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Encouraging doctoral education among nurses
Healthcare Traveler
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing program has launched a project to identify and encourage nurses who are interested in pursuing doctoral degrees, and to support doctoral nursing students in their studies. The Doctoral Advancement in Nursing project is currently collecting data — including information from nursing students, nursing school deans and faculty, and other healthcare professional education associations — to determine the best ways to increase the number of Ph.D. and DNP-prepared nurses in the United States.
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 MARN News & Updates


MARN 2013 Health Policy Committee legislative forum
Friday, March 22, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Great Hall — Boston Statehouse
Nurse Advocacy Through the Legislative Process — Addressing Workplace Issues and Scope of Practice
Featured speakers:
Reps. Kay Khan and Ellen Story
David Yamada, Professor of Law and Director, New Workplace Institute, Suffolk University Law School
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.
Forum flyer, click here.
Register now, click here.

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FREE Webcast - Beyond the Search: Maximizing the Quality of Systematic Reviews

Join experts from the Joanna Briggs Institute for this 1hr session to better understand systematic reviews, the role they play in informing practice and policy in health care today and the opportunities for clinicians and librarians to influence the development of systematic reviews and improve the quality of evidence synthesis at their institution. Register Today


MARN 2013 Living Legends in Nursing and awards banquet & annual spring conference: The Impaired Clinician — from Recognition to Rehabilitation
April 26-27, Lombardo's, Randolph, Mass.
Click here for the convention flyer.
For exhibitor/sponsorship opportunities, click here.
For call for posters information, click here.

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BPC report on health information technology
The Bipartisan Policy Center was founded in 2007 by four former Republican and Democratic Senate Majority Leaders for the purpose of combining "politically balanced policy making with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach." The latest BPC report, An Oversight Framework for Assuring Patient Safety in Health Information Technology (http://bipartisanpolicy.org/projects/health-innovation/about), includes principles and recommendations for an oversight framework for assuring patient safety in health IT. Darryl Roberts, ANA's Senior Policy, serves as ANA's representative to this BPC project. (Darryl.roberts@ana.org / 301-628-5081).
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ANA Code of Ethics REVIEW — Deadline March 15
ANA's Center for Ethics and Human Rights has begun a review of the Code of Ethics for Nurses to determine the need for revision. As part of this process, we are seeking public comment via a survey through March 15.
Dear ANA Member,
The American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights is seeking your input! Complete the survey exploring whether the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretative Statements should be revised. The Code was last revised in 2001. Results from the survey will advise ANA on whether or not to proceed with a revision of the Code. It will also inform ANA should the decision be made to move forward with revising the Code.
Access the survey and submit your comments TODAY. The deadline for submitting comments is March 15. The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one sitting.
Ethics is integral to nursing practice, and the Code, one of ANA's foundational documents, is essential for nursing practice. For more information or to review the current Code, go to http://nursingworld.org/CodeofEthics.

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REMINDER — Call for ANA bylaws amendment proposals — Due March 5
Please be reminded that proposed amendments to the 2012 ANA bylaws are due on March 5.
The 2013 Call for Proposed Amendments, click here, was originally distributed on Jan. 9. Click here for the template to be used for submitting proposals.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact debra.evans@ana.org or by phone at 301-628-5037.

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Massachusetts receives $44 million to further healthcare overhaul
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts will receive up to $44 million in federal money over three and a half years to continue ongoing efforts to change the state's healthcare system. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it would distribute $250 million to six states that are trying new methods of delivering care to people enrolled in government healthcare programs serving children, the poor and the elderly.
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 Nursing News


Male nurses make more money
The Wall Street Journal
Hospital patients are more likely than ever to see a male nurse at their bedside — and odds are he earns more than the female nurse down the hall. Men made up close to 10 percent of all registered nurses in 2011, according to a new Census report. That may not sound like much, but it's up from less than 3 percent in 1970 and less than 8 percent in 2000.
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NPs push to help care for health law's newly insured
Kaiser Health News
More than 27 million Americans will soon gain health coverage under the health law. But who will treat them all? With such a large coverage expansion, and with an anticipated shortage of primary care physicians available to serve them, some states have or are considering allowing advanced practice nurses to treat more patients.
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Uptick in demand for nurses draws more men to the profession
MedCity News
For every nine female nurses working in hospitals, doctors' offices and clinics, there's one male doing the same job. That ratio might seem pretty small, but it's a lot higher than it was 30 years ago, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
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 Healthcare News


Antibiotics or not? New middle-ear infection guidelines
USA Today
Physicians are getting new guidance on diagnosing and treating the millions of kids who suffer through painful middle-ear infections, the most common bacterial illness in children and the one most often treated with antibiotics.
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Experts dispute value of checking kids' blood pressure
HealthDay News
Despite a worrisome increase in obese and hypertensive children and teens, not enough evidence exists to justify routinely screening young people for high blood pressure, a new report says.
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 Policy & Reform


USPSTF wants routine HIV screening
MedPage Today
Routine HIV screening — a proposed recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force — is likely to remove important barriers that leave about 25 percent of HIV-positive people unaware they have the virus. But it would be only the first step in getting all HIV-positive people in the U.S. into care.
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Unlikely prescription from doctors: Less is more
Bloomberg Businessweek
A group of medical societies have identified 90 procedures that are "commonly ordered, but which are not always necessary" and are sometimes harmful, according to the announcement from the ABIM Foundation. Among their suggestions: Kids under age 4 shouldn't get cough or cold medicine, doctors shouldn't induce labor for pregnant women before 39 weeks, and patients with advanced dementia should get oral assistance eating rather than feeding tubes.
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