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Confirmation hearing set for top healthcare nominee
The Hill
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing April 9 on Marilyn Tavenner's nomination to lead the Centers Medicare and Medicaid Services. Tavenner has broad bipartisan support in Congress. Even House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has endorsed her nomination, saying he worked well with Tavenner when she led Virginia's Medicaid agency. book
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MARN NEWS & UPDATES


MARN 2013 annual Spring Convention
Lombardo's, Randolph
Living Legends and Excellence in Nursing Awards Dinner
Friday, April 26
Join MARN as we celebrate the BEST in Nursing in Massachusetts!
Saturday, April 27
The Impaired Clinician — from Recognition to Rehabilitation
Convention flyer, click here.
Register now, click here.

Please consider a congratulatory or other ad for the Awards Dinner Program Book.
For a list of award recipients, click here. Ad prices are as follows: Inside Cover, $750; Full Page Ad $500; 1/2 Page Ad $300; 1/4 Page Ad $150

Exhibitor/sponsorship opportunities, click here.
Do you wish to sponsor or do you know a potential sponsor? Please contact djeffery@MARNonline.org.
Do you know a vendor/exhibitor that may be interested in joining our Spring Conference? Please contact Lisa Presutti at lpresutti@MARNonline.org.

Call for posters, click here.
All convention participants are welcome to submit an abstract for poster presentations. Posters will be displayed in the exhibit area to increase visibility and opportunities to interact with attendees. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Committee. To submit an abstract and for guidelines, go to www.MARNonline.org.

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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 newsletter@marnonline.org or mailed to MARN Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186.

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Reminder: 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 TODAY.

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REMINDER: Call for qualified nominees for appointment
On behalf of the ANA Board of Directors, the Committee on Appointments issues this call for qualified nominees for appointment to seats on the:

American Nurses Credentialing Center Board of Directors
Three (3) seats for C/SNA/ANA or IMD members
One (1) seat for a public non-nurse member
Term of service: July 1, 2013 — June 30, 2015 Committee on Bylaws
Three (3) seats for C/SNA/ANA or IMD members
Term of service: July 1, 2013 — June 30, 2015

Click here for the Guide to the Appointments Process and the see below for the required nomination materials:
  • ANCC Board of Directors profile, click here
  • Committee on Bylaws profile, click here
  • Biographical Data Form for ANA Members, click here
  • Biographical Data Form for Nominees for the ANCC Board of Directors, click here
  • Conflict of Interest and Financial Disclosure Form, click here
  • Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Disclosure, click here
Nominees may submit electronically up to three (3) letters of endorsement with the required nomination materials.
All nomination materials must be submitted to leader@ana.org by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, April 15.
If you have any questions regarding the appointments process, please contact Maureen Thompson, Director, Leadership Services at 301-628-5041 or via email: Maureen.thompson@ana.org or Nichole Mitchell, Assistant to the Board of Directors at 301-628-5243 or via email: Nichole.mitchell@ana.org.

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CCNE Proposed Standards for Accreditation — Public comments period closes April 15
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and its Standards Committee has completed its FINAL DRAFT of the proposed Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs. Comments may be submitted via email at CCNEStandards@aacn.nche.edu. The deadline for submitting comments is April 15. Draft document available at www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/proposed-standards.
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April 22 deadline to sign petition to remove barriers to APRN practice
ANA
Many of you are already aware that a petition has been posted on the White House website asking the Obama administration to remove barriers that prevent APRNs from practicing to their full scope.

The petition is part of "We the People," a platform on the White House website where individuals can create and sign petitions that call for action by the federal government on a range of issues facing our nation. If a petition gathers enough signatures, it will be reviewed by White House staff and receive an official response.

In order to get a response from the White House, the petition needs to garner 100,000 signatures in 30 days. There are currently 4,200 signatures on this petition. The deadline for the current petition is April 22.

Sign the petition today.

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Reminder: Nominate nurses for Modern Healthcare's '100 Most Influential People'
The American Nurses Association encourages nurses and others who support the profession to nominate nurses for Modern Healthcare's "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" ranking. Recognizing nurse leaders in the "Most Influential" rankings is an excellent way to elevate the contributions of the profession.

We encourage you to cast your vote for ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN, here. Each individual may only nominate one person.

Modern Healthcare will list the 300 people who receive the most nominations on a final ballot and post the list on its website. Then, from Monday, May 6 to Friday, June 14, readers can visit the site again to cast votes for five nominees they believe should make the final list of the "100 Most Influential." The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 19.

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Links to documents on Interprofessional Collaboration and Patient and Family Engagement
The first document, How to Foster Interprofessional Collaboration Between Physicians and Nurses? (www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/program_results_reports/2013/rwjf403637) was released in January by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This document is the outcome of its Interprofessional Dialogue dedicated to bringing together national level nurse and physician leaders to have a frank conversation about how we could collaborate better to improve patient care. President Daley served as the ANA representative to this process. This document describes the challenges and outcomes associated with this dialogue.

The second document, Fostering Successful Patient and Family Engagement: Nursing's Critical Role, (http://naqc.nursing.gwu.edu/fostering-successful-patient-and-family-engagement-nursings-critical-role-0), was developed under the auspices of the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC). ANA is a member of the NAQC. The document notes "that (1) the active engagement of patients, families and others is essential to improving quality and reducing medical errors and harm to patients; and that (2) nurses at all levels of education and across all health settings must play a central role in fostering successful patient and family engagement."

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Military Credentialing & Licensing Report
Click here to find a White House report regarding licensure and credentialing for military service members, veterans and their spouses. The report was released last month and you will see there is strong interest in nursing in the report. We are aware there has been some state efforts to streamline nurse licensure for military spouses. Please let us know if you have or need additional information on this topic.
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Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus
The World Health Organization has reported a number of human infections with avian influenza A (H7N9) viruses in China. The first cases were announced by WHO on April 1. Updates are available on the WHO website.
This is the first time avian influenza A (H7N9) viruses have been detected in humans. The infections so far have resulted in severe respiratory illness and, in some cases, death. According to WHO, no human-to-human transmission has been identified at this time, and the cases do not have a known epidemiological link to one another. An investigation by Chinese health authorities is ongoing to determine the source of infection and detect any additional cases. The sequences of these viruses are posted and publicly available in GISAID.
CDC is following this situation closely and coordinating with domestic and international partners in a number of areas, including gathering more information to make a knowledgeable public health risk assessment and developing a candidate vaccine virus. CDC also is reviewing posted genetic sequencing of the new H7N9 viruses and assessing possible implications in terms of the viruses' transmissibility and severity and whether existing influenza diagnostic tests need to be enhanced or new ones developed. All of these actions are routine preparedness measures taken whenever a new novel influenza virus is detected in humans. This is an evolving situation and there is still much to learn. CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available.
General information about avian influenza viruses and how they spread is available at Avian Influenza A Virus Infections in Humans.

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Free ANA Nurses Week webinar
Register for ANA's Free CE Webinar on Innovation
ANA celebrates National Nurses Week by hosting a FREE CE webinar on Innovation in Nursing Practice: Are You Leading the Charge? The live broadcast will be held on Thursday, May 9, at 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will focus on how to incorporate innovation into your nursing practice, facilitate and lead the innovation process in your organization, specific innovations that are currently improving patient outcomes and previewing the latest innovative process & technology for use in the nursing profession. Speakers include Barbara Blakeney, MS, RN, Innovations Specialist, Center for Innovations in Care Delivery, Mass. General Hospital, and Patricia Brennan, PhD, RN, National Program Director, Project Health Design.For more information and to register, go to http://nursingworld.org/FunctionalMenuCategories/AboutANA/NationalNursesWeek/NNW-Webinar.

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AROUND MASSACHUSETTS


Massachusetts led nation in healthcare spending
The Wall Street Journal
Healthcare spending in the U.S. averaged $6,815 per person in 2009. But that figure varies significantly across the country, for reasons that go beyond the relative healthiness, or unhealthiness, of residents in each state. The states that spend the most on health care for each resident are mostly in the Northeast. They are led by Massachusetts, a fact several Republicans used to criticize GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 primaries because as governor Romney had signed the state's healthcare overhaul into law.
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NURSING NEWS


Survey: Physicians oppose expanding advance practice nurses' role
Becker's Hospital Review
Many physicians are not open to expanding the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses, according to a recent survey conducted by DoctorDirectory. Fifty percent of physicians surveyed "strongly disagreed" with the question, "As a physician, do you feel that allowing advanced practice nurses more autonomy, including prescribing on their own, should become a law?" Sixteen percent of respondents "somewhat disagreed" with the question.
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Nurse leadership skills made, not granted
HealthLeaders Media
As the healthcare industry continues to evolve and endure periods of upheaval, smart and savvy nurse leadership has never been more critical. But as Judy Watland, R.N., MSN, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer/Nurse Executive at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, Calif., said recently, it takes more than excellent clinical skills to rise to the role of today's nurse leader.
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Structured internships help new nursing grads transition
HealthDay News via Physicians Briefing
A structured internship program and mentoring by preceptor and unit-base clinical nurse specialists is helpful to new graduate nurses orienting to a specialty area, according to research published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.
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ED nurses work to curb violence
Nurse.com
Nurses caring for patients in EDs never know who will walk or roll through the door next. ED nurses also don’t know whether a patient or visitor has a propensity for violent behavior, is carrying a weapon or presents some other safety threat. In some local EDs, nurses have taken steps to reduce those risks.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


Helen Gurley Brown's contribution to medicine
By Dan White
Helen Gurley Brown was the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan. She died Aug. 13, 2012 at age 90. One of the things she is known for is her love of Crisco as a skin cream. It was the one thing she always carried with her while traveling. Think about it: Skin is the last defense to infection, but only if it's unbroken. We wash often and rarely condition our skin. The best thing we can do to protect ourselves is by protecting against our weakest link: broken dry skin. If you get split raw cuticles, then try Crisco.
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Hospital uses iPad to ease the recovery of mothers and newborns
KBMT-TV
VideoBriefAll a new mother wants to do is stare at her baby for hours. But sometimes mom and baby must be separated, like when a newborn needs extra medical attention in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. New mom Tana Navarro communicates with her baby over an iPad from her recovery room. "When we saw her respond when we were talking to her through the iPad, it was ... it was like she knows it's us talking to her! So it was great," Navarro said.
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POLICY & REFORM


Hospitals in 5 states clamp down on delivering babies before 39 weeks
Kaiser Health News
When hospitals commit to stopping the delivery of babies before 39 weeks gestation unless there is medical cause to do so, they can dramatically lower rates that can put babies at increased risk for serious health problems. A study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology showed a group of 25 hospitals in five states were able to cut rate their rates of elective early deliveries from nearly 28 percent to under 5 percent in one year.
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