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Younger, healthier patients most likely to use telehealth
EHR Intelligence
Younger, more affluent patients without strong primary care affiliations are among the most likely to turn to telehealth for help with acute problems according to a new RAND Corporation study published in Health Affairs recently. Patients who used Teladoc for issues ranging from skin problems to respiratory infections saw similar levels of quality and accurate diagnosis as those who trekked into the office for an in-person visit, the study says.
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We are developing our public policy platform for the coming year and we cannot do this without knowing the thoughts and wishes of the membership. The patient safety act ballot initiative for November 2014 seeks to change the landscape for nursing. Your participation is extremely important to the future direction of your association.
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Register Today: MARN Health Policy Legislative Forum
MARN Health Policy Legislative Forum
To Influence or be influenced: How legislation impacts professional nursing practice
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Great Hall - Massachusetts State House
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Featured Speakers:
Peggy Chapman, PMHCNS, BC

Chair, MAAPPN legislative committee
Representative Denise C. Garlick, RN
State Representative MA House of Representatives, 13th Norfolk District
Senator John Keenan
Chair, Joint Committee on Public Health
Represenative Kay Khan, BS, RN, MS
State Representative, MA House of Representatives, 11th Middlesex District
Representative Jeffery Sanchez
Chair, Joint Committee on Public Health
Ashley Waddell, MS, RN, CNOR
Staff Development Specialist, Children's Hospital Boston
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  JBI Evidence-Based Practice Resources - Try it Free for January
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. Try it Today!

NEW DATE: Registration Open: MARN Accredited Approver Unit Eastern Workshop
Applying the 2013 ANCC Criteria to Nursing Continuing Education
One Year Later: Lessons Learned

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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Wellesley Gateway Building
93 Worcester Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-9181

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Call for Posters
Exhibitor/Sponsorship Opportunities:

Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 11, 2014
Annual Spring Convention
Reaction... Response... Reflection, Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Tragedy
Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA
This educational offering will focus on nursing considerations in the assessment and management of patients with traumatic injuries, disaster preparedness, and lessons learned as we approach the one year anniversary following the Boston Marathon tragedy. Come meet and learn from those who were there and experts in the fields of trauma care and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as we explore implications for practice, education, and research.

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We've made it easy to earn free CNE online by offering 24/7 access to more than 40 courses on pediatric and adolescent healthcare. We also offer several courses approved for the ethics credits you now need and our new, short, CNE-accredited video tutorials are perfect for watching on the go.

MARN 2013 Membership Survey
Please take a few minutes to complete our member survey so that we can better meet your member needs! Complete the survey and be entered into a drawing. We appreciate your time and your input!
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ANA: Call for Bylaws Amendments 2014
The ANA Committee on Bylaws, call for bylaws proposals to be considered at the June 2014 Membership Assembly. Please click here if you would like to propose changes to our current Bylaws, stating the current language (if available) and the proposed new language. The current Bylaws can be found at:
Proposals may be submitted by email no later than Monday, March 3, 2014. If you have any questions, you may send them to or to

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FEMA Accepting Youth Preparedness Council Applications
The application period for FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council is now open!
Know someone between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community? If so, encourage them to apply to serve on FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council!
FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council and to participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. Additionally, they complete self-selected youth preparedness projects; voice their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions and questions on youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national organizations working on youth preparedness.
FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities and who want to expand their impact as ambassadors for youth disaster preparedness. For more information and application materials for the YPC please visit, Applications must be received by February 24, 11:59 p.m. EST.
New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2014.

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ANF Nurse Recognition Program Gain Wolters Kluwer Sponsorship
The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) announced that Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and point-of-care solutions for health care, has agreed to help broaden exposure for Honor a Nurse through a major corporate donation and sponsorship agreement. “Honor a Nurse” publicly acknowledges registered nurses who have made a difference in the lives of others while raising money for the Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), and its initiatives.
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New nurses' survey reveals bigger workload and less patient time
Infection Control Today
The nursing profession is changing, and the role RNs play at hospitals is expanding. And while most nurses are generally satisfied with their jobs, many have a negative outlook for the future, according to a new survey released by Jackson Healthcare, Care Logistics and Jackson Nurse Professionals. Factors such as inadequate staff to cover the number of patients and the addition of peripheral duties and documentation for regulatory requirements are cited by large numbers of the 1,333 hospital-based registered nurses surveyed as inhibiting patient time. Even indirect care, such as patient care coordination, paperwork and documentation, take time away from patients’ bedsides. Nurses report these tasks can take between two and four hours of their workdays.
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HHS rule lets patients get results directly from labs
Family Practice News
Very soon, patients across the country will be allowed to call the lab and get their test results, without having to interact with a physician or health care professional. A final rule issued Feb. 3 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services eliminates exceptions under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) that allowed labs to withhold information from patients and their personal representatives.
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Liposome-bupivacaine showing promise in postoperative pain management
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Postoperative pain management is necessary to prevent mortality and to improve general body function after surgery. Opioids are commonly used to reduce postsurgical pain. However, they are associated with many side effects. The potential to be able to provide a long duration of analgesic effect with a single drug dose at the time of surgery is considered as important.

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Low testosterone may predict worse prostate cancer outcomes
Renal & Urology News
Low testosterone levels prior to radical prostatectomy (RP) for prostate cancer (PCa) are associated with worse oncologic outcomes, new findings suggest. In a study of 177 men who had their preoperative testosterone levels measured and underwent RP, a team led by R. Jeffrey Karnes, M.D., of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found that patients with a low preoperative testosterone level...

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Proper good night's sleep promotes both mental and physical health
Getting a good night's sleep means more than you probably think. "I would say the importance of sleep is definitely underestimated by the general public," said Dr. Sandhya Kumar, assistant professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and medical director of its Sleep Center.

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ICUs must combat HAIs with updated staffing guidelines
Fierce Healthcare
Hospitals don't have proper staffing and guidelines to prevent common hospital acquired infections (HAI), especially catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), according to a new study in the American Journal of Infection Control. The survey-based study examined 975 responses to questions about infection prevention and control programs, as well as clinician compliance with programs to prevent HAIs in 1,653 intensive care units.
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New guidelines focus on preventing stroke in women
Clinical experts have issued the first guidelines for preventing stroke in women. “If you are a woman, you share many of the same risk factors for stroke with men, but your risk is also influenced by hormones, reproductive health, pregnancy, childbirth and other sex-related factors,” Cheryl Bushnell, M.D., MHS, author of the guidelines, said in a news release. The guidelines, published Feb. 6 on the website of the journal Stroke, outline stroke risks unique to women and provide scientifically-based recommendations on how best to treat them:
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Dexamethasone tames acute asthma in kids, with less vomiting
Medscape (free subscription)
Some 6 million children in the United States suffer from asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease that accounts for 2 percent of all ambulatory care and emergency department visits by pediatric patients, the authors write. Oral prednisone, which tamps down inflammation and decreases mucus production, is the cornerstone of treatment for acute asthma exacerbations, but the remedy exacts a cost: vomiting. The authors sought to determine whether dexamethasone might provide the same therapeutic benefit with fewer doses and less vomiting than is associated with a 5-day course of oral prednisone or prednisolone. Searching PubMed, the researchers identified 667 articles describing randomized clinical trials comparing the medicines of interest; they included 6 trials in the meta-analysis.
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ONC aims to expand Blue Button reach
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
An initiative aimed at getting more patients to access, download and share their patient data is expected to go live later this month. The Blue Button Connector, a website launching by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, was initially scheduled to go live Jan. 15. The launch has been delayed, reportedly to give the ONC time to improve the user experience and build momentum surrounding the Blue Button movement. It is banking on the Blue Button to become the gold standard of patient data access.
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New X-ray app can be used for testing and training worldwide
A group of medical consultants in Belfast have teamed up with IT specialists to develop a mobile app that can identify where a doctor is going wrong when interpreting X-rays. The app helps medics develop their skills. It also identifies areas of weakness that can be worked on in training and that could potentially save lives. According to those behind the training tool, it is the first of its kind in the world.
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Barriers to adult vaccination identified
Medscape (free subscription)
Researchers found inconsistent assessment of patients' vaccination status among the physicians surveyed and insufficient stocking of certain recommended vaccines, in many instances because of the expense of the vaccines. "Vaccination remains underutilized in adults," Dr. Laura Hurley and colleagues write. "An annual average of more than 30 000 Americans die of vaccine-preventable diseases, mostly influenza, and more than 95 percent of these persons are adults."
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Valentine's Day woes? There's an ICD-10 code for that
By Charlotte Bohnett
If you've done any shopping lately, you might have noticed the influx of pink and red decorations, the increase of candy displays and the uptick of jewelry commercials. Hallmark's favorite holiday is upon us. Of course, no holiday is without unfortunate incidents — not even the lovey, dovey Valentine's Day. No matter what goes awry, though, trust that there's an ICD-10 code for it.
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