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ANA Requesting Public Comment on Draft of 2010 Scope and Standards of Practice

The draft of the 2010 edition of Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice is now available for public comment. Please read and react to this draft. The public comment period will be open until 5 pm Friday, March 12, 2010. After that, we will be unable to incorporate comments, so it is very important that all interested parties take this opportunity to comment.

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Safety Awareness and Technological Adoption are Keys to Managing Test Results in Family Medicine Offices

After finding great variation in how family medical practices receive and share patient test results, the authors of a new study recommend that guidelines and best practices be developed to assist office staff in providing quality care. The authors interviewed and surveyed staff members and patients at four Ohio family medicine offices. None of the four offices excelled at reporting patient test results, the authors found. Two factors that researchers deemed important in managing test results were safety awareness and technological adoption.

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AAACN Signs on to Nursing Community Healthcare Reform Letter

AAACN signed on to a Nursing Community letter thanking senators for their commitment to merging the Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 and the America's Healthy Future Act. The letter requests that as the senators negotiate the merged Senate healthcare reform bill, that specific nursing workforce and education provisions remain in the legislation.

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Certain Patients are More Likely to Email Their Physicians

Although not common, more and more physicians are giving out their email addresses to patients in an attempt to communicate better and improve care. A new study has found certain patient characteristics associated with the use of secure electronic messaging. Researchers looked at the messaging behaviors of 175,909 individuals enrolled in an integrated delivery system in the state of Washington. Both patients and providers used a Web site to send secure, electronic messages to each other.

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