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ANA says Obama's budget would strengthen nursing
Nurse.com
The American Nurses Association expressed its support for President Barack Obama's budget for including "vital investments that strengthen the nation's healthcare system," according to a news release.
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MARN 2013 annual Spring Convention
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Living Legends and Excellence in Nursing Awards Dinner
Friday, April 26
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Saturday, April 27
The Impaired Clinician — from Recognition to Rehabilitation
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Final 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 www.MARNonline.org.

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Reminder: April 22 deadline to sign petition to remove barriers to APRN practice
ANA
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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Free ANA Nurses Week webinar
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Register for ANA's Free CE Webinar on Innovation
ANA celebrates National Nurses Week by hosting a FREE CE webinar on Innovation in Nursing Practice: Are You Leading the Charge? The live broadcast will be held on Thursday, May 9 at 1 p.m. EDT, Noon CDT, and 10 a.m. PDT. The webinar will focus on how to incorporate innovation into your nursing practice, facilitate and lead the innovation process in your organization, specific innovations that are currently improving patient outcomes and previewing the latest innovative process and technology for use in the nursing profession.

Speakers include Barbara Blakeney, MS, RN, Innovations Specialist, Center for Innovations in Care Delivery, Mass. General Hospital, and Patricia Brennan, Ph.D., RN, National Program Director, Project Health Design. For more information and to register, click here.

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ANA commends Obama budget for healthcare commitment
ANA
The American Nurses Association commends President Barack Obama for including vital investments that strengthen the nation's healthcare system in his fiscal year 2014 budget. The Obama administrations budget proposal reflects a clear commitment to expanding services and programs that will help millions of Americans receive high quality healthcare. Full release, click here.
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AROUND MASSACHUSETTS


Quincy Medical Center prepares for nurses strike
The Boston Globe
Unionized nurses and hospital officials made their final preparations for a 24-hour strike at Quincy Medical Center. More than 200 members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association are expected to walk off their jobs, form picket lines outside the Whitwell Street hospital campus throughout the day, and rally to protest what they say are dangerous staffing levels, according to David Schildmeier, a spokesman for the Canton-based nursing union.
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Physician leaders talk of day of trauma, shrapnel and surgery
The Boston Globe
The first Boston Marathon attendees who arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital were among the worst injured, with damage to their legs severe enough in some to require amputation, surgeon Dr. Peter J. Fagenholz said outside the hospital late Monday evening. "We had three in the first five or 10 minutes, and that's when it became clear to us that it was going to be a busy day," he said. "I've never seen this volume come this quickly."
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Nurses relied on trauma experience to help bombing wounded
CNN
Of all the Boston Marathons he's worked, and he's done a half-dozen of them, Stephen Segatore figured this one would be pretty easy. The weather was cool, so the runners probably wouldn't be at much risk for heat stroke or dehydration. Maybe he'd help people with muscle cramps or twisted ankles, but not much more than that.
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Blast injuries like those in Boston difficult to treat
USA Today
Blast injuries, caused by the sort of explosions that occurred in Boston, can be some of the most difficult and complex injuries to treat. The "blast wave" from the explosion acts like "an invisible wall of energy."
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NURSING NEWS


UCSF School of Nursing dean hopes to double number of men in nursing
Nurse.com
When David Vlahov, RN, Ph.D., received his nursing degree in 1983, he joined the 2 percent of men who were working as nurses. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of male RNs increased to 8.1 oercent in 2011. While the rise has been slow and steady, Vlahov said he hopes to see that number increase significantly in the coming years.
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Patient transport and nurse productivity
ADVANCE for Nurses
Patient transport, seldom explored in clinical literature, is a critical hospital process. Where transport is dysfunctional, waiting lines expand; patients, families and staff complain; nurses waste time; and productivity is lost everywhere. While many hospitals acknowledge that patient transportation is an issue, not many of these organizations actually invest the time and effort into removing inefficiencies and improving processes.
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Dealing with disruptive behavior in the healthcare workplace
NurseZone
Disruptive behavior in a workplace can take many forms. It can be overt, or it can be more subtle and insidious. It can be outright bullying, or it can be a constant negative attitude that drags everyone down. Regardless of the form it takes, disruptive behavior can be devastating to a workplace and individuals in the healthcare team, according to Jody Foster, M.D., director of the professionalism program at Penn Medicine.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


Study: Hospital boards need more focus on quality of care
FierceHealthcare
When it comes to promoting quality care, U.S. hospital leaders have room for improvement. Board chairs of U.S. hospitals not only have less training and expertise in quality of care but also devote less of their time to such issues than their English counterparts, according to a new study in Health Affairs.
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Healthcare providers want faster changes in payments
USA Today
Healthcare providers are pushing the federal government to scrap the payment plan for medical services, preferring instead one payment for a patient's entire care instead of separate fees for each item. Instead of fee-for-service medicine, in which a provider receives a payment for every test, procedure and visit, providers want the government — or states or private payers — to pay for treatment as a whole.
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POLICY & REFORM


Bill gives NPs more responsibility in patient care
Legislative Gazette
New legislation in New York, titled the Nurse Practitioners Modernization Act and sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, would allow a certified nurse practitioner to diagnose and perform certain medical actions without the collaboration of a licensed physician.
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