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The risky business of nursing
Medscape (free subscription)
A new initiative in Minnesota's Twin Cities aims to combat the primary care shortage through expanded nursing training, Minnesota Public Radio reports. Nursing is a physically and psychologically demanding profession. It may not be the most dangerous profession in the world, but it might have the distinction of being associated with the broadest range of workplace hazards and threats to health and well-being. From needlestick and sharps injuries to musculoskeletal damage; assault; infectious disease transmission; and exposure to harmful chemicals, drugs, and radiation, the profession of nursing supplies no shortage of ways to get injured or sick on the job.
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Registration Now Open: MARN Health Policy Legislative Forum
MARN Health Policy Legislative Forum
To Influence or be influenced: How legislation impacts professional nursing practice
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Great Hall - Massachusetts State House
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Forum Flyer, click here.
Register Now, click here.

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NEW DATE: Registration Open: MARN Accredited Approver Unit Eastern Workshop
Applying the 2013 ANCC Criteria to Nursing Continuing Education
One Year Later: Lessons Learned

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Symposium flyer, click here.
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Wellesley Gateway Building
93 Worcester Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-9181

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SAVE THE DATE: MARN Health Policy Legislative Forum
Feb. 26, 2014
Massachusetts State House

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SAVE THE DATE:
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 11, 2014
Annual Spring Convention
Reaction…Response…Reflection, Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Tragedy

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA
This educational offering will focus on nursing considerations in the assessment and management of patients with traumatic injuries, disaster preparedness, and lessons learned as we approach the one year anniversary following the Boston Marathon tragedy. Come meet and learn from those who were there and experts in the fields of trauma care and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as we explore implications for practice, education, and research.

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MARN MEMBER SAFE STAFFING SURVEY
We are developing our public policy platform for the coming year and we cannot do this without knowing the thoughts and wishes of the membership. The patient safety act ballot initiative for November 2014 seeks to change the landscape for nursing. Your participation is extremely important to the future direction of your association.
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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! Complete the survey and be entered into a drawing. We appreciate your time and your input!
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ANA 2014 Elections— Call for Nominations for Elective Positions
The ANA Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking nominees for a slate of candidates to be presented to the ANA Membership Assembly at its June 13-14, 2014 meeting at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.
Full Call for Nominations, click here.

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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


Digital changes spawn new health careers
U-T San Diego
Not long ago a career in health care conjured visions of stethoscopes, scrubs and doctors scratching barely legible prescriptions on paper notepads. But these days, it’s all digital. From doctors’ orders to test results, health providers are doing away with paper records and automating the process of making an appointment, getting a checkup and filling a prescription.
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Don't provide drugs with more than 325 mg acetaminophen
Nurse.com
The Food and Drug Administration has recommended that healthcare professionals discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule or other dosage unit. There are no available data to show that taking more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit provides additional benefit that outweighs the added risks for liver injury, according to an FDA statement.
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Canines help ease final days of hospice patients
The Sacramento Bee
It can be a hard thing coming to a hospice house, to a center specifically created to care for people nearing the end of their lives. Patients can be overwhelmed by their illnesses or personal circumstances. Families can be deep in grief — or denial. At Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House, three small staff members work to give patients and visitors something new to think about, just by being their furry, tail-wagging selves.
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Study: Bullying growing increasingly common in nursing academia
Nurse.com
A nursing scholar at Rutgers-Camden is studying how bullying is becoming increasingly common in academia. “What worries me is the impact that bullying is having on the ability to recruit and retain quality educators,” Janice Beitz, RN, Ph.D., CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APN, MAPWCA, a professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, N.J., said in a news release. “It has become a disturbing trend.”
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Call to recognize vital role of respiratory nurse specialists
Nursing Times
The Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists and the Royal College of Nursing have warned that patients face a postcode lottery in trying to access specialist nurse support. They said respiratory illnesses were frequently over-looked and services poorly funded, even though conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affected one in five people.

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Nurse helps treat pilot with mid-flight medical emergency
KTLA-TV
A nurse is being hailed as a hero after he helped treat a United Airlines pilot who suffered a medical emergency in mid-flight. Linda Alweiss, along with her husband and 16-year-old daughter, was on her way home from Iowa on Dec. 30 when two chilling announcements were made on the plane’s intercom, the first asking if anyone on board had medical training.

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How a mental health nurse helps others live with the condition
Express
When patients confide that they can "hear voices" psychiatric nurse John Robinson nods encouragingly. As a mental health nurse, care co-ordinator and specialist he is more than just an expert on the subject. He understands his patients' anguish only too well because he hears them too. "I've heard voices for as long as I can remember," explains the 62-year-old. "It's more common than you'd imagine, affecting two to four per cent of the British population.

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Survey: ICD-10 preparedness lacking
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
As the deadline for switching to ICD-10 code sets inches closer, concern is growing that neither healthcare organizations nor insurers will be ready to go live by October. A survey by KPMG, a New York-based healthcare advisory firm, found the majority of health plans and providers have allocated budgets toward ICD-10 readiness and had completed impact assessments. But most had not yet conducted testing on their systems or determined how the conversion would impact revenue cycle and cash flow.
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Going paperless: Saving your practice from its medical record nightmare
By Jessica Taylor
Stop me if this sounds familiar: A medical practice with about 50,000 patients has a paper chart for each. Like many small practices, a majority of the patients have had the same doctor for almost their entire lives — equating to a rather large paper trail. Each day, the employees of this practice put away about 200 charts, but frequently aren't able to finish due to volume. Paper charts and filing are what they consider their worst enemy. Can you relate? Do you feel their pain? Digitizing may be your new best friend.
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Flu reaches epidemic levels in US, killing 20 children so far
EmaxHealth
In its weekly flu report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that this season’s influenza is widespread in 40 states across the nation and has reached epidemic proportions, resulting in the deaths of 20 children so far. While it’s not unusual to have that many children die from the flu or flu-like illnesses like pneumonia at this time of year, it nevertheless is a painful statistic that points to the harsh reality that influenza kills. Indeed, the death toll for kids in January of 2013 was 29.
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Staying on statins might stave off delirium in ICU patients
Nurse.com
Continued use of statins may help prevent delirium in critically ill patients who received statins before hospital admission, according to a British study. “This is the first study using a validated delirium screening tool, the Confusion Assessment Method-ICU, to show that the administration of statins reduces delirium in these patients,” the study’s lead author, Valerie J. Page, MB, ChB, of Watford General Hospital in the United Kingdom, said in a news release. “This benefit may be mediated by a reduction in systemic inflammation.”
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Secondhand Smoke exposure doubles risk of hospital asthma readmission for children
Medical Daily
Hospital statistics suggest that children exposed to secondhand smoke are significantly more likely to be readmitted within a year of being admitted for asthma, providing additional evidence that more efforts to limit exposure stand to alleviate a significant burden on public health. Dr. Robert Kahn, a director at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and senior author of the new study, said in a press release that the alarming figures also illuminate a cost-effective way for pediatricians to fine-tune interventions and customize treatment for respiratory problems like asthma.
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