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Nurse practitioners step in where doctors are scarce
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Nurse practitioners, registered nurses with advanced degrees, are capable of providing primary-care services such as diagnosing and treating illnesses, prescribing medication, ordering tests and referring patients to specialists. But only 18 states and the District of Columbia currently allow nurse practitioners to perform these services independently of a doctor. More

 MARN News & Updates

Call for proposed 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.

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.

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.

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Save the dates
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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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Pertussis proliferation has state health providers worried
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It's an illness usually thought of only when checked off on a child's required vaccination list, but a nationwide doubling of cases has health officials listening more closely for the distinctive sound of whooping cough. More


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 Nursing News

Nurses ranked most trusted profession in Gallup poll
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Eighty-five percent of Americans rated registered nurses' honesty and ethical standards as "very high" or "high," earning them the top spot in a Gallup poll ranking perceived ethical standards across a wide range of professions. More

Related story: Poll: Nurses earn highest ranking, remain most ethical profession (American Nurses Association)

Information on the revised ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses
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The International Council of Nurses' newly revised Code of Ethics for Nurses highlights the importance of work environment and evidence-based practice. A guide for action based on social values and needs, the Code has served as the standard for nurses worldwide since it was first adopted in 1953. More

 Healthcare News

Asthma symptoms may vary during menstrual cycle
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Some women may have more or fewer asthma symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing, depending on their time of the month, a new study suggests. Researchers said spikes and dips in estrogen and other hormones likely affect the lungs and other physiological responses involved in breathing. However, it's still unclear whether the findings could improve doctors' treatment of women with asthma. More

Medical interpreters help patients, medical staff communicate
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Going to the doctor can be an uncomfortable and intimidating experience. But imagine if you couldn't communicate with your doctor or nurse to describe your symptoms or explain your medical history. As the nation becomes more diverse, demand for trained, skilled interpreters to help doctors and patients communicate — and avoid potentially deadly misunderstandings — is growing. More

 Policy & Reform

Study: Nurse phone calls reduce risk of readmission    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Weekly telephone contact with a nurse substantially reduced hospital readmissions for high-risk patients, according to a study. In addition, healthcare costs decreased by about $1,225 for each patient enrolled in the program compared with similar patients who were not enrolled, reported researchers with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. More

Advocating for RNs' inclusion in state health insurance exchange plans
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State health insurance exchanges being developed over the next year as part of the Affordable Care Act could determine whether consumers will have access to affordable healthcare services provided by RNs, particularly advanced practice registered nurses. It depends on how essential health benefits are defined, and what healthcare professionals are designated as eligible for reimbursement for providing the services. More

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