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Nurse practitioners may save costs in the ER
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Emergency medicine has been plagued in recent years with problems like physician shortages and diversion, or turning away ambulances because of overcrowding. One solution being used in many areas to reduce congestion and cut costs is the employment of nurse practitioners. These providers may be one solution for the future of emergency medicine — though some caution they won't be a replacement for physicians. More



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The 4th Massachusetts Health Council Women's Health Forum
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"Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything"
Thursday, March 21
7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Waltham Westin Hotel
For speaker details and registration information see attached or go to www.mahealthcouncil.org.


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MARN 2013 Living Legends in Nursing and awards banquet & annual spring conference: The Impaired Clinician — from Recognition to Rehabilitation
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April 26-27, Lombardo's, Randolph, Mass.
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Massachusetts Student Nurses Association Career Forum — March 9, at Worcester State University

Notification of application for magnet designation
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Massachusetts General Hospital has applied for Magnet re-designation. A site visit has been scheduled for March 4-7. The applicant is now required to post signs at major entrances, exits, and public gathering places inviting public comment on their application. In addition, a public notice announcement is being posted on the Magnet web site at www.nursecredentialing.org/Magnet/PublicComment.aspx. If your organization or any individual within your organization would like to provide public comment, be sure to let me know. I would be more than happy to communicate with those individuals to ensure that they have the opportunity to comment. The deadline for public comment is Feb. 22.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about this application, or any aspect of the application process, please let me know. I can be reached via telephone at 301-628-5280 and via email at karen.drenkard@ana.org.




Ethics of Caring nursing ethics conference, hotel registration open
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Cultivating Ethical Awareness: Moments of Truth
Sponsored by UCLA Health System and Ethics of Caring
March 21-22
Universal Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles
Click here to view the 2013 brochure
Registration is open online at www.ethicsofcaring.org.


Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses 2013 health policy committee legislative forum
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Friday, March 22, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Great Hall — Boston State House
Nurse Advocacy Through the Legislative Process — Addressing Workplace Issues and Scope of Practice
Featured speakers:
Representatives Kay Khan and Ellen Story
This educational program will introduce and educate nurses on the legislative process. How nurse advocacy can advance legislation that affects our work environment, scope of practice and ultimately, our patients.
Registration information coming soon at www.MARNonline.org.


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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the Nursing Flash, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of MARN, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment. More

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Massachusetts 'telenursing center' to aid victims of rape
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Massachusetts is creating a new "telenursing center" designed to help doctors, nurses and hospitals across the country better respond to the needs of sexual assault victims. Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray said that the state has received $3.3 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Justice to create the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Telenursing Center. More



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A look at new and emerging roles for nurses
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In recent years, technological growth, healthcare reform and increased interest in issues such as behavioral change, patient safety and emergency preparedness have spawned new career possibilities for nurses. These jobs generally are for experienced nurses who want to expand their horizons. The following are examples of emerging fields that present nurses with opportunities to use their skills in fresh ways to improve patient care. More

For female nurses, working nights tied to increased BMI
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Female nurses working night or mixed shifts have higher body mass index scores compared with nurses who work regular daytime schedules, according to a study published in Applied Nursing Research. More

Exercise helps keep nurses in shape for job
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The percentage of work-related injuries for nurses is growing, according to Barbara Euler, director of human resources and clinical nurses at Regional Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. Fitness trainer Mike Flynt teaches a nursing wellness program to help nurses understand the importance of caring for their own bodies. More

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Discharged patients should heed care tips to avoid readmissions
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Hospital readmissions are miserable for patients, and a huge cost — more than $17 billion a year in avoidable Medicare bills alone — for a nation struggling with the price of healthcare. Now, with Medicare fining facilities that don't reduce readmissions enough, the nation is at a crossroads as hospitals begin to take action. More

Teen births continue to decline in the US
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The number of U.S. babies born to teen mothers dropped to record lows in 2011, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fewer women also gave birth in their 20s than in prior years, researchers found — but the birth rate increased for those in their late 30s and early 40s. More

Some whooping cough strains now outsmarting vaccine
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The bacteria responsible for whooping cough may be evolving into different strains, and the current vaccine can't offer complete protection against these new strains, researchers report. In recent years, cases of whooping cough have risen dramatically. Tens of thousands have been sickened, and 18 deaths have been reported, mostly in infants, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

 Policy & Reform


Nurses, hand hygiene and infection control
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Healthcare-associated infections can prolong hospital stays, induce long-term disabilities, raise costs for patients and even result in loss of life. Luckily, the simple act of handwashing is the primary measure to reduce infections. But it's not that simple. More

Bill would create 'national nurse for public health'
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A bipartisan bill has been introduced in Congress to create a new national nursing position that would focus on bolstering public health. The bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, would designate the chief nurse officer of the U.S. public health service as the "national nurse for public health," granting the person greater authority to represent the U.S. surgeon general's office in promoting health, improving healthcare literacy and reducing health disparities. More

Texas bill would strengthen nurses' prescriptive power
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A long-awaited agreement between physicians, nurses and state legislators to increase the prescriptive power of advanced practice nurses could improve Texans' access to care, healthcare leaders said. "Physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are natural partners in the delivery of appropriate and compassionate patient care," Dr. Michael Speer, president of the Texas Medical Association — the state's largest physician organization — said in a statement. More
 

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