MNA/NNU Opposes Hospital Industry Policies to Mandate Masking of Healthy Nurses and Staff As Part of Flu Prevention Program

There is no medical justification for these policies, which are designed to bully nurses and staff to take the flu vaccine regardless of nurses’ medical and/or personal concernsBMC nurse bullied into taking vaccine by this policy has reaction that places her in ICUHospitals are using this coercive tactic to boost flu vaccination rates to avoid losing Medicare funding instead of implementing truly effective prevention strategies, including safe RN staffingCANTON, Mass., Dec. …
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Report: N.J. Hospital Gains in Operational Performance Offset by Pension Needs and Market Volatility

PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — New Jersey hospitals saw a slight increase in their statewide operating margins for year-end 2011, only to have the benefit of those operational efficiencies washed away by a volatile stock market and required support of pension programs. Even with the aggregate operational performance showing improvement, one-third of New Jersey’s hospitals finished the year with a loss from operations.The statewide average operating margin improved to 3.0 percent in 2011, compared to 2.3 percent in year-end 2010. …
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A Urine Test for a Rare and Elusive Disease

Proteins found in urine may enable diagnosis of Kawasaki diseaseBOSTON, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A set of proteins detected in urine by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital may prove to be the first biomarkers for Kawasaki disease, an uncommon but increasingly prevalent disease which causes inflammation of blood vessels that can lead to enlarged coronary arteries and even heart attacks in some children. If validated in more patients with Kawasaki disease, the markers could make the disease easier to diagnose and give doctors an opportunity to start treatment earlier. …
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