Library, First Floor
5:30 - 8 p.m.
$15.00 non-members
$10.00 MARN members
$5.00 students
MaSNA students free
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MARN 2013 Membership Survey

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Moving time for nurses who don't need doctors
The Texas Tribune via The New York Times
As an advanced practice nurse specializing in family medicine, Holly Jeffreys operates the only medical clinics in two rural Texas Panhandle counties. The state requires that she have a contract with a physician to supervise both clinics, but she operates the facilities almost independently. “It would be easier to work in a practice where you just had to come in and work and take control of everything, just like a business owner,” she said. More

Butterflies tied to lower hemolysis rates
Medpage Today
Hemolysis was significantly less common when blood was drawn with a butterfly needle as opposed to an intravenous catheter, researchers found. In a cross-sectional, prospective study of emergency department blood draws, use of an intravenous catheter was associated with a nearly eight-fold increased odds of hemolysis versus use of a butterfly needle, according to Polly Bijur, Ph.D.More

Energy drinks affect heart, MRI scans show
HealthDay News
Energy drinks may provide a bit too much of a boost to your heart, creating additional strain on the organ and causing it to contract more rapidly than usual, German researchers report. Healthy people who drank energy drinks high in caffeine and taurine experienced significantly increased heart contraction rates an hour later, according to research scheduled for presentation Monday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, in Chicago.More

One of the biggest trends in healthcare — 3-D printing
MedCity News
3-D printing is one of the fastest growing industries in 2013 and one of the hottest trends in healthcare. Though it’s been in development for years, the recent innovations and subsequent media attention might have left you blindsided. Be sure to catch up on bioprinting, one way the tech’s being used in healthcare, with this re-cap and its healthcare industry potential.More

Easing nurse practitioner laws may save money at clinics
Relaxing restrictions on what services nurse practitioners can and can't provide may lead to cost savings at retail health clinics, suggests a new study. Researchers found care related to retail health clinic visits cost $34 less in states that allowed nurse practitioners to prescribe and practice independently than in states that required them to be supervised by a doctor.More

The role of Interleukin 1 in treatment of acute cerebrovascular disease
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Acute cerebrovascular disease can have many serious consequences, such as periventricular hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, ischemic, hemorrhagic stroke and vascular dementia. It affects people at different stages of life and is responsible for many deaths all over the world with an urgent need for the development of treatment methods. Targeting the Interleukin 1 system has great potential for the treatment of acute cerebrovascular disease.More

Trends in treating diabetes
Diabetes is a big problem in the U.S. — and thus, it is a big focus of doctors, researchers and pharmaceutical companies alike. New medications and developments alter how Diabetes is treated. A new study aimed to measure how outpatient visits for diabetes were being managed in the U.S. The study found that both visits using two or more medications and the amount of money spent on these medications have increased in recent years. More

Use of expired auto-injectors OK'd by FDA
Medpage Today
The FDA cautioned emergency medical staff to retain nearly and recently expired auto-injectors by Meridian Medical Technologies and to use them in emergencies if no other product is available. The action arises because of a supply chain disruption.More

Mobile working: Why healthcare staff should be better connected
The Guardian
From allowing remote access to medical records, to helping professionals engage their patients, mobile working has revolutionized the way staff at the John Taylor Hospice provide care. For the community psychological therapies team at the Birmingham-based center, mobile devices act as communication aids that can capture the interest of otherwise hard-to-reach children.More

Study finds youth prefer and benefit more from rapid point-of-care HIV testing
Youth prefer, accept and receive HIV results more often when offered rapid finger prick or saliva swab tests rather than traditional blood tests according to a study by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital. More than 50 per cent of youths who took part in 14 North American studies preferred the rapid point-of-care tests because they are less invasive and provide faster results, said family physician Dr. Suzanne Turner.More

Hypertension treatment flowchart fills in for missing guideline
When the AHA and the ACC released four updated clinical guidelines earlier this week, a fifth document, the hypertension guideline, was conspicuous by its absence. According to the AHA and the ACC, the authors of the hypertension document have chosen to publish it independently. More

Study: Busy ICUs discharge patients more quickly
Busy ICUs discharge patients more quickly than they would with a normal patient volume and do so without adversely affecting short-term patient outcomes, according to a recent study. The findings suggest low-value extensions of ICU stays are minimized when ICU capacity is under increased strain.More

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners increase revenue
Clinical Advisor
Docs antipate team-based environment as ACA progresses HealthDay News — Hiring physicians assistants and nurse practitioners can improve productivity, resulting in increased physician take-home pay, docs are findings. In one instance, an Illinois family physician and sole owner of a family medicine practice was earning $100,000 more annually than average by using one full-time-equivalent physician assistant, certified healthcare business consultant H.More

All nurses can benefit from certification
When nurses obtain a certification, they expand their knowledge base, grow within their field and evolve as professionals. They also raise the standard of practice throughout the profession and, in the long run, improve patient safety.More

Study: High sodium 'fizzy' medicines to raised heart risks
Millions of patients worldwide taking effervescent, dispersible and soluble medicines have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes because of the high salt content of such drugs, scientists said. Researchers from Britain's University of Dundee and University College London found that with some "fizzy" versions of painkillers, vitamin supplements or other common medicines, taking the maximum daily dose would on its own exceed daily recommended limits for sodium, the main component of salt. More