RNews Digest: 14 April 2017

By RNL Editors | 04/13/2017

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

Nurses face unprecedented challenges, opportunities in the next 15 years
PennState News, Beverly Molnar, 13 April 2017
Professor Peter Buerhaus, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Montana State University, presented his research on the current strengths and vulnerabilities of the nursing workforce in the context of uncertainties surrounding health reform.

The dangers of sleep deprivation—and what it means for nurses
Scrubs, 10 April 2017
Sleep deprivation reduces your ability to concentrate and understand information and impairs your judgment. Sleep-deprived nurses aren’t able to provide top-notch care, and in emergency situations, they can be a big risk to patient outcomes.

The significant and the superficial
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Libby Kurz, 13 April 2017
As a nurse, so much of my job deals with the physical matter of life—vital signs, lab results, radiology reports—tangible phenomena I can observe with my own senses and measure in quantifiable outcomes. But what of the deeper things that we can’t assess or treat—the deeper emotional and spiritual aspects of human existence?

CDC draws attention to youth concussion risks, offers training and resources
CDC Injury Center, 11 April 2017
Supporting a student recovering from a concussion requires a team-based approach. Through its HEADS UP campaign, CDC has created free online training for nurses and other health care providers that include a continuing education opportunity.

This tiny Scottish island and bird watcher’s paradise is looking for a new nurse
CBS News, 11 April 2017
If you’re a nurse looking for work, you might want to look at a tiny Scottish island with a population of about 60. In a job posting from NHS Shetland, Fair Isle, a popular bird-watching spot is in need of an “enthusiastic autonomous practitioner with a degree of flexibility” to work on the doctor-free island.

Why are so many people popping vitamin D?
The New York Times, Gina Kolata, 10 April 2017
Millions of people are popping supplements in the belief that vitamin D can help turn back depression, fatigue, muscle weakness, even heart disease or cancer. In fact, there has never been widely accepted evidence that vitamin D is helpful in preventing or treating any of those conditions.

Climate change and mental health
AJN, Janna Trombley, Stephanie Chalupka, and Laura Anderko, April 2017
Recently much attention has been paid to the physical impacts of climate change, including extreme heat events, droughts, extreme storms, and rising sea levels. However, much less attention has been paid to the psychological impacts.

What to look for when picking where to give birth? Not what you may think
STAT, Bob Tedeschi, 11 April 2017
The design of hospitals can affect the birth experience, even increasing a woman’s likelihood of having a caesarean section. Stretching the distance between nursing station and patient rooms could burden staff and ultimately increase C-section rates.

The "nursing class hero" 
Nurse Keith's Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 10 April 2017
Back in the day, nursing was a nonprofessional, relatively unskilled form of labor wherein nurses were at the beck and call of all-powerful physicians. The profession lacked quantifiable scientific data or practices that verifiably documented our contributions.

AONE keynoters to nursing leaders: Be brave
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 11 April 2017
Courageous leadership springs from the clarity of one's values and willingness to step beyond one's comfort zone.

Why choose pediatric nursing?
Lippincott Solutions (Blog), 7 April 2017
Many pediatric nursing professionals have clever techniques for winning over their young patients. The ability to distract a child is perhaps as important as earning their trust, especially when you are administering immunizations or inserting IV lines. 

Why and where to pursue nursing certification
NurseZone, Debra Wood, April 2017
More than 750,000 nurses in the United States and Canada held certifications in 2016, which was an increase of more than 51,000, or 7 percent, over 2015, according to data collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties. 

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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