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Better flu vaccine on the horizon
CNN
During the heat of summer, people tend to forget about the flu. Yet as high temperatures begin to decline, we're reminded that influenza, a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death, will soon return. For the past several months, pharmaceutical companies and U.S. public health officials have been busy making and planning for the distribution of millions of doses of the flu vaccine to protect Americans in the upcoming season.
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The healthcare overhaul: What you need to know
The Wall Street Journal
Whatever its larger merits or shortcomings, the federal healthcare overhaul seems likely to benefit one demographic group in particular: the 50-plus crowd. Starting Oct. 1, state-based health-insurance exchanges created by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will open for business.
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MARN NEWS & UPDATES


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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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 info@MARNonline.org to facilitate the committee’s work. Have questions, need help? Call MARN at 617-990-2856 or email: info@marnonline.org

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CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Update: Recurrent Nationwide Shortage of Tuberculin Skin Test Antigen Solutions: CDC Recommendations for Patient Care and Public Health Practice

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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 http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/violence/training_nurses.html.
For more information about NIOSH’s research and recommendations on workplace violence, visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/violence/.
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 http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/violence/

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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
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M.S. in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader
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Authors wanted for the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing (MARN Newsletter)
Needed: Articles for The December 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 October 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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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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MARN Career Center
Check out great new career opportunities at the MARN Career Center here.
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NURSING NEWS


Pain meter for preemies
Nurse.com
If Martin Schiavenato, RN, Ph.D., were to gaze into a crystal ball, he would envision a future in which patients no longer experience pain or suffering. Schiavenato, who until recently was an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, has spent the past several years working with a team of medical engineers to create an orb-like device that has the ability to assess pain in premature infants.
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Hospital-acquired infections rack up $9.8 billion a year
Fierce Healthcare
Hospital-acquired infections (HAI) cost $9.8 billion per year, with surgical site infections alone accounting for one-third of those costs, followed closely by ventilator-associated pneumonia at 31.6 percent, according to research published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
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The wave of the future: Noninvasive tests for kidney transplants
By Darla Ferrara
Rejection is always a consideration when discussing the success rate of solid organ transplants. Currently, the only way to tell the difference between rejection and other types of post-transplant kidney injury is through biopsy. But a recent study by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases offers a noninvasive way to provide early indication of rejection. The study suggests that low levels of the CXCL9 protein are an indicator of how likely rejection is after transplant surgery. What does this mean to the transplant community?
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Study: Combination pill beneficial for controlling CVD
Nurse.com
In a randomized trial that included about 2,000 patients with or at high risk of cardiovascular disease, use of a fixed-dose combination medication for blood pressure, cholesterol and platelet control resulted in significantly improved medication adherence after 15 months and small improvements in systolic blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol when compared with usual care.

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Affordable Care Act impacting nursing
WIBC-TV
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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Nurse practitioners try new tack to expand foothold in primary care
The Philadelphia Inquirer via Kaiser Health News
Nurse practitioners say efforts to expand primary care to millions of Americans under the health law are hampered by insurance industry practices that limit or exclude their participation. Despite laws in 17 states and the District of Columbia allowing them to practice independently, nurses with advanced degrees say some insurers still don’t accept them into their credentialed networks as primary care providers, while others restrict them mainly to rural areas.
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iPad app creates real-time connection between device reps and nurses in the OR
MedCity News
A duo of former medical device sales reps has turned to mobile technology and the cloud to alleviate some of the access, cost and logistical challenges faced by medical device sales rep of today. Glenn Mills and Tom Pfleider started SpotOn Surgical in 2010 along with Dr. Michael Sheinberg, a neurosurgeon, after they had noticed several market factors impeding the ability of reps to do their jobs.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


Could new technology help diagnose flu?
Science World Report
Researchers have found new technology that may help show the basis of a much-needed home test that could help diagnose influenza. "Just going to the doctor's office or hospital for diagnosis can be counterproductive during a major flu outbreak," Suri Iyer, Ph.D. said. "It carries the risk of spreading the disease. During the last swine flu outbreak, hospitals in some areas went on TV to tell people not come to the ER. Not only could they spread the virus, but ERs did not have the facilities to test hundreds of worried people."
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Is the healthcare market competitive?
By Mike Wokasch
Consumers benefit from competition that provides incentives for continuous product improvements and encourages a higher level of service performance. More importantly, competition can help keep prices in check. Competitive markets exist when consumers have multiple purchasing options and choices with transparent pricing. The healthcare market has constrained competition, providing a platform for mediocre quality of care and unsustainable, rising healthcare costs.
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Eating disorders take longer to diagnose in once-overweight kids
Nurse.com
Clinicians often take longer to identify children and adolescents who once were overweight or obese as having an eating disorder, and to initiate treatment, according to a study. Children and adolescents who once were overweight or obese represent a substantial portion of patients being treated for eating disorders, including binge-eating, bulimia and anorexia nervosa, according to background information in the study, which was published on the website of the journal Pediatrics.
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Nurses witness lapses in infection prevention during clinicals
The Inquisitr
A new British study finds that 100 percent of student nurses surveyed observed lapses in infection prevention and control practices during their clinical placements, The new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control notes that "Infection prevention and control (IPC) education is a fundamental component of the nursing curriculum, but little is understood about nursing students’ experience of IPC in the clinical setting when they are learning by observing qualified practitioners."
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