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Overcoming compassion fatigue
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nurses are good at many things, but sometimes taking care of themselves is not one of them. Called to care for others, nurses often put their own needs last, but that's not a healthy practice, says the American Nurses Association. The ANA's code of ethics states that healthcare workers have a moral obligation to care for themselves so they can care for others effectively.
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Last chance to register! MARN 2013 Health Policy Committee legislative forum
Friday, March 22, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Great Hall — Massachusetts Statehouse
Nurse Advocacy Through the Legislative Process — Addressing Workplace Issues and Scope of Practice
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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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.
MARN elections: Voting online now open
MARN members only
Deadline April 7
Vote now, click here.
More information, click here.
Authors wanted for the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing (MARN Newsletter)
Needed: Articles for the summer 2013 edition of the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The MARN newsletter is read by roughly 118,000 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 April 10!
Your contribution can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to MARN Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186.
Request for comments — 2013 proposed ANA bylaws amendment
Click here for the proposed amendments to the 2012 ANA bylaws.
Template to be used for comments, click here.
Comments are due to ANA by April 9.
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Revised Advisory Ruling 0801: Withholding Initiation of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Long-term Care Facilities
For the full advisory, click here.
The 4th Massachusetts Health Council Women's Health Forum
"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 go to www.mahealthcouncil.org.
Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing Pinnacle lecture series
Family Journey, Recovery, and Resilience: A Caregiver's Perspective
Best-selling author, CBS This Morning show contributor, and Bob Woodruff Foundation cofounder
Wednesday, April 10
Boston College, Yawkey Center, Murray Room
Read more and RSVP at www.bc.edu/pinnacle.
Massachusetts study: Non-emergency C-section decisions 'almost random'
If cesarean deliveries are potentially unhealthy for mothers and their babies, why has the national C-section rate steadily climbed since 1997? After analyzing data on Massachusetts births, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health concluded there was little medical reason for the rise, and that hospital protocol might be to blame, according to a study just published in PLOS One.
Healing the hospital hierarchy
The New York Times (opinion)
Most people in healthcare understand and accept the need for clinical hierarchies. The problem is that we aren't usually prepared for them; nor are we given protocols for resolving the inevitable tensions that arise over appropriate care. Doctors and nurses are trained differently, and our sense of priorities can conflict. When that happens, the lack of an established, neutral way of resolving such clashes works to everyone's detriment.
Nursing by the numbers considered
The Times Leader
How many nurses should a hospital maternity ward have? How about the intensive care or neonatal units? Should they be the same numbers at rural and inner city hospitals? The correct answer now depends upon each individual hospital's best practices. But state legislators want to take the guess work out of staffing.
Why don't teens get shots for HPV and other diseases?
The percentage of parents who say they won't have their teen daughters vaccinated against the human papillomavirus increases, even though physicians increasingly recommend the vaccinations
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FDA: Know what's in your child's medications
It's the time of year when cold season and allergy season overlap, and parents need to know the active ingredients in the medicines they give their children for these conditions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
AANA addresses use of mobile devices during care
In response to the increasing use of mobile communication devices by healthcare professionals while caring for patients, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists has adopted a new position statement to address the issue. The position statement offers evidence-based guidance to nurse anesthetists and other healthcare professionals, encouraging them to avoid the unnecessary use of these tools when caring for patients.
The trouble with nurse practitioners
Studies have shown that hiring nurse practitioners helps healthcare organizations improve safety and quality, patient flow, physician productivity, as well as the continuity of care and patient experience. Despite all of the benefits associated with hiring nurse practitioners, however, major obstacles stand in the way of incorporating nurse practitioners into team-based medicine.
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