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Nurses fighting state by state for minimum staffing laws
Kaiser Health News
How many nurses does it take to run a hospital? Legislatures in at least seven states and the District of Columbia are trying to answer that question as they debate bills that would require hospitals to have a minimum number of nurses on staff at all times.
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ANA Nightingale Tribute
ANA is paying respect to departed colleagues by presenting the Nightingale Tribute at the 2013 Membership Assembly. The Nightingale Tribute was designed and developed by the Kansas State Nurses Association and adopted by the ANA House of Delegates to honor deceased nurses.
To honor departed nurses since July 2012, please forward their names and credentials to lpresutti@MARNonline.org by May 15 and they will be forwarded to ANA.
Those honored will be displayed in a continuous tribute throughout the meeting on a LCD screen and added to the Nightingale Tribute Book, which will be on display at the meeting.

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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. 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 & 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, PhD, RN, National Program Director, Project Health Design. For more information and to register, go to http://nursingworld.org/FunctionalMenuCategories/AboutANA/NationalNursesWeek/NNW-Webinar.

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Reminder: Applications being accepted for ANA-PAC Board of Trustees
Applications for the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees is FRIDAY, MAY 31. 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 11 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 www.nursingworld.org/PACApplication.aspx for an application and job description. ANA members will need to login with their ANA user name and password to access the information.
Once again, applications must be received by Friday, May 31.

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Release-magnet program announces 2 leadership appointments
The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program® is pleased to announce the appointment of a new commissioner and a new chair. As the body of experts representing various sectors of the nursing community, the commission is responsible for the governance of Magnet Recognition Program activities. Governance includes such responsibilities as approving program criteria, making the final decision regarding the designation of the Magnet® credential, and providing a mechanism for the systematic review and evaluation of the strategic direction of the Magnet Recognition Program.
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Massachusetts providers, hospitals to ease bills for bombing victims
The Boston Globe
The largest health insurers in Massachusetts said they will ease the strain of medical costs for those injured in the Marathon bombing by waiving out-of-pocket fees, while three Boston hospitals promised to hold off mailing bills to those patients.
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Thank you for speaking up
ANA
Thank you for writing your member of Congress about the importance of Title VIII funding, which supports critical nurse workforce development programs. Writing your Representatives is not only critical in the democratic process, but allows the nursing profession to speak as a united voice and advocate for the issues that affect us most.
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Nurse practitioners' expanding role
The Press Democrat
With 30 million more Americans expected to become eligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, nurse practitioners are expected to help fill in for the shortage in primary care physicians. How much they can do independently depends on state law. Currently an NP in California cannot have her or his own practice or work in a clinic without a physician on staff. Senate Bill 491 would allow nurse practitioners to practice independently, as they do in 16 other states, granting “full practice authority” to provide routine care to patients without doctor supervision.
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Thank you for speaking up
ANA
Thank you for writing your member of Congress about the importance of Title VIII funding, which supports critical nurse workforce development programs.

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Docs fight encroachment in turf war with nurses
Modern Healthcare
The campaign to give more primary-care duties to nurse practitioners faces headwinds across the country.

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Increasing demand for emergency nursing
By Archita Datta Majumdar
For most Americans, an emergency room visit is on the top of their minds as much as 911 when in a crisis. An ER is also open to all patients to get immediate medical attention instead having to wait for doctor appointments.

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Nurses improving care for cancer patients
My Central Jersey
Oncology nurses at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey recently have explored how to better combat patient fatigue, the importance of documenting sleep-wake disturbances and the development of a toolkit to help patients better follow their oral treatment schedule during clinical trials. Their research on these topics is being presented at the Oncology Nursing Society's annual congress being held in Washington, D.C.
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HHS offers ideas for culturally sensitive care
MedPage Today
The Obama administration recently released updated cultural policies and principles to help providers better relate to minorities, address their care needs and ultimately reduce health disparities. The updated National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care are a set of guidelines to help practices relate culturally and provide linguistically appropriate health services.
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Why finding a TB test got difficult
NPR
Hospitals and public health departments around the country are having a tough time coming up with a staple of preventive health care: the skin test for tuberculosis. The shortage, caused by problems at a factory in Canada, is prompting suspension of routine TB testing around the country.
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POLICY & REFORM


How technology can improve hands-on patient care
Healthcare POV
Effective clinician and patient relationships include warmth, familiarity and a personal touch. These are important functions that allow a nurse to properly attend to the patient's health and recovery. The more time we spend by the patient's bedside, the more we hear, see and sense about his or her needs. There's nothing that replaces the nurse's touch and attention, especially at a time of crisis. Some aspects of that coveted level of attention and care have been lost to the fast-paced and stressful environments we see in hospitals today.
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