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For nursing jobs, new grads need not apply
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Since the recession, healthcare has been the single biggest sector for job growth, but that doesn't mean it's easy to get hired. Registered nurses fresh out of school are coming across thousands of job postings with an impossible requirement: "no new grads." More

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

JBI Evidence-Based Practice Resources - exclusively on Ovid!

Advance healthcare using content and tools from the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), a global leader in evidence-based practice, only on Ovid. Search evidence in any specialty including systematic reviews, recommended practices, evidence summaries, patient handouts and more. Then use JBI's unique tools to get evidence into practice. Learn more!

Save the dates
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Massachusetts Student Nurses Association Career Forum — March 9, 2013, Worcester State University

MARN Health Policy Committee Legislative Action Forum — March 22, 2013, the Statehouse

MARN 2013 Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet — April 26, 2013, Lombardo's, Randolph

MARN Annual Spring Convention: The Impaired Clinician: Practice and Ethical Implications for Nursing and the Healthcare Team — April 27, 2013, Lombardo's, Randolph

Notice to clinicians: Summary of CDC recommendations for influenza antiviral medications
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CDC continues to recommend antiviral medications for treatment of seasonal influenza and annual vaccination as the best tools for prevention. Evidence from past influenza seasons and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic has shown that treatment with antiviral medications can have clinical and public health benefit in reducing severe outcomes of influenza when initiated as soon as possible after illness onset. Clinical trials and observational data show that early antiviral treatment may do the following:
  • Shorten the duration of fever and illness symptoms
  • Reduce the risk of complications from influenza (e.g., otitis media in young children, pneumonia, respiratory failure) and death
  • Shorten the duration of hospitalization
Click here for a summary of CDC's influenza antiviral recommendations and more information.


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2013 call for reference proposals — Due March 5
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The following is information on the 2013 Call for Reference Proposals. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Thompson by email or by phone 301-628-5041.
Click here for the 2013 reference process.
For timelines for the 2013 ANA reference process, click here.
For a guide to the reference process, click here.

New rule protects patient privacy, secures health information
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a new rule to strengthen the privacy and security protections for health information established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The final omnibus rule greatly enhances a patient's privacy protections, provides individuals new rights to their health information, and strengthens the government's ability to enforce the law.
The changes in the final rulemaking provide the public with increased protection and control of personal health information. The changes announced today expand many of the privacy and security requirements to business associates that receive protected health information, such as contractors and subcontractors.
Business associates may also be liable for the increased penalties for noncompliance based on the level of negligence up to a maximum penalty of $1.5 million. The changes also strengthen the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Breach Notification requirements by clarifying when breaches of unsecured health information must be reported to HHS.
Individual rights are expanded in important ways. Patients can ask for a copy of their electronic medical record in an electronic form. When individuals pay by cash they can instruct their provider not to share information about their treatment with their health plan.
The final omnibus rule sets new limits on how information is used and disclosed for marketing and fundraising purposes, and prohibits the sale of an individual’s health information without their permission. The final omnibus rule is based on statutory changes under the HITECH Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 which clarifies that genetic information is protected under the HIPAA Privacy Rule and prohibits most health plans from using or disclosing genetic information for underwriting purposes.
The Rulemaking announced may be viewed here. Click here for the HHS press release.

Nursing Community webinar Feb. 6 — Register today
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The Nursing Community will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 1-2 p.m. ET, titled "Nursing and Healthcare Delivery Under the 113th Congress."
Click here for the webinar flyer.

2013 loan repayment program for nurses
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The Health Research and Services Administration's NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, formerly the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program, is accepting 2013 applications through Feb. 28. The program helps registered nurses, advance practice nurses and nurse faculty repay their educational loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at a hospital or other facility with a critical shortage of nurses or at an accredited nursing school. To meet rising demand for nurse practitioners, the program is reserving up to half of the funding for these advance practice nurses. For more information or to apply, click here.

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Flu cases continue to drop in Massachusetts
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The flu season may have peaked in Massachusetts. The latest numbers show a sharp decline for the second week in a row in the number of patients showing up in doctors' offices and community health centers with coughs, sore throats and fever, according to the state Department of Public Health. The portion of visits that were for flu-like illnesses fell to 2.4 percent recently, barely half the percentage two weeks earlier. More

Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the Nursing Flash, 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 Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment. More

 Nursing News

Nurses satisfied at work now, but fearful
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Seventy-six percent of U.S. nurses say they are satisfied with their jobs, but 72 percent fear future workload increases and liabilities, a survey says. Vital Signs 2012: A National Nursing Attitudes and Outlook Report highlights survey findings conducted by Jackson Healthcare, a healthcare staffing company, in conjunction with Jackson Nurse Professionals found only 5 percent of nurses currently were very dissatisfied with their work. More

Checklists may help doctors, nurses avert surgery oversights
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Having step-by-step checklists on hand may help doctors and nurses manage emergencies in the operating room, a new study suggests. In situations when a person's heart stops beating on the operating table or a patient begins bleeding uncontrollably, those lists can save time and brain power, researchers said. More

 Healthcare News

Eating yogurt helps keep blood pressure low
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Eating yogurt a few times a week may lower a person's chances of developing high blood pressure, according to new research. The study included data from more than 2,100 adults from the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort. Participants had been followed for more than 14 years. More

FDA OKs Botox to treat overactive bladder
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its approval for the use of Botox against a form of urinary incontinence known as overactive bladder. Injections of Botox into the bladder muscle can trigger a relaxation of the bladder, boost the organ's storage capacity and make incontinence episodes less frequent, the FDA said. More

Related story: State flu shot mandate at center of legal battle (American Medical News)

 Policy & Reform

Study: APRNs equal to physicians in abortion safety    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
First-trimester abortions are as safe when performed by trained nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives as when conducted by physicians, according to a six-year study. More

Schedule of childhood vaccines declared safe
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VideoBriefChildhood vaccines for diseases like measles, polio and whooping cough have repeatedly been proved safe and effective. Even so, some parents still worry that the schedule of vaccinations — 24 immunizations by the age of 2 — can be dangerous. That worry is likely misplaced, according to a yearlong review of all available scientific data. More

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