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RNews Digest: 18 November 2011

News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.


Practicing on patients
New York TimesTheresa Brown (blog), 16 November 2011
Surprisingly, drawing blood is not something they teach you in nursing school. … I have always had trouble with moments in health care when we hurt people in order to help them, and now, as I learned how to stick a needle into someone’s vein, I would most certainly end up hurting a few people.

UCSF automated pharmacy wins 2011 Popular Science ‘Best of What’s New’ award
University of California, San Francisco, Karin Rush-Monroe, 16 November 2011
By using robots instead of people for previous manual tasks, pharmacists and nurses have more time to work with physicians to determine the best drug therapy for a patient and to monitor patients for clinical response and adverse drug reactions.

Senior actors teach nurses to understand elderly patients
Healthy Cal, Callie Shanafelt, 16 November 2011
For the last seven years, teachers of the Healthy Aging class at Samuel Merritt School of Nursing in Oakland, California, have worked with a senior performance troupe to bring the realities of healthy aging into the classroom.

New Maryland health program promotes care for the whole patient
The Washington Post, Lena H. Sun, 13 November 2011
Every weekday, nurse Jill Ross telephones some of her sickest patients. On this particular morning, she is asking breast cancer patient Renita Mock when her double mastectomy is scheduled. The conversation quickly veers to Mock’s stress over the operation.

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program opens call for applicants
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows program has released its call for applications for the 2012 cohort. The highly competitive national nurse leadership program will award up to 20 fellowships to nurses who aspire to lead teams and organizations in improving health and health care locally and nationally. Deadline for receipt of applications is 18 January 2012.

A new kind of nursing home
Smart MoneyCatey Hill (blog), 15 November 2011
The nursing home tends to conjure up visions of big, institutional buildings with rows and rows of identical rooms, trays full of lackluster food and an acrid smell of disinfectant. But a new company is trying to change that—creating intimate homes for nursing home residents.
Refuse vaccines and risk dismissal by doctor
USA Today, Anita Manning, 14 November 2011
It’s not unusual for a patient to change doctors. Doctors retire, families move, insurance changes. And sometimes, patients get fired. RNL
Compiled by Jane Palmer, assistant editor,
Reflections on Nursing Leadership
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