Florida bill allows nurse practitioners to order meds; Union uses Tufts-Boston Medical Center merger talks to organize workers;

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> The Service Employees International Union Local 1199 wants to use merger negotiations between Tufts and Boston Medical Center as an opportunity to organize 1,000 Tufts Medical Center workers in service, clerical and technical jobs, the Boston Globe reported. Article

> Advanced registered nurse practitioners in Florida will now be able to order and administer medication, including controlled substances, in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and mobile surgical facilities under a bill approved by the state Senate, according to SaintPetersBlog. Article

> The Department of Veterans Affairs asked Congress to transfer $830 million from a $5 billion fund for improving healthcare in order to finish the construction of the over-budget $1.73 billion Denver VA hospital, NBC 9 News reported. Article

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> The role of informatics nurses has expanded greatly, providing a significant impact on patient safety and overall care, as well as workflow and productivity improvements, according to the 2015 HIMSS Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey. Article

> Physician engagement is one key to make new healthcare innovations prosper, and the American Medical Association is aiming to take a greater role in that area. Article

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