MARN Nursing Flash
Apr. 21, 2015

Medicare payment 'fix' includes key provisions for nurses
The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds Senate passage of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act. This legislation protects seniors’ and children’s access to care and repeals the Medicare payment formula used to calculate Medicare payment rates to healthcare providers. H.R. 2, headed to President Obama for signature, includes provisions that enhance nurses’ roles as providers and improve their ability to provide timely services to Medicare beneficiaries.More

Stand Up for Your Practice
MCNP/MANA Legislative Meet & Greet April 23 and May 5

Please join your NP and CRNA colleagues at a reception to meet and converse with your local legislators and learn about An Act to Remove the Restrictions on the Licenses of NPs and CRNA as Recommended by the Institute of medicine and the Federal Trade Commission. We know that you are busy professionals and getting to the State House may be very difficult; so together we are bringing lawmakers to you!

Register for the following dates:

This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about why this change in law is needed while your local lawmakers get to know you. Refreshments will be served and there is no charge to attend. More

Register now for these Spring events!

2015 Annual Spring Symposium - Continuing Nursing Education: Boot Camp
Friday, May 1, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Symposium Flyer, click here.
Registration, click here.
$199 includes lunch
Wellesley Gateway Building, Wellesley, MA

American Nurses Association Massachusetts will be celebrating National Nurses Day at Fenway Park!
Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
7:10 p.m. (game time)
Be sure to join us at the pre-game Networking event from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Cask & Flagon
Networking Event: $25, ANA Massachusetts member rate, $35 non-member rate, $15 student rate
Register today for the Networking event!
Please note that you do not need tickets to the game to attend the pre-game Networking event.More

2015 Nightingale Tribute
Names due by May 8, 2015

ANA is paying respect to departed colleagues by presenting the Nightingale Tribute at the 2015 Membership Assembly. The Nightingale Tribute was designed and developed by the Kansas State Nurses Association and adopted by the ANA House of Delegates to honor deceased nurses.

To honor departed nurses since June 2014, please forward their name and credentials to by May 8, 2015. These name will be added to the Nightingale Tribute Book. More

Joint Alert from Division of Health Professions Licensure

In response to The National Transportation Safety Board safety study, Drug Use Trends in Aviation: Assessing the Risk of Pilot Impairment the Board of Registration in Dentistry, the Board of Registration in Nursing, Board of Registration in Pharmacy, and the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants, on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Health Professions Licensure issued a joint alert regarding prescribing and dispensing controlled substances in November, 2014.
Click here to find an update to that original alert. More

Become an active member!
Join the ANA Massachusetts Technology Committee

The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Contact for more information More

How to talk to patients about advanced directives
By Joan Spitrey
April 16 has been designated as National Healthcare Decision Day. This movement came out of the passion and frustration of founder Nathan Kottkamp. As a member of several hospital ethics committees, he was repeatedly challenged with trying to interpret healthcare decisions for people who had no advanced directives. Anyone working in a hospital — especially a critical care area — can certainly relate. Although most healthcare providers would agree that all patients should have an advanced directive, they often shy away from having the conversation with their patients.More

Nurse leadership program helps hospitals cut costs, improve outcomes
Critical care nurses who participated in a 16-month leadership and innovation training program developed initiatives that helped their hospitals save an anticipated $28 million a year and significantly improve clinical outcomes, according to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).More

Healthcare is about patients, not paperwork
Author Judy Murphy, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, IBM, writes: When you’re in the hospital or recovering at home, what’s the one thing that you want more of? Personal care. Nurses want the same thing. We want to spend more time tending to our patients, giving them more individual care. The challenge today is we end up spending a good chunk of our time tracking and managing care, rather than giving it.More

How telehealth is changing the lives of chronically ill patients
By Karen R. Thomas
Living with a chronic disease isn't just physically taxing; it takes an emotional toll as well. Millions of older Americans live with a chronic illness such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes or heart disease, and many suffer through their day-to-day care routines alone. For Vickie Stark, a COPD patient who is living on her own, daily life can be incredibly stressful. More

Ear infections common, but often missed, in infants
HealthDay News
Although most babies will have at least one ear infection before they reach the age of 1, the infections can be hard for parents to recognize. Identifying and treating ear infections in babies is important because they can lead to other problems, according to Andrew Hotaling, M.D., a pediatric otolaryngologist at Loyola University Health System in Chicago. "Hearing disorders can lead to impediments in speech development and other growth milestones," Hotaling said in a Loyola news release. "The ear infections are usually located in the middle ear."More

Study: Blood thinners overprescribed for low-risk irregular heartbeat
HealthDay News
As many as one-quarter of people with atrial fibrillation who have a low risk of stroke are given blood-thinning drugs they likely don't need, a new study contends. Atrial fibrillation can cause blood clots. Those blood clots can then travel to the brain and cause a stroke. To prevent this from happening, many people with atrial fibrillation are prescribed blood thinners. However, because the drugs also have a risk of causing excessive bleeding, they generally aren't recommended for people with atrial fibrillation who have the lowest risk for stroke, the study authors explained.More

Researchers recommend HPV vaccine for boys
The role of the human papillomavirus in spawning higher cervical cancer rates is well documented by the media and medical establishment. But men are almost three times more likely to be diagnosed with HPV-related throat cancer than women. A new study out of Canada suggests the HPV vaccine is just as effective for preventing HPV-caused cancers in men, and should be routinely administered to young boys. In addition to throat cancer, HPV has been shown to cause penile and anal cancers in men. More

Informatics nurses drive significant patient safety and workflow improvements
HIT Consultant
HIMSS released the results of the 2015 Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey — a survey of nearly 600 participants including C-suite executives, clinical analysts and informatics nurses. The survey examined the growing technology-driven healthcare ecosystem and the role nursing informatics — a specialty that integrates knowledge, data and wisdom — is playing in this evolving environment. The results indicated that the role of informatics nurses has expanded greatly and is having immense impact on patient safety and overall care, as well as notable workflow and productivity improvements.More

Understand what to expect from faculty in online nursing courses
U.S. News & World Report
The nursing field requires employees to balance unusual schedules, communicate with a wide variety of people and adapt to ever-changing professional relationships. They’re the same qualities that generally make for good online nursing instructors, who more than anything need to show flexibility on behalf of their students, nursing educators say. "I think nurses are used to being adaptable," says Carrie Cormack, an instructor and the lead pediatric nurse practitioner faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina. "I think that’s a trait that many nurses share."More

Combine topicals, orals for onychomycosis
Internal Medicine News
Two new topical solutions approved in 2014 for the treatment of distal subungual onychomycosis don't eliminate the need for oral treatment, but they do represent improvement in the options available to patients, according to Boni E. Elewski, MD. Oral treatments, including terbinafine, itraconazole and fluconazole are still of value — either alone or in combination with the new solutions or other agents — for this type of onychomycosis, which is "essentially a nail bed dermatophytosis," Elewski said at the South Beach Symposium. More

Weight loss linked to bone loss in middle aged women
Losing weight in middle age may mean losing not just unwanted fat, but also precious bone density, at least for women, a new U.S. study suggests. Regardless of the types of foods or amount of calcium in their diets, middle aged women who lost a moderate amount of weight over a two-year period also lost more bone density than men or younger women. Changes in bone density following moderate weight loss may be sex-specific and influenced by hormones, the study team writes in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. More