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Provider shortage may push doctors to end turf war with nurses
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Roughly 5,800 U.S. communities, with about 55 million residents, have a shortage of primary care physicians. In 2014, when the new federal healthcare law extends insurance coverage to 30 million more people, the doctor shortage is likely to get worse. Some states are trying to loosen decades-old licensing restrictions that prevent nurse practitioners from playing the lead role in providing basic health services. 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.

ICN: Registration opens for Global Nursing Leadership Institute 2013
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Registration opens today for the ICN-Burdett Nurses' 2013 Global Nursing Leadership Institute to be held Sept. 7-13, in Geneva, Switzerland. Applications will be invited from Dec. 14, and the closing date is Feb. 15. The theme of the 2013 GNLI is Redesigning health systems.
Established by the International Council of Nurses and funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, with support from Pfizer's International External Medical Affairs Group, the GNLI offers an advanced leadership program for senior and executive level nurses from low, middle and high-income countries. It provides participants opportunities to develop understanding of global health challenges, obtain insight into international leadership styles, and be exposed to and analyze global leadership activity. Facilitated by an expert international faculty, it employs an action-learning approach within a collaborative and stimulating learning culture.
ICN has been a pioneer in leadership, management and negotiation skill development for nurses for more than 25 years, through the highly successful Leadership for Change™ and Leadership in Negotiation programs. The GNLI represents the third arm of ICN's leadership development strategy.
More information on the 2013 GNLI can be found on the ICN website.

Vernice D. Ferguson, NYU nursing alum, head of the Veterans Affairs, NIH nursing departments, dies at 84
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Vernice Doris Ferguson, RN, MA, FAAN, FRCN, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 8, at her home in Washington, D.C. Ferguson was nationally and internationally known for her leadership role in fostering excellence in nursing care and the nursing profession. Throughout her career, she was a role model for nurses at every level of the profession, whether practitioners, administrators or researchers. Exemplifying the highest ideals of nursing, she had increased awareness of the vital role nurses play in healthcare research and policy making, and thereby contributed enormously to the greater prominence of nurses as leaders in the healthcare community. More

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Communities seek delay in medical marijuana law
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VideoBriefIn just over two weeks it will be legal in Massachusetts for people with certain medical conditions to use marijuana. But is the state ready? The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which will oversee the growth and distribution of medical marijuana, has until the end of April to write regulations. But the new law has some businesses jumping at the opportunity while local officials are seeking to slow down the process. More


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 Nursing News

Nursing ethics in patient self-neglect
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At 70, John lives on his own, caring for his personal needs with minimal assistance. He is able to function independently, but he refuses to use air conditioning. A prolonged issue, his family grows concerned that it will negatively impact his health. Scenarios like this are not uncommon and raise an important ethical question for caregivers. Where is the line between protecting an individual's autonomy and protecting their health? More

Contact precautions linked to provider hand hygiene    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Contact precautions increased compliance with hand hygiene upon exit of isolated patients' rooms, researchers reported. Contact precautions are infection control measures that require patients to be isolated in their own room or grouped with patients colonized or infected with the same multidrug-resistant organism. Healthcare workers and visitors must wear gloves, gowns and other protective equipment while with a patient on contact precautions. More

 Healthcare News

Healthcare crisis: not enough specialists for the poor
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VideoBriefWith months-long waits for Medi-Cal patients to see specialists, some turn to emergency rooms — exactly what healthcare reform is banking on avoiding. A dearth of specialists available to low-income patients presents one of the bigger hurdles facing the country as it tries to bring spiraling healthcare costs under control. More

Can exercise detoxify the body? Health experts are skeptical
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The word "detoxification" is flung around the fitness community as frequently as kettlebells are swung. Yoga teachers regularly speak of detoxifying twists, aerobics instructors of detoxifying sweat, dieters of detoxifying fasts. But health professionals are skeptical. More

 Policy & Reform

US nurses protest against layoffs
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VideoBriefCalifornian healthcare workers have protested against their employers' plans to reduce benefits and lay off staff, affecting hundreds of employees. In picket lines outside hospitals, workers protested against unsafe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios and the rise in their healthcare premiums in a bid to raise awareness about the dangerous situation these cutbacks and layoff are creating. More

Virginia Mason implements Swanson Theory of Caring on nursing units    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Enter a nursing unit at Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center in Seattle at the right time of day and visitors will witness something they might not expect at a busy metropolitan hospital: serenity. Lights are dimmed, pagers are silenced and nurses go about their work with hushed voices. This quiet hour provides chance for nurses to regroup amid a hectic shift. It creates a way for nurses to care for each other and themselves. More

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