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Confronting workplace violence in nursing
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Violence can happen anywhere at any time. It's an unfortunate sign of our times, and the healthcare setting sees its fair share. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found in 2006 that the healthcare sector led all other industries in workplace violence, with 45 percent of nonfatal assaults leading in loss of work days committed against registered nurses. According to the American Nurses Association, workplace violence is one of the most dangerous occupational hazards facing nurses working in today's healthcare environment. More

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MARN 2013 Health Policy Committee legislative forum
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Friday, March 22, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Great Hall — Boston Statehouse
Nurse Advocacy Through the Legislative Process — Addressing Workplace Issues and Scope of Practice
Featured speakers:
Reps. Kay Khan and Ellen Story
David Yamada, Professor of Law and Director, New Workplace Institute, Suffolk University Law School
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.
Forum flyer, click here.
Register now, click here.

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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.
Click here for the convention flyer.
For exhibitor/sponsorship opportunities, click here.
For call for posters information, click here.

The American Lung Association and MA Healthy Air Campaign release their 2013 agenda
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ANA and MARN support and partner with their efforts.
For more information on their important initiatives, click here.

ANA supports nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to head CMS
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The American Nurses Association commends the White House for its decision to nominate Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, BSN, RN, to permanently head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Tavenner, a former intensive care unit nurse, has served as chief executive officer of the Hospital Corporation of America and was Virginia's secretary of Health and Human Resources under then-Gov. Tim Kaine.
Full release, click here.

ANA awards 6 hospitals for outstanding nursing quality
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Decreasing Infections, Reducing Falls, Maximizing Prevention, Improving Care: A Formula for Success for 6 Hospitals Earning ANA's Award for Nursing Quality.
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HRSA, Division of Nursing, Nursing Workforce Diversity FOA
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New "Nursing Workforce Diversity" Funding Opportunity From HRSA
For FY2013, HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement titled Nursing Workforce Diversity available here.
To demonstrate the Division of Nursing's focus and commitment to the social determinants of health and health equity, the FOA now requires NWD applicants to propose innovative workforce diversity projects that offer multilevel, evidence-based approaches that incorporate the social determinants of health into strategies to diversify the nursing workforce and move towards health equity.
Eligible applicants for this FOA are academic health centers, State or local governments, community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations, accredited schools of nursing, and nursing centers. We are also looking for qualified reviewers.

ANA Code of Ethics REVIEW — Deadline March 15
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ANA's Center for Ethics and Human Rights has begun a review of the Code of Ethics for Nurses to determine the need for revision. As part of this process, we are seeking public comment via a survey through March 15.
Dear ANA Member,
The American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights is seeking your input! Complete the survey exploring whether the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretative Statements should be revised. The Code was last revised in 2001. Results from the survey will advise ANA on whether or not to proceed with a revision of the Code. It will also inform ANA should the decision be made to move forward with revising the Code.
Access the survey and submit your comments TODAY. The deadline for submitting comments is March 15. The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one sitting.
Ethics is integral to nursing practice, and the Code, one of ANA's foundational documents, is essential for nursing practice. For more information or to review the current Code, go to

REMINDER — Call for ANA bylaws amendment proposals — Due March 5
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Please be reminded that proposed amendments to the 2012 ANA bylaws are due on March 5.
The 2013 Call for Proposed Amendments, click here, was originally distributed on Jan. 9. Click here for the template to be used for submitting proposals.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact or by phone at 301-628-5037.

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Massachusetts issues gender identity guidelines to schools
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Mitchell D. Chester, commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, issued a document to school districts called a "guidance" for nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity. The document issued to school districts said, "This guidance is intended to help school and district administrators take steps to create a culture in which transgender and gender nonconforming students feel safe, supported and fully included, and to meet each school's obligation to provide equal educational opportunities for all students" in compliance with the new law and state regulations. 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 Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics and payment. More

 Nursing News

NPs are in — and why you may be seeing more of them
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Despite continuing protests from some physician groups, the role of nurse practitioners in U.S. healthcare is expanding and will likely change both the costs and type of care experienced by millions of Americans. Partly driving this change is The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, which will extend healthcare coverage to approximately 30 million more individuals, most of whom have not been able to afford health insurance in the past. More

Job market Catch-22 for new RNs: You need experience
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Many new nursing graduates share similar stories of struggling to find work. They started nursing school because they were told there would be jobs. And there are, but not many for inexperienced nurses. Colorado Public News found 752 openings advertised statewide among six employers. But only four of those jobs were open to new graduates. More

 Healthcare News

Revolutionary treatment lowers blood pressure
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A novel drug-free treatment consisting of "blasting" nerves in the kidneys with radio waves is actually decreasing high blood pressure. The method is known as renal denervation, it is administered for a length of 45 minutes under local anesthetic and is the first new alternative treatment for patients who could not lower their blood pressure by traditional drugs. More

CDC: Flu levels continue to fall
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Flu activity continued to decrease in many areas of the United States during the week ending Feb. 9, federal health officials reported. The flu continued to hit older people hard, with more than 50 percent of hospitalizations involving adults 65 years and older. Sixty-four children have died from the flu this season, with five deaths reported recently, the CDC said. More

 Policy & Reform

Better nurse-to-patient ratios a must for psychiatric hospitals
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Minnesota could be the next state to enact legislation that would ensure adequate nurse staffing in hospitals. Washington, D.C. is also making gains, if recently introduced legislation passes. Illinois should pay attention to what is going on in Minnesota and D.C. Mental health funding cuts in Illinois have not been good for state residents who seek help in hospitals or other institutional settings. The latest cuts coincide with the announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating Chicago-area psychiatric hospitals. Inpatient psychiatric units need to be adequately staffed with knowledgeable and experienced registered nurses and other mental health workers. Increasingly, they aren't, and this is cause for great concern. More

Study: Nurses OK to follow-up RA patients
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Nurses can provide follow-up care for RA patients just as effectively as rheumatologists, new research shows. The study of almost 300 RA patients with low-disease activity randomized patients to either planned consultations with a rheumatologist, unplanned consultations with a GP or nurse clinic, or planned nursing consultations. More

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