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More men are choosing nursing careers
The Daily American
Paul Fedorchak of Bedford, Penn., was a plant manager for Morton Metal Craft. When the company was bought out and the plant was closed in 2009, he decided to switch careers. Fedorchak became a registered nurse. Male nurses are becoming increasingly more commonplace. According to a study by the U.S. Census Bureau, in 1970 only 2.7 percent of nurses were male, compared to 9.6 percent today.
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MARN 2013 annual Spring Convention
Lombardo's, Randolph
Living Legends and Excellence in Nursing Awards Dinner
Friday, April 26
Join MARN as we celebrate the BEST in Nursing in Massachusetts!
Saturday, April 27
The Impaired Clinician — from Recognition to Rehabilitation
Convention flyer, click here.
Register now, click here.

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For a list of award recipients, click here. Ad prices are as follows: Inside Cover, $750; Full Page Ad $500; 1/2 Page Ad $300; 1/4 Page Ad $150

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Call for posters, click here.
All convention participants are welcome to submit an abstract for poster presentations. Posters will be displayed in the exhibit area to increase visibility and opportunities to interact with attendees. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Committee. To submit an abstract and for guidelines, go to

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MARN elections: Voting open until April 7
MARN members only
Deadline April 7
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Authors wanted for the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing (MARN Newsletter)
Needed: Articles for the summer 2013 edition of the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The MARN newsletter is read by roughly 118,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!
This is YOUR newsletter so we encourage YOU to make a contribution!
For 2013, we invite you to write about how nurses unite and work to improve healthcare.
Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!!
We really look forward to your article.
Deadline date for submission is April 10!
Your contribution can be sent to or mailed to MARN Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186.

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Request for comments — 2013 proposed ANA bylaws amendment
Click here for the proposed amendments to the 2012 ANA bylaws.
Template to be used for comments, click here.
Comments are due to ANA by April 9.

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April 22 deadline to sign petition to remove barriers to APRN practice
Many of you are already aware that a petition has been posted on the White House website asking the Obama administration to remove barriers that prevent APRNs from practicing to their full scope.

The petition is part of "We the People," a platform on the White House website where individuals can create and sign petitions that call for action by the federal government on a range of issues facing our nation. If a petition gathers enough signatures, it will be reviewed by White House staff and receive an official response.

In order to get a response from the White House, the petition needs to garner 100,000 signatures in 30 days. There are currently 4,200 signatures on this petition. The deadline for the current petition is April 22.

Sign the petition today.

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Reminder: Nominate nurses for Modern Healthcare's '100 Most Influential People'
The American Nurses Association encourages nurses and others who support the profession to nominate nurses for Modern Healthcare's "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" ranking. Recognizing nurse leaders in the "Most Influential" rankings is an excellent way to elevate the contributions of the profession.

We encourage you to cast your vote for ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN, here. Each individual may only nominate one person.

Modern Healthcare will list the 300 people who receive the most nominations on a final ballot and post the list on its website. Then, from Monday, May 6 to Friday, June 14, readers can visit the site again to cast votes for five nominees they believe should make the final list of the "100 Most Influential." The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 19.

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Now accepting nominations for the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees
Calling all political activists! The ANA-PAC Board of Trustees will elect five new members in June 2013. The term of office for members of the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees elected during this time frame begins on July 1 and runs until June 30, 2015.
The ANA-PAC Board of Trustees consists of eleven members, selected from ANA members. Of these eleven Trustees, six are appointed by the ANA Board of Directors (in the even years) and five are elected by the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees (in odd years). The five Trustee positions that are open this year will be elected by the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees. ANA-PAC is dedicated to the promotion of the improvement of health care by raising funds from members and contributing to the support of worthy candidates for federal office who believe and have demonstrated their beliefs in the legislative objectives of the American Nurses Association. If your members are interested in applying for election to the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees, please go to for an application and job description. Applications must be received by Friday, May 31.

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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

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Massachusetts teen birthrate falls to historic low
The Associated Press via Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The percentage of teens in Massachusetts having babies fell to its lowest point in at least 25 years and was part of an overall drop in the birthrate, according to the latest annual report from the state public health agency. The study also showed a slight drop in infant mortality, fewer women smoking during pregnancy and an increased number of mothers who were breastfeeding.
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Interested in being published?
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.
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Nurse-practitioners: The answer to the doctor shortage?
We have nearly 30 million uninsured people about to get medical coverage under the healthcare law come January. And we have a projected shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians by 2020. Nurse-practitioners say it's a matter of simple addition: new laws are needed to give them more autonomy. But doctors say it's a miscalculation to think that patient safety won't be compromised by not having a doctor overseeing things.
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Full vaccine schedule safe for kids, no link to autism
USA Today
At least 10 percent of parents of young children skip or delay routine vaccinations, often out of concern that kids are getting "too many shots, too soon." But a new study finds that children who receive the full schedule of vaccinations have no increased risk of autism. The study is the latest of more than 20 studies showing no connection between autism and vaccines, given either individually or as part of the standard schedule. The paper is the first to consider not just the number of vaccines, but a child's total exposure to the substances inside vaccines that trigger an immune response.
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Antihistamine meds may raise risk for diarrheal illness
HealthDay News
Patients who take antihistamines to reduce stomach acid are at increased risk for infection with Clostridium difficile, a common cause of diarrhea, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed the findings of 33 previous studies that looked at C. difficile and antihistamines used to suppress stomach acid.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Nurses can practice without physician supervision in many states (The Washington Post)
Hospital staff nurse wages keep pace with inflation (ANA)
Nurse practitioners hemmed in by scope of practice laws, payment policies (Healthcare Finance News)
Popular over-the-counter pain killer effective at blocking the flu (Medical Daily)
Temporary staffing requests for PAs, NPs, on the rise (Becker's Hospital Review)

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Study hints vitamin D might help curb high blood pressure
VideoBriefWe've heard many claims in the past decade — and much debate — about the role of vitamin D in the prevention and treatment of conditions as varied as brittle bones, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and dementia. Now researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have what they think may be another tantalizing lead: Their study suggests moderate doses of vitamin D supplements might help reduce high blood pressure.
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Better nurse staffing requires a strong business case
HealthLeaders Media
From examining nurse staffing issues to bringing nurses' depression out of the dark, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative is helping to improve nursing.
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California law allows RNs in clinics to dispense hormonal contraception
On Jan. 1, California Assembly Bill 2348 took effect as law, allowing RNs to dispense hormonal birth control independently. The law expands the scope of practice for nurses in California, giving RNs who work in clinics the authority to conduct a patient/family history, vital sign assessment and then dispense or administer hormonal contraception without a physician’s order or pelvic exam.
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Utah designing its 1st residency program for nurses
The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah will use its share of a $3 million national grant to create the first nursing residency programs in hospitals statewide. The grants — $150,000 over two years — will be used to design the program and provide better support for the state's nurses in their first year of professional work. The funding was awarded to the Utah Action Coalition for Health, which works to improve Utah's healthcare systems.
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