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Nurses use extreme treatments for patients but prefer less aggressive options
Nurses would prefer less aggressive treatments for themselves if they were dying, compared to what they would be willing to administer their patients and even their own parents, a new study shows. In an international survey of 1,089 nurses between June 2011 and July 2012, researchers found that nurses around the world prefer less aggressive end-of-life (EOL) treatment options, but would use extreme modes of treatment for their own patients and parents.
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New Graduate Board of Directors position
These directors shall be members who have been licensed as registered nurses for five years or less. The term will commence in July 2013. Responsibilities include attendance at Board meetings every other month.
Please forward a Declaration of Interest Form, click here, to email@example.com no later than June 30.
LAST CHANCE: ANA 2013 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 22 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.
Labor dispute between nurses and hospital continues
New England Cable News
There are tense labor talks going on between UMass Memorial Medical Center and the Massachusetts Nurses Association. The two sides were back at the negotiating table, but by the way things are shaking out, it's looking more and more likely that a strike could take place.
“We are trying to get safe staffing levels and management hasn't heard us,” says Margaret McLoughlin.
UMass Memorial Medical Center nurses headed into their final day of negotiations Thursday in Worcester, Mass.
Thank your state senator for restoration of DHE funding
Good News! The Senate Ways and Means Committee released their budget and Funding for the Nursing and Allied Health amendment has been restored in the Senate budget. Thanks to all of you who took the time to contact your Senator and for your terrific advocacy efforts on behalf of MARN. That personal connection is really effective and speaks to your role as nurses influencing policy. Special thanks to Sens. Richard Moore and Michael Moore for their leadership on this. Please contact your senator using the link below to indicate your thanks.
Please take one minute and thank your State Senator for restoring this essential funding for nursing! Here is a link to find your senator's contact information:
Here is how the line item now appears in the Senate Ways and Means Budget:
7066-0020: For the nursing and allied health workforce development initiative, to develop and support strategies that increase the number of public higher education faculty members and students who participate in programs that support careers in fields related to nursing and allied health; provided, that the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred to the Massachusetts Nursing and Allied Health Workforce Development Trust Fund established in section 33 of chapter 305 of the acts of 2008; and provided further, that funds shall be transferred to the fund according to an allotment schedule adopted by the executive office for administration and finance.
Community College Fund........................................................100 percent
Next Steps: Once the Senate budget debate is completed next week, the budget will move forward to Conference Committee. MARN will need to advocate once again to ensure that the DHE Nursing Initiative line item is retained in the final budget. (The House budget did not include the DHE Nursing Initiative Line Item and the Senate budget does, so this item will be subject to Conference).
Your voices were heard and your advocacy clearly made a difference.
EPA: Support of reducing pollution from vehicles
The American Lung Association is asking all nurses, physicians, scientists, medical and health professionals to sign this letter to be sent to the EPA in support of reducing pollution from vehicles. Please take a moment to sign the letter and pass it on to your colleagues and networks.
The EPA has proposed stronger gasoline and tailpipe emission standards, which will significantly reduce ozone and particle pollution that is harmful to both heart and lung health and can lead to early death. Cleaner gasoline alone will be equivalent to taking 33 million cars off the road and will cost about a penny per gallon of gas. Combined with new tailpipe emissions standards, the proposed program will save thousands of lives each year, prevent tens of thousands of asthma attacks, and reduce the number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
The burden of air pollution on people is not equal. Up to 45 percent of the urban North American population lives, works or goes to school within 300-500 meters of a major roadway, putting them at greater risk for harm from tailpipe pollution. Children, the elderly, people with chronic lung and heart disease and diabetes, and those with low-incomes bear a greater burden. In fact, living near a major roadway can cause asthma attacks and may lead to childhood asthma, heart attacks, and even premature death.
Thank you for signing this letter and adding your voice to this important health issue.
MARN election results
Click here for MARN 2013 election results.
How concentrated is Massachusetts' health market? Now you can take a look
The Boston Globe
Check out a great new resource on the Massachusetts healthcare system from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts: the Massachusetts Health Care Delivery System Map. As the state's new Health Policy Commission seeks to get its mind and arms around the issue of market concentration, the Foundation's new site boils the issue down to the key factors in an impressively accessible and compelling way.
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Survey Finds: Doctors doubt nurses skills
Nurse practitioners are staffing retail health clinics, diagnosing and treating ills from strep throat to conjunctivitis. They’re giving flu shots and prescribing drugs. And the influential Institute of Medicine says they should not only work side by side with physicians, but replace them in some cases.
But a survey published shows a huge gap between what nurse practitioners think they can and should do, and what doctors think.
Finding the golden ratio for hospital nurses
Senior nurses warned that the number of patients looked after by nurses has become dangerously high in some hospitals.
Quoting research from the University of Southampton, the Safe Staffing Alliance campaign group said eight was the the maximum number of patients any nurse should look after at one time. Any more than this and a hospital would see 20 more deaths a year than better staffed hospitals.
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Newer whooping cough vaccine not as protective
A newer version of the whooping cough vaccine doesn't protect kids as well as the original, which was phased out in the 1990s because of safety concerns, according to a new study.
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Struggle continues over expanded role for nurses
Despite policy analysts calling for more liberal scope-of-practice regulations for nurse practitioners to meet growing demand, new research reveals a nurse-doctor disconnect over giving NPs more professional leeway.
Physicians and nurses not only perceive their primary care roles and skills differently, but also the effects of expanded NP roles on cost and care quality, according to a survey of 972 clinicians published in New England Journal of Medicine.
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