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Modern school nurses administer medicine, advice and hugs
Las Vegas Review-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
School nurses across the valley are juggling more than Band-Aids these days. They're child advocates, conducting screenings for issues such as hearing and vision to ensure that kids can succeed in school — and going after that pair of glasses for the kid whose family can't afford it. Or they're coordinating special clinics to identify and assist with major health conditions not covered by a family's insurance. More

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MA Healthy Air — Letter to Environmental Protection Agency
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On Dec. 14, the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency will be announcing updated National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter, or soot pollution. Many in the public health field believe that the proposed standards need to be more protective, so we are asking all healthcare providers and public health professionals to sign this letter, urging for soot standards to be strengthened to levels that scientists believe are most protective of health. Signing takes less than a minute! For more information, click here.



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.
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Final communications push for SPHM Standards public comment period
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National Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards (draft)
Reminder: PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDS FRIDAY, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m.
We want to hear from you!
To review the document and submit comment visit: www.nursingworld.org/public-comment-safe-patient-handling-standards.


Regulatory changes to DPH Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturer Conduct
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Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturer Conduct
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Public Health will hold a public hearing on emergency amendments to 105 CMR 970.000, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturer Conduct, which implement recent changes to M.G.L. c. 111N including a definition of "modest meals and refreshments."
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Save the Dates
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Massachusetts Student Nurses Association Career Forum — March 9, 2013, Worcester State University

MARN Health Policy Committee Legislative Action Forum — March 22, 2013, the Statehouse

MARN 2013 Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet — April 26, 2013, Lombardo's, Randolph

MARN Annual Spring Convention — April 27, 2013, Lombardo's, Randolph


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State eases rules on meals bought for doctors
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Healthcare providers will be able to enjoy "modest meals" paid for by pharmaceutical companies or medical device makers under new rules approved by a Massachusetts health board. More


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Using supplemental nurses is not bad for patients
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The use of supplemental registered nurses to cover staffing shortages has no adverse effects on patient outcomes including in-hospital mortality, medication errors, falls, pressure ulcers and patient satisfaction with nurses, show U.S. study results. The findings account for nursing work environment, a major factor in the promotion of quality patient care, with better NWEs linked to "higher nurse-to-patient ratios and better patient outcomes," according to researchers. More

Schools reducing use of RNs
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School districts in San Antonio and across Texas are phasing out registered nurses to cut costs, though they'll need to keep some around to supervise the licensed vocational nurses hired in their place. Registered nurses typically have three or more years of training, including in the use of intravenous lines, according to the Texas Board of Nursing. LVNs usually receive about a year of training, can't administer IVs and, by state law, must operate under the supervision of a practitioner such as an RN. More

Study: Nurses can help improve vaccination rates
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More elderly and at-risk adults get their flu and pneumonia vaccinations when the shots are coordinated and given by nurses instead of doctors, a new analysis suggests. Researchers linked the changeover to a 44-percent increase in patients' chances of getting a flu shot and a more than doubling of their likelihood of getting vaccinated against pneumonia. More

More nurse practitioners visit home care patients
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Nurse practitioners in New York and New Jersey are filling a gap in healthcare as frontline providers for the homebound elderly and other patients with limited care access. Meshell Mansor, RN, APN-C, owner of Nurse Practitioner Professional Resources, New Jersey-based company that makes primary care house calls, said making those calls has shifted from a physician's domain toward NPs. More

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OB-GYNs back over-the-counter birth control pills
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No prescription or doctor's exam needed: The nation's largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms. The surprise opinion from these gatekeepers of contraception could boost longtime efforts by women's advocates to make the pill more accessible. More

Panel recommends routine HIV tests for teens, adults
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In a broad new expansion of HIV screening, an influential government panel now says everyone ages 15 to 65 should be tested for the virus that causes AIDS. The draft recommendation, issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, is far broader than its last recommendation in 2005, which called for screening only those at high risk. More

With routine mammograms, some breast cancers may be overtreated
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VideoBriefThe endless debate over routine mammograms is getting another kick from an analysis that sharply questions whether the test really does what it's supposed to. Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, coauthor of the analysis of mammography's impact, which was just published in The New England Journal of Medicine, tell Shots that the aim was to "get down to a very basic question." More

 Policy & Reform


Supreme Court orders another look at key healthcare provision
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The Supreme Court has ordered a federal appeals court to take another look at whether a key requirement in the healthcare reform law violates religious freedoms. A pending lawsuit from the private Liberty University had claimed, among other things, that the law would lead to taxpayer dollars funding abortions and contraception, a claim the Obama administration rejects. More

Bill would let nurses prescribe medicine on their own, without consulting physicians
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New Jersey's advanced practice nurses would be able to prescribe medication on their own, without needing a formal agreement — or joint protocol — with a consulting physician, under a bill that's being introduced into the legislature. The measure (S-2354) would make it easier for advanced practice nurses to establish their own practices. It also would eliminate the difficulty of finding a doctor who's willing to sign a joint protocol. More

5,000 nurses at 10 San Francisco-area hospitals stage walkout
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Roughly 5,000 registered nurses from San Francisco's 10 Sutter and Hospital Corporation of America hospitals throughout the Bay Area are striking, charging that the hospitals are making cuts in nurses' benefits and patient care standards. More
 

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