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Nurses who saved NICU babies remember harrowing hurricane night
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VideoBriefNurses at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at New York University's Langone Medical Center have challenging jobs, even in the best of times. Their patients are babies, some weighing as little as 2 pounds, who require constant and careful care as they struggle to stay alive. As superstorm Sandy bore down on Manhattan, the nurses' jobs took on a whole new sense of urgency as failing power forced the hospital's patients, including the NICU nurses' tiny charges, to evacuate. More

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MARN Awards and Scholarships call for nominations — Deadline Nov. 15
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AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR YOUR COLLEAGUES
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The nomination process is easy:
Access the applications at the relevant links below or at www.MARNonline.org.
Complete the application and submit by the deadline. Have questions, need help? Call MARN at 617-990-2856. Or email: info@MARNonline.org.
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Draft Safe Patient Handling/Mobility Standards released for comment by Nov. 30
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Standards to Establish Basis for Policies, Laws, Regulations to Protect Workers, Patients
The American Nurses Association has released draft Safe Patient Handling and Mobility National Standards to a broad array of professions and individuals for public comment, a critical step toward establishing a uniform, national foundation for programs to improve safety for patients and healthcare workers. The public comment period is open through Nov. 30.
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PCORI seeks patient and stakeholder reviewers for funding applications
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PCORI is currently looking for individuals who are not usually represented in scientific review groups to serve as reviewers of our funding applications. We value your experience and hope you will consider becoming a reviewer or sharing this opportunity with others who might be interested. As a PCORI reviewer, you will work side-by-side with scientists on review committees, adding insight that ensures the research we fund reflects the interests and views of patients, while remaining scientifically rigorous.
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Situation report: Hurricane Sandy
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If you are interested in responding during a disaster, take the time NOW to become involved in an existing response system. Information on various disaster response systems can be found here.
Hurricane Sandy — Public Health Situation Updates
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery Activities Nov. 2: Situation Overview:
The Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius declared a public health emergency for the entire state of New Jersey. With the declaration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services can provide waivers under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act so healthcare providers can continue to provide services to beneficiaries of Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program during the severe storms and floods affecting the state. Providers and States should contact their CMS Regional Office for information or refer to the CMS website at www.cms.gov.


Hurricane Sandy volunteers
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THANK YOU to all the nurses and students who have expressed an interest in volunteering with the Red Cross during this current hurricane relief effort. Be ready! Affiliate with your local Red Cross chapter, and get trained so you are ready to go when called.
Click here for more information.
In an effort to better serve our communities in the aftermath of Sandy's devastation, there will be a regular series of Disaster Health Services Response Workshops offered through the Red Cross State Nurse Liaison Network. click here.
Disaster Health Services Recruitment Information for American Red Cross Disaster Relief Operations, click here.


Sad news: Linda R. Easterly obituary and memorial service info
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For more information on the passing of past GNA president and past ANA-PAC vice chair Linda Easterly, click here.

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ANA releases draft of patient handling guidelines
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The American Nurses Association has released a draft of its "Safe Patient Handling and Mobility National Standards" for public comment with the goal of establishing a uniform, national foundation for programs to improve safety for patients and healthcare workers. More

Dallas hospitals turns to phlebotomists, not nurses, to draw blood
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Parkland Health & Hospital System has recentralized phlebotomy services in its Emergency Department in a move designed to improve efficiency and reduce specimen contamination rates. More

Voluntary recall of all Ameridose medical products
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On Oct. 31, the Food and Drug Administration announced that Ameridose is voluntarily recalling all of its unexpired medical products in circulation. Ameridose is based in Westborough, Mass., and is managed by some of the same people as the New England Compounding Center, the firm that distributed and recalled injectable medications implicated in the ongoing multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections. More

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New lice treatment faster, more effective
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A new topical lotion may offer parents a faster, more effective way to get rid of head lice. Researchers report that just one treatment of topical ivermectin, an insecticide, kept almost three-quarters of treated children lice-free two weeks after treatment. That was without the dreaded fine-toothed combing to remove the lice eggs that leaves so many children in tears. More

Extra MMR vaccine helped prevent mumps in outbreak
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Giving children and teens in a New York community a third dose of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine likely helped halt a mumps outbreak in late 2009 and early 2010, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

Eating more fruits, veggies may help kidney patients
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Some people with kidney disease can improve their health by adding fruits and vegetables to their diet, a new study indicates. A second study found that poor nutrition plays a role in the association between poverty and kidney disease, and a third study found that black kidney disease patients are more likely to have uncontrolled blood pressure than white patients. More

 Policy & Reform


Rhode Island's flu-shot mandate for health workers 1st of its kind in nation
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Rhode Island, the nation's smallest state, has taken a big step toward protecting the public's health by mandating that all healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients be vaccinated against seasonal influenza. The requirement, issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health, marks the nation's first statewide mandate of flu shots for health professionals. In other states, flu vaccine mandates have been set by individual employers, such as hospitals and healthcare centers. More

Nurse credentialing alternative announced
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The American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Emergency Nurses Association have partnered to offer a new credentialing option to nurse practitioners working in emergency departments. The new offering will be a portfolio credential rather than an examination. More

Pennsylvania's registered nurses not required to report they have been charged, convicted of crime
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When it comes to registered nurses in Pennsylvania, the nurse caring for you could have been convicted of crimes, and you might not even know it. It's possible no one else may know it either, including the state board responsible for licensing and disciplining nurses in Pennsylvania. More


 

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