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When nurses bond with their patients
The New York Times (opinion)
Sarah Horstmann writes: As nurses we are taught that we are professionals and we must maintain a certain emotional distance with our patients. It’s a boundary that encompasses the therapeutic relationship: nurses as caregivers, patients as the recipients of the care. But now, working as a nurse, I have found that while most of my professional boundaries are well defined, sometimes the line between a professional and personal relationship with a patient can become blurred.
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Nursing students embracing mobile technology
When you ask Clemson University School of Nursing lecturer Janice Lanham how to improve patient safety and care, she has a simple answer: there’s an app for that.
Lanham, a former clinical nurse specialist at Greenville Health System, is teaching Clemson nursing students how to integrate mobile technology into healthcare management.
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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.
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- Current work and future direction of the Massachusetts Action Coalition toward statewide implementation of the IOM Report.
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.
The process of nomination is easy:
- 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.
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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.
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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
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For 2013 we invite you to write about how nurses unite and work to improve healthcare.
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ANA Call for Nominations: Committee on Nursing Practice Standards/Reference Committee
On behalf of the ANA Board of Directors, the Committee on Appointments issues this call for qualified nominees for appointment to seats on the following committees. Qualifications for service can be found in Appendix A of the Guide to the Appointments Process.
Committee on Nursing Practice Standards
Four (4) seats for C/SNA-ANA or IMD members
- Term of service for two positions: Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2016
- Term of service for two positions: Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2017
One (1) alternate seat for a C/SNA-ANA or IMD member
- Term of service: Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2015
Nominees may submit electronically up to three (3) letters of endorsement with the required nomination materials.
Five (5) seats for C/SNA-ANA or IMD members
- Term of service for four positions: Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2015
- Term of service for one position: Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2014
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Board of Nursing Advisory Ruling Revisions
Revised Advisory Ruling 9101: Procedural Sedation and/or Mild to Moderate Sedation/Analgesia, click here.
Revised Advisory Ruling 9401: Nursing Practice Related to Medication Administration, click here.
Massachusetts Health Council Awards Dinner Gala
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
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Boston Mayoral Public Health Forum
The MA Health Council and 11 other organizations have arranged a public health forum for the 2 candidates that will be the finalist after the preliminary election. This public health forum is being held at Northeastern University on Oct. 8, 2013 8-10 a.m.
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Study: Nurse practitioners are increasingly focused on promoting patient adherence
With physicians already in short supply and millions of uninsured Americans set to enter the healthcare system as the Affordable Care Act takes effect, nurses and physician assistants are stepping up to fill the gap. Nurse practitioners (NPs), in particular, are taking a central role in helping patients stay on therapy, according to Manhattan Research's Taking the Pulse Nurses 2013 study.
Study: Childhood obesity quadruples chances of adult hypertension
U.S. News & World Report
Obese children have a four times greater risk of having high blood pressure when they reach adulthood compared to normal weight kids, new research shows.
The study authors also found that overweight children had double the risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, later in life.
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Women's use of STD-related services up 27 percent since 2002
Family Practice News
The use of most forms of family planning and related medical services has dropped slightly since 2002 in women aged 15-44 years, but STD counseling, testing, and treatment increased by 27 percent, the National Center for Health Statistics reported.
The percentage of women 15-44 years old who received any family planning or related medical service was up slightly during 2006-2010...
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...
New social media platform for healthcare wants to connect hospitals with each other
When healthcare IT company Next Wave Health launched in June, its CEO Ivo Nelson said it would rapidly acquire companies to help it develop innovative approaches to healthcare IT challenges. This week, it made good on that statement. It launched a social media collaborative platform to encourage hospitals to share insights with each other on health IT current events like ICD-10 implementation.
Nursing becomes more specialized to meet market demand
KC Arnold always knew she wanted to become a nurse like her mother. After more than 12 years providing care as a nurse at Keesler AFB, Arnold found herself suddenly out of a job and needing care and reassurance herself to find a new path.
Grappling with an "involuntary separation" — as the Air Force had a drawdown of medical personnel — Arnold said the uncertainty of her future career caused her to re-evaluate the type of healthcare provider she could be.
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Proposed Virginia nursing rule riles anesthesiologists
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) slammed a draft of a new Veterans Health Administration (VHA) nursing handbook that calls for advance practice nurse anesthetists within the system to attain independent status and function without the support, oversight, or supervision of a physician.
"This document effectively eliminates the gold standard, physician-led, team-based coordinated care in anesthesiology," said Dr. Jane C.K. Fitch.
First 'biosimilar' antibody drug clears path for greater competition
European regulators this month approved a biologically similar version of an antibody-based drug for treating rheumatoid arthritis, in a move with global implications.
The decision opens the way for pharmaceutical companies looking to produce so-called "biosimilar" drugs for the treatment of complex diseases, effectively mimicking patented drugs worth billions of dollars. Analysts expect to see greater competition in the market for such biotechnology drugs, making treatment more widely available for patients around the world.
Pre-dementia screening does more harm than good, specialists say
Screening for early indicators of dementia and other cognitive decline does more harm than good, according to a group of dementia and geriatric medicine experts. In a new editorial published in the journal BMJ, the researchers argue that the practice is driven by profit motives, and that certain diagnoses needlessly come to the detriment of patients whose symptoms won’t progress.
Vascular risk factors increased likelihood of restless legs syndrome in women
Family Practice News
Vascular risk factors such as diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, body mass index, smoking status and exercise were associated with the prevalence of restless legs syndrome in 12 percent of women aged older than 45 years, although a link was not found with cardiovascular events such as stroke or myocardial infarction, according to a study.
Previous studies have indicated that an unhealthy vascular profile might be the mechanism linking restless legs syndrome with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women, but the data are inconsistent.
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