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ACOs offer new avenues for RNs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With healthcare costs spiraling higher, the federal government aims to create more efficient care delivery while improving quality through Accountable Care Organizations. "We need to improve quality and reduce unnecessary expense in healthcare," said Anthony Slonim, MD, DrPH, executive vice president and chief medical officer of Barnabas Health ACO-North in West Orange, N.J. Slonim envisions new roles for nurses in outpatient settings, managing population-based care and coordinating with other providers. "There are innovative ways for nurses to put their heads together about what this arena might present as far as opportunities," he said. More

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Massachusetts Health Council 2012 awards gala
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Plan to join us Wednesday, Oct. 17, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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Authors wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing (MARN Newsletter)
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Needed: Articles for the December 2012 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
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For 2012-2013, the newsletter is examining the topic of Palliative Care Nursing, so if this is your area of expertise, we want to hear from you! Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!
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ANA, AHA, AMA call attention to Medicare cuts and impact on jobs
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The American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association all held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The press conference highlighted a new report that found up to 766,000 healthcare and related jobs could be lost by 2021 as a result of the 2 percent sequester of Medicare spending mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
The AHA, AMA and ANA all agree that the sequester cuts will have a devastating effect on healthcare jobs and patients. The press conference is an effort to raise awareness and prompt members of Congress to address the issue before it's too late. ANA First Vice President Cindy R. Balkstra, MS, RN, CNS-BC, represented ANA at the press conference.
Click here for the national news release from the three organizations.

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Massachusetts health commissioners resigns, cites drug lab
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Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach resigned in the wake of a growing investigation into a chemist whose alleged mishandling of drug samples led police to shut down the state crime lab and re-examine tens of thousands of drug cases. More

School nurses participate in national leadership program
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After attending a national leadership workshop in New Jersey this summer, a team of school nurses are entering the new school year with a renewed focus on community-based service. "I've found that with anything in the schools, it helps to think of the bigger picture," said district health director Judith Styer, who said attending the Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Institute in New Brunswick has helped her "look more globally" at the challenges her department faces in Framingham. More

 Nursing News

ER nurses give advice for better care
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Family presence during resuscitation, more comfortable patient rooms and grieving spaces are some of the suggestions generated by a survey of 230 emergency department nurses for improving end-of-life care, reports a new study by the Brigham Young University College of Nursing. More

Study: Practice combos can reduce deadly, costly infections
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Central lines are tubes that are inserted into patients' veins to deliver crucial fluids or medications. They deliver life-saving care, but infections associated with central lines are among the most deadly and costly hospital associated infections in the United States. They account for 31,000 deaths annually and cost our health system an estimated $9 billion. These infections are also among the most preventable, and in recent years, infection rates have been significantly reduced thanks to concerted prevention efforts. More

 Healthcare News

Young women skip mammograms after task force recommendations
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Rates of screening mammography among women younger than 50 declined within two months of a negative recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and have remained below baseline rates, according to a study. The mammography rate among women ages 40 to 49 decreased by almost 8 percent in the period immediately after the 2009 release of the USPSTF recommendation against routine screening mammography for that age group. More

CDC: Children eat too much salt and it's raising their blood pressure
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American children eat about 1,000 milligrams of salt more than they should each day — just like adults, a new government study finds. That's about the sodium equivalent of a Big Mac. The study of U.S. children also shows that the extra salt is tied to an added risk for higher blood pressure, especially in children who are overweight and obese. More

Report: Many Americans can't afford to fill their prescriptions
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An increasing number of Americans are not filling prescriptions for their medications because they can't afford to, according to a new survey from Consumer Reports. Results show that 45 percent of people under age 65 who don't have insurance coverage for prescriptions said they had not filled a prescription in the last year because of the cost. In 2011, 27 percent of this group said the same. More

Acupuncture may actually work for pain after all
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VideoBriefA new review of research suggests that this ancient technique may truly hold benefits for those suffering from certain forms of chronic pain. In a review of 29 previous well-designed studies, which together looked at almost 18,000 patients, researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center found that acupuncture does, indeed, work for treating four chronic pain conditions: back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache and shoulder pain. More

 Policy & Reform

NPs want more freedom in healthcare
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Nurse Toni DiChiacchio wants to help rewrite a law, removing what the West Virginia Nurses Association perceives as barriers that limit the role of nurse practitioners. Nurses want to be autonomous, work devoid of a collaborative agreement with physicians, and exercise more freedom in prescribing medications. More

Oregon nurses ask legislators for more helping hands
Statesman Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nurses and local Oregon union representatives met with legislators recently to ask for more staffing on both the Salem and Portland campuses of the Oregon State Hospital, which cares for about 600 mentally ill patients. Hospital staffers say violence at the hospital has reached unacceptable levels and attribute it to having too few staff to take care of the patients. More

American Nurses Credentialing Center announces members of IOM Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing
American Nurses Credentialing Center    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing will discuss issues related to research on credentialing of nurses and organizations. Marilyn P. Chow, DNSc, RN, FAAN, vice president for national patient care services at Kaiser Permanente will chair the committee. More

Immunization group releases latest education docs
Immunization Action Coalition    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Immunization Action Coalition has recently released its August issue of Needle Tips, for healthcare professionals who administer vaccines. Also available is Vaccinate Adults, a shortened version of Needle Tips, modified for those who work only with adult patients. Both are now available for downloading, printing and reading.

These publications contain ready-to-print educational materials for healthcare professionals and their patients, vaccine news highlights and IAC's popular "Ask the Experts" Q&A column with answers by CDC experts Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH; Donna Weaver, RN, MN; and Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow, MD, MPH.


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