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Nurses' duties changing: Hospitals, schools prepare them for larger roles
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Heading to the doctor's office sometime this year? Chances are, you might see a nurse instead. Improved technology and a shaky economy are a few of the factors causing nurses to move out of the traditional hospital setting — and care facilities are following suit. As baby boomers age and hospitals shrink, experts predict that nurses will play a larger role in medical care, especially in outpatient clinics, home care and community health centers. More

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Candidates sought for MARN elected leadership offices
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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.

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An invitation for MARN members — Become an active member — Join a MARN committee today
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Are you a MARN member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have a special talent or interest? Can you find the time to work on a one time only project? If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Listed below are the descriptions of the various active committees for the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses. 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


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The 4th Massachusetts Health Council Women's Health Forum
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"Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything"
Thursday, March 21
7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Waltham Westin Hotel
For speaker details and registration information see attached or go to

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

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Massachusetts nurses demand changes to state law
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Advanced practice nurses say the state poses too many legal barriers for them to properly treat patients. They were in Boston recently demanding changes to the law. Nurse practitioners say Massachusetts has outdated laws that prevent them from addressing the needs of their patients to the full extent of their ability. More

 Nursing News

Participation low of early-career RNs in quality-improvement activities
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Nurses are the largest group of healthcare providers in the United States, and healthcare leaders and experts agree that engaging registered nurses in quality-improvement efforts is essential to improving our healthcare system, patient care and our nation's health. Unfortunately, despite studies demonstrating the value of nurse-led quality improvement efforts, far too few nurses are involved in these efforts, and the number is not growing, according to a study published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. More

2 views of the nursing shortage
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David Williams writes a healthcare blog and has tackled the "nursing shortage" on more than one occasion. In a recent post, Williams once again questioned the reality of a pending shortage. He questions the logic of the numbers being used to make predictions. Part of his argument is that those predicting a long-term shortage are not taking into account for how technology will impact the way nurses work. He predicts more tasks will become automated, using industries such as the airlines and accounting as examples. More

Why your nurse practitioner is your friend    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recent editorial in the New York Times about nonphysician healthcare providers or NPPs, has drawn more than 260 comments. Who are these NPPs and why do so many people care about them? Historically, nurses have a long history of stepping in when there are gaps. For example, in the early 1900s anesthesia was given by med students and interns and everybody was unhappy, until nurses started doing it full-time and then the surgeons were much happier. More

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For diabetics, blood pressure, cholesterol more vital than earlier thought
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Think diabetes and you think: Control blood sugar. But a large new study suggests that those with diabetes need to pay even closer attention to controlling blood pressure and cholesterol if they want to reduce the looming risk of heart attack and stroke. The Kaiser Permanente study, which included more than 26,000 diabetic patients, found that those who maintained recommended blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood-sugar numbers were least likely to be hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke. More

Survey: Many adults track their health issues
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Nearly 7 in 10 U.S. adults say they are tracking weight, diet, exercise routines or some medical symptom for themselves or a loved one, but most are doing it without the aid of modern technology and many are just keeping track in their heads, a new survey finds. More

 Policy & Reform

Nurse-Family Partnership participants benefit from RN support    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 23,000 families across the country are enrolled in the Nurse-Family Partnership, a national nonprofit program that aims to improve the health and lives of low-income, first-time mothers and their babies. Participants learn about parenting, decipher complicated Medicaid forms and get prenatal care, all of which tie into the NFP's goal to improve pregnancy and economic outcomes. More

Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?
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Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die prematurely from their unhealthy habits? More

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

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