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As 2012 comes to a close, MARN would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of Nursing Flash a look at the most accessed articles from 2012. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.

Nurses who saved NICU babies remember harrowing hurricane night
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Nov. 6: VideoBriefNurses at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at New York University's Langone Medical Center have challenging jobs, even in the best of times. Their patients are babies, some weighing as little as 2 pounds, who require constant and careful care as they struggle to stay alive. As superstorm Sandy bore down on Manhattan, the nurses' jobs took on a whole new sense of urgency as failing power forced the hospital's patients, including the NICU nurses' tiny charges, to evacuate. More

Study: Nurses' practice environment vital to identifying medication errors    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oct. 30: A research team including educators from Rutgers University College of Nursing has published a study that reports nurses' practice environments are an important factor in the identification of medication errors. Medication errors, an ever-present threat to patient safety that can originate at the prescribing, transcribing, dispensing or administration stage, most likely are identified by RNs, the study said. More

Nursing schools struggle to keep up with demand
The Tuscaloosa News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sept. 25: The demand for nurses far outweighs the supply, a gap that is expected to grow much larger as nursing school enrollment struggles to keep up with demand. Nursing school enrollment is not growing fast enough to meet the projected demand for registered nurses. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported that U.S. nursing schools turned away 75,587 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2011 because of an insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space and budget challenges. More


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Nurses: 'Beyonce' rooms are putting newborns at risk
New York Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oct. 23: Executive suites, including the one where mega-star delivered baby Blue Ivy, receive nearly one-on-one nursing care. Two floors above, up to 18 newborns are sometimes tended by a single nurse. More

Nurses challenged to ask for their own medical records
Health Data Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sept. 11: The Alliance for Nursing Informatics and American Nurses Association have teamed with the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT to encourage nurses across the nation to ask for a copy their own electronic health records. In doing so, nurses will become more aware of their rights to their own health information and can share the experience with patients and families, according to a posting on ONC's Buzz Blog page. The goal of the initiative is to increase patient use of personal health records and patients from 10 to 25 percent during the next two years. More

Nurse practitioners, new clinics could ease healthcare dilemma
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oct. 2: With millions of people gaining insurance coverage due to federal healthcare reform, physician shortages are expected to worsen. Registered nurse Julie Novak, vice dean and professor of the University of Texas at San Antonio's School of Nursing, said that, by the time most healthcare reform provisions take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, the country will need many more primary care clinicians. Those can include primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives. More

Physicians' stance on nurse practitioners is dangerous
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Oct. 2: The Hatfields and the McCoys. East Coast hip hop artists and West Coast hip hop artists. The Red Sox and the Yankees. Perhaps it's time to add physicians and advanced practice registered nurses to the list of history's longstanding, heated rivalries. More

Nurses seek expanded role in treating chronic pain
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oct. 9: A federal agency is weighing whether to reimburse a specialized type of nurse for giving chronic-pain treatments, a move opposed by some doctors and one that critics say could complicate the battle against prescription painkiller abuse. More

New lice treatment faster, more effective
HealthDay News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nov. 6: A new topical lotion may offer parents a faster, more effective way to get rid of head lice. Researchers report that just one treatment of topical ivermectin, an insecticide, kept almost three-quarters of treated children lice-free two weeks after treatment. That was without the dreaded fine-toothed combing to remove the lice eggs that leaves so many children in tears. More

NP, physician groups disagree over scope of practice    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sept. 25: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners criticized a new report by the American Academy of Family Physicians that stated independent practice authority for NPs could splinter care and undermine the effort to move to patient-centered medical homes. More

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