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Study: Nurses' practice environment vital to identifying medication errors    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A research team including educators from Rutgers University College of Nursing has published a study that reports nurses' practice environments are an important factor in the identification of medication errors. Medication errors, an ever-present threat to patient safety that can originate at the prescribing, transcribing, dispensing or administration stage, most likely are identified by RNs, the study said. More

 MARN News & Updates

MARN Awards and Scholarships call for nominations — Deadline Nov. 15
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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.
The nomination process is easy:
Access the applications at the relevant links below or at
Complete the application and submit by the deadline. Have questions, need help? Call MARN at 617-990-2856. Or email:

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Join an MARN committee today
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Are you an MARN member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have a special talent or interest? Can you find the time to work on a one-time-only project? If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Click here for descriptions of the various active committees for the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses.

Seasonal influenza vaccination — Talking points and FAQ
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The following are talking points on seasonal influenza vaccination for 2012-13, and frequently asked questions that focus on ANA's policy regarding mandatory influenza vaccination.
Click here to find more information about seasonal influenza vaccination and to access these documents on ANA*Net.
Click here for the talking points, and click here for the FAQ.

Public comment — SPHM national standards
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National Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards (draft)
Public comment is open! And we want to hear from you.
Through the dedication of national SPHM experts, ANA has spearheaded the development of new multidisciplinary National Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards to provide evidence-based and outcomes-focused standards of care that will be applied by all disciplines across all settings where healthcare services are provided. This expert panel is interested in your recommendations for refinement and will especially appreciate comments regarding the following:
  • The scope of the standards, specifically, whether they are universal, inclusive, multidisciplinary and applicable across all practices and population foci
  • Whether the standards encompass foreseeable SPHM concerns for all healthcare recipients, across the continuum of care
  • Whether the standards will be current over the next five years
Please share your comments by 5 p.m. ET Friday, Nov. 30. For questions or technical issues, please email

 Around Massachusetts

Massachusetts moves to revoke license of meningitis-tied pharmacy
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VideoBriefThe number of Americans falling sick or dying from fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroid continues to grow. In Massachusetts, inspectors have finished the first stage of an investigation at the compounding pharmacy that produced the steroids, New England Compounding Center in Framingham. The state is moving to permanently revoke NECC's license. More

 Nursing News

Nurse practitioners and their role in primary care
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So-called scope-of-practice laws in many states give nurse practitioners the ability to perform a wide range of primary care services that may be offered when people make an initial approach to a doctor or nurse for treatment as well as ongoing care for chronic diseases. With a predicted shortage of primary care as the population grows and as millions of people become newly insured starting in 2014, one proposed solution is to expand the role of nurse practitioners in many more areas of the country. More

NJ/NY nurses discuss research's role in nursing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Finding ways to deliver better, more efficient patient care is an ongoing theme in nursing. Through evidence-based practice and even plain old trial and error, nurses create innovative programs and streamline practices that save both time and money and increase patient satisfaction. Getting nurses excited about research, however, is sometimes not an easy task. asked nurses what methods they have found to be most successful in engaging nursing staff in research activities. More

Nurse Practitioner week recognizes nurses nationally
Grand Valley Lanthorn    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 155,000 nurse practitioners practicing in the United States will be recognized during Nurse Practitioner week from Nov. 11-17, a national event that acknowledges their work and informs the public about the value of their job. Nurse practitioners provide access to affordable and high quality care, as well as services to alleviate the healthcare provider crisis. More

Nurses' Health Study finds help for colorectal cancer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Aspirin therapy can extend the life of colorectal cancer patients whose tumors carry a mutation in a key gene, but has no effect on patients who lack the mutation, according to data from the Nurses' Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study. More

Need for nurses continues to rise
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Nurses are needed. During this decade, employment of registered nurses will increase 26 percent. That's almost three-quarters of a million jobs. Changing technology and the masses of baby boomers who are getting older are partly responsible for the growing demand. And so is our evolving healthcare system. More

 Healthcare News

Officials: We are nearing 'light at the end of the tunnel' for meningitis outbreak
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There seems to be an end in sight for the deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak in the United States. Though there are still additional cases of meningitis being added to the official roster, officials say that we may be nearing a light at the end of the tunnel. More

Flu vaccine may protect your heart
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Getting a flu shot may help people stay healthy in more than the obvious way, new research suggests. New research found that those who got a flu shot reduced their risk of heart attacks and other serious cardiovascular problems by nearly half during a one-year follow-up period. More

Exercise may reduce cancer-related depression
Nursing in Practice    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Regular exercise can reduce depression in cancer patients, a study suggests. A study by Macmillan Cancer Support into the long-term benefits of supervised physical activity for early stage breast cancer patients during treatment found women who were more active "consistently experienced lower levels of depression and increased quality of life" compared to those who were less active. More

 Policy & Reform

New project aims to increase state's Hispanic nurses, bridge minority care divide
The Santa Fe New Mexican    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Santa Fe, N.M.-based Con Alma Health Foundation, in an effort to address a healthcare gap for New Mexico's minority populations, secured a national grant recently to help diversify the states nursing workforce. More

Advanced Practice Nursing: The future is now
Clinical Advisor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As America moves forward since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, communities and policy makers have questioned whether the primary care workforce can meet anticipated demand. More


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