MARN Nursing Flash
Dec. 17, 2013

FDA approves new magnet device to treat migraines
Medical Xpress
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first device aimed at easing the pain of migraines preceded by aura — sensory disturbances that occur just before an attack. About a third of migraine sufferers experience auras. The Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator would be obtained through prescription, the FDA said in a statement released. Patients use both hands to hold the device against the back of their head and press a button so that the device can release a pulse of magnetic energy. This pulse stimulates the brain's occipital cortex, which may stop or ease migraine pain.More

Register Now: MARN Accredited Approver Unit Eastern Workshop

Applying the 2013 ANCC Criteria to Nursing Continuing Education
One Year Later: Lessons Learned

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Symposium flyer, click here.
Register now, click here.
Wellesley Gateway Building
93 Worcester Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-9181
Registration deadline is Jan. 1, 2014. More

Call for Proposed Changes to the MARN Bylaws

Reminder from the MARN Bylaws Committee that any proposed changes to the MARN Bylaws must be submitted in writing using the MARN Bylaws Change form no later than Jan. 1, 2014.
MARN Bylaws, click here.
Proposed changes to Bylaws Form, click here.
Submit completed proposal to Bylaws Chair, Mary McKenzie at
Deadline: Jan. 1, 2014 More

Authors Wanted for the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing (MARN Newsletter)

Needed: Articles for The Spring 2014 edition of the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The MARN newsletter is read by @ 110,000 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 Jan. 10, 2014!
Your contribution can be sent to or mailed to MARN Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186 More

Call for MARN Nominations for Loyal Service Award and Arthur L. Davis Publihsing Agency Scholarship

Loyal Service Award: This award is for a member who demonstrates loyal and dedicated service to the association. The candidate for this award may be self-nominated or nominated by a colleague. Must be a MARN member for at least 12 months. Award recipients are asked to serve on the selection committee for the next year’s awards. Deadline Jan. 1
Use this link to access the Loyal Service Award Application.
Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency Scholarship:(Application deadline: March 15.) This scholarship is awarded yearly to a MARN member to pursue a further degree in nursing or to a child or significant other of a MARN member who has been accepted into a nursing education program.
Use this link to access the Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency Scholarship Application.More

MARN Career Center

Check Out Great New Career Opportunities at the MARNCareerCenter hereMore

MARN 2013 Membership Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete our member survey so that we can better meet your member needs! Complete the survey and be entered into a drawing. We appreciate your time and your input!
Go to survey, click here. More

Study of 'moral distress' among nurses in burn unit
The Algamest
Loyola University Medical Center researchers have published the first ever study of emotional and psychological anguish, known as “moral distress,” experienced by nurses in an intensive care unit for burn patients. Moral distress consists of painful feelings and associated emotional and mental anguish. It occurs when a person believes he or she knows the ethically ideal or right action to take, but is prevented from doing so because of internal or institutional barriers.More

Reactions mixed to announced meaningful use changes
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
A new proposed timeline for the meaningful use incentive program for electronic health record use was announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The change came with mixed reaction from many healthcare member organizations advocating for more flexibility in the incentive program. It was also met with some initial confusion over what the revised timeline means. More

A blood test that predicts suicide?
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death for Americans. In 2010, someone in the United States died by suicide every 13.7 minutes. Alexander Niculescu, a psychiatrist at Indiana University in Indianapolis, has been looking for biological signs of suicide risk in an effort to prevent these tragedies. Because of the brain's complexity and inaccessibility, he has focused on molecular signs, such as biomarkers. Niculescu and colleagues recently identified six such biomarkers in the blood that may identify people at risk of committing suicide. More

A fever you can see in the eyes
The New York Times
‘‘My neck hurts.’’ The 9 year-old boy winced as he gingerly touched the right side of his neck. ‘‘I think it’s because of this lump right here on the side. Do you see it?’’ His mother hurried to the boy’s bed. It looked as if he had swallowed a golf ball. Even the lightest touch hurt. The boy seemed fine when his mother dropped him off at school that morning, but a couple of hours later he had a temperature of 102. He didn’t look that sick when she picked him up; his cheeks were flushed, but his attitude and appetite seemed fine.More

Sleep deprivation and increasing age linked to diabetes
Medical News Today
Aging mice who are deprived of sleep displayed cellular stress in the pancreas. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania claim that this disrupts glucose homeostasis and is associated with Type 2 diabetes. Lack of sleep has long been associated with adverse effects on human physiology. Previous studies have linked insomnia with a higher risk of death, increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and other chronic illnesses. More

Nursing methods seek rural healthcare improvements
Medical Xpress
With 1,247 registered nurses per 100,000 people, South Dakota has one of the nation's highest ratios of registered nurses, according to the 2013 U.S. Nursing Workforce Report. "One would assume with South Dakota's larger population ratio of nurses that our state would have our needs met. However, some rural areas have difficulty finding nurses, while some areas, such as Minnehaha and Pennington counties, may have more than an adequate supply," explains Linda Young, nursing specialist at the South Dakota Board of Nursing. More

CPAP improves resistant hypertension in patients with obstructive sleep apnea
Family Practice News
For patients who have resistant hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea, 3 months of treatment with continuous positive airway pressure significantly reduces mean and diastolic blood pressure and improves the nocturnal blood pressure pattern, according to a report published online Dec. 10 in JAMA. "Obstructive sleep apnea is highly prevalent in patients with resistant hypertension, regardless of other confounding variables such as the presence of obesity, thus suggesting this subgroup of hypertensive patients is a potential worthwhile population for CPAP treatment," researchers said. More

Nurse practitioners seek more autonomy
Cumberland Times-News
Nurse practitioners in Western Maryland and across the state are pushing changes in laws and regulations that limit their ability to practice independently as primary care providers. The nurses are also seeking more standardization of regulations on nurse practitioners both in the state and nationally. More

Antidepressants 'last resort' choice among pregnant women
Medscape (free subscription)
The majority of pregnant women with depression cite a preference for nonpharmaceutical treatment interventions, preliminary research suggests. Results from the study show that 62 percent of the pregnant women said they would rather receive some form of psychotherapy as first-line treatment rather than antidepressants. In addition, many of the participants reported that they would only consider using antidepressants during pregnancy as a "last resort."More

In era of health reform, retail clinics become part of the healthcare delivery system
Modern Healthcare
A contract between Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System and MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark Corp., is one example of how retail clinics are becoming a larger part of the healthcare delivery system in Southeast Michigan to meet an expected increase in patient demand next year under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 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

Flu activity increasing — CDC urges vaccinations
Last year's flu season was one of the worst in recent memory, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said, and although this season is off to a slower start, people should still get flu vaccines. "Last year was a relatively severe season," Frieden said, noting that 381,000 people were hospitalized, and 169 children died from the flu. "This is higher than we've seen in many flu seasons." More

Telehealth just as good as in-person visits for pediatric obesity patients
Pediatric obesity patients were more satisfied with telehealth visits than in-person visits, and found they were just as effective, a pilot program conducted by the University of California at Los Angeles determined. Four out of five pediatric patients who participated in the study expressed satisfaction with their telehealth appointment, saying it was just as good as speaking with a doctor in person, according to an announcement from UCLA. It was easier, the patients said, to attend appointments at their local clinic as opposed to the UCLA campus; what's more, participants said they felt comfortable and that their privacy was protected. More

High rates of unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics observed across the US
The Algamest
Researchers find large discrepancy between outpatient visits requiring antibiotics and national prescribing rates For decades, there has been a significant effort led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing. Despite this work, new research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) finds only incremental improvement in antibiotic prescribing for adults with acute bronchitis and sore throat. These findings were presented at IDWeek on and the sore throat data was published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. More

Text messaging in emergency medicine
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Interacting with friends and family, our lives are shaped by text messaging in many ways. And those ways are increasing, especially for patients with diabetes. A recent study was conducted for Type 2 diabetes patients in the emergency department of the largest safety-net hospital of the public care system in Los Angeles County. The research examined how a daily text messaging program for patients affected the rate of return to the ED and overall health.More