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Danger zone: Workplace violence touches many in nursing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As healthcare workers, we never know whether we will return home in the same condition in which we started work. In 2009 there were 2,050 assaults and violent acts reported by RNs, requiring an average of four days away from work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Emergency Nurses Association reported that more than 50 percent of ED nurses had experienced violence by patients on the job, and 25 percent had experienced 20 or more violent incidents in the past three years. More

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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:

ANA congratulates President Obama, welcomes new Congress
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The American Nurses Association congratulates President Barack Obama on his re-election and looks forward to supporting his administration's efforts to fully implement the Affordable Care Act, a transformative law that will ultimately provide millions of Americans access to quality, affordable healthcare. Click here for the full statement.

Affordable Care Act implementation update
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Please join us for a call, Affordable Care Act Implementation Update for Clinicians, Hospitals and other Healthcare Providers on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. EDT focusing on the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Final Rule. Click here for more information.

Maryland Nurses Association is sponsoring a webinar about fracking
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Energy in Crisis: Fracking and Health
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1-2 p.m.
The webinar is presented by the Maryland Nurses Association.
Registration details coming soon.

FEMA notice: Hurricane Sandy — 1 week later
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Hurricane Sandy — One Week Later — More than $210 Million Approved in Individual Assistance
One week ago today, millions of Americans from North Carolina to Maine braced for Hurricane Sandy. For more than 12 hours, hurricane and tropical-storm-force winds, storm surge and flooding impacted 12 states; and more than eight million people lost power. Transportation systems in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C., came to a halt and more than 12,000 commercial flights were grounded. And for the first time since 1888, the New York Stock Exchange was closed for two consecutive days because of a natural disaster. But we are a resilient nation.
Click here for the full notice.


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CMS Medicare physician fee schedule final rule
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The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, issued Nov. 1, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will have a major positive impact for many RNs and APRNs, especially those working in primary care, care coordination, psychiatric/mental health and anesthesia services. Overall, this rule includes new Current Procedural Terminology codes and payments for transitional care management and psychiatric services. It also clarifies that CRNAs can provide chronic pain management — and other — services consistent with state scope of practice rules.
ANA dedicated significant resources that influenced the outcome of this regulation, including our ongoing, active participation on the CPT Editorial Panel and the Relative Value System Update Committee. It is here where the CPT codes are developed and valued. ANA also submitted comments on the proposed rule. The 1,362-page Final Rule will be effective starting Jan. 1, 2013 and can be accessed via the CMS website; the Federal Register version will appear around Nov. 16.
Click here for the full briefing.

ICI/CII/CIE 2013 — May 18-23, 2013 — Melbourne, Australia
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International Council of Nurses 25th Quadrennial Congress
Melbourne, Australia — May 2013
Registration to the ICN 2013 Congress is now open — click here to register.
For more information, click here.

 Nursing News

Medical data for 14,000 Massachusetts, Rhode Island patients missing
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ultrasound images and personal data for about 14,000 patients who visited facilities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts years ago have disappeared, but officials at Women & Infants Hospital said there is no indication that the information has been improperly accessed or used. More

 Healthcare News

When a palm reader knows more than your life line
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No longer the province of security services and science-fiction films, biometric technology is on the march. Facebook uses facial-recognition software so its members can automatically put name tags on friends when they upload their photos. Some theme parks take digital fingerprints to help recognize season pass holders. Now some hospitals and school districts are using palm vein pattern recognition to identify and efficiently manage their patients or students — in effect, turning your palm into an E-ZPass. More

Study: Next-day discharge after C-section may be OK
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Some women who deliver their babies by cesarean section may be able to check out of the hospital the next day without raising their risk of problems, according to a Malaysian study. More

 Policy & Reform

Short-term, contract nurses could ease impending nursing shortage
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Short-term, contract nurses could be the key to alleviating the projected nationwide nursing shortage, according to a study published in the November issue of Health Affairs. But despite the promising study results, not all industry experts agree that contract nurses are the answer. More

Massachusetts limits nurse overtime
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Massachusetts is the latest state to restrict mandatory overtime for nurses to protect patients from fatigue-induced medical errors. A new Massachusetts law prohibiting mandatory overtime for nurses went into effect, and it's garnering significant support from nursing groups. According to the American Nurses Association, 14 other states have statutory restrictions on mandatory overtime for nurses. More

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