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Wondering about your hospital's quality? Ask a nurse
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The easiest way to assess a hospital's quality of care might be to just ask the nurses, new research suggests. One reason nurses tend to have accurate perceptions about quality of care in the hospital where they work is that they are on the front lines and are most familiar with the daily experiences of their patients, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing noted. More

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Massachusetts Health Council 2012 awards gala
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Please 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.

Register today — 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.
Registration deadline extended through Oct. 17.

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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.

CDC health advisory: Multistate meningitis outbreak and stroke associated with potentially contaminated steroid medication
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration continue to work closely with state public health departments on a multistate investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection. Some of these patients also suffered strokes that may have resulted from their infection. These cases are associated with a potentially contaminated steroid medication prepared by New England Compounding Center, located in Framingham, Mass. This HAN notice provides updated information about the investigation — including a change in the case definition — laboratory findings, an expanded voluntary recall of products and recommendations for clinicians.

For more information, click here.

Winchester Hospital has applied for magnet designation
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This is official notification that Winchester Hospital has applied for Magnet designation and a site visit has been scheduled for Nov. 7-9. The applicant is now required to post signs at major entrances, exits and public gathering places inviting public comment on their application. n addition a public notice announcement is being posted on the Magnet website at If you would lie to provide public comment please email The deadline for public comment is Oct. 28.

MARN member Charlotte Stepanian to get service award
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Charlotte Stepanian will be awarded the American Public Health Association Lillian Wald Service Award at the annual APHA meeting in San Francisco on Oct. 30. This is a very prestigious award as it is named for the founder of Public Health Nursing, Lillian Wald. Click here to read the full news release.

Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing Pinnacle Lecture Series
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Orchestrating a Career for Leadership
Angela Barron McBride, Distinguished Professor and University Dean Emerita, Indiana University School of Nursing
Thursday, Nov. 1 | 5 p.m. | Boston College, Yawkey Center, Murray Room
Renowned scholar and author of The Growth and Development of Nurse Leaders Angela Barron McBride will discuss the career stages of nursing, how nurses can develop into leaders and the benefits of mentoring.

McBride is known for her contributions to women's health, the psychology of parenthood and psychiatric-mental health nursing. She served as president of Sigma Theta Tau International and of the American Academy of Nursing, which named her a Living Legend in 2006. McBride is a member of the Institute of Medicine.
A reception will follow the presentation.
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 Around Massachusetts

Congress summons Massachusetts pharmacy board on outbreak
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The House of Representatives widened its investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak to include the role health regulators played in monitoring the pharmacy that produced steroid treatments suspected of causing the crisis. The House Energy and Commerce Committee called on the Massachusetts pharmacy board to share what it knew about the New England Compounding Center before the recall of more than 17,000 vials of sterile injectable steroid treatments for back and joint pain from health facilities in 23 states. More

 Nursing News

Supervisor support encourages nurses to admit errors
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Nurses are more likely to report errors when they feel safe with their supervisors, leading to a stronger commitment to safer practices and a lower error rate, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. More

Exam room disclosure: Nonphysicians must be clearly identified
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In Utah, a billboard advertisement showed a nurse practitioner dressed in a white coat with a stethoscope. The caption read, "I make house calls," and the woman had the abbreviation "Dr." before her name. That's one example demonstrating how patients can be confused about the credentials of healthcare professionals, say supporters of the American Medical Association's Truth in Advertising campaign. Since the campaign launched three years ago, 25 states have introduced legislation aimed at curtailing such confusion. Laws have been enacted in 12 of those states. More

 Healthcare News

CDC FluView report for 2012-2013 influenza season shows low activity nationwide
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the first "FluView" influenza activity report for the U.S. 2012-2013 flu season. The 2012-2013 reporting season began on Sept. 30. The first FluView report shows that influenza activity is low nationwide. More

US ties hospital payments to making patients happy
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At Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital, doctors are being taught to stop interrupting patients while they are speaking. Nurses recently got hand-held phones so patients can reach them instantly. New bedside comforts include cable sports channel ESPN and a menu featuring wild salmon. Grady is making these changes in response to a shift in how the federal government pays hospitals for treating people on Medicare, the federal healthcare program for seniors. More

 Policy & Reform

ACLU sues over new Rhode Island medical marijuana policy
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The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union announced that it is suing the state's health department over a decision to no longer accept medical marijuana applications signed by nurse practitioners and physician's assistants. More

Expert says it's time for all nurses to get political    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pat Barnett, RN, JD, felt compelled to get involved in the legislative process as a young nurse working for a state psychiatric hospital in Illinois. Barnett, who today is CEO of the New Jersey State Nurses Association, testified along with other nurses before a legislative committee about how deinstitutionalization was impacting her patients. While the volunteer advocates weren't able to stop deinstitutionalization, they were, according to Barnett, able to get more funding for the mental health system, and some facilities remained open. More


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