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Research shows negative impact of higher nurse workloads    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Older black patients are three times more likely than older white patients to suffer poorer outcomes after surgery, including death, when cared for by nurses with higher workloads, according to research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia. The large-scale study showed higher nurse workloads negatively affected older surgical patients generally and that the rate was more significant in older black individuals. More

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Deadline extended for Excellence in Nursing Practice Award — through Jan. 15
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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.
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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 — April 27, 2013, Lombardo's, Randolph

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Republicans call for ouster of health secretary in drug lab crisis wake
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Republican lawmakers said that Gov. Deval Patrick's health and human services secretary should resign because she did not act with enough urgency in responding to the tainted evidence scandal at a closed state drug lab. More

State hospital joins effort to halt elective preterm deliveries of babies
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As new understanding emerges of the potential short- and long-term health risks to babies delivered preterm, clinicians at Baystate Medical Center are taking part in a national collaborative to help moms and babies reap the benefits of a full-term pregnancy whenever possible. "Early deliveries should only be an option for medical reasons, when the life or health of mother or baby is in jeopardy," Dr. Glenn Markenson, chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Baystate Medical Center, said in a submitted interview. More


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Various factors motivate RNs to pursue BSN degrees    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A variety of motivators influence RNs' decision to pursue a BSN or higher degree, according to a study. Motivators cited in the study include an interest in career and professional advancement, gaining new knowledge, improving social welfare skills and being a positive model for one's children. RNs identified a desire for personal and job satisfaction and professional achievement as important intrinsic motivators. More

Safe in Common launches online conference series on needlestick injuries
Advance for Nurses    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 78 percent of the world's healthcare leaders and personnel who attended Safe in Common's online conference, "The Unfinished Agenda," said there have not been enough steps taken for needlestick injuries to be eliminated in their workplaces, reinforcing the fact that there is much to be done in needlestick- and sharps-related prevention. More

Many exam room opportunities missed to uncover stress
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Doctors should routinely ask adult patients whether they feel stressed, says the lead author of a recent report on stress management in primary care. Only 3 percent of primary care office visits involve stress management counseling, said a report published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine. More

 Healthcare News

Panel: Doctors should consider hepatitis C testing
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A government-backed panel advises doctors to "consider offering screening" for hepatitis C to adults born between 1945 and 1965, in a draft statement. The recommendations, from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, are an update to the group's 2004 statement, which recommended against screening people at average risk of hepatitis C. At the time, it also said there wasn't enough evidence for or against screening high-risk adults, such as injection drug users. More

Higher statin dose helps patients with hard-to-treat hypertension
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Intensive lipid lowering with atorvastatin is associated with a significant decrease in cardiovascular events in patients with treatment-resistant hypertension, researchers reported. More

Pertussis vaccine effectiveness fades over time    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In an examination of cases of childhood pertussis in California, researchers found that children with pertussis had lower odds of having received all five doses of the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis vaccine series, according to a study. More

 Policy & Reform

Ohio Senate OKs tougher penalty for nurse assaults
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ohio legislation that would increase penalties for hurting a nurse or other healthcare worker while they're on the job unanimously cleared the state Senate. More

Simple measures cut infections caught in hospitals
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Preventing surgery-linked infections is a major concern for hospitals and it turns out some simple measures can make a big difference. A project at seven big hospitals reduced infections after colorectal surgeries by nearly one-third. It prevented an estimated 135 infections, saving almost $4 million, the Joint Commission hospital regulating group and the American College of Surgeons announced. More

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