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RNews Digest: 11 May 2012
News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.
WorkWise: Nursing places high value on education and learning
The Modesto Bee, Mildred L. Culp, 6 May 2012
Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, celebrates all aspects of nursing, including how highly the profession values education and training. When nurses function independently in a clinical setting, they’ve been prepared by education and on-the-job training.
Why nurses are the unsung heroes of global health
The Huffington Post
Sheila Davis, 8 May 2012
We are in the midst of celebrating International Nurses Week, which culminates on 12 May with the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Although our founding mother of modern nursing would be impressed with the health technology of today, I am sure she would be sorely disappointed by the ongoing invisibility of nurses, which she fought so hard to overcome during her lifetime.
NurseZone, E’Louise Ondash, 9 May 2012
Mother’s Day—which will be celebrated on Sunday, 13 May—has a particularly special meaning to these mother-child duos who not only share a family bond, but a professional one as well. Here, these dedicated nurses talk about the “family business” and tell how they’ve inspired and admired each other.
Team approach treats depression, comorbidities, 8 May 2012
Among adults with depression and poorly controlled diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease or both, a collaborative care intervention incorporating a team-centered care approach is associated with improvements in depression-free days and quality-adjusted life-years.
How to have difficult conversations with patients, families
Medscape, Troy Brown, 9 May 2012
Difficult conversations with patients are necessary and, when done well, can actually empower patients and help them plan for the future. Interview with Cyndi Cramer, who spoke about the issue at the Oncology Nursing Society’s 37th Annual Congress.
RWJF Human Capital Blog, Geraldine Polly Bednash, 7 May 2012
The environment and systems in which health care is delivered have grown increasingly complex over the last decade. For some time now, many individuals have contrasted the intensive care unit of the past with the medical surgical units of today, noting there is not much difference.
Clinical research pathways
Advance for Nurses, Rob Senior, 7 May 2012
Jill Matzat's work in clinical research predated her becoming an RN. So once she held the credential, it was no surprise a New York company contacted her to manage a large congestive heart failure study. Upon her arrival, however, Matzat realized just how intensive the learning curve could be for clinical research.
Perspectives on nursing—the Clinical Practice Model
HIMSS blog, Michelle Troseth, 9 May 2012
I was in high school when I was called out of class one afternoon by a high school guidance counselor. He informed me that I fit the profile perfectly for a new nurse co-op aide program with a local hospital, and before he could say any more I exclaimed, “I don’t want to be a nurse!”
Scrubs, Daryn Eller, 8 May 2010
Some people will go to the ends of the earth for a quiet moment, and Jamie Fletcher is one of them. Last year, the ICU nurse left behind the daily grind at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto and headed for Base Camp at Mt. Everest.
9 May 2012
This new professional certification program is designed to provide accreditation professionals with distinguishing recognition and credentials and to enhance the skills and expertise of those professionals responsible for planning, leading and executing accreditation compliance activities within their health care organization.
NQF endorses new measures to reduce readmissions
NurseZone, Debra Wood, 9 May 2012
The National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed two new measures for all-cause hospital readmissions, focusing attention on the challenging conundrum of how to keep people from bouncing back into acute-care facilities.
How nursing should tackle its image problem
Guardian Professional, Ann Gallagher, 10 May 2012
Professionals should work together to respond to the challenge of delivering care in a time of growing demands. We need to make nursing a more rewarding and meaningful career option for the brightest and the best of our young people. RNL
—Compiled by Jane Palmer, assistant editor,
Reflections on Nursing Leadership
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