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Blood test predicts Alzheimer's disease
CNN
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have developed a blood test for Alzheimer's disease that predicts with astonishing accuracy whether a healthy person will develop the disease. Though much work still needs to be done, it is hoped the test will someday be available in doctors' offices, since the only methods for predicting Alzheimer's right now, such as PET scans and spinal taps, are expensive, impractical, often unreliable and sometimes risky.
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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 EVENTS


Celebrate National Nurses Day at Fenway Park with the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses!
Register Now, click here.
Red Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Be sure to join us at the pre-game Networking event at 5:30 p.m. at the Cask & Flagon
Networking Event: $20, MARN member rate, $35 non-member rate, $10 student rate.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. (game time)
Invite your friends, family and colleagues for MARN Night at Fenway Park
Deadline to order *tickets: March 17 2014
*Based on availability*
Red-Sox Tickets: $20 each
First come, first served, so place your ticket order today!
Stop by the registration table at the pre-game event to pick up your tickets or other arrangements will be made.

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Registration Open: MARN Awards Dinner and Spring Conference
Register Today, click here.
Friday, April 11
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
For a list of Award Recipients, click here.
Saturday, April 12
Annual Spring Conference - Reaction…Response…Reflection, Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Tragedy
Conference Agenda, click here.
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA
Reserve your room today at (781) 329-7900
Discounted Room Rate of $129 cutoff date is March 12

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MaSNA Nursing Career Forum
Keynote Speaker: Gino Chisari, RN, DNP
March 15, 2014
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
RSVP by March 10 at http://www.mastudentnurses.com/
Forum Flyer, 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.
Register now, click here.
Conference Agenda, click here.
Wellesley Gateway Building
93 Worcester Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-9181

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MARN NEWS & UPDATES


Authors Wanted for the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing (MARN Newsletter)
Needed: Articles for The Summer 2014 edition of the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The MARN newsletter is read by @ 118,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!
We are focusing on Safe Staffing legislation and welcome your comments and stories!
This is YOUR newsletter so we need YOU to make a contribution!
Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!!
Your contribution can be sent to newsletter@marnonline.org or mailed to MARN Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186
Deadline date for submission is April 10!

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MARN Open Forums
Join us for an informal discussion about nursing practice in Massachusetts.
Hear the latest issues impacting your nursing practice. Share with us your thoughts and ideas about the future of nursing and MARN priorities. Learn more about the MARN strategic plan.

March 4 — UMASS Amherst, College of Nursing
March 26 — Framingham State College
April 15 — Hallmark Health System, Lawrence Memorial Hospital Campus, Medford, MA
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Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and the Nursing Archives Associates at Boston University cordially invite you to attend the NAA Annual Meeting
Guest speaker:
Terri Arthur, MSM, RN
Wednesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Trustee Ballroom
One Silber Way, Ninth Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
R.S.V.P. by March 26 to (617) 353-3697
Flyer, click here.

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Research Participants Needed
A nurse educator and doctoral student would like to interview new Registered Nurses with learning disabilities to describe their transition into practice experience. The interview should take about 45 minutes and there is no cost other than your time. As a gesture of appreciation participants will receive a $10 coffee gift card. The study has been approved by Regis College IRB and all information is confidential. If interested or if you know of anyone who may qualify please email the researcher at newnursesstudy@gmail.com.
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MARN Career Center
Check Out Great New Career Opportunities at the MARNCareerCenter here
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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


Improving daily health communication with patients
By Cynthia Sheppard Solomon
We do a lot of "live" activities in our daily encounters with patients — evaluating lab results, health screens, potential drug interactions. Afterward, we often speak with the patient to reinforce how he or she currently views expectations and possible side effects of prescribed medicines. Each of these activities provides a heightened level of safety to our patients. So are we doing a good job these days?
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Baby boomers should consider shingles vaccine
HealthDay News via Health Magazine
People older than 50 can reduce their risk for developing shingles by being vaccinated against the varicella-zoster virus that causes the painful condition, an expert says. “People who have had shingles previously can still receive the vaccine. If you are above the age of 50-years-old, you should talk to your healthcare provider about the shingles vaccines,” advised Dr. Khalilah Babino, immediate care physician at Loyola University Health System.
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Nurse numbers, education linked to patient death rate
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Both the quality and quantity of nurses on a hospital staff have significant influence on the chances patients will die following even simple surgery, according to a large new study. Researchers found the proportion of staff nurses with a bachelor's degree and the number of patients each nurse had to care for could add up to a difference of 30 percent or more in mortality rates for inpatients.
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Computer program calls parents when asthma scrips run low
Family Practice News
A newly developed computer program mines electronic medical records to find pediatric asthma patients who are about to run out of their inhaled corticosteroid inhalers, then calls their parents to help them order new ones. It’s not a robocall. Parents don’t push buttons to signal their response.

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Nursing staff cuts associated with increased risk of preventable deaths
2 minute medicine
Recent policy reforms in Europe aimed at shortening hospital stays would result in intensified nursing care of inpatients, raising concerns of adverse outcomes for quality of care. This study sought to inform the decisions around this key issue, and concluded that both nurse staffing and nurses’ education were significantly associated with mortality. These results challenge the recent European Union decision to continue endorsing vocational nursing education after only 10 years of general education.

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A push for less testing in emergency rooms
The Wall Street Journal
Under pressure to rein in healthcare costs, some physician groups and hospitals are turning to an area that has so far received little attention: cutting down on what many say is excessive diagnostic testing in the emergency room. Studies have shown that the use of advanced imaging techniques and the costs associated with them have grown rapidly in emergency rooms since the 1990s, partly because of the widespread availability of the technology and an emphasis on getting patients out of the emergency room quickly.

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Why nurses deserve a seat at the health IT development table
FierceHealthIT
As the use of technology in healthcare becomes more ubiquitous, one question that deserves more attention is that of the role of nurses in making development and implementation decisions; essentially, what should that role be? In a recent interview, Elizabeth "Betty" Jordan, R.N., an assistant professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing, said that nurses should be included in all health IT decisions. From conception to evaluation, she said, nurses deserve a seat at the IT table.
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Obamacare spotlights need for nurse practitioners
Los Angeles Daily News
There are not enough doctors in many parts of California, particularly in Palmdale and other underserved areas of Los Angeles County. Expanding the role of nurse practitioners — registered nurses with advanced degrees — and physician assistants trained through rigorous, specially designed programs to work as part of a medical team, could help substantially, according to a 2013 RAND Corp. study.
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Nurses perform colonoscopies as well as docs
HealthDay News via The Clinical Advisor
Colonoscopy quality and safety are comparable for nurse and physician endoscopy trainees, according to a study published in the March issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Renate Massl, M.D., from Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and colleagues examined the quality and safety of colonoscopies performed by seven nurse and eight physician (gastroenterology fellows) endoscopy trainees. Each participant was trained in gastrointestinal endoscopy, and then performed 135 consecutive colonoscopies — 866 total by nurse trainees and 1,080 by physician trainees — under a gastroenterologist's supervision.
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Finances, time and career path impact nurses' education choices
Nurse.com
For nurses who pursue higher education, new doors often open and career opportunities can be enhanced. With an increasing emphasis on the necessity of a BSN — and the profession’s underlying momentum to move nurses to the master’s and doctorally prepared levels — many in the field are grappling with how they can afford, make time for and pursue higher education.
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CMS says no to additional meaningful use and ICD-10 delays
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Despite pleas from organized medicine, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says there will be no delays to Stage 2 of the meaningful use incentive program. In addition, implementation of ICD-10 will also go on as scheduled. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of CMS, made the announcement at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society trade show and convention. It came a week after a group of 48 medical associations and societies sent a letter requesting more time to implement the 2014 edition certified software needed for Stage 2.
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