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Nurses: Patient safety culture doesn't always mean safe hospitals
Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control
While 85 percent of nurses agree that their hospital has a patient safety culture, only 41 percent describe the hospital they work in as "safe," according to a survey by GE Healthcare and the American Nurses Association. The GE Healthcare Patient Safety Study, which was led by research firm Edelman Berland, includes responses to an online survey of 900 practicing registered nurses in the U.S., U.K. and China as well as feedback from 14 in-depth interviews with nurses..
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 MARN News & Updates


MARN 2013 Health Policy Committee legislative forum
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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FREE Webcast - Beyond the Search: Maximizing the Quality of Systematic Reviews

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MARN 2013 Living Legends in Nursing and awards banquet & annual spring conference: The Impaired Clinician — from Recognition to Rehabilitation
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.

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Call for qualified nominees for appointment
On behalf of the ANA Board of Directors, the Committee on Appointments issues this call for qualified nominees for appointment to seats on the:
American Nurses Credentialing Center Board of Directors
Three seats for C/SNA/ANA or IMD members
One seat for a public non-nurse member
Term of service: July 1, 2013-June 30, 2015
Committee on Bylaws
Three seats for C/SNA/ANA or IMD members
Term of service: July 1, 2013-June 30, 2015

Click here for the Guide to the Appointments Process and the see below for the required nomination materials:
  • ANCC Board of Directors profile, click here
  • Committee on Bylaws profile, click here
  • Biographical Data Form for ANA Members, click here
  • Biographical Data Form for Nominees for the ANCC Board of Directors, click here
  • Conflict of Interest and Financial Disclosure Form, click here
  • Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Disclosure, click here
Nominees may submit electronically up to three letters of endorsement with the required nomination materials.
All nomination materials must be submitted to leader@ana.org by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, April 15.
If you have any questions regarding the appointments process, please contact Maureen Thompson, Director, Leadership Services at 301-628-5041 or via email: Maureen.thompson@ana.org or Nichole Mitchell, Assistant to the Board of Directors at 301-628-5243 or via email: Nichole.mitchell@ana.org.





Quality group endorses ANA measures for patient falls
A leading national organization that recommends health care performance standards has endorsed two quality measures developed by the American Nurses Association's National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® to improve patient safety in hospitals — patient fall rate and patient falls with injury. Full release, click here.
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CDC health alert network update
Notice to clinicians: Continued vigilance urged for fungal infections among patients who received contaminated steroid injections
For the full update, click here.

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ANA Care Coordination Quality Measures Panel
ANA is pleased to announce the selections for the Care Coordination Quality Measures Panel — Steering Committee (click here) and the Care Coordination Quality Measures Panel — Advisory Committee (click here). Both groups will advise ANA on the framework that reflects the contributions of registered nurses in care coordination quality measures. We received more than 240 applications which were reviewed based on the criteria in the original call for applications. The Steering Committee is a smaller group that will do a deep dive into the topic. The Advisory Committee will provide additional information, feedback and advice to ANA and the Steering Committee. Both committees are necessary to ensure sufficient rigor while also allowing for broad feedback from a full range of practice arenas.
Thank you to everyone who promoted this application opportunity. The successful outcome and caliber of the applicants is a testament to your efforts. We will certainly keep you apprised as this work moves forward. The next call for applications for a professional issues panel (topic under development) will likely occur in May 2013.

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The 4th Massachusetts Health Council Women's Health Forum
"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 go to www.mahealthcouncil.org.

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Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing Pinnacle lecture series
Family Journey, Recovery, and Resilience: A Caregiver's Perspective
Lee Woodruff
Best-selling author, CBS This Morning show contributor, and Bob Woodruff Foundation cofounder
Wednesday, April 10
5 p.m.
Boston College, Yawkey Center, Murray Room
Read more and RSVP at www.bc.edu/pinnacle.

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 Around Massachusetts


Bill sees role for dental practitioners in Massachusetts
The Associated Press via The Salem News
Dental hygienists with advanced training could perform certain procedures now reserved for dentists, including routine fillings and tooth extractions, under a bill that supporters believe would improve access to oral healthcare for low-income Massachusetts residents and underprivileged children.
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 Nursing News


Nurses name 3 barriers to patient safety
Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control
Nurses have identified three major barriers to improving patient safety in their facilities, according to a survey by GE Healthcare and the American Nurses Association. Nine hundred practicing registered nurses in the United states, U.K. and China responded to a survey conducted by Edelman Berland for the GE Healthcare Patient Safety Study. Fourteen in-depth interviews with nurses between Oct. 12 and Nov. 4, 2011, also gave insight into nurses' experiences with patient safety.
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 Healthcare News


More evidence whooping cough protection wanes
HealthDay News
Despite high levels of vaccination, the rate of whooping cough in the United States is at its highest level in decades, and one reason may be that immunity from the vaccine diminishes each year after the fifth dose is given.
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Do more pregnant women need diabetes care?
The Associated Press via USA Today
A change in testing could nearly triple the number of women diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy, but would catching milder cases help mother or baby? A government panel is urging more research to find that out before doctors make the switch.
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 Policy & Reform


Amid nurse-CPR controversy, many unanswered questions
The New York Times
Lorraine Bayless, 87, had collapsed last month in a dining room at a Florida continuing care retirement community, apparently from cardiac arrest. But a staff nurse on the scene refused to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or let anyone else do so, citing company policy. Waiting for expert help in most medical emergencies is not life threatening. But when someone’s heart stops, the probability of survival plunges 10 to 15 percent for every minute that CPR is delayed, said Dr. Benjamin Abella, clinical research director of the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
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Graduate certificates help nurses advance their careers
BPT via Journal Sentinel
As the U.S. healthcare system continues to evolve, industry demand for more highly educated nurses is growing. Data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing shows current and prospective nurses are responding to rising education requirements: enrollment in all types of programs at nursing schools across the country increased from 2010 to 2011. Some nursing schools offer graduate certificates that allow nurses to expand their expertise and meet critical areas of need in the nursing profession.
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