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Double dose of Tamiflu doesn't appear worthwhile
Nurse.com
Giving double doses of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) offers no clinical or virological advantages over a standard dose for patients admitted to the hospital with severe influenza infection, according to a study. The study, published May 30 on the website of the British Medical Journal, was described as the first to look at the effectiveness of higher doses of oseltamivir in cases of severe flu infection.
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New graduate board of directors position
MARN
Looking for New Graduates to serve a one year position on the MARN Board of Directors as a New Graduate Member. These Directors shall be members who have been licensed as registered nurses for five (5) years or less. The term will commence in July 2013. Responsibilities include attendance at Board meetings every other month.
Please forward a Declaration of Interest Form, click here, to lpresutti@marnonline.org no later than June 30th.

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MARN 2013 membership survey
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Please take a few minutes to complete our member survey so that we can better meet your member needs! We appreciate your time and your input!
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ANA gains radiologic and imaging nurses as organizational affiliate
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Addition Strengthens Advocacy for Entire Nursing Profession
The American Nurses Association (ANA) announced today that the Association for Radiologic & Imaging Nursing (ARIN) has joined ANA as an organizational affiliate. Full Release, click here.

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June 19 webinar - New safe patient handling & mobility standards
MARN
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
More Information, click here.

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MARN Fall Conference
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
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All nurses should know how to help when disaster strikes
Nurse.com
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the possibility of mass casualty incidents has become very real. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities do their best to get ready for disasters, creating emergency preparedness plans and holding drills to assess and fine-tune responses. But what happens when nurses are out of a controlled environment like a hospital and instead are at the scene of an unexpected disaster?
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Requiring nurses to give shots in schools questioned
Los Angeles Times
Several members of the California Supreme Court appeared wary of requiring public schools to provide licensed nurses to administer insulin injections and other medications to schoolchildren. The powerful California Nurses Association has argued that state law requires licensed nurses to provide insulin injections and other medicines, and two lower courts have agreed. The American Diabetes Association appealed. During a hearing, some justices on the state high court appeared skeptical of the nurses' arguments.
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Nurses asked to know and do more
Times Union
In the evolving health industry, nurses are being asked to do more — and know more. Changes that have shifted all but the most urgent services out of hospitals and that seek to coordinate care throughout various medical settings are driving a push for nurses to take on more decision-making and management roles.
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More than 100 insurers sign up for Obama healthcare exchanges
Reuters
The White House, seeking to show early success for President Barack Obama's health reforms, said more than 120 insurers have applied to sell plans on federally-run online marketplaces that begin offering subsidized coverage in just over four months.

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Massachusetts finalizes medical pot regulations; dispensaries unlikely this year
The MetroWest Daily News
Although Massachusetts public health officials recently approved regulations for the use of medical marijuana, effectively allowing the voter-approved law to finally take effect, it may take until 2014 before many towns see a dispensary.

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Marathon nurse tells of devastation beyond anything she'd seen
USA Today
Alix Coletta graduated from nursing school less than a year ago. She had never seen the horrible sights she was about to see when the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon.

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Nursing industry is growing
Military Times
Nurse anesthetist is one of several fast-growing nursing specialties. Thanks to changes in national healthcare laws, a range of concentrations in the nursing field are rising to the fore. With new mandates requiring employers to insure their workers, the healthcare system will see a flood of new patients, said Connie White Delaney, dean of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. “The opportunities across the nation will be just profound,” she said.
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CareFirst gives $1 million to help reduce nursing shortage
Baltimore Business Journal
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is investing another $1 million in a nursing education program aimed at increasing the state’s supply of nurses and nurse educators. CareFirst’s Project RN gives nursing students stipends of up to $80,000 to put toward a masters or doctorate degree. In exchange, recipients commit to spending at least three years as a nursing teacher at a school in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. The program is intended to help address an anticipated nursing shortage while also ensuring a steady supply of educators to help train new nurses.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


Research: Intervention by nurses increases likelihood of patient giving up smoking by 28 percent
News-Medical
Research from the World Health Organization suggests that intervention by nurses increases the likelihood of a patient giving up smoking by 28 percent. On World No Tobacco Day, ecancer.org has launched free online education modules for nurses to help stop tobacco use in their local communities.
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FDA announces import of injectable nutrition drugs
U.S. Food and Drug Administation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that injectable drugs used in total parenteral nutrition (TPN) in critical shortage will be imported into the U.S. and available to patients this week. TPN is an intravenous food solution containing several drugs that have been in short supply, including trace elements, potassium phosphate, and sodium phosphate. Hospitals nationwide rely on TPN, which is primarily used to treat premature infants who are unable to eat or drink by mouth or who are experiencing other deficiencies. Cancer patients and those who have had gastrointestinal surgeries who are also unable to eat or drink by mouth have been affected by these shortages.
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POLICY & REFORM


Health law next steps: Transparency and 'compliance programs'
Kaiser Health News
With the final pieces of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) getting underway, the next step for a better healthcare system should be increased transparency, health reform advocates said. While the landmark 2010 healthcare law made efforts to collect and disseminate price and quality data, more action is needed to give patients and providers price and quality information to help make better decisions, according to Bob Kocher, M.D., former special assistant to President Obama for healthcare and economic policy, and Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., chair of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
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Medicare finances in better shape than thought
Nurse.com
The Medicare Trustees projected the trust fund that finances Medicare’s hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2026, two years beyond the projection in last year’s report. Marilyn Tavenner, RN, BSN, MHA, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said the Affordable Care Act has allowed CMS to take "important steps to improve the delivery of care for seniors with Medicare. "These reforms aim to reduce spending while improving the quality of care, and are an important down payment on solving Medicare’s long term financial issues,” Tavenner said in a news release.
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