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Antibiotics don't work for viral illnesses
Repeated warnings that antibiotics don't work for most sore throats and bronchitis have failed to stop overuse: U.S. doctors prescribed these drugs for most adults seeking treatment at a rate that remained high over more than a decade, researchers found. The results are in two analyses of U.S. health surveys from the late 1990s to 2010, representing more than 2 million annual visits to doctors' offices or emergency rooms.
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Register Now: MARN Accredited Approver Unit Western Workshop
Applying the 2013 ANCC Criteria to Nursing Continuing Education
One Year Later: Lessons Learned

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Friday, Nov.15, 2013
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Call for nominations: MARN awards and scholarships
Deadline November 15th
MARN has established several awards that provide you the opportunity to recognize those nurses who have made a difference at the bedside, in the classroom, and in the practice of nursing.
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Complete the application and submit by the deadline.
Living Legends in Massachusetts Nursing Award
Excellence in Nursing Practice Award
Excellence in Nursing Education Award
Excellence in Nursing Research Award
Mary A. Manning Nurse Mentoring Award
Loyal Service Award
Ruth Lang Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship
Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency Scholarship

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  October Free Trial - Critical Care Nurse

Critical Care Nurse provides critical care and acute care nurses with accurate, relevant, and useful information concerning the bedside care of their patients. This journal keeps nurses informed on issues that affect their nursing practice allowing them to use this knowledge in a more effective manner. Click here to try it free in October.


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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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Florence Nightingale's Life and work through her letters: A glimpse into her personal correspondence
Nursing Archives Associates at Boston University Fall 2013 Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
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5 compelling technologies in the works to help control and manage diabetes
MedCity News
The consensus at this year’s Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit was that changing the course of the obesity and diabetes epidemic will require a melting pot effort toward prevention by the food industry, schools, healthcare providers, consumers and the healthcare industry. It’s also going to take a while. Startups were a bigger part of the summit this year than ever before. Here are a few technologies aimed at preventing, treating or improving quality of life for people with obesity and diabetes that caught my attention at the summit.
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To reduce patient falls, hospitals try alarms, more nurses
NPR (opinion)
A bad fall in the hospital can turn a short visit into a long stay. Such falls are featured in congressional discussions about patient safety, and in a new study in the Journal of Patient Safety about medical errors. Falls are one part of a multistate clash between nurses and hospitals over how to improve the safety of hospitalized patients. In Washington state, hospitals are required to report falls that happen on their watch to the state health department. Some hospitals have installed bed alarms to monitor patients prone to sleepwalking.
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More doctors, nurses becoming hospital administrators
Star-Telegram (opinion)
Take a close look at how medical care is being delivered, and it’s clear that doctors and hospitals are being asked to work more closely together to maintain quality even as payments start to shrink. If that’s the case, would it help if more hospital administrators were also clinicians — doctors, nurses and other health professionals? Quite a few in the industry apparently think so.
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Hospitals face whole new world under health law
USA Today
Today, hospitals across the country must transform to survive. It may seem obvious, but hospitals remain major hubs of American health care. More than 35.1 million people were discharged from inpatient care at non-federal hospitals in 2010, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were more than 100 million outpatient department visits and almost 130 million visits to emergency departments in this country. No one can say exactly how the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," will affect hospitals.
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Fatal cholesterol disease overlooked and untreated
Medical Xpress
Hereditary high blood cholesterol leads to premature heart disease. It is overlooked and untreated virtually worldwide — including in Europe. This is a major problem as the disease is dangerous for health. However, this disease is easy to diagnose and treat, according to the conclusion of a consensus report from the European Atherosclerosis Society. The report was recently published in the recognised medical journal European Heart Journal. A new consensus report documents massive underdiagnosis and undertreatment of hereditary high blood cholesterol — so-called familial hypercholesterolaemia — in practically all 200 countries in the world, the only exceptions being the Netherlands and Norway.
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Nursing skills put to the test
Gearing up for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is about to get easier for aspiring nurses. While test prep resources previously have been limited to expensive review courses and lecture notes, students will soon have a wealth of open access, peer-developed and peer-reviewed study materials available online. The project is the result of a three-way partnership. It is funded by The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence using the clinical nursing expertise of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The Khan Academy, a non-profit focused on innovating free online education, will provide the platform to distribute the material.
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Startup company's health coaches text patient medical reminders, alerts
Medcity News
Health entrepreneurs are thinking more deeply about ways to prevent disease, not just treat it. A New Jersey-based startup called MyHint launched its system today to make it easier for people to stay on top of their health. Patients can register for free on the website via Facebook, LinkedIn or Google, and opt to receive SMS or email alerts when they are due for a mammogram, a prostate screening, a general check up, and a variety of other health tests.

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Nurses, other non-physicians can perform abortions in California
As more states pass measures tightening abortion laws, California is making abortions more accessible. Nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physicians' assistants who complete specified training are now able to perform abortions in California. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure into law.

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Affordable Care Act impacting nursing
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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Measles vaccination at younger age means less risk of side effects
Children receiving measles-containing vaccines at 12-15 months of age have a lower increased risk of fever and seizures than those who receive them at 16-23 months of age, according to a study. The CDC recommends a two-dose series of measles-containing vaccines, with the first dose administered at 12-15 months and the second dose at 4-6 years. Most children receive the first dose of a measles-containing vaccine between the ages of 12 and 23 months, with about 85 percent receiving it by 19 months, according to background information in a news release.
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Educators help future nurses understand healthcare reform
As the nation’s healthcare conversation turns to implementing the cornerstones of reform, nursing schools are refining course content and creating assignments that will better prepare nurses for the profession’s new reality. Together with the influence of the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 “The Future of Nursing,” report, the Affordable Care Act has opened numerous possibilities for nursing roles at all levels, and educators are making sure students are ready.
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