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Nursing careers: Building a robust professional network
By Keith Carlson
Whether you're a satisfied nurse or a nurse who's totally burned out and ready for change, there's no time like the present to develop and maintain a robust professional network. Some of us hear the word "networking" and run screaming in the opposite direction, while others are ready to do the work of forging long-term, meaningful professional connections. Either way, there's no denying that having your own network of fellow professionals to whom you can reach out is a practice worth pursuing throughout your career.
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Career Guides Needed for ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) Career Connections Program! New nurses need you!
ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) is happy to announce that the new program to help senior nursing students and new graduates who anticipate entering their first professional nurse position is very popular! The aim of the Career Connections program is to match a novice nurse (the Seeker) with a professional nurse career guide. This is a great opportunity for nursing professionals to share their knowledge and experiences with novice nurses through this important transition to a professional position in nursing. Career Guides support and encourage the seeker throughout their transition as they enter professional practice. The role of the Career guide is to guide Seeker to:
  • Identify possible entry level positions
  • Critique cover letters and resumes
  • Provide coaching for interviews with nurse recruiters
  • Listen and support to novices’ questions and answer job-related concerns
Once matched, Career Guides and novice nurses arrange to meet at a mutually agreeable time. The connection is meant to end when novice nurses find their first position. To participate send name, position, snail mail address and phone number to Sabianca Delva at

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Nominations Open for Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award
Honoring New England Caregivers Who Demonstrate Extraordinary Compassion for Patients
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the relationship between patients and their healthcare providers, is seeking nominations for its 2014 Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award®. This prestigious award, given annually since 1999, recognizes caregivers and teams of caregivers who demonstrate extraordinary compassion for patients and families.

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Volunteer needed to represent ANA on CPT Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee
ANA is seeking a volunteer to serve as ANA’s representative to the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (HCPAC). The CPT HCPAC facilitates the development and review of CPT codes used by all healthcare professionals. CPT is the coding system used to submit claims to all insurance companies and third party payers in the country. Some knowledge of billing and coding is required. The CPT Editorial Panel meets three times a year – May (usually in Chicago), and October and February, typically at resort hotels.
    Upcoming meeting dates and locations:
  • May 15-17 Rosemont, IL
  • Oct. 9-11 New Orleans, LA
  • Feb. 5-7, 2015 San Diego, CA
  • May 14-16, 2015 TBA
Interested candidates should send their CV and a brief note of interest to

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ANF Gets $100,000 Gift , National Award Recipients and More
American Nurses Foundation Receives Inspirational Gift of $100,000 To Endow Leadership Fund
The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) announced that long-time ANA member Major General Irene Trowell-Harris, USAF, Ret, EdD, RN, has made a $100,000 gift to support the development of nurse leaders. The Irene Trowell-Harris Endowed Leadership Fund will support initiatives that give nurses a greater voice in influencing health care delivery and policy.

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American Nurses Association Announces National Award Recipients
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has announced the recipients of its 2014 National Awards, including five registered nurses who will be inducted into ANA’s Hall of Fame and five registered nurses who will receive Honorary Awards. A National Awards ceremony and reception will be held on Thursday, June 12, to honor the recipients at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., prior to the 2014 ANA Membership Assembly.
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Research Participants Needed
A nurse educator and doctoral student would like to interview new Registered Nurses with learning disabilities to describe their transition into practice experience. The interview should take about 45 minutes and there is no cost other than your time. As a gesture of appreciation participants will receive a $10 coffee gift card. The study has been approved by Regis College IRB and all information is confidential. If interested or if you know of anyone who may qualify please email the researcher at
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Report examines prevalence of behavioral meds use among kids
Among children ages 6 to 17, 7.5 percent used prescribed medication during the preceding six months for emotional or behavioral difficulties, according to a new CDC report. “Over the past two decades, the use of medication to treat mental health problems has increased substantially among all school-aged children and in most subgroups of children,” the authors wrote.
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What's the deal with external cause codes?
By Brooke Andrus
Let's face it: the ICD-10 code set isn't exactly the most enticing reading material. So naturally, mainstream media coverage of ICD-10 has focused on some of the more, shall we say, entertaining features of the coding manual: namely, the external cause codes found in Chapter 20. But while these supplementary codes certainly offer a dose of comic relief — and an endless supply of hilarious writing fodder — they've also elicited more than a few questions. So, without further ado, here's the rundown on what's really going on with external cause codes.
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FDA proposes to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars
Family Practice News
The Food and Drug Administration’s long-awaited proposal to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products as if they were cigarettes does not go far enough to protect the public, and especially children, from the harmful effects of tobacco products, including nicotine addiction, according to its critics. And, they say, it gives manufacturers too much time to continue selling their products without oversight while the FDA takes an undetermined period of time to consider comments on the proposal and make the rule final.
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Study: Keeping experienced nurses is key to better hospitalizations
A new survey shows that patients have shorter hospital stays and better outcomes when cared for by nurses with experience and job longevity. It’s no surprise that more experienced and better-educated nurses would give better care and result in shorter hospital stays, according to Patricia Eakin, a registered nurse and president of PASNAP, a Pennsylvania union for registered nurses and allied professionals. And retaining such staffers, she says, requires avoiding job burnout.

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Hospitals take CMS' two-midnight rule to federal court
Becker's Hospital Review
Various hospitals and hospital associations are challenging CMS' two-midnight rule and a related Medicare payment offset in federal court. The hospitals and hospital groups claim the two-midnight rule — under which inpatient admissions must span at least two midnights to qualify for Medicare Part A payments — is "arbitrary" and "capricious."

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New regulations allow patients to get lab test results quicker
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Patients and impatience —often they go together like unflattering hospital gowns and exposed derrieres. Few things can test your patience as much as waiting to learn about — and worrying over — the state of your health. And few things can trigger anxiety more than the eternity (or so it sometimes seems) between getting medical tests and receiving the results.

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How can some of the biggest patient safety concerns in healthcare be remedied?
MedCity News
As hospitals face increased liability concerns under Obamacare, a new report highlighting patient safety concerns could help them better prioritize risks to patient care. Data entry errors for electronic health records and care coordination when patients are discharged top the list of patient safety concerns in a new annual report by the ECRI Institute. Some of these issues could be of interest to healthcare startups. MedCity News lists some of the problems outlined in the report along with some of the recommendations from ECRI.
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New research showing promise in contraceptives for women
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Many contraceptive methods are available in the market. However, they are associated with the risk of side effects and with chances of drug failure. The cost of the contraceptives is also important, but many of the new contraceptives are not affordable for millions of women. There is an urgent need to develop effective and affordable contraceptives for women with different needs and different age groups. Here is a look at some of the different methods, along with new research being developed.
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Physical symptoms of depression often manifest after ICU stay
Depression affects more than 1 in 3 survivors of critical illness, according to a study, and the majority of patients experience their symptoms physically rather than emotionally. The study is one of the largest to investigate the mental health and functional outcomes of critical care survivors, according to lead author James Jackson, PsyD, assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn., and highlights a significant public health issue, with roughly 5 million patients admitted to ICUs in the U.S. each year.
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Study: HIE tool could reduce duplicative tests, medical procedures
The use of a health information exchange tool in emergency departments could help reduce the number of duplicative tests and procedures and identify drug-seeking behavior in patients, according to a study published in Applied Clinical Informatics, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports.
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From hand-washing to hand hygiene
There has been an emphasis on the importance of proper hand-washing for healthcare providers since the Nightingale era. As recently as the middle of the 20th century, however, proper hand-washing often entailed little more than the use of a water basin outside the room of a patient who was on isolation precautions. Geraldine Hannon, RN, MEd remembers taking care of a teenager with meningitis in such a room when she was a student in a large city hospital. She can still remember washing her hands in the basin outside the door when the parents arrived to see their child.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Children prescribed codeine despite safety concerns (USA Today)
Doctor or nurse? Blurring the lines of medical treatment (By Dorothy L. Tengler)
Longer nurse tenure on hospital units leads to higher-quality care (Columbia University Medical Center)
Entrepreneur combines design + coding skills to help stroke patients communicate with nurses (MedCity News)
Connection between nurse staffing and patient outcomes can be made in all hospital clinical areas with expanded measures (ANA)

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