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Patient safety: Pay now or pay later
Health Leaders Media
Some hospitals believe they can't afford investing in assistive technologies that improve patient safety and protect nurses from injury. Can they afford not to? That saying, generally attributed to former Harvard president Derek Bok, comes to mind when Alexandra Wilson Pecci thinks about how some hospitals view spending on tools for safe patient handling. Technology, such as ceiling lifts, to assist in moving, lifting, and repositioning patients can prevent injuries among nursing staff and enhance the patient experience, yet some hospitals are reluctant to implement them. The American Nurses Association contends the investment is well worth it.
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A Message from MARN President
On Wednesday August 7, 2013 at 10:00 am, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) will be holding, as required by law, a public hearing on the proposed revisions to the regulations governing Advanced Practice Nursing. These revisions have been attempted many times in the past, but usually got stuck in the political turf battle with our physician colleagues and others interested in limiting the authority of the BORN to regulate advanced nursing practice. This notice of public hearing is a very good thing. I encourage to share this news with all the APRNS in your workplace and other areas, and I encourage those with a vested interest to submit public testimony. Please see the details here.
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Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards
The American Nurses Association unveiled on June 25 its new publication, Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards. These Standards are designed to infuse a stronger culture of safety in health care work environments and provide a universal foundation for policies, practices, regulations and legislation to protect health care workers and health care recipients from injury. For more information on the Standards, visit: www.NursingWorld.org/SPHM-Standards.
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LAST CALL: Authors wanted for the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing (MARN newsletter)
Needed: Articles for The September 2013 edition of the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The MARN newsletter is read by @ 118,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!

This is YOUR newsletter so we encourage YOU to make a contribution!
For 2013 we invite you to write about how nurses unite and work to improve healthcare.
Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!
We really look forward to your article.
Deadline date for submission is July 10!
Your contribution can be sent to newsletter@marnonline.org or mailed to MARN Newsletter, P.O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186.

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NURSING NEWS




How many nurses? ACA intensifies hospital debate
Women's eNews
The Affordable Care Act, which is expected to boost hospital admissions, has intensified a decades-old battle over the number of nurses who should be available to patients at all times. Championed by National Nurses United, a 185,000-member national nurses union based in Silver Spring, Md., bills vehemently opposed by hospital administrators are working their way through seven state legislatures - Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Texas - the District of Columbia city council and the U.S. Senate.
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Nursing schools find creative ways to hire more professors with master's degrees in nursing
Cleveland.com
For years, experts have been predicting a shortage of nurses along with the faculty needed to train them. And for years nursing schools and the healthcare community have been working on creative solutions, trying to head off the problem before it affects the health of America. It’s not just the country’s physical health that’s at risk. Its economic health is too.
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Nursing spot checks for patient safety: A nurse's perspective
ADVANCE (opinion)
Malinda Loflin, RN, BSN, is a certified case manager at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. During her 22 years as a registered nurse, her clinical experience has been in many specialty areas including the operating room, post-anesthesia care unit, and the emergency department. In 2006, her father tragically died of opioid-induced respiratory depression after a routine surgery. She shared her experience and the impact that it has had on her and her family at the 2011 Anesthesia Patient Safety Conference.
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FDA warns on Daiichi Sankyo blood pressure drugs
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U.S. health regulators warned on Wednesday that Daiichi Sankyo Inc's blood pressure drugs Benicar, Benicar HCT, Azor and Tribenzor can cause severe, chronic diarrhea and substantial weight loss, sometimes requiring hospitalization. The Food and Drug Administration said the intestinal problems, known as sprue-like enteropathy, can develop months to years after starting on the drug, which is known generically as olmesartan medoxomil.

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Nurse practitioners gain right to dispense prescription drugs
The Lund Report
Patients who see a nurse practitioner for their primary care needs may not have to visit a pharmacy to get their prescriptions filled under legislation that passed the House unanimously. Senate Bill 8 removes restrictions that nurse practitioners...

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Marathon nurse tells of devastation beyond anything she'd seen
USA Today
Alix Coletta graduated from nursing school less than a year ago. She had never seen the horrible sights she was about to see when the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon.

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Scholarships can help registered nurses further their skills
Graduate Guide
The summer months leading up to the start of a new academic year are an ideal time for students to identify scholarships that could make attending graduate school more affordable. Opportunities for financial assistance are available for many different subjects, including nursing.
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NICU nurses part of 11-hospital study to examine benefits of music for preemies
Nurse.com
Family nurse practitioner Ann-Marie Dassler’s belief in music therapy started with a very fragile premature girl she met on her shift as a student nurse at a New York hospital in 1968. Back then, such infants were alone in their isolettes. Not even the parents were allowed in, Dassler said. So, as the child’s primary caregiver, Dassler did what came naturally to calm the baby girl: she sang.
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FDA moves to allow updates of generic drug warnings
USA Today
The Food and Drug Administration announced plans to give generic drug manufacturers permission to change safety labels on drugs when new information about potential risks is discovered. This comes after years of petitioning from consumer watchdog groups such as Public Citizen, which issued a report last week calling on the FDA to make it easier for generic drugmakers to update safety labeling.
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Government asks health IT industry to police itself on patient safety
Forbes
In a plan published earlier this week, the government stopped short of establishing a new agency to investigate patient deaths related to health information technology, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine. Instead, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), which already directs the implementation of electronic health records, will work with a slew of private and public entities to protect patient safety.
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Former cadet nurses celebrate corps' 70th anniversary in Quincy
The Herald News
Twenty-two former U.S. cadet nurses who kept the nation’s hospitals running during World War II while training for their careers celebrated the Cadet Nurse Corps’ 70th anniversary. The student nurses trained and served from July 1, 1943, to 1948. "They prevented our healthcare system from collapsing during the war years when all the graduate nurses were away," Shirley Harrow, 80, of Quincy, said. "I was too young to enlist, but that is what I wanted to be, so this is providential."
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