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What if a flu breaks out when CDC can't track it
Bloomberg (opinion)
David Satcher writes: As director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the last government shutdown, in 1995-1996, I can attest to the very real potential for unnecessary pain, suffering and death when the work of public-health officials is curtailed. As a consequence of the current shutdown, the CDC has been required to furlough two-thirds of its staff, leaving only 4,000 people to conduct vital public-health responsibilities.
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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.
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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.
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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


ICD-9 vs. ICD-10: What's the difference?
By Brooke Andrus
If you're a proponent of the old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality, you might be a little reluctant to buy into all of this ICD-10 business. After all, you use ICD-9 now, and that seems to be working just fine. So why rock the boat? Well, there's another old saying that goes something like, "You don't know what you're missing until you reach out and touch it." In this case, those still clinging to ICD-9 are completely overlooking the benefits of the new code set — things like improved interoperability, data-sharing, outcomes, and ultimately improved healthcare.
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Making your medical records safer
ABC News
Recently, the Health Insurance and Medical Privacy Act, or HIPAA, made your electronic medical records a lot safer. As welcome as these changes are, we need to go further. It is time for a federal law requiring encryption of any database that contains personally identifying information. Despite the lunacy now emanating from our nation's capital, despite the insane games of brinksmanship in Washington, I truly do believe the failure to encrypt personally identifiable information is of critical importance to the well being of Americans, and it's an issue we need to deal with right now.
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Nurses play important role on emergency medical team
Pine Journal
Nurse Valerie Zack doesn’t usually watch medical shows on television because it’s too frustrating. "They’re not that accurate and they glamorize," Zack said. "And sometimes they show doctors doing procedures they would never do." "They’re soap operas with doctors," added fellow emergency nurse Cheryl Schilla. Besides, Zack and Schilla don’t need to look to television for exciting medical care — as emergency room nurses at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, Minn., all they have to do is go to work.
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More nurses may reduce odds of penalties
Healthcare Finance News
A new study suggests that hospitals with higher nurse staffing levels may have lower odds of being penalized for readmissions. The study, published in the October issue of Health Affairs and lead by Matthew McHugh, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, examined nurse-to-patient staffing levels and readmission penalties data from 2,826 hospitals across the country.
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Medical device industry facing tough road ahead
By Rosemary Sparacio
The business climate in 2013 and beyond will prove to be a challenging one for medical device manufacturers. And with the current government shutdown centering around the Affordable Care Act, one of the sticking points for passage of the funding bill is removing the steep excise tax on medical devices from the equation by delaying funding for the ACA for at least a year. The industry faces several changes, but the excise tax will have the biggest impact.
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Nursing intervention helps mentally ill people with HIV
Medical Xpress
Having trained nurses follow up on medication use with mentally ill patients who are HIV positive was effective both at improving the patients' quality of life and biological markers for the human immunodeficiency virus, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. The study is thought to be the first to simultaneously measure psychosocial and biological outcomes in people with serious mental illness and HIV.
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Nurses, other non-physicians can perform abortions in California
CNN
As more states pass measures tightening abortion laws, California is making abortions more accessible. Nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physicians' assistants who complete specified training are now able to perform abortions in California. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure into law.

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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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The soaring cost of a simple breath
The New York Times
Asthma — the most common chronic disease that affects Americans of all ages, about 40 million people — can usually be well controlled with drugs. But being able to afford prescription medications in the U.S. often requires top-notch insurance or plenty of disposable income, and time to hunt for deals and bargains. Pulmicort, a steroid inhaler, generally retails for over $175 in the United States, while pharmacists in Britain buy the identical product for about $20 and dispense it free of charge to asthma patients.
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Increasing numbers of men change face of nursing
The Commercial Appeal
He was riding in his aunt’s sedan, a kid in elementary school, watching senior citizens walk in and out of the Lynwood, Calif., retirement home where his mother worked. Then she emerged in scrubs. That’s it. David Fuentes holds on tightly to that simple memory: his mother at work. It’s easier than recalling many other parts of his childhood — "a blur," as he calls it.
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A nurse who lends an ear may ease anxiety in moms of preemies
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
One-on-one talks with nurses help mothers of premature infants cope with feelings of anxiety, confusion and doubt, a new study reveals. "Having a prematurely born baby is like a nightmare for the mother," Lisa Segre, an assistant professor in the University of Iowa College of Nursing, said in a university news release. "You're expecting to have a healthy baby, and suddenly you're left wondering whether he or she is going to live."
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Exercise may ward off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Medical News Today
When US scientists gave non-exercising mice a protein produced by exercising mice, they found it switched on genes that help preserve brain health and boost growth of new nerves in regions important for learning and memory. They suggest their findings could pave the way to a drug that improves treatments against cognitive decline in older people and help slow progression of brain-wasting diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
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Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, we’d like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of MARN, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we’re hoping you’ll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there’s no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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