RNews Digest: 17 March 2017

By RNL Editors | 03/17/2017

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

Should hospitals—and doctors—apologize for medical mistakes?
The Washington Post, Sandra G. Boodman, 12 March 2017
When Donna Helen Crisp, a 59-year-old nursing professor, entered a teaching hospital for a routine hysterectomy in 2007, she expected to come home the next day. Instead, Crisp spent weeks in a coma and underwent five surgeries to correct a near-fatal cascade of medical errors that left her with permanent injuries.

Ohio State nursing master’s and doctor of nursing practice programs rise in rankings
The Ohio State University, 14 March 2017
The Ohio State University College of Nursing master’s programs and DNP program each jumped more than 15 spots to rank fifth in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 rankings. Bernadette Melnyk, dean of OSU College of Nursing, is editor of Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, published by Wiley on behalf of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

All good doctors listen to nurses
KevinMD.com (Blog), Jeffrey McWilliams, 7 March 2017
I learned early in my training how priceless a nurse’s guidance or help could be. They are the foot soldiers on the medical frontline, working hand in hand with patients and families, combating pain, disease, and fear while often neglecting themselves.  

Getting nurses on board
Trustee, Susan Reinhard, 13 March 2017
As a nurse and a trustee for many years, I know that a nurse on the board can add new dimensions to discussions, fresh angles that lead to smarter actions. But while America has 3.6 million nurses, the surprising truth is that only 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals have a nurse as a trustee.

Nurses hacking healthcare
J&J Nursing Notes, 15 March 2017
When you hear the word “hackathon,” you may not envision a room full of nurses brainstorming ideas. Participants at a hackathon try to “hack,” or “solve” a challenge. At the “Nurse Hackathon: Nurses Hacking HealthCare” event hosted by Northeastern University, nurses are the ones leading the problem solving, developing solutions to issues in healthcare.

How to create a poster that attracts an audience
AJN, Sandra L. Siedlecki, March 2017
When creating poster presentations, nurses need to be aware of design principles that improve visual impact in order to attract viewers’ attention and maximize content dissemination.

Demand for nursing services challenging to meet as Canada's population ages
The Conference Board of Canada, 14 March 2017
According to a new Conference Board of Canada report, demand for nursing services is expected to increase at a much stronger pace than the supply of nurses as Canada’s population ages.

Evidence-based white paper explores nurses' role in providing spiritual support
PRWeb, 13 March 2017
Most nurses have had minimal training and education around providing spiritual care to their patients and often have even less comfort attempting to do so.

Parenthood an elixir for longevity?
HealthDay, Dennis Thompson, 14 March 2017
It might not feel like it some days, but having children may ultimately help you live a little longer, a new study suggests. Parenthood appears to help delay death as you grow older, with parents living longer than those who are childless, Swedish researchers found.

The great unspoken secret
KevinMD.com (Blog), Yvette Youssef, 14 March 2017
Sometimes it feels like the great unspoken secret between doctors and nurses. The words that we dare not utter to patients and families. Perhaps it is our hope that we’re wrong. Perhaps, we don’t want to face reality or extinguish our patients’ hope.

Is your nursing career on autopilot?
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, 13 March 2017
In autopilot mode, you're coasting, going through the motions, and otherwise doing what you need to do to get through the day (or night), but there's no longer any passion; in this case, nursing has become just a job and an economic means to a financial end—you put food on the table by being a nurse, and that's that.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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