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How the government shutdown affects healthcare
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is at the center of the budget debate that has resulted in a government shutdown. But one of the ironies of the situation is that the program will remain funded. It even reached a major milestone — the launch of the insurance exchanges — on Oct. 1, the same day other areas of government were forced to place employees on furlough. The ACA, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, are not affected by the shutdown. But other areas of healthcare, particularly those in the public health arena, don’t fall under the same exceptions and were forced into limbo.
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MARN NEWS & UPDATES


Less than 2 weeks away! REGISTER TODAY — MARN Fall Conference
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
Sheraton Framingham Hotel
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Navigating Your Nursing Career - National and Statewide Implications of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Report on the Future Of Nursing
The purpose of this conference is to provide participants with information to guide personal and professional decision-making regarding educational preparation that will support ongoing clinical competency and promote nursing career development.
Join us and a panel of experts to learn more about.....
  • Key points contained within The IOM Report and how this will affect YOUR practice and nursing career.
  • Innovative academic options for educational preparation and career enhancement.
  • Competencies that nurses will need to meet future practice requirements and challenges across all roles and settings.
  • Current work and future direction of the Massachusetts Action Coalition toward statewide implementation of the IOM Report.

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Authors wanted for the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing (MARN Newsletter)
Needed: Articles for The December 2013 edition of the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The MARN newsletter is read by @ 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 October 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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MARN 2013 Membership Survey
Please take a few minutes to complete our member survey so that we can better meet your member needs! Complete the survey and be entered into a drawing. We appreciate your time and your input!
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MARN Career Center
Check Out Great New Career Opportunities at the MARNCareerCenter here
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  October Free Trial - Journal of Forensic Nursing

This must-have source for nurses in forensic mental health, correctional, and emergency and trauma nursing, Journal of Forensic Nursing - official journal of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, addresses health care issues that transcend health and legal systems by articulating nursing’s response to violence. Click here to try it free in October.

 


Massachusetts Health Council Awards Dinner Gala
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
Renassance Boston Waterfront Hotel
An evening to honor extraordinary individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to promoting and protecting health and wellness in the Commonwealth and who exemplify leadership in promoting healthy living in our homes, workplaces, schools, and communities.
For more information, click here.

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Florence Nightingale's Life and work through her letters: A glimpse into her personal correspondence
Nursing Archives Associates at Boston University Fall 2013 Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
More information, click here.

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NURSING NEWS


Nurse practitioners may have higher job satisfaction than physicians
Medical Economics
Nurse practitioners (NPs) might be the most professionally satisfied group of professionals in healthcare, according to a recent survey conducted by Staff Care, a temporary physician and NP staffing firm and company of AMN Healthcare. The results showed 100 percent of those questioned said have positive feelings about being a NP, and 99 percent said they are positive and optimistic about the future of their profession. When rating their professional morale, 98 percent said it was positive.
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Importance/benefits of electronic medical billing
MedCity News
Electronic Medical Billing is the process of electronically submitting and following up on claims with the health insurance companies in order to receive payments for the services provided by the healthcare providers.
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  Degree & Certification Programs for Nurses

Rowan University offers programs in healthcare designed to accommodate your busy schedule including:

Combination Online & Face-to-face Classes
B.S. in Nursing for registered nurses
School Nursing Certification
M.S. in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader
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M.A. in Wellness and Lifestyle Management
Ed. D. in Educational Leadership: Nurse Educator track

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Misdiagnosis of epilepsy in children is common, but preventable
By Denise A. Valenti
A study in 2000 found as many as 20 to 40 percent of epileptics may have been misdiagnosed. More recent research identified 87 children that did not have epilepsy in a study of 223 children diagnosed with epilepsy. No matter what the failures have been that contribute to a delay in an accurate identification of symptoms, the impact of an improper diagnosis of epilepsy can have serious repercussions not just for the children involved, but their entire family.
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Mergers have the potential to bring positive change for RNs
Nurse.com
Nurses deal with constant changes in their professional settings, and now many are facing a whole new set of challenges with the growing number of hospital mergers and acquisitions. Nurses can feel threatened or uncertain about the future of their facility, its identity and their job security when another hospital or organization takes over or consolidates with theirs. However, there also is much to be gained when a facility is bought or merges with another.
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Study: Ethnicity a factor in pain medications
American News Report
Researchers have found race and ethnic disparities in pain management among children who were treated for abdominal pain in hospital emergency rooms. "This study contributes to the growing body of evidence showing disparities in pediatric healthcare," said Tiffani Johnson, M.D., primary investigator and emergency department physician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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Here's how one hospital will use the iTriage mobile health app
MedCity News
If you're headed to the hospital and would like to notify the emergency room of your pending arrival and symptoms, there's an app for that now. LewisGale Regional Health System is partnering with iTriage, a healthcare technology company that has developed a way for smartphone users to communicate with providers before they even check in.

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Affordable Care Act impacting nursing
WIBC-TV
University of Indianapolis Associate Professor of Nursing Corinne Wheeler says the Affordable Care Act will ultimately benefit nursing as a profession by creating greater access to medical care. However, Wheeler says many healthcare organizations are currently unsure about...

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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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Size matters in lung transplants — and bigger is better
By Joy Burgess
Previously, lung transplant experts have worked hard to match donor lung size close to the lung size of the transplant recipient. Physicians pursued size-matching due to the concern that lungs that were too large or too small could lead to potential problems, such as poor lung function, after transplantation. However, new transplant research is shattering that theory. New studies from Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Iowa show that choosing bigger lungs for patients is associated with better survival rates after transplantation.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


Innovative nurse brings care to caregivers
HealthLeaders Media
A nurse-led program not only helps reduce stress among caregivers, it also illuminates the importance of nurses being able to conceptualize, develop, and implement such programs. One of nursing's occupational hazards is compassion fatigue, that unique brand of emotional exhaustion that comes with the continuous and sometimes thankless job of caregiving.
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Field: Nurses central to primary care reform
Health Service Journal
Professor Field said that although "undoubtedly" there was a need to train more GPs, more nurse delivered care could help improve the accessibility of primary care for patients as well as continuity, with patients more able to see the same health professional on different visits. "Patients also want continuity and that continuity can come by doing the urgent care in different ways with more self-care and better use of the pharmacist, [and] continuity through using nurses and pharmacists for [patients with] long term conditions," he said.
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IOM, RWJF leaders assess progress since 'Future of Nursing' report
Nurse.com
Despite "measurable progress" in the three years since the release of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report on the future of nursing, more work remains "to fully realize the potential of qualified nurses to improve health and provide care to people who need it." The key recommendations: allow nurses to practice to the full scope of their education and training, provide opportunities for nurses to serve as healthcare leaders and increase the proportion of nurses with a BSN to 80 percent by 2020.
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