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New flu vaccines offer extra protection — and more profits
Reuters
Big drugmakers are seeking a boost from new four-in-one influenza vaccines that will be available for the first time this flu season. Offering more protection to patients, the new quadrivalent vaccines provide a route to premium pricing that could improve margins and profits in a highly competitive market.
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Report shows worldwide impact of unsafe medical care
Nurse.com
More than 43 million people worldwide are injured each year due to unsafe medical care, according to a study, and these injuries result in the loss of nearly 23 million years of healthy life. The findings, reported Sept. 18 on the website of BMJ Quality & Safety, represent a major new effort to calculate the global burden of unsafe medical care across a range of adverse health events.
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MARN NEWS & UPDATES


MARN Fall Conference: Call for posters — Register now!
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
Sheraton Framingham Hotel
Call for Posters, click here.
Conference Flyer, click here.
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Exhibitor/Sponsorship Opportunities, click here.
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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ANA Membership Assembly Delegate call for nominations — Deadline extended: Sept. 27, 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 June 2014. Please note date change: Membership Assembly 2014 will be June 10-14 at the Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.
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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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 Career Center
Check Out Great New Career Opportunities at the MARNCareerCenter 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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Memorial Service information for MARN member, Janet Madigan
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at 4 p.m.
New England Sinai Hospital
Brenner Conference Center
150 York Street, Stoughton, Mass. 02072

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American Nurses Foundation Names New Director of Development
The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) has named Katherine Gatewood as director of development. The role will support ANF’s efforts to develop and implement strategies to increase funding as ANF continues to broaden its philanthropic activities.
Full Release, click here.

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2010 Registered Nurse Data Series Report Published
The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) is pleased to inform you of the publication of the 2010 Registered Nurse Data Series report. This report presents workforce-related data collected from Registered Nurses who renewed their license on-line during the 2010-2012 renewal cycle. It is available on the Board’s home page at www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn and can also be found on the Health Care Workforce Development Reports page of the Department of Public Health’s Health Care Workforce Center website. The 2010 Registered Nurse Data Series report is part of a collaborative initiative between the Board, the Massachusetts Health Care Workforce Center and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to establish a sustainable system for the ongoing collection of data to assess, forecast and inform health care workforce development to meet the needs of Massachusetts residents. Other key partners include the UMass AHEC Network, the Boston Public Health Commission, MA Center for Nursing, MA Hospital Association, the Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA and RI, and the MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development/Commonwealth Corporation. Biennial reports on both the Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse workforce are planned. For additional information about the 2010 Registered Nurse Data Series report, please contact the Health Care Workforce Center at HCWorkforceCenter@state.ma.us.
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Massachusetts Wants Healthy Air video
The Massachusetts Wants Healthy Air video, as well as those created by other states, will help to keep the drumbeat going as we continue to push the Obama administration to approve these new standards by the end of the year. The EPA’s proposal for cleaner gasoline and stronger tailpipe emission standards will significantly reduce ozone and particle pollution which is harmful to both lung and heart health. Cleaner gasoline alone will be equivalent to immediately taking 33 million cars off the road and will cost about a penny per gallon of gas.
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Massachusetts Health Council Awards Dinner Gala
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
Renassance Boston Waterfront Hotel
An evening to honor extraordinary individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to promoting and protecting health and wellness in the Commonwealth and who exemplify leadership in promoting healthy living in our homes, workplaces, schools, and communities.
For more information, click here.

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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.
For more information, click here.

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NURSING NEWS


Evidence-based guidelines can improve outcomes in very preterm infants
Nurse.com
Using a set of evidence-based guidelines in the delivery room can improve outcomes for low-birth weight preterm infants, according to a recent journal article. The guidelines, developed by nurses, physicians and a respiratory therapist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, also in Philadelphia, focused on preventing heat loss, reducing exposure to supplemental oxygen and increasing use of noninvasive respiratory support for infants weighing less than 43.75 ounces at birth.
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Workgroup recommends limited health IT regulation by FDA
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
As a general rule, health information technology should not be subject to premarket regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. But there should be exceptions for high-risk products and situations. This is according to the final recommendations for a risk-based regulatory framework for health IT adopted by the Health IT Policy Committee, a group of industry stakeholders convened to advise federal officials on a nationwide health IT infrastructure.
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Preventable deaths in hospitals
Forbes
In 1999, Americans learned that 98,000 people were dying every year from preventable errors in hospitals. That came from a widely touted analysis by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) called To Err Is Human. This was the “Silent Spring” of the health care world, grabbing headlines for revealing a serious and deadly problem that required policy and action. As it turns out, those were the good old days.

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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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Patients seek more online access to medical records
Information Week
Patients are pushing physicians for more online access to their medical records and to the doctors' practices, and they're starting to get their way, according to a new survey of patients and providers by the research and consulting firm Accenture. More than a third of U.S. consumers say that their current medical providers allow them online access.
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Nurses express practical concerns about healthcare law
The Washington Post
About 1,500 nurses squeezed into the hotel ballroom to give Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a standing ovation before she’d even said hello. "This is so exciting!" whispered a nursing teacher from Grand Rapids, Mich. There was extravagant applause when Sebelius said that some members of Congress consider defunding the Affordable Care Act "the only thing they’d like to do for the next three years of their lives." There was more of the same when she added, "But here’s the real deal: This is the law."
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Cancer drug may be helpful for diabetes
HealthDay News via WBAY-TV
The cancer drug Zaltrap (aflibercept) could help treat diabetes, suggest findings from research using mice. Scientists say they've identified a molecular pathway (a series of interactions among proteins) involved in the development of diabetes, and also found that the drug can regulate this pathway.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


Cracking the code on healthcare costs
U.S. News & World Report
The great "who dunnit" mystery of who caused the rise in health care costs continues. Suspects include physicians, specialty medicine, hospital consolidation, lifestyle choices, chronic diseases, new technology, insurance companies and more. There is plenty of blame to go around, but as former governors and a U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, we suggest the real question to answer is: "What are we going to do about it?"
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New toolkit guides clinicians in handling lab test results
Nurse.com
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a toolkit to help nurses, physicians and medical office staff improve their processes for tracking, reporting and following up with patients after medical laboratory tests. The toolkit is part of the agency’s effort to make care safer for patients in all settings, according to a news release. AHRQ is a branch of the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
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Gene testing helps sort out bacterial, viral infections
HealthDay News
A new genetic test that distinguishes between viral and bacterial infections could help fight antibiotic resistance and quickly detect new diseases, according to a new study. The immune system responds differently when battling a viral or bacterial infection, and these differences are evident at the genetic level.
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