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Next Council Meeting May3, 2014-Orange County Area-Details Coming Soon!
The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention has issued an alert about potential inaccuracy of electronically transmitted medication history information used for medication reconciliation. For more information visit http://www.nccmerp.org/pdf/nANAlertFebruary2014.pdf
BRN: 2012 Survey of RNs in California.
This biennial Survey of RNs in CA produces the most detailed data on the current status of the RN workforce. Data are presented in 5 views; by region, ethnicity, age, initial education, and highest level of nursing education. To read this interesting report go to http://www.rn.ca.gov/forms/datasummaries2012.shtml-
Durable Medical Equipment:
On January 9th Congressman Jim McDermott introduced legislation to eliminate the physician signature for ordering durable medical equipment. H.R. 3833 would essentially remedy the current DME-face-to-face prblem. H.R. 3833 would allow nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and physician assistants to document that the face-to-face encounter required by the ACA has occurred. For more information or to send a letter to your member of Congress visit http://www.rnaction/site/PageNavigator/nstat_take_action_dme.html
BRN New Board Member:
Elizabeth Woods of Sonoma has been appointed to the Board of the CA BRN. Woods has been a NP for most of her career. She has a master of science degree from Sonoma State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Woods is a Democrate.
CA Institute for Nursing & Health Care-Nurse Role Expansion Project:
The CINHC has provided a draft of their final report on expansion of nurses roles within the state. The objective of the project was to address gaps in care delivery by identifying corresponding new roles for RNs in CA. Five roles were identified as most important for RNs to take on to meet the rapidly expanding demand for health care services in CA. These roles are Care Coordinator; Faculty team leader; Informatics specialists; Nurse/family cooperative facilitator; Primary care provider. You can read the report right here.
California 2-year Colleges to Grant 4-year degrees:
a 16-member panel is considering the controversial proposal, which would require legislation authorizing junior colleges to grant baccalaureate degrees. This is a “hot” topic and you can follow its progress at http://www.anacalifornia.org/cctobsn.html