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ANA: Policies needed to avoid more mass tragedies    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting massacre, the American Nurses Association has called on President Barack Obama, Congress and policymakers at the state and local levels to take swift steps to prevent more "senseless" acts of violence. More

 MARN News & Updates

Call for changes to bylaws
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Reminder from the MARN Bylaws Committee that any proposed changes to the MARN Bylaws must be submitted in writing using the MARN Bylaws Change form no later than Jan. 1.
MARN bylaws, click here.
Proposed changes to bylaws form, click here.
Submit completed proposal to Bylaws Chair, Mary McKenzie at
Deadline: Jan. 1

Deadline extended for Excellence in Nursing Practice award — through Jan. 15
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Access the application at the relevant link below or at
Have questions, need help? Call MARN at 617-990-2856. Or email:
Excellence in Nursing Practice Award:
This award is for a registered nurse who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice. The nominee for this award may be self-nominated or nominated by a colleague. MARN membership is required for the nominator but not for the award recipient.
Use this link to access the Excellence in Nursing Practice award application.

Authors wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing (MARN newsletter)
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Needed: Articles for the March 2013 edition of the MAssachusetts Report on Nursing Remember: The MARN newsletter is read by nearly 114,000 RNs in the Commonwealth! This is YOUR newsletter so we encourage YOU to make a contribution!
For 2013 we invite you to write about how nurses unite and work to improve healthcare. Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!! We really look forward to your article.
Deadline date for submission is Jan. 10!
Your contribution can be sent to or mailed to MARN Newsletter, P.O. Box 285, Milton, MA, 02186.

Register today: Continuing Education Committee Provider Symposium
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Wednesday, Jan. 30
Wellesley Gateway Building, Wellesley
This workshop is for you if:
You are a nurse planner who wants to be updated on the new ANCC criteria.
You are new lead nurse planner who needs to be oriented to MARN and ANCC criteria.
You are looking for development opportunities as a nurse planner.
Symposium flyer, click here.
Register now, click here.

Video: Get your influenza vaccination, with vaccine site locator
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Influenza season is upon us. ANA's Bringing Immunity to Every Community shares this nurses' video message about the importance of getting the influenza vaccination. Share it with your patients and colleagues, and within your communities. The message includes a reference to a web page with a search function that can identify vaccine locations across the country:
Get Your Influenza Vaccination video:
Together, we can Unite to Fight the Flu.

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: The Impaired Clinician: Practice and Ethical Implications for Nursing and the Healthcare Team — April 27, 2013, Lombardo's, Randolph

 Around Massachusetts

Flu considered 'widespread' in Massachusetts
WFXT-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The flu can now be considered "widespread" as rates of flu-like illnesses continue to rise throughout Massachusetts, reports the Department of Public Health. The category "widespread" is the highest classification on the flu activity scale and means that every region of the state has reports of people who have the flu. The flu is also "widespread" in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. More


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 Nursing News

Yoga offers benefits nurses should consider for themselves
Oncology Nurse Advisor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A survey on the Total Nurse page of asked what nurses do to take care of themselves. Exercise is, not surprisingly, a very common self-care activity, and a few of the respondents reported regularly practicing yoga. More

Nurses on the night shift at Children's Hospital
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The first time Stephanie Lyles flew in a helicopter, she thought she’d have a panic attack. It was so claustrophobic, crammed with medical equipment and medical personnel, a metal cocoon hurtling through the sky. Then she concentrated on the sound of the rotors, which thrummed like a boat. It soothed her. Early on a recent morning, Stephanie is one of two transport nurses on duty in the neonatal intensive care unit — the NICU — at Children's National Medical Center. More

Oncology Nursing Society defines nurse leadership skills
Oncology Nurse Advisor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Oncology Nursing Society has made available a leadership competencies document to help nurses understand the skills needed at the individual, group, and governance levels of leadership, and to enhance their personal and professional growth. Oncology Nursing Society Leadership Competencies provides a means for self-assessment and a foundation for future leadership education. 

'The American Nurse' book includes profiles of inspirational Baltimore healthcare workers
The Baltimore Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A group of 19 Baltimore nurses are included in a book and the companion website, The American Nursing Project. For five months, the author interviewed and photographed nurses whose work ranged from crossing streams in Appalachia to bring healthcare to the poor to conducting laboratory research. The stories of 100 interviewees show the diverse and profound ways nurses change lives. More

 Healthcare News

Intensive lifestyle interventions linked to Type 2 diabetes remission
Everyday Health    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Intensive lifestyle interventions — including group and individual counseling on diet, exercise, and social support — appear to be more effective for achieving Type 2 diabetes remission than standard support and intervention, according to an observational analysis. More

Few Americans have 'healthy' hearts
MyHealthNewsDaily via NBC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Just 3 percent of Americans have optimal heart health, while 10 percent have poor heart health, according to a new report from the American Heart Association. The District of Columbia has the highest percentage of people with ideal heart health, at 6.9 percent, followed by Vermont, at 5.5 percent and Virginia, at 5 percent. The states with the lowest percentage of people in ideal heart health are Oklahoma, at 1.2 percent, and West Virginia and Mississippi, both at 1.5 percent. More

 Policy & Reform

Next challenge for health law: Getting the public to buy in
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On its face, the low-key discussion around a conference table in Miami recently did not appear to have national implications. Eight men and women, including a diner owner, a chef and a real estate agent, answered questions about why they had no health insurance and what might persuade them to buy it. More

Nurses sought for feedback on EMRs
Becker's Hospital Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
iVantage is seeking nurses to take a brief survey about their experience with electronic medical records at their respective hospitals. The survey is the starting point for research on EMR implementation that incorporates nurses' feedback, as these medical providers may have a unique perspective on the technology. More

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