RNews Digest: 26 May 2017

By RNL Editors | 05/26/2017

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

Why nurses are the best teachers for medical students
KevinMD.com, Vinay Rao and Kunal Sindhu, 24 May 2017
Nurses are underutilized in the clinical education of medical students. Among their many skills, they are experts in clinical assessment, patient communication and providing holistic care.

A different kind of nursing shortage, and how to prepare
Lippincott Solutions, 23 May 2017
When referring to the potential for a nursing shortage, conventional thought tends to consider two key factors: nurses leaving the workforce and nurses entering the workforce.  But a trio of prominent nursing researchers looked at the potential for a nursing shortage in a different way: cumulative years of experience among nurses in the workforce. 

Why are medical errors still a leading cause of death?
Health Leaders Media, Megan Headley, 24 May 2017
Medical errors can’t solely be attributed to bad doctors. Most are the result of systemic problems stemming from challenges such as poorly coordinated care, fragmented insurance networks, or the lack or underuse of safety nets.  

Nurse manager vs. nurse leader: What's the difference?
Nurse.com, Eileen Williamson, 23 May 2017
All management and leadership roles are not the same, and although the titles often are used interchangeably, they are not synonymous.

Read social media guidance online
Nursing & Midwifery Council, May 2017
Make sure that you familiarise yourself with how individual social media applications work and be clear about the advantages and disadvantages.

3 takes on honing nurse management teams
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 23 May 2017
Healthcare is complex (who knew?) and so is staffing the nursing workforce. Three nurse executives share the challenges they've faced and the solutions they've developed. 

Nursing groups cite looming employment shortage
Associations Now, Ernie Smith, 22 May 2017
As baby boomers reach retirement age both inside and outside of the nursing field, there will be a growing shortage of employed nurses, along with a corresponding increase in the number of nurses needed, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Suicide risk quadruples after lung cancer diagnosis
HealthDay, Gia Miller, 23 May 2017
While a cancer diagnosis on its own significantly raises the risk of suicide, a study found that a lung cancer diagnosis raised the odds of suicide by over four times compared to people in the general population.

RWJ nurse from East Brunswick helps save a life on plane
myCentralJersey.com, Cheryl Makin, 23 May 2017
A nurse on the job for only nine months, Courtney Donlon sprang into action aboard a JetBlue connecting flight home from Fort Lauderdale on Monday.

Discharge planning and teaching
AJN, Kathryn Sexson, Allison Lindauer, and Theresa Harvath, May 2017
What seems relatively simple to nursing professionals can be overwhelming to family caregivers coordinating and administering medications at home. This is particularly true when multiple medications are required, or when the caregiver must manage complex dosing regimens or administration challenges.

A 1-hour walk, 3 times a week, has benefits for dementia
The New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds, 24 May 2017
According to a new study, walking a few times per week might alter the trajectory of the disease and improve the physical well-being of people who develop a common form of age-related memory loss that otherwise has few treatments.

We need fewer rules, less regulation, and more time with patients
KevinMD.com, Matthew Hahn, 19 May 2017
We need more time with patients and time to re-think and re-organize medical practices to deliver better care. But doctors and nurses have no time. They are too busy complying with the dictums of regulators and administrators and cranking out the cash to pay for all the additional expenses.

A vital drug runs low, though its base ingredient is in many kitchens
The New York Times, Katie Thomas, 21 May 2017
Hospitals around the country are scrambling to stockpile vials of a critical drug—even postponing operations or putting off chemotherapy treatments—because the country’s only two suppliers have run out. The medicine? Sodium bicarbonate solution. Yes, baking soda.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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