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Survey: Younger nurses upbeat about RN supply, EMRs
Nurse.com
A generational gap is showing in nurses' views of the practice, with younger RNs more likely to have a positive opinion of the nurse supply and use of electronic medical records, according to a survey. The fourth annual survey was conducted by AMN Healthcare, a healthcare workforce and staffing company.
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Young children with asthma visit emergency department most often, fall months the busiest
Newswise
New research from a study found that children ages 1 to 3 years accounted for one-fifth of all emergency department (ED) visits caused by complications from asthma, representing the highest proportion of visits among asthma patients under age 21. In addition, 55 percent of all ED visits due to asthma occurred in boys, and fall months — September, October and November — had a relatively high proportion of visits compared to other times of the year.
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Register Now: Deadline Nov. 5 - MARN Accredited Approver Unit Western Workshop
Applying the 2013 ANCC Criteria to Nursing Continuing Education
One Year Later: Lessons Learned

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Friday, Nov.15, 2013
12:30 – 4 p.m.
**Registration deadline is Nov. 5, 2013.
There will be an additional $20 late registration fee if registering after that date.

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Call for nominations: MARN awards and scholarships
Deadline November 15th
AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR YOUR COLLEAGUES
MARN 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.
The process of nomination is easy:
Access the applications and guidelines at www.MARNonline.org
Complete the application and submit by the deadline.
Awards:
Living Legends in Massachusetts Nursing Award
Excellence in Nursing Practice Award
Excellence in Nursing Education Award
Excellence in Nursing Research Award
Mary A. Manning Nurse Mentoring Award
Loyal Service Award
Scholarships:
Ruth Lang Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship
Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency Scholarship

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VOTING NOW OPEN: MARN Special Election - ANA Membership Delegate
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The deadline for voting is Dec. 1, 2013.
Please note: If you do not know your membership number or if you would prefer a paper ballot, please call the MARN office 617-990-2856 or send an email to lpresutti@MARNonline.org

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MARN 2013 Membership Survey
Please take a few minutes to complete our member survey so that we can better meet your member needs! Complete the survey and be entered into a drawing. We appreciate your time and your input!
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Florence Nightingale's Life and work through her letters: A glimpse into her personal correspondence
Nursing Archives Associates at Boston University Fall 2013 Meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
More information, click here.

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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


CMS finalizes integrity rules for PPACA exchanges
Beckers Hospital Review
CMS has finalized policies from a proposed rule concerning the program integrity of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges. The final rule focuses on integrity standards for cost-sharing reductions, premium stabilization programs, advance payments of premium tax credits, state marketplaces, oversight of insurers offering coverage through federally facilitated marketplaces and standards for HHS-approved enrollee satisfaction survey vendors.
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Demand for informatics nurses rises
Nurse.com
Nurses need only look at a few trends to see the promising future for nursing informatics, the specialty that combines nursing information and knowledge with management of data and information technology. According to the latest data from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, average salaries for nurse informaticists increased 42 percent in seven years — from $69,500 in 2004 to $98,702 in 2011.
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Evaluation of hospital infection prevention policies can identify opportunities for improvement
Medical Xpress
Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes: Identifying gaps in infection prevention practices may yield opportunities for improved patient safety, according to a survey published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
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For some obese people, surgery beats other options
Reuters
The studies only followed people for two years. So it's possible the results would look different further down the line, the authors write. So-called bariatric surgery, like gastric bypass or gastric banding, reduces the size of the stomach so patients can only eat small amounts of food.
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Midwives and nurses are as good as docs — and sometimes better, WHO finds
NBC News
Midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other non-doctors do as good a job as doctors in the care they deliver — and patients often like them better, a World Health Organization (WHO) team reported recently. These non-physicians are especially effective in delivering babies, taking care of people infected with the AIDS virus, and helping people care for chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, the team reported in a WHO bulletin.
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Mapping patient-nurse interactions could minimize infections
Health Leaders Media
Research findings call on hospital leaders to take a deeper look at how staff-primarily nurses-interact with patients, to determine a way for patients at highest risk for infection to come into contact with fewer workers. These days, the term 'social networking' is practically synonymous with 'social media,' calling to mind buzzing Twitter alerts and updating Facebook statuses.
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Post-concussion care instructions still lacking
Medpage Today
Emergency department discharge instructions for sports-related concussions did not improve over an 8-year period, despite readily available clinical guidance, according to a study reported here. A review of almost 500 cases showed that 66 percent of patients received appropriate discharge instructions from 2004 to 2010, increasing to 75 percent after 2010 — a nonsignificant difference.

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Food allergy video game trial launched
Medical Xpress
Elizabeth McQuaid, Ph.D., a staff psychologist from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, is leading a research team testing a new interactive software game developed to help children with peanut allergies better manage allergy symptoms, social situations and proper food avoidance. "Pediatric food allergy is a serious health issue that now affects approximately 4 to 8 percent of children. Yet, very few resources for children exist to promote effective management strategies," said McQuaid.

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Startup company's health coaches text patient medical reminders, alerts
Medcity News
Health entrepreneurs are thinking more deeply about ways to prevent disease, not just treat it. A New Jersey-based startup called MyHint launched its system today to make it easier for people to stay on top of their health. Patients can register for free on the website via Facebook, LinkedIn or Google, and opt to receive SMS or email alerts when they are due for a mammogram, a prostate screening, a general check up, and a variety of other health tests.

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Study: 1 in 10 young people abusing painkillers or sedatives
American News Report
Over 10 percent of the teens and young adults treated in a hospital emergency room admitted to misusing a prescription painkiller or sedative in the past year, according to a new study at the University of Michigan. The vast majority had no prescription for the drugs.
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Sleep apnea may hold hidden dangers for women
Medical News Today
A new study on sleep apnea reveals there could be some hidden dangers — particularly for women who have the condition — where breathing is interrupted during sleep. Women with sleep apnea may appear healthy, but they have subtle symptoms so their sleep problem is often misdiagnosed.
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Young athletes' concussions often unreported
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
A "culture of resistance" pervasive in many youth sports often keeps athletes from reporting concussions and obtaining needed treatment, a new U.S. report finds. This culture persists despite a growing understanding that all concussions cause some degree of brain injury, according to the report released by the Institute of Medicine.
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