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First nursing guidelines for brain tumor patients released
The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and the American Brain Tumor Association announced the availability of the first clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of adults with brain tumors in order to fill a critical gap in brain tumor patient care, according to a news release. “The Care of the Adult Patient with a Brain Tumor Clinical Practice Guideline” was released in May with an educational webinar to follow. The two organizations plan to release a clinical practice guideline for “The Care of the Pediatric Patient with a Brain Tumor” this summer.
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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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Authors Wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Needed: Articles for The September 2014 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The ANA Massachusetts newsletter is read by @ 123,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!
This is YOUR newsletter so we need YOU to make a contribution!
This year we are focusing on safe staffing and encourage you to weigh in on this important issue!
Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!
Your contribution can be sent to or mailed to MARN Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186
Deadline date for submission is July 10!

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Reception to honor Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN
When: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Where: Hampshire House
84 Beacon St, Boston, MA
Time: 5-7:30 p.m.
To register for this event, click here.
In lieu of a registration fee, please consider making a contribution to the Karen Daley Leadership Fund.

In celebrating her achievements The Karen Daley Fund has been established in the American Nurses Foundation. Karen has been a tireless leader committed to her fellow nurses and to the patients for whom they care. Karen is the epitome of strength and perseverance that defines the nursing profession. The Karen Daley Fund will pay tribute to this remarkable woman, leader, and nursing pioneer.
The goal of the ANF is to raise $25,000 by July 1, 2014, and the monies earned by the Karen Daley Fund will be used to support ANA leadership activities.
To donate in her honor, click here.
Please note: In Program Area, select Karen Daley Leadership Fund and check off the box indicating that you are an ANA Massachusetts member

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ANA elects Pamela Cipriano as President
Representatives at the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Membership Assembly today elected Pamela Cipriano, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, of Charlottesville, Virginia, to serve as president of the professional association that represents the interests of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses (RNs). The voting representatives of ANA’s Membership Assembly also elected three other members to serve as officers of the 10-member board of directors.
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ICD-10: Everything you need to know
By Maria Frisch
The compliance deadline for ICD-10 is Oct. 1, 2015 — a change expected to impact all HIPAA-covered entities. While this rollout will entail both time and cost burdens throughout healthcare, the move from ICD-9 to ICD-10 reflects significant advances in medicine that have occurred during the last three decades. Implementation of ICD-10 is not optional, and rollouts will be complex. This article highlights some important facts and resources regarding the transition to ICD-10.
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Variety better in seizure drug combos
MedPage Today
Seizure medication combinations that target different mechanisms of action are more effective than doubling up on the same target, an analysis suggested. Recently diagnosed partial-onset seizure patients had lower discontinuation rates on combos with different mechanisms of action, Jay M. Margolis, PharmD, of Truven Health Analytics in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, and colleagues found.
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Medicare home healthcare reform may harm complex patients
By Maria Frisch
The Affordable Care Act, or ACA for short, set out to improve healthcare quality, access, costs and spending. One part of this law mandated an update to Medicare's home health payment system, so that costs better reflected actual cost and utilization rates. This payment revision, or rebasing, results in a Medicare savings of approximately $25 billion over the next decade. However, this change also results in a possible disadvantage: complex, home healthcare patients may receive a reduction in necessary services.
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Glass to get HIPAA compliance, surgery ready!
Android Headlines
Google Glass has been of interest to the healthcare industry for a while, and while performing surgery with Glass is nothing new, complying with HIPAA standards while doing it is. Video streaming software company CrowdOptic has teamed up with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to produce streaming software that lets surgeons share their live recording with others off site. But now they are looking to include a feature to that software that allows for HIPAA compliance.

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Mobile health is enhancing clinical decisions at the point of care
HIT Consultant
Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are becoming ubiquitous in doctors’ offices and hospitals as a means to standardize care protocols, improve the flow of information, and ease the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs). In fact, mobile devices are becoming as essential as the exam table, according to a 2013 survey conducted on behalf of Wolters Kluwer Health by Paris-based market and technology firm Ipsos.

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Integrating telemedicine and mHealth into the health system
By Jessica Taylor
Many people think futuristic possibilities when they hear about telemedicine and mobile health, but the reality is that both will increase productivity and efficiency throughout the health system in the coming years. At the ATA 2014 Annual Meeting and Trade Show, healthcare colleagues were discussing how the alternative to face-to-face communication — telemedicine — has grown remarkably in the past few years and is continuing to do so.

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IV acetaminophen reduces pain in postoperative craniotomy patients
Pain Medicine News
Results of a new study show that IV acetaminophen significantly decreased postoperative pain in adults who had undergone supratentorial craniotomies, with a trend toward decreased narcotic requirements. The findings, an interim analysis of the data, were presented at the 2014 annual scientific meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
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Understanding the wrath of emotional abuse
By Jessica Taylor
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to control someone's thoughts? Unfortunately, there are some people who can do this very tactic: emotional abusers. When we hear about abusive relationships, the first type we often think of is physical. But another largely unknown type is emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is like brainwashing in that it continuously wears away at the victim's self-confidence, sense of self-worth, trust in his/her own perceptions and self-concept. It can include anything from verbal abuse and constant criticism to more subtle tactics, such as intimidation, manipulation and refusal to ever be pleased.
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Case studies with risk management strategies: Presented by CNA and NSO
Nurses Service Organization
Medical malpractice claims can be asserted against any healthcare provider, including nurses. Although there may be perception that physicians are held responsible for the majority of lawsuits, the reality is that nurses are more frequently finding themselves defending the care they provide to patients. In fact, over $83 million was paid for malpractice claims involving nursing professionals, according to the most recent CNA HealthPro 5-year study.
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Treat the patient, not the pain score, for optimal analgesia in the emergency department
Pain Medicine News
Contrary to common belief, the best way to determine if a patient in the emergency department (ED) needs analgesics is simply to ask if he or she wants more pain medication, rather than using pain scores, according to an emergency medicine pharmacist who led an educational session at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2013 Summer Meeting.
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Nurses play critical role in responding to global resurgence of pertussis
Infection Control Today
Concerted effort is needed to reverse the ongoing rise in pertussis cases and deaths, especially among children and young people, according to the article in the Journal of Christian Nursing by Emily Peake, APRN, MSN, FNP-C, CLC, and Lisa K. McGuire, MSN, MBA-HCM, RN. "This effort begins with nurses and nurse practitioners and other primary care providers who educate patients and the public," they write. "The battle of pertussis is winnable through education, awareness, and vaccination."
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Nurse flu shot compliance reverberates through community
Health Leaders Media
For every 15 healthcare providers who receive the influenza vaccination, one fewer person in the community will contract an influenza-like illness, research shows. There's been an ongoing debate about whether healthcare workers should be required to get flu vaccines. Often the focus of that debate has been the rights and responsibilities of nurses.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Obesity in schools and the role of the school nurse (The Guardian — Liberty Voice)
H1N1 drives majority of hospitalizations in latest flu season (Modern Healthcare)
Nurses: Burning out or burning bright (By Keith Carlson)
The healthcare industry is pushing patients to help themselves (The Wall Street Journal)

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