News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.
Liberian Ebola fighter, a TIME Person of the Year, dies in childbirth
TIME, Aryn Baker, 27 February 2017
Liberian nursing assistant Salome Karwah escaped Ebola, but she was not secure against the failures of Liberia’s broken medical system. She died on Feb. 21, 2017, from complications in childbirth and the lingering social stigma faced by many of Ebola’s survivors.
Becoming a published writer
AJN, Karen Roush, March 2017
Most nurses outside of academia and the policy arena don't think of writing for publication as part of their nursing role; their focus is on patient care. But it is this particular focus that makes nurses’ voices so important. Nurse clinicians have expert clinical knowledge grounded in evidence and in action.
The importance of being present
KevinMD.com (Blog), Ronald Epstein, 24 February 2017
One day on rounds, Laura Hogan, a nurse practitioner on our palliative care team, said three words to the patient: “What beautiful flowers.” The patient looked at the flowers and smiled. Laura’s comment communicated that even in dire circumstances, it is possible to see beauty and to honor those who loved and cared for the patient.
Nurses discuss mindfulness: 7 complementary therapies in cancer care
Oncology Nursing News, Beth Fand Incollingo, 2 March 2017
Integrative therapies can complement conventional therapies prescribed to cancer patients, such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation, and surgery. These supportive therapies may help ease the side effects of the conventional treatments, which can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and pain.
Defining and understanding pilot and other feasibility studies
AJN, Nancy Morris and Deborah Rosenbloom, March 2017
Some of what we do as nurses is grounded in strong evidence and yields positive outcomes, but we often encounter problems in care delivery and nursing processes that appear to have no clear solutions. If we can envision a novel approach, it's important to conduct research to determine its effectiveness.
Pipe-climbing bacteria might spread infection from hospital sinks
Science, Emma Hiolski, 1 March 2017
Bacteria can thrive in p-traps, those “U bends” below sink drains that collect everything from errant earrings to lost toothpaste tube caps. That’s a big problem, especially in hospitals, where sinks have been linked to a slew of bacterial outbreaks.
Nursing and the negative brain: How to control it
NurseGrid, Jordan Enright-Schulz, 23 February 2017
There’s no question: Nursing is a stressful occupation. It’s not just the sheer volume of patients, the frenetic pace, and the operational and fiscal expectations weighing nurses down. The pain, suffering, and death they experience daily cuts deeper.
Deaths involving motorcycle accidents: When riding turns deadly
Scrubs, 27 February 2017
As nurses, we’ve all seen some pretty harrowing injuries from motorcycle accidents, from loss of limbs to devastating traumatic brain injuries. But at the same time, there are a surprising number of nurses who ride motorcycles.
A clinical nurse specialist describes her role
J&J Nursing Notes, 27 February 2017
While I see patients in our clinic and infusion center as an oncology provider, I also spend a big part of my day mentoring and helping our infusion nurse team and our clinical research nurses to solve patient care problems.
Health-care centres get $10 million to hire more nurse practitioners
Calgary Herald, Ryan Rumbolt, 24 February 2017
Community health centres in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, are getting a boost from the province, with more nurse practitioners to care for low-income patients.
Think you're emotionally intelligent because you're nice? Think again.
EAB, 2 March 2017
Many people associate emotional intelligence with "being sweet and chipper." These authors of a Harvard Business Review article argue that showing leadership and managing conflicts are overlooked, but important, sides of emotional intelligence. In fact, they believe that too much focus on being nice can actually frustrate employees and stunt their professional growth.
These 12 superbugs pose the greatest threat to human health, WHO says
The Washington Post, Lena H. Sun, 27 February 2017
The World Health Organization has announced its first list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens,” detailing 12 families of bacteria that agency experts say pose the greatest threat to human health and kill millions of people every year.
—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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