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Nursing schools struggle to keep up with demand
The Tuscaloosa News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The demand for nurses far outweighs the supply, a gap that is expected to grow much larger as nursing school enrollment struggles to keep up with demand. Nursing school enrollment is not growing fast enough to meet the projected demand for registered nurses. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported that U.S. nursing schools turned away 75,587 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2011 because of an insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space and budget challenges. More

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MARN fall conference: Register now
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"Assisted Suicide: Practice, Legal, Ethical and Religious Considerations"
As You Consider Ballot Question 2 — "Death with Dignity"
This is an important program not to be missed!
Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Ann LaSala, MS, RN
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Medicine and Advisor, Patient Care Services Ethics in Clinical Practice Committee, Massachusetts General Hospital
Appointed Member, ANA Ethics Advisory Board
ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights

Conference Flyer, click here.
Call for Posters, click here. Exhibitor/Sponsorship Opportunities Form, click here.
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Conference room group rate of $111
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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.
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Honoring Karen Daley, PhD, MPH, RN
President, American Nurses Association
Get your tickets today! Click here.
To place an ad congratulating Karen, click here.

Continuing Education Committee Provider Symposium
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Wednesday, Oct. 24
Baystate Health Education Center
361 Whitney Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040
Morning Session Only, Registration Fee: $99
Afternoon Session Only, Registration Fee: $99
ALL-DAY Registration Fee: $159.00
see Symposium Flyer for detailed agenda)
Symposium Flyer, click here.
Register Now, click here.
Registrations MUST BE processed online no later than Oct. 10.

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
Remember: The MARN newsletter is read by 113,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!
This is YOUR newsletter so we encourage YOU to make a contribution!
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!
We really look forward to your article.
Deadline date for submission is Oct. 10.
Your contribution can be sent to or mailed to:
MARN Newsletter
P. O. Box 285
Milton, MA 02186

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. As a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, ANCC is proud to serve as the credentialing arm and as a leader in sponsoring this research agenda for nursing. Marilyn P. Chow, DNSc, RN, FAAN, vice president for national patient care services at Kaiser Permanente will chair the committee. She has been recognized for her expertise in leadership, innovation, regulation of nursing practice, work-force policy, and primary care. Dr. Chow has received numerous awards for her work and serves on several national boards and commissions. For more information, click here. More

ANA Committee on Appointments: Call for nominations
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On behalf of the ANA Board of Directors, the Committee on Appointments issues this call for qualified nominees for appointment to the Constituent and State Nurses Association (C/SNA)/Individual Member Division seats on the:
Audit Committee, Committee on Honorary Awards, Award Subcommittees and Reference Committee.
All nomination materials, including optional letters of endorsement, must be submitted electronically to no later than Monday, Nov. 5. The nominee's email will serve as the electronic signature. Handwritten or faxed nomination materials will not be accepted. For more information, click here.

ANA's NCNQ CMS FY2013 IPPS and LTCH PPS final rule summary
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Sent on behalf of ANA's National Center for Nursing Quality Subject: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Fiscal Year 2013 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)/Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Final Rule
The CMS published its FY 2013 Medicare IPPS/long-term care hospital PPS final rule on Aug. 31. The link to the final rule is:

Click here for an executive summary on the Final 2013 IPPS ruling, which is close to 2,000 pages. Highlighted are key aspects. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Maureen Dailey —

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 Nursing News

NP, physician groups disagree over scope of practice    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners criticized a new report by the American Academy of Family Physicians that stated independent practice authority for NPs could splinter care and undermine the effort to move to patient-centered medical homes. More

Comparing training for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, doctors
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefUnder Massachusetts' new healthcare cost-control law, legislators are counting on physician assistants as critical partners in the effort to curb medical spending, improve the coordination of treatment, and give patients easier access to basic care amid a shortage of primary care doctors. More

Nurses can expect strong career outlook
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most all medical facilities in Houston are looking for nurses, specifically registered nurses, and while nurses are expected to be in continued demand in the coming years, education changes should have some effect on the shortage in coming years, experts say. More teachers mean more students can be accepted into nursing schools, which would help alleviate some of the shortages. Some feel the shortage of nurses is part of a cycle. More

 Healthcare News

Variation in antibiotic prescribing hints at overuse
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Seniors in the United States are prescribed at least one antibiotic each every year, on average — but the rate of prescribing varies quite a bit across the country, a new study finds. In some parts of the country, seniors averaged less than one antibiotic prescription per year, while in others, they received between one and two per year, according to a report in Archives of Internal Medicine. More

Kale may protect against cancer, reduce cholesterol, generally improve health
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kale is an excellent, potent source of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids — and that's just to start. Research has also shown that kale contains 45 different flavonoids with a variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. This wide array of vitamins, nutrients and minerals results in several documented, distinct health advantages. More

 Policy & Reform

EHR implementation: How common blunders can alienate your patients
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many practices are adopting an EHR for the first time, with various surveys finding 70 to 80 percent putting in systems, double the rate of three years ago. Almost every health IT implementation comes with hurdles and blunders. It can be frustrating when blunders affect the patient experience, but many are common and can be prevented by learning from the mistakes of other physicians. More

New system for patients to report medical mistakes
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Obama administration wants consumers to report medical mistakes and unsafe practices by doctors, hospitals, pharmacists and others who provide treatment. In a flier drafted for the project, the government asks: "Have you recently experienced a medical mistake? Do you have concerns about the safety of your healthcare?" And it urges patients to contact a new "consumer reporting system for patient safety." The government says it will use information submitted by patients to make healthcare safer. More


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