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Nurses seek expanded role in treating chronic pain
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A federal agency is weighing whether to reimburse a specialized type of nurse for giving chronic-pain treatments, a move opposed by some doctors and one that critics say could complicate the battle against prescription painkiller abuse. More

 MARN News & Updates

LAST CHANCE: Register now — MARN Fall Conference
Saturday, Oct. 13
8:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Breakfast and registration begin at 7:30 a.m.
Sheraton Framingham Hotel

"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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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

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 This Just In

Alert — New England Compounding Center product recall information
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On Oct. 4, out of an abundance of caution, the CDC and FDA recommended that all healthcare facilities cease use and remove from their pharmaceutical inventory any product produced by The New England Compounding Center, located at 697 Waverly Street in Framingham.
For more information, click here.

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.

 Around Massachusetts

Study: Massachusetts doctor shortage a problem at community hospitals
Statehouse News Services via Eagle-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While the number of uninsured Massachusetts residents has fallen since 2006 and the number who have visited a doctor has increased, the state's shortage of physicians continues, with "critical" levels in a few specialties. More

 Nursing News

Physicians, nurse practitioners at odds over new roles
California Healthline    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's a time of celebration and indignation for Beth Haney, president of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill that will remove a six-month waiting period for new NP graduates to write prescriptions. More

Empowered nurses key to healthcare reform
Health Policy Solutions    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The nursing world has experienced a slew of changes in the past half century: from the role of doctors' silent helpmate to that of decision maker, hands-on practitioner and front-line educator, charged with teaching patients how to better manage their own healthcare in an era of high demand and scarce resources. More

 Healthcare News

CDC: More patients linked to fungal meningitis infections
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A meningitis outbreak has killed five people and sickened another 30, according to health officials. Patients in 23 states could have been exposed to the tainted steroid medications that are being linked to the dangerous fungal infection. More

Free birth control project cuts teen births, abortions
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An experimental project that gave free birth control to more than 9,000 teen girls and women in one metropolitan area resulted in a dramatic decrease in abortions and teen pregnancies, a new study shows. More

 Policy & Reform

Nurse policy experts on the candidates' healthcare platforms    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Issues such as covering the uninsured and people with pre-existing conditions, prevention and wellness, nursing education and women's health will be important to nurse voters in the upcoming presidential election, said Diana J. Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN, nursing professor at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing in New York City, editor-in-chief emeritus of the American Journal of Nursing, and lead co-editor of "Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care." More

Minimum nurse-patient ratio regulations have questionable impact
Oncology Nurse Advisor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Minimum nurse-to-patient ratios were required after legislation passed in 1999 in California, and the number of nurses increased, but the resulting quality of care is mixed. Those hospitals with shortfalls had increases in staffing, though some of these increases were with less skilled nurses, according to a study published in Health Services Research. More


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