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Guidelines regarding advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) prescribing hydrocodone
The National Law Review
In August, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”) published a final rule classifying Hydrocodone combination drugs as Scheduled II controlled substances. Previously, Hydrocodone was listed as a Scheduled III controlled substance. Because of the specific provision in Kentucky law, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (“APRN”) are permitted to continue to prescribe a 30 day supply of Scheduled II Hydrocodone combination products if allowed under their DEA license.
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AROUND MASSACHUSETTS


Call for Nominations ANA Massachusetts Awards
Deadline extended through January 15, 2015 for Living Legends in Massachusetts Nursing and Loyal Service Awards
AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR YOUR COLLEAGUES
American Nurses Association Massachusetts Awards open to All Nurses

ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized work of Massachusetts members. You probably work with or know nurse colleagues whose commitment to nursing and to patient care is exemplary. Yet in the rush of today's world, there is often little time to acknowledge them and their professional contributions.

You work with or know nurse colleagues whose commitment to nursing and to patient care is exemplary. Yet in the rush of today's world, there is often little time to acknowledge them and their professional contributions. ANA Massachusetts Awards provide you the opportunity to honor their remarkable, but often unrecognized practice.

ANA Massachusetts Awards are not restricted to ANA Massachusetts members. Nominees can be a member of ANA Massachusetts or a non ANA Massachusetts member who is nominated by a member of ANA Massachusetts. These awards can be peer or self nominated. ANA Massachusetts 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.
More Information and to access applications, click here.

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Friend of Nursing Award
This award is for a person or persons who have demonstrated strong support for the profession of nursing in Massachusetts. The candidate for this award may be self- nominated or be nominated by a colleague. Award recipients are asked to serve on the following year’s selection committee. Click here to nominate a friend.
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Authors Wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Needed: Articles for The Spring 2015 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The ANA Massachusetts newsletter is read by about 110,000 RNs in the Commonwealth! This is YOUR newsletter so we need YOU to make a contribution!
This year we are focusing on safe staffing and encourage you to weigh in on this important issue!
Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!!
Your contribution can be sent to myracacace@charter.net or mailed to ANA Massachusetts Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186.
Deadline date for submission is January 10, 2015!

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Update on PMP Delegates, PMP Educational Webinar and Frequently Asked Questions
Update on PMP Delegates
  • The MA Prescription Monitoring and Drug Control Program (PM/DCP) is finalizing the form to assign delegates to Primary Account Holders
  • These forms are expected to be completed and available online the week of Dec. 15, 2014
  • The PM/DCP will announce the process for identifying and registering Delegates the week of Dec. 22, 2014 (including how to sign-up a delegate and delegate PMP policies and procedures)
  • Enrollment of Delegates into the PMP (Delegates accessing the PMP on behalf of Primary Account Holders) will begin on Dec. 22, 2014
PMP Educational Webinar
  • With the pending enrollment of delegates, the PM/DCP will be holding a series of educational webinars
  • The webinars will be available for delegates, prescribers and dispensers for a total of 8 different times throughout January 2015
  • The content of each hour-long webinar will be the same and the PM/DCP will send out a notice of the webinar dates the week of Dec. 22, 2014
  • Anyone interested in participating in a webinar can sign up in advance to receive the teleconference and webinar information
  • Once the webinar is complete, participants will understand when and how to look up a patient in the PMP, how to interpret the PMP data, how to do a batch look-up and other important information
Content of the webinars will also include how to:
    1. Sign up to be a delegate
    2. Enroll in the Executive Office of Health and Human Service’s Virtual Gateway
    3. Log into the online PMP
    4. Search for a patient
    5. Understand a patient’s prescription history
    6. Print a patient’s history
    7. Perform a Batch Look-up for those clinics that have scheduled appointments
    8. Know when you need to look up a patient’s prescription history (based on regulations)
    9. Go online for information from the PM/DCP website
    10. Get help and support for questions or issues with the PMP
    Frequently Asked Questions

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ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute 2015 open for applications
Burdett Trust for Nursing
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Burdett Trust for Nursing today opened applications for the 2015 Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI) to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 5-11, 2015. Under the theme the “Future Work of Nurses,” participants in the 2015 GNLI, will have the opportunity to learn policy and sustainability strategies and innovations in a Post-2015 world. The next goal in public health will be the implementation and evaluation of universal health coverage.
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Save the Dates
Massachusetts Student Nurses Association
2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Event Flyer, click here.

ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative Forum
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House

Annual Business Meeting
Friday, April 10, 2015

ANA Massachusetts Spring Conference
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 10, 2015

Annual Spring Conference
Theme: The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA

Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston

Celebrate National Nurses Day with ANA Massachusetts at Fenway
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pregame Networking Event
Game time - Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay

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Advisory Ruling Number: 9305, Foot Care
To guide the practice of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses whose practice incorporates foot care to meet nursing and client goals including, but not limited to, health promotion, client teaching, health risk reduction, and promotion of safety and comfort.
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Important information for prescribers
House Bill 4879: An Act relative to the enhancement of the prescription monitoring program was approved by the Governor on August 9, 2010 in the Acts of 2010, Chapter 283. The statute adds safeguards to the existing Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).
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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


US Nurse Exposed to Ebola Monitored in Washington, DC, Area
The Associated Press via ABC News
An American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone is being admitted to the National Institutes of Health near Washington, D.C. The NIH says in a statement that the nurse was expected to be admitted to the Bethesda, Maryland, facility on Thursday. The NIH says the nurse has not tested positive for the deadly virus. The nurse's identity was not released.
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10 top patient safety issues for 2015
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
Hospitals are charged with the dual task of keeping patients well while also keeping patients safe. The two are inextricably linked, as patient safety concerns often tie directly into patient health concerns — hand hygiene, transitions of care and medication errors are a few such concerns that come to mind. Retrospectively, 2014 provided some lessons in patient safety issues. Looking prospectively, these concerns, and many others, will flow into the next calendar year. Some of the patient safety issues are long established, and will remain in the forefront of healthcare's mind for years to come. Here, in no particular order, are 10 important patient safety issues for providers to consider in the upcoming year.
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'Slow medicine' concept continues to simmer
FiercePracticeManagement
The idea of spending more quiet time conversing with patients versus darting through checklists seems to be catching on. In fact, an entire movement known as "slow medicine" has gained physician devotees from various career stages, NPR reported. "The concept is bubbling up in response to industrialized, hypertechnological and often unnecessary medical care that drives up costs and leaves both doctors and patients frazzled," John Henning Schumann, M.D., a primary care doctor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he teaches at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, wrote in the post.
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Report: Cigarettes cause one-third of US cancer deaths
HealthDay News
Despite large declines in smoking rates, cigarettes still cause about one-third of cancer deaths in the United States, according to a new study. "Our results indicate that cigarette smoking causes about 3 in 10 cancer deaths in the contemporary United States. Reducing smoking prevalence as rapidly as possible should be a top priority for U.S. public health efforts to prevent future cancer deaths," researchers from the American Cancer Society wrote.
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Ebola and the year of horrors and heroes
By Joan Spitrey
This week, Time magazine announced its Person of the Year: the Ebola fighters. The runners-up included notable people such as Vladimir Putin and the Ferguson protestors. All of those considered where notable newsmakers this year, but nothing captivated the news — especially within healthcare — than Ebola and the brave souls fighting this enormous fight. This past year a small, microscopic virus showed the world its strength. It spotlighted our deficits in disease control and prevention. In this age of modern medicine, this virus continues to ravage West Africa with little hope insight.
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Evolving roles for oncology nurses: Biospecimen collection
Oncology Nurse Advisor
The personalized oncology revolution hinges importantly on determining and monitoring tumor and patient genetics and molecular biomarkers that can guide targeted therapy. The oncology nurse is frequently responsible for collecting, preparing, and often, managing, the biospecimens needed for these analyses.
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Study: US primary care providers cutting back on painkiller prescriptions
HealthDay News
Nine out of 10 primary care providers in the United States are concerned about prescription drug abuse in their communities, a new study finds. And, nearly half of the providers surveyed said they were less likely to prescribe powerful painkillers than they were just a year ago.
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In healthcare, managing access rights is a necessary mandate
By Dean Wiech
Access to critical data is paramount criteria for business success. Physicians and nurses need access to patients' records to insure proper delivery of care, and encumbering employees and internal stakeholders by placing too many restrictions or complicated access methodologies upon internal systems can have catastrophic consequences. However, too little control or restrictions to information in internal systems can lead to violations for healthcare organizations. It can also create a potential breach opportunity, potentially leading to costly legal actions or fines.
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ONC data shows money is a major motivator for EHR adoption
By Scott E. Rupp
According to a data brief released recently by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and as reported by Healthcare IT News, financial incentives and potential penalties are key motivators for physicians adopting electronic health records since 2009. The brief, based on data from the 2013 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, details why physicians have chosen to adopt — or not adopt — EHRs.
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Researchers discover gene that reduces the risk of stroke
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Strokes — sudden disabling attacks caused by an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain — remain one of the biggest causes of death in the western world. Strokes kill almost 130,000 Americans each year — that's 1 out of every 19 deaths. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke, and about 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.
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