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Number of male nurses on steady rise
The Associated Press via
Tom Marquart hears the teasing, but it hasn’t deterred him from pursuing a nursing degree. Marquart, a senior at Belmont University, dabbled in history, education and construction before finding what he was meant to do in the nursing program. "Once I started, I knew immediately," he said. And, he's not alone — either in Tennessee or nationally. As of 2011, 9.6 percent of all registered nurses in the U.S. were male, according to a recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau. That percentage has tripled in three decades, from 2.7 percent in 1970.
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ANA Staffing Conference: Fostering Innovative Staffing Solutions
The ANA Staffing Conference: Fostering Innovative Staffing Solutions, November 8-9, 2013 in Washington, DC offers new ways to beat an old problem. With the drive for hospitals to reduce unnecessary readmissions and manage the millions of Americans covered under the Affordable Care Act, innovative staffing will be needed. Our fantastic program of dynamic speakers will not only motivate and inspire participants to rethink staffing but offer practical solutions.
How many times have you heard “We can’t afford more nurses!"?
Discover the best business arguments for staffing up or deploying staff differently at the ANA Staffing Conference. Learn how to deliver bottom line savings to your organization through fewer negative outcomes and readmissions. Listen to and talk with our experts and become your own expert on critical staffing decisions. Register by 7/31 and be entered in an iPad Mini drawing!

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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:
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Looking for Volunteer Faculty/Presenter at the ANA Leadership Institute (ANA LI)
Faculty selected to develop and deliver programs of the ANA Leadership Institute will be responsible for developing content based on predetermined competencies selected from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) Competency Library and subject areas that support the competencies and the skills and knowledge of emerging and developing leaders. Faculty will also be selected based on their ability and skills in presenting content in a live webinar format or recorded programs for self-paced study. The faculty will work closely with an Instructional Designer from Capella University to develop content, and will be supported in maintaining ANA LI delivery standards. All live events will be recorded for later use as enduring material. Faculty will be a paid position, pay will be commensurate with experience presenting in national settings as well as content expertise.
In addition to presenting a live webinar, the ideal faculty candidate will work with Capella Instructional Designers to develop video and audio content for integration into other learning objects that are developed for the ANA LI. Please forward a curriculum vitae/resume and any supporting documentation to Teresa Marchek at
  • Outstanding presentation skills and speaking ability as supported by references.
  • Established reputation as a thought leader in the field of Nursing Leadership.
  • Published in the field of leadership in nursing, or leadership in health or health care and inter-professional and interdisciplinary work.
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively to build engaging online instruction.
  • Experience presenting one or more of the competencies outlined on the leadership competency framework (see attached documents for Emerging and Developing Leadership Competencies).
  • Publishing experience with one or more of the competencies outlined on the leadership competency framework referenced above.
  • All registered nurses wishing to serve as faculty must be an ANA member. (Not a member – Join Here)

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  Degree & Certification Programs for Nurses

Rowan University offers programs in healthcare designed to accommodate your busy schedule including:

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MARN Fall Conference
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
Navigating Your Nursing Career - National and Statewide Implications of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Report on the Future Of Nursing
The purpose of this conference is to provide participants with information to guide personal and professional decision-making regarding educational preparation that will support ongoing clinical competency and promote nursing career development.

Join us and a panel of experts to learn more about.....
  • Key points contained within The IOM Report and how this will affect YOUR practice and nursing career.
  • Innovative academic options for educational preparation and career enhancement.
  • Competencies that nurses will need to meet future practice requirements and challenges across all roles and settings.
  • Current work and future direction of the Massachusetts Action Coalition toward statewide implementation of the IOM Report.

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MARN 2013 Membership Survey
Please take a few minutes to complete our member survey so that we can better meet your member needs! Complete the survey and be entered into a drawing. We appreciate your time and your input!
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Nursing programs becoming popular with job seekers
The Journal Star
St. John's College of Nursing is part of a 2+2 program, meaning students take two years at another college before completing their junior and senior years at St. John's to complete their bachelor's degrees. Dr. Cynthia Maskey started her career as a nurse at Lincoln Land Community College, graduating in 1980. She currently works as the dean of health professions at LLCC and notices that the demand for nurses is increasing. "The demand is always steady," she said. "But it does tend to go up and down with the market forces, so sometimes there is a shortage." But there isn't a shortage of prospective students.
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Office nurses' role evolves in marketplace; Studies look at heart procedures
Kaiser Health News
The Wall Street Journal examines how companies, facing higher insurance costs, are using office nurses to "nudge employees about long-term, expensive conditions." Meanwhile, heart studies probe where hospitals are building new angioplasty centers and how Medicare Advantage handles cardiac treatment.
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Nurses call for increased IT training
Nursing in Practice
More needs to be done to provide nursing staff with appropriate technology and the training to use it, a survey has shown. The poll, carried out by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) shows that while 85 percent felt confident using information and computer technology, lack of equipment, time and training prevent them from using it to benefit patient care.
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Pharmacy-based nurses fill void in baby care
Pharmacy News
Pharmacists are employing nurses to bridge the gap in publicly funded child and family health services, a new study reveals. Researchers from the University of Queensland reported that the provision of maternal and child care services provided by nurses in community pharmacies has emerged as a market driven response to gaps in the public sector.
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Nurses concerned for their safety after rise in assaults
Yahoo News
ACT Health is putting on more staff and changing practices to deal with a spate of violent attacks at Canberra's adult mental health unit. Nurses are concerned for their safety after at least five assaults on staff in the past week. In one case a nurse was punched in the face and another nurse was taken to the Canberra Hospital emergency department for treatment. ACT Health blames increased demand at the 35 bed facility, a spike in high-needs patients and a lack of skilled staff.
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Healthcare technology blossoms in hospitals, clinics
Medical Xpress
Fulton, a registered nurse on staff in Truman Medical Centers' Hospital Hill intensive care unit, gets real-time electronic information about prescriptions, vital signs and any other aspect of patient care. His "CareMobile" device, never far from his side, quickly showed him that the patient's physician had just changed the prescription order.

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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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Emphasis on safety culture provides boost to hospitals
When hospital senior management supports the creation and maintenance of a strong safety culture, patient outcomes improve, staff productivity increases and clinical employee turnover decreases, according to a study. Professionals explored linkages between staff perceptions of safety culture and ongoing measures of hospital nursing unit performance, such as structures, processes and adverse patient outcomes.
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My nurse, my friend
The Huffington Post (opinion)
As a cancer patient, Elise Frame has become keenly aware of the reality of death. In the same breath that she found out she had been diagnosed with cancer, my next thought was "am I going to die?" She has come to terms with the fact that she would've died months ago had it not been for the grace of God and the miracles of modern medicine. As she has read over countless chemotherapy consent forms, she has literally signed her life away, fully understanding that along with the listed side effects of nausea and hair loss is the possibility of death.
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Easing restrictions on NPs helps primary care shortage
States with the fewest restrictions on nurse practitioners’ scope of practice had 2.5 times more patients receiving primary care from NPs than did the most restrictive states, according to a study. Facing a nationwide shortage of primary care physicians, some states in recent years have eased up on regulations that create barriers for NPs who want to work as primary care providers, according to the study.
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The office nurse now treats diabetes, not headaches
The Wall Street Journal
Workplace health clinics used to be a lot like the school nurse’s office, dispensing Band-Aids, treating occupational injuries, and serving as a first stop for emergencies like asthma attacks. But as companies face rising insurance costs and an aging workforce, they’re turning clinics into something new: A place to aggressively nudge employees about long-term, expensive conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. There is more money than ever at stake. Chronic diseases account for more than 65 percent of all corporate healthcare spending, according to a 2012 Aon Hewitt report.
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BIll on safe patient handling draws praise from ANA
The American Nurses Association stated its support for the introduction of federal legislation to protect RNs and other healthcare workers from costly, potentially career-ending injuries and musculoskeletal disorders caused by manual patient handling, such as lifting, transferring and re-positioning. The Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 2480) would improve patient safety and quality of care, according to the ANA. Crafted with input from the ANA, the bill is sponsored by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., whom the ANA described as a longtime champion of safe patient handling and mobility issues.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of MARN, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of MARN your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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