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Expanded nurse authority proposal gets moving in Legislature
Health News Florida
A plan to expand the powers of advanced registered nurses hasn't yet caught on in the Legislature, but eased out of a House Health panel recently. The fate of bill remains cloudy, but its sponsor says even if it fails this year—the issue isn't going away. After initially stalling, a bill that would let some highly-trained nurses see patients without having the oversight of doctors, finally got moving.
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Are you renewal ready?
Florida Department of Health
The Florida Department of Health will now verify your continuing education records when you renew your professional license. You are invited to join live webinars hosted by the department so you can better understand this change.

You will learn how the process works and see what happens if you are not fully compliant when you renew. You will also see a demonstration of the continuing education tracking system, including how to create a Free Basic Account, view your course history and report continuing education.

Webinars are approximately 30 minutes and are Eastern Standard Time. Click here for webinar dates and to register.

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Leveraging social technologies as healthcare business solutions
By Christina Thielst
Last year, a highly respectable group of individuals representing a diverse group of healthcare organizations contributed to a book published by HIMSS — "Applying Social Media Technologies in Healthcare Environments." The contributors represented large healthcare systems, statewide public health departments, community hospitals, clinics, physicians, researchers and a patient. However, the stories of innovation using social technologies to solve business challenges will also be appreciated by nontechies alike.
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Survey: Health habits during CRNA educational programs
University of North Florida
We are Katy Hayes and Jenny Kambel, MSN students at the University of North Florida in the Nurse Anesthesia Program. We are conducting an anonymous survey about weight gain in CRNA school. From our own experience and the testimonies of other students and CRNAs, it is difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle, diet and exercise included, while in CRNA school. We would like to ask you questions related to this topic to accumulate data for use in further research and implementations. The survey is voluntary.

***This survey applies ONLY to CRNAs, NOT students.***

Since your answers are to remain anonymous, PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THIS SURVEY. The survey will take about 10 minutes. Please answer the questions to your comfort level. The results will be reported for the group of respondents as a whole. Thank you for your consideration.

Click here to take the survey.

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New receptors could underlie the many actions of the anesthetic ketamine
Medical News Today
Penn Medicine researchers are continuing their work in trying to understand the mechanisms through which anesthetics work to elicit the response that puts millions of Americans to sleep for surgeries each day. Their most recent study looked at ketamine, an anesthetic discovered in the 1960s and more recently prescribed as an antidepressant at low doses.
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How IV bag label redesign can save lives
MedPage Today
Labels on bags of IV fluids that are designed to be easy to read in a medical emergency can prevent medical errors and save lives, suggests a recent study recently published in the Journal of Patient Safety. The study looked at a group of 96 anesthesia trainees, who, in a simulated medical emergency, were asked to administer hetastarch, a blood plasma volume-increasing fluid, to a patient who was losing blood.
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How clean are your hands?
Outpatient Surgery Magazine
Physicians and OR staff miss about 90 percent of their opportunities to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers or aseptic techniques in the surgical setting, a new observational study finds. Researchers from Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden identified 2,393 chances for hand hygiene during 94 risk-prone, invasive procedures, but found that caregivers participated in these opportunities only around 8 percent of the time.
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