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Study: Nurses take more accurate blood pressure readings than physicians
Healthcare Traveler
Nurses may take more accurate blood pressure readings than physicians, according to a new study. The new research shows that patients may feel more anxious around physicians than nurses and are therefore more likely to produce a higher reading. More than 1,000 patients from 10 countries had blood pressure levels measured from both doctors and nurses. Doctors’ readings were often significantly higher than nurses’ — on average by 7/4 mmHg, according to a review led by the University of Exeter Medical School in the United Kingdom. Though researchers have known for years about this phenomenon, this study is the first to quantify higher blood pressure readings, according to the researchers.
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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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Registration Deadline April 3 — Don't miss out!
MARN Awards Dinner and Spring Conference

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Friday, April 11
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
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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 about 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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RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY: APRIL 15 at Hallmark Health System, Lawrence Memorial Hospital Campus — MARN Open Forums
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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.

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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
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R.S.V.P. by March 26 to (617) 353-3697
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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.
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Register now, click here.
Wellesley Gateway Building
93 Worcester Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-9181

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Modern Healthcare's annual '100 Most Influential People in Healthcare'
It's that time of year again! Modern Healthcare’s annual “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” is underway and nominations are being accepted through Friday, April 18. After the nomination process, there will be voting to whittle the list down from 300 to the 100 most influential. We encourage you to nominate nurse leaders who are elevating the profession. The nomination process is easy – only five fields to fill out.
(If you'd like to nominate ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN or CEO Marla J. Weston, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, please note that ANA is located in Silver Spring, MD.)

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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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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


Mold, smoke reduction in home lessened risk for asthma in middle age
Healio
Middle-aged patients who reduced their home exposure to mold and environmental tobacco smoke may decrease their asthma or asthma-related respiratory symptoms, according to researchers. Previous studies have examined indoor air pollution as a risk factor for asthma and respiratory symptoms. The associations between sources of air pollution, asthma phenotypes and asthma-related symptoms in this patient population, however, have not been confirmed, Desiree Mészáros, Ph.D., of the Menzies Research Institute at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia, and colleagues wrote.
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Tagging, tracking nurses improves workflow
Health Leaders Media
Nurses at a Florida hospital are wearing electronic tags to track their daily steps. The data has been revealing and led to changes in workflow. The CNO says nurses like it and "know that it can help them." If nurse managers could walk for a day in their staff nurses' shoes, they'd get a picture of just how busy those nurses really are. And in an ideal situation, nurse managers could use that information to make nurses' jobs easier and their days better organized.
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Affordable Care Act may actually lead to fewer clinical visits
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
With an estimated 30 million people expected to gain insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, there has been much speculation about where those patients will go for care. Many physician offices are already filled to capacity, and a looming shortage of primary care physicians has been well-documented. While it may seem counterintuitive, a number of providers fear the ACA will actually lead to fewer visits in some cases, despite the growing patient population.
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Study finds high rate of elevated cholesterol among children
Nurse.com
Almost a third of kids screened for high cholesterol between the ages of 9 and 11 have borderline or high cholesterol, potentially placing them at greater risk for future cardiovascular disease, according to a Texas-based study. In what was described as one of the largest studies of outpatient pediatric clinic visits to date, researchers examined the medical records of 12,712 children who had screening for cholesterol levels as part of a routine physical exam within the Texas Children’s Pediatrics Associates clinics.
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ICD-10: Painful to implement, painful to delay
InformationWeek
If the implementation of ICD-10 diagnosis codes is delayed by an act of Congress, as seems likely, doctors may be spared a headache — but healthcare CIOs will gain one. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid had set forth a firm Oct. 1 deadline for the implementation of a new and vastly expanded system of diagnosis and insurance billing codes, a transition that has been in the works since the 1990s and had been pushed back repeatedly.

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Can Google Glass transform medical education?
HIT Consultant
Google Glass looks exciting for the medical world, and presents a particularly powerful opportunity for medical education. A white paper by the Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital says, “simulation-based training has opened up a new educational application in medicine. It can develop health professionals’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes, whilst protecting patients from unnecessary risks”. Google Glass is taking simulation to the next level and making it more real, as the patients treated are real.

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Researchers stress weight-bearing exercise for bone strength
Medical Xpress
When Denise Allee went shopping at Terre Haute's Honey Creek Mall on a recent Saturday, she left with some piece of mind. Future health care providers from Indiana State University had set up a booth inside the mall's main entrance, offering free bone-density scans as part of a research project. "We have a few bone problems that go in the family, so I just thought I would go ahead and have it checked out," said Allee, 59, of Bloomingdale. "I was surprised how good I did."

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CDC reports: HAI rates improving, but much work remains
Nurse.com
On any given day, approximately 1 in 25 U.S. patients has at least one infection contracted during hospital care, adding up to about 722,000 infections in 2011, according to the CDC’s updated estimate of healthcare-associated infections. The agency released two reports: a New England Journal of Medicine article detailing 2011 national HAI estimates from a survey of hospitals in 10 states and a 2012 annual report on national and state-specific progress toward prevention goals established by the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Survey: Smartphone systems for nurses poised for big growth
MobiHealthNews
Hospitals are starting to get serious about implementing enterprise-level, smartphone-based systems for nurses, according to a study by Spyglass Consulting. In a survey of 100 tech savvy nurses from around the country, half said their hospital was now evaluating such an offering. Only 4 percent had actually implemented them already.
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As health system complexities rise, a new industry emerges
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
If you want to learn about the complexities of the modern healthcare delivery system, there's no better person to ask than a physician. Their familiarity with the bureaucracy and tough patient choices associated with medical care is driving many out of clinical practice. And now it's causing some to look into a developing industry that has emerged. As patients now face more choices and assume more financial responsibility for their care than ever before, the navigator concept is emerging as a mainstream industry that is spreading across almost every medical discipline.
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CDC: Autism prevalence 30 percent higher than previously thought
MedCity News
The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 8-year-olds) in multiple communities in the U.S. has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, according to a new report. This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in 88 children (11.3 per 1,000 8-year-olds) identified with an autism spectrum disorder. The number of children identified with ASD ranged from 1 in 175 children in Alabama to 1 in 45 children in New Jersey.
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Affordable Care Act's deadline day arrives — now what?
By Ross Lancaster
March 31 marks the last day of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's controversial and signature domestic policy achievement. Despite the well-publicized deadline, the White House has announced that those who have started the application process on HealthCare.gov will be granted an extension to complete the process. With a flood of last-minute applications, the day started out as something of a microcosm for the often-maligned law's rollout.
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