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Nurse practitioners, new clinics could ease healthcare dilemma
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With millions of people gaining insurance coverage due to federal healthcare reform, physician shortages are expected to worsen. Registered nurse Julie Novak, vice dean and professor of the University of Texas at San Antonio's School of Nursing, said that, by the time most healthcare reform provisions take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, the country will need many more primary care clinicians. Those can include primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives. 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.
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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.

Not too late to order: Spring Convention photos now available for purchase
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Photographer, Tip Lydon of Tip's Photography in Plainville, was on site at the MARN Annual Spring Convention. Attendees were offered the opportunity to sit for professional photographs (and help raise funds for MARN!). MARN will receive 50 percent of the profits. Please view and purchase photos and help support our organization! Support MARN and take advantage of this valuable opportunity!
Awards Dinner, MARN Directory and conference photos now available for purchase online, just click on the following link: Portraits. The password is: marn.

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

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 This Just In

Nurses Campaign Activity Night: ANA encourages participation in elections
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The American Nurses Association is encouraging registered nurses to become involved in the 2012 elections by participating in Nurses Campaign Activity Night Oct. 17, a bipartisan nationwide event to generate support for candidates who support issues of importance to RNs. For more information, click here.

New magnet designations
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The Chair of the Commission on Magnet has announced magnet designation for the following organizations:

Boston Children's Hospital,
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, Mo.
The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Penn.
The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh
University Medical Center at Brackenridge Hospital, Austin, Texas
Woman's Hospital, Baton Rouge, La.

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco

Notification of application for magnet re-designation
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Winchester Hospital has applied for Magnet re-designation. A site visit has been scheduled for Nov. 7, 8 and 9. The applicant is now required to post signs at major entrances, exits and public gathering places inviting public comment on their application. In addition, a public notice announcement is being posted on the magnet website at The deadline for public comment is Oct. 28.

Board of Registration in Nursing issues revised advisory rulings
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For the revised Advisory Ruling 9204: IV Therapy, click here.
For the Board Action to Advisory Ruling 9601: Massage and Advisory Ruling 9801: Holistic Nursing and Complementary/Alternative Modalities, click here.

Patrick-Murray Administration launches implementation website
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The Patrick-Murray Administration has launched a new website that will be a clearinghouse for information about efforts to control health care costs, creating a transparent home for updates on progress, notice of upcoming events and other information important to consumers throughout the Commonwealth.
For the full press release, click here.


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 Nursing News

Reducing nurse burnout: A win-win situation
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Registered nurses these days are fighting an uphill battle against burnout. Dr. Linda Aiken, Director for the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research remarked on this issue by saying, "[Right now] the circumstances are pretty impossible to fully address patient's needs." This article discusses how burnout affects more than just nurses and how hospitals, patients and nurses can benefit from a higher number of permanently staffed RNs. More

School nurses' new role in children's health
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Amid a steady rise in the number of children with complex health problems, a push is on to establish more full-fledged medical clinics within public schools and make the school nurse a more active participant in children's medicine. More

Guidelines issues for improving outcomes for ICD recipients
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Patient and family education and psychological support are key components for improving outcomes for implantable cardioverter defibrillator recipients, according to a scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association and published online in the journal Circulation. More

 Healthcare News

Prevention pays dividends in women's health    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to important women's health concerns, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, nurses help put the power of wellness and prevention in women's control by arming patients with credible health information and resources. Each disease type responds to screenings and healthy lifestyles. More

Americans urged to get vaccinated as flu season nears
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U.S. health officials urged more Americans to get vaccinated against influenza for the upcoming flu season, adding there was plenty of vaccine on hand. So far more than 85 million doses of the vaccine had been distributed and a total of about 135 million doses will be available, the nonprofit National Foundation for Infectious Diseases said. More

Study: Physical activity programs fail to get children moving
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Programs aimed at increasing the physical activity of children have so far failed to get children moving very much, says a new research review. That failure to boost how much children walk, run, jump and otherwise move around during the day helps explain why the programs also have failed to put a dent in child obesity, say researchers who pooled results from 30 studies for the new study published in the BMJ. More

 Policy & Reform

Physicians' stance on nurse practitioners is dangerous
HealthLeaders Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Hatfields and the McCoys. East Coast hip hop artists and West Coast hip hop artists. The Red Sox and the Yankees. Perhaps it's time to add physicians and advanced practice registered nurses to the list of history's longstanding, heated rivalries. More

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