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Review: NP's care comparable to physician's
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Expanding nurse practitioner's scope of practice could help meet primary care demands without diminishing quality of care, a literature review found. The National Governors Association compared NP-provided and physician-provided care in 22 studies to assess the affect of expanding scope-of-practice laws for NPs and other advanced practice registered nurses. More

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Candidates for MARN elected leadership offices sought
Call for nominations — MARN 2013 Elections

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We are looking for members in the MARN community willing to serve in the following leadership roles: president-elect, treasurer, director (3) and nominating committee(2).
We encourage members to become involved in their organization. All MARN members in good standing are eligible to submit a Consent to Serve Form.
If you already serve on a MARN committee, please consider applying for a director position.
Serving on the MARN Board or Committee is a rewarding and mutually beneficial experience. Please consider applying today.
Deadline: Feb. 1
For more information, click here.
Consent to Serve Form, click here.

Deadline extended for Excellence in Nursing Practice award — through Jan. 15
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Access the application at the relevant link below or at
Have questions, need help? Call MARN at 617-990-2856. Or email:
Excellence in Nursing Practice Award:
This award is for a registered nurse who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice. The nominee for this award may be self-nominated or nominated by a colleague. MARN membership is required for the nominator but not for the award recipient.
Use this link to access the Excellence in Nursing Practice award application.

Authors wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing (MARN newsletter)
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Needed: Articles for the March 2013 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing Remember: The MARN newsletter is read by nearly 114,000 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 Jan. 10!
Your contribution can be sent to or mailed to MARN Newsletter, P.O. Box 285, Milton, MA, 02186.

Register today: Continuing Education Committee Provider Symposium
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Wednesday, Jan. 30
Wellesley Gateway Building, Wellesley
This workshop is for you if:
You are a nurse planner who wants to be updated on the new ANCC criteria.
You are new lead nurse planner who needs to be oriented to MARN and ANCC criteria.
You are looking for development opportunities as a nurse planner.
Symposium flyer, click here.
Register now, click here.
Registrations MUST BE completed online no later than Jan. 15.

ANA Committee on Appointments: Call for nominations
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On behalf of the ANA Board of Directors, the Committee on Appointments issues this call for qualified nominees for appointment to the Constituent and State Nurses Association (C/SNA)/Individual Member Division (IMD) seats on the:
Committee on Planning and Budget
Seat: 1 C/SNA-ANA or IMD Member
Term: Immediately — Dec. 31, 2014
Constituent and State Nurses Association Assistance Committee
Seats: 2 C/SNA-ANA or IMD Members
Term: Immediately — Dec. 31, 2014
Attached are the required nomination forms:
1. Biographical Data Form
2. Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Agreement
3. Conflict of Interest and Financial Interest Disclosures

Nominees have the option of submitting up to three letters of endorsement with their nomination materials.
Upon receipt of a nomination, ANA Leadership Services staff will notify the C/SNA president and chief staff officer, or the IMD chair that the member is a nominee. The C/SNA/IMD leadership will then have the option of endorsing/not endorsing; indicating whether the member is known/not known, and/or providing any comments about the nominee.
All nomination materials, including optional letters of endorsement, must be submitted electronically to no later than Monday, Jan. 14. The nominee's email will serve as the electronic signature. Handwritten or faxed nomination materials will not be accepted.
If you have any questions about the nomination process, contact Maureen Thompson, director, leadership services via email ( or via phone 301-628-5041.

Please join us at the State House on Jan. 22 as the MCNP reveals details of proposed legislation that will redefine advanced practice nursing in Massachusetts
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Tuesday Jan. 22, 3-4:30 p.m.
Nurses Hall, Massachusetts State House.
Reception to follow from 5-6:30 p.m. at Scollay Square Restaurant, 21 Beacon Street, Boston.

The Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners invites you to join our leadership team, other representatives from the Massachusetts nursing community and key legislators as we discuss the contributions and value of advanced practice nursing across the healthcare continuum. The program will include an overview of MCNP's 2013 proposed legislation that will seek modernization of the Massachusetts advanced practice nursing statutes to enhance prescriptive practice and access to care.
This is a forum to share ideas and strengthen alliances and a great opportunity to meet with your legislators and educate them about your role as a nurse practitioner.
Please RSVP by Jan. 17 to Peg Carlson at:

National Governors Association Acknowledge Barriers to Practice
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Congressional Quarterly reported today on the release of a National Governors' Association's report The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting Increasing Demand for Primary Care.
"Nurse practitioners could play a more prominent role in healthcare delivery and states should consider easing laws under which they practice, recommends a new report by the National Governors Association," acknowledged CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor Jane Norman.
The NGA Report further states that, "to better meet the nation's current and growing need for primary care providers, states may want to consider easing their scope of practice restrictions and modifying their reimbursement policies to encourage greater nurse practitioner involvement in the provision of primary care ... Physician groups also may have financial concerns, but a recent analysis found no differences in physician earnings between states that have expanded scope-of-practice laws and those that do not."
Full report, click here.

New York Times obituary of Vernice Ferguson
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Vernice D. Ferguson, leader and advocate of nurses, dies at 84. More


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Pharmacy says cleaners should share blame in meningitis outbreak
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A Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak says its cleaning contractor should share blame for the apparent mishap that left dozens dead nationwide. The New England Compounding Center sent a letter to UniFirst Corp. demanding it share responsibility for a tainted steroid used to treat pain and inflammation, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. More

 Nursing News

Better work environment may cut hospital readmission rates
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Hospitals with a good work environment for nurses have fewer patient readmissions than those with poor working conditions, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 200,000 nurses and 412 hospitals. The investigators found that readmission rates to hospital within 30 days after discharge were 7 percent lower for Medicare patients over age 65 with heart failure, 6 percent lower for heart attack patients and 10 percent lower for patients with pneumonia who were treated in hospitals with good work environments. More

Explaining gender pay disparities in NP and PA professions
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An increasing proportion of PAs and NPs are women, and old gender-based roles in healthcare are being actively challenged in educational and workplace settings. But gender pay-gaps persist, several studies show. More

Training the next generation of primary care providers
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At the San Francisco VA Medical Center's primary care clinic, nurse practitioners and medical residents are training together in teams in an emerging trend in healthcare known as patient-centered medical homes. More

 Healthcare News

Chlamydia leads rise in STD rates
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More screenings may be the reason for an increase in the number of sexually transmitted diseases in 2011, particularly among men, says a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

CDC: Younger women to start to follow Pap test guidelines
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More young women are following recently revised U.S. guidelines for getting Pap tests — the standard screening for cervical cancer — but many women who have had a total hysterectomy still get the tests unnecessarily, new government studies reveal. More

 Policy & Reform

Fiscal cliff averted, but hospitals still face cuts    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While saluting Congress and the White House for reaching an agreement averting a so-called fiscal cliff, Karen Daley, RN, PhD, FAAN, president of the American Nurses Association, voiced concern about the potential harm of the 2 percent payment reduction that still might take effect at some point: "Without a comprehensive solution, Medicare cuts triggered by the sequester will lead to job losses and put millions of vulnerable people at risk of not receiving the healthcare they need." More

Related story: ANA calls fiscal cliff compromise important step forward (American Nurses Association)

Nurse-led monitoring improves cancer-related fatigue
HealthDay News via Monthly Prescribing Reference    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For patients with advanced cancer, nurse-led monitoring and optimized treatment of physical symptoms significantly improves cancer-related fatigue, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. More

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