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Nurses needed: Career ranks No. 1 in job growth
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Economic forecasts of a nursing shortage have led to rapid growth of employment opportunities for nurses, locally and nationwide. Of all the in-demand occupations, nursing is expected to see the most growth through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. More

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Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses 2013 health policy committee legislative forum
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Friday, March 22, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Great Hall — Boston State House
Nurse Advocacy Through the Legislative Process — Addressing Workplace Issues and Scope of Practice
Featured speakers:
Representatives Kay Khan and Ellen Story
This educational program will introduce and educate nurses on the legislative process. How nurse advocacy can advance legislation that affects our work environment, scope of practice and ultimately, our patients.
Registration information coming soon at

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MARN 2013 Living Legends in Nursing and awards banquet & annual spring conference: The Impaired Clinician — from Recognition to Rehabilitation
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April 26-27, Lombardo's, Randolph, Mass.
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For exhibitor/sponsorship opportunities, click here.
For call for posters information, click here.

Save the date
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Massachusetts Student Nurses Association Career Forum — March 9, at Worcester State University

Feb. 8 deadline approaching! Apply now: ANA Care Coordination Quality Measures panel
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The American Nurses Association is seeking applications for its Care Coordination Quality Measures professional issues panel to be convened starting in March 2013. This panel will focus on developing a framework for measuring the contributions of registered nurses engaged in care coordination. Time commitment includes participation on monthly conference calls for approximately six months along with email dialogue.
ANA is looking for panel members with the following types of experience and interest:
  • Quality measurement experience at the regional or national level.
  • Experience with internal, system-wide quality measure development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Current practice experience in care coordination, including transitional care across care settings.
  • Experience in educating nurses in coordinating care.
  • Expertise in implementing and using data from electronic health records in acute, post-acute or ambulatory care settings.
  • Experience in evaluating care coordination programs outcomes (e.g., research).
  • Patient/caregiver experience of care with care coordination.
Find out more and submit your application TODAY. The deadline for applications is Feb. 8. Notifications of selection for the Care Coordination Quality Measures panel will be sent by March 1.
In addition to the professional issues panel, ANA will be convening an advisory panel that will include ANY ANA member who is interested in further engagement on this topic via email.
Questions can be sent to


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New report: Recommendations for prevention policies in America
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New Report Provides High-Impact Recommendations to Improve Prevention Policies in America
Today, Trust for America's Health released A Healthier America 2013: Strategies to Move from Sick Care to Health Care in Four Years — which provides high-impact recommendations to prioritize prevention and improve the health of Americans. The Healthier America report outlines top policy approaches to respond to studies that show 1) more than half of Americans are living with one or more serious, chronic diseases, a majority of which could have been prevented, and 2) that today's children could be on track to be the first in U.S. history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. To read the full release, click here.

Notification of application for magnet designation
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Massachusetts General Hospital has applied for Magnet re-designation. A site visit has been scheduled for March 4-7. The applicant is now required to post signs at major entrances, exits, and public gathering places inviting public comment on their application. In addition, a public notice announcement is being posted on the Magnet web site at If your organization or any individual within your organization would like to provide public comment, be sure to let me know. I would be more than happy to communicate with those individuals to ensure that they have the opportunity to comment. The deadline for public comment is Feb. 22.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about this application, or any aspect of the application process, please let me know. I can be reached via telephone at 301-628-5280 and via email at

New magnet designations
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The chair of the Commission on Magnet has announced magnet designation for the following organizations:
Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Kosair Children's Hospital, Louisville, Ky.
Sanford USD Medical Center Sioux Falls, S.D.
Winchester Hospital, Winchester, Mass.

Initial Applicants
Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children's Hospital, Long Beach, Calif.
St. Vincent Infirmary, Little Rock, Ark.

Ethics of Caring nursing ethics conference, hotel registration open
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Cultivating Ethical Awareness: Moments of Truth
Sponsored by UCLA Health System and Ethics of Caring
March 21-22
Universal Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles
Click here to view the 2013 brochure
Registration is open online at

Passing of nursing leader: ENA co-founder Judith Kelleher died Jan. 24, at 89
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The Emergency Nurses Association has informed us that co-founder, Judith C. Kelleher, MSN, RN, FAEN, died on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the age of 89.
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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

 Around Massachusetts

Massachusetts may miss deadline to issue medical marijuana rules
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The November ballot referendum that legalized marijuana for medical use in Massachusetts required that regulations be issued by May 1, to implement the law, but state health officials say the complexity of the issue has proven so daunting that they are unlikely to complete final rules by that deadline. More

Looking to share your expertise?
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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

Report: Nurses on frontline of fake drug education    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A paper in the American Journal of Nursing has called on healthcare staff to educate patients about buying drugs online. Nurses have direct access to patients shortly before they decide where to buy their medicines, making them well placed to raise awareness of fake online pharmacies. Taking a more active role in patient education would help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to stop fakes. More

How to stop unhappy nurses from leaving
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The results of a survey of registered nurses present something of a paradox for nurse leaders. The survey of nearly 3,000 RNs showed that nurses are happier than ever with their career choices. Yet about 30 percent of them aren't happy with their current jobs. Marcia Faller, chief nursing officer at AMN Healthcare, which conducted the survey, says it's a finding that should make nurse leaders stop and listen. The fact that many nurses want to find a new job is a clear sign that a lack of a nursing shortage is no excuse for leaders to start slacking off on their recruitment and retention. More

 Healthcare News

CDC: Pregnant women should get whooping cough shot
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Moms-to-be should get a booster tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine during each pregnancy to help protect their infants from whooping cough, according to a new vaccine schedule released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

Doctors, patients dealing with shortage of barium
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Austin, Texas-area medical facilities that perform X-rays and other kinds of imaging have been dealing with a nationwide shortage of barium, causing doctors to scramble and some patients to wait longer to do a test. The Austin Radiological Association received some barium this month but not all that it requested, said Dr. Ronald Hoelscher, one of its radiologists. For now, it is able to "schedule and perform all exams that require barium." More

 Policy & Reform

Obama administration revises controversial contraception mandate
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Religious organizations that object to providing birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act would be allowed to hand that responsibility off to a third party under new rules proposed by the Obama administration. The so-called "contraception mandate" has already been challenged in court by numerous groups on the grounds that it violates their religious beliefs. Federal health officials said that the new rules are an attempt to address some of those concerns. More

2012 PA and NP salary survey results
ADVANCE for NPs & PAs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Unlike the falling salary numbers of 2011, nurse practitioners and physician assistants have regained momentum, reporting increased salaries and hourly wages across the board. In 2012, one profession made significant gains over last year's wages. More

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