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Hospitals may be disappearing in the era of healthcare reform
Forbes
What first comes to mind when you hear the word “hospital”? Your reaction may depend on your past experiences. You may feel gratitude for the birth of a child or the treatment of acute appendicitis. You may feel sorrow, remembering a loved one who passed away on a hospital bed. Regardless of our experiences, many of us assume the closer our hospital is to where we live, the safer and better off we are.
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MARN invites you to a Holiday Networking Social
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VOTING NOW OPEN: MARN Special Election - ANA Membership Delegate
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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.
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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


RN education, experience linked to peds cardiac surgery outcomes
Nurse.com
The study, published December 2013 in the Journal of Nursing Administration, assessed this impact on 20,407 pediatric cardiac surgery patients. In pediatrics, congenital heart disease is the most commonly occurring birth defect requiring surgical intervention for survival. These patients also consume a disproportionate share of hospital resources within the U.S. healthcare system due to their critical care requirements.
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Nurses seeking limit on patients
Eagle-Tribune
Several nurses set up shop near the School Street entrance of the senior center last month, catching visitors for their signatures for a ballot initiative that would limit the number of patients a nurse can have at one time. The proposal, which could reach the ballot for next year’s gubernatorial and midterm Congressional election, would limit many nurses in hospitals to four patients at a time. Critical care and intensive care nurses and emergency room nurses would be limited to fewer patients, depending on those patients’ conditions.
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More than 50 percent of nonsurgical patients receive opioid prescriptions
Nurse.com
Amid a growing climate of concern regarding the overuse of opioid pain medications, a comprehensive analysis of more than 1 million hospital admissions has found that more than 50 percent of all nonsurgical patients were prescribed opioids during their hospitalizations — often at very high doses — and that more than half of those exposed were still receiving these medications on the day they were discharged from the hospital.
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Study: Rapid influenza test in ED can lead to better care
Nurse.com
When patients in the ED are diagnosed with influenza by means of a rapid test, they get fewer unnecessary antibiotics, are prescribed antiviral medications more frequently and have fewer additional lab tests compared with patients diagnosed with influenza without testing, according to a study. Published Nov. 13 on the website of the Journal of the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Society, the findings suggest diagnosing influenza with a rapid diagnostic test leads to more appropriate, specific and efficient care.
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Give nurses the responsibilities they deserve
The Wall Street Journal (opinion)
The Affordable Care Act is our best framework to provide access to care for millions of Americans. One thing that would help in streamlining care delivery is structural support for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to work to the full extent of their education and certification—nationally, and not just in the 18 states that have expanded scope of practice. “Access” to nurses generally refers to how and where they are able to work. It differs across the country, with some states having a fiscally responsible environment. Others still are mired in the bureaucracy that requires APRNs (which include nurse practitioners) to have a supervising physician at all times.
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New automated system improves autism screening rates
News-Medical
An automated system developed by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University to help pediatricians focus on the specific health needs of each patient in the short time allotted for preventive care improves autism screening rates by identifying at-risk children at the 24-month visit. Nationwide children typically are not diagnosed with autism until age 4 or 5 years.
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Hypertension treatment flowchart fills in for missing guideline
Forbes
When the AHA and the ACC released four updated clinical guidelines earlier this week, a fifth document, the hypertension guideline, was conspicuous by its absence. According to the AHA and the ACC, the authors of the hypertension document have chosen to publish it independently.

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Study finds improving lighting patterns could help hospital patients
Nurse.com
Changing the lighting patterns in hospital rooms to make the rooms more aligned with normal sleep-wake cycles could help patients feel better with less fatigue and pain, according to a study. Researchers said the findings, published Oct. 27 on the website of the Journal of Advanced Nursing, point to a simple and inexpensive way to potentially improve patient care.

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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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Nurses managing Type 2 diabetes will require significant change
Health Canal
Nurses in general practice who manage Type 2 diabetes patients are under-resourced a new University of Melbourne study shows. Researchers used The Patient Engagement and Coaching for Health program as a model of telephone coaching which has been effective in hospital patients after an acute cardiac episode. "We wanted to find out if telephone coaching by nurses in general practice could improve clinical and psychosocial outcomes for patients with Type 2 diabetes," said Dr. Blackberry.
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ACC-AHA cardiovascular prevention guidelines drop cholesterol treatment goals
Family Practice News
A move away from specific cholesterol treatment targets, assessment of both 10-year and lifetime cardiovascular disease risk, and inclusion of stroke in cardiovascular disease risk estimates are among the highlights of updated clinical practice guidelines on reducing cardiovascular risk released Nov. 12 by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.
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Supporting patients to manage osteoarthritis in the hand
Medical Xpress
Joint protection education provided by occupational therapists (OTs) is an effective way of supporting older adults with hand osteoarthritis to manage their condition, and provides an effective treatment in the medium term, new research has shown. The Arthritis Research U.K.-funded trial from Keele University involved more than 250 people and was published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases online.
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What's the best way to treat obesity? New guidelines show the way to lose weight
Medical Daily
In the first update to national guidelines on treating obesity since 1998, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology worked together to evaluate and synthesize 133 clinical research trials on how to best lose weight to achieve the healthiest outcomes. The guidelines serve as a roadmap addressed to primary care physicians on how to treat obesity, but contain valuable information for anyone seeking to lose weight.
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