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State of the scope of practice
After a detailed analysis of research showing how advanced practice registered nurses provide safe, quality care, the Institute of Medicine recommended rewriting federal and state laws to allow APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training — a position opposed by many physician groups.
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MARN Fall Conference
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
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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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  Evidence-Based Resource for Learning, Practice and Research

Here's a new kind of decision-support resource for the evidence-based medicine era! BMJ Clinical Evidence, available on Ovid, helps educators, students, clinicians and researchers apply evidence-based methodology to the work they do with access to systematic reviews, critical appraisal checklists, tools to assist in patient care, etc. Click here to try it free in September! Learn more.


ANA Membership Assembly Delegate call for nominations - Deadline Sept. 20, 2013
Call for Nominations for the election of Delegates and Alternates to the ANA Membership Assembly. This position will be a two year term and commence at the ANA Membership Assembly November 2014. The criteria that MARN is seeking in the Membership Assembly Delegate Candidate is Leadership Experience in MARN, longevity of participation in MARN and evidence of consistent support of MARN.
  • Delegates to the assembly will be elected by a vote of the membership.
  • Those members not elected will be alternates and will serve if needed. The will be called to serve in order of the amount of votes received.
  • No member will serve for more than three consecutive terms.
  • Membership assembly will hold one scheduled meeting per year and may be called on for more if needed.
The process of nomination is easy:
Access the Consent to Serve Form, here.
Submit completed form no later than Sept. 20, 2013 to: MARN Nominating & Elections Committee, PO Box 285, Milton, MA 02186. Candidates are also asked to submit their statements and consent to serve via email to to facilitate the committee’s work. Have questions, need help? Call MARN at 617-990-2856 or email:

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Online continuing education course from The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on Workplace Violence
The course is divided into 13 units, each expected to take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Participants can restart the course where they last left it, allowing them the ability to manage their time when taking the course. It is being provided free-of-charge and includes incident videos and nurse testimonials throughout the course to enhance the learning experience.
The course is available on the NIOSH website at
For more information about NIOSH’s research and recommendations on workplace violence, visit
NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. For more information about our work visit

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  Degree & Certification Programs for Nurses

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

Combination Online & Face-to-face Classes
B.S. in Nursing for registered nurses
School Nursing Certification
M.S. in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader
  Online Classes
M.A. in Wellness and Lifestyle Management
Ed. D. in Educational Leadership: Nurse Educator track

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MARN Career Center
Check out great new career opportunities at the MARN Career Center here.
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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!
Go to survey, click here.

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Unprecedented demand for family docs, nurse practitioners
The family physician is the most highly recruited doctor as the Affordable Care Act and trends in medical economics move more healthcare service to less expensive outpatient settings, according to a national doctor recruitment firm. Primary care professions, led by family physicians and the up and coming professions of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are in high demand, according to physician staffing firm Merritt Hawkins, a subsidiary of AMN Healthcare (AHS).
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Studies find novel ways to relieve nausea after surgery
Aromatherapy and intravenous administration of a dextrose solution may offer effective new approaches to relieving nausea and vomiting after surgery, according to a pair of studies in the September issue of the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia.
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RN-BSN & 2nd Degree BSN

Touch and save lives by enrolling in the University of Houston-Victoria RN-BSN or Second Degree BSN programs this spring. Deadline to apply is Oct. 1 for the Second Degree BSN, so don’t delay. Talk to an advisor NOW. MORE
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Novel strategies: Side effects with long-term antibiotic treatment
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Antibiotics, commonly available since the 1940s, have done wonders at saving patients with infections ranging from pneumonia to sexually transmitted diseases. In 2010, doctors and other healthcare providers prescribed 258 million courses of antibiotics for a population close to 309 million. Besides the issue of emerging antibiotic resistance, there may be additional problems with antibiotic treatment — detrimental side effects — especially if treatment is prolonged. New research indicates that antibiotics may damage human cells.
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Specialist nurses compared to doctors in managing rheumatoid arthritis patients
Medical Xpress
The results of the multi-center trial at the University of Leeds, funded by Arthritis Research U.K., showed that there may be some clinical benefit to people with rheumatoid arthritis, whose condition is managed in clinics run by rheumatology clinical nurse specialists, especially with respect to their disease activity, pain control, physical function and general satisfaction with their care.
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Diabetes treatments may also improve CVD risk factors
Two treatments that slow the development of diabetes also may protect people from heart disease, according to a study. Researchers examined the effect that making intensive lifestyle changes or taking metformin had on lipoprotein subfractions. The study, part of the National Institutes of Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program, found that both treatments induced positive changes in levels of these particles.
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2,800 reasons to bet on EMR
Wall Street Daily
Hospitals that switch to EMR systems by 2014 can expect to receive $5 million to $7 million in incentives from Obama’s HITECH Act. Oh, and missing the deadline could cost each facility $1 million in penalties. Many hospitals are already making the leap… Indeed, the EMR market hit $20.7 billion in 2012, a 15% boost over 2011.

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Affordable Care Act impacting nursing
University of Indianapolis Associate Professor of Nursing Corinne Wheeler says the Affordable Care Act will ultimately benefit nursing as a profession by creating greater access to medical care. However, Wheeler says many healthcare organizations are currently unsure about...

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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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Drug companies brace for troubles to come
PhysBiz Tech
A recent Moody's Investment Service report says that several recent developments will likely have long-term consequences for the generic drug industry, impacting profits and increasing risk. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that patent settlements between generic and branded pharmaceutical companies may sometimes violate antitrust laws. This ruling, Moody's said, will likely lead to more investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and more class-action lawsuits. And now that the Supreme Court has ruled, cases that had been stayed pending the court's ruling will now move forward, potentially exposing companies to large payouts.
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Tdap vaccine coverage far outpaces HPV, meningococcal
Large and increasing coverage differences between the tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine and other vaccines recommended for adolescents show that many valuable opportunities are being missed to vaccinate boys and girls, especially against HPV infection, according to a CDC report.
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How nurse practitioners can improve a practice
Renal & Urology News
Whether or not the country is facing a dearth of physicians in the coming years has been a hotly debated topic that has come to the fore with the expansion of Medicaid and creation of state health exchanges. One potential solution to the problem of too many patients and not enough providers is to use mid-level healthcare providers such as nurse practitioners (NPs) to augment staffing.
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Diabetes: Gene variant could explain heart disease risk
Medical News Today
Scientists say they have discovered a particular gene variant in patients with Type 2 diabetes that is linked to higher risk of heart disease. The researchers, from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, conducted an analysis of five different studies and have published their findings in the journal JAMA.
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