RNews Digest: 21 April 2017

By RNL Editors | 04/21/2017

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

We work hard for the money: My perspective on nurse salaries
Nurse.com (Blog), Robert G. Hess Jr., 21 April 2017
I recently heard some students brag about how they were going into nursing “for the money.” This brought me back to my own beginnings as a new grad back in the ’70s. Starting at $10 an hour, I was one of the highest paid nurses in town.

Nurses vs. computers: Predicting risk of patient harm
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Shawn Kennedy, 19 April 2017
The complaint I have heard most from nurses about the electronic health record is its inability to capture all the nuances of patient care or various patient problems, especially those that don’t involve easily quantifiable measures like heart rate or lab values. 

How do former opioid addicts safely get pain relief after surgery?
NPR Shots, 20 April 2017
Nearly 1.5 million Americans were treated for addiction to prescription opioids or heroin in 2015. When those people get seriously hurt or need surgery, it's often not clear, even to many doctors, how to safely manage their pain.

College debt delays RN advancement
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 18 April 2017
Educational debt is a leading factor in nurses' decisions about academic progression, study data shows. Mentoring students about financial matters such as responsible borrowing may help.

How the six-hour workday actually saves money
Bloomberg, Rebecca Greenfield, 17 April 2017
In a study in Sweden, nurses took fewer sick days when they worked six hours a day than they did when working eight-hour days. The nurses working six-hour days also reported having more energy and less stress. 

Secret hospital inspections may become public at last
ProPublica, Charles Ornstein, 18 April 2017
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to require that private health care accreditors publicly detail problems they find during inspections of hospitals and other medical facilities, as well as the steps being taken to fix them. Nearly nine in 10 hospitals are directly overseen by those accreditors, not the government.

Nurse practitioners in Ontario now able to prescribe controlled drugs and substances
PRNewswire, 19 April 2017
The Nurse Practitioners Association of Ontario has announced that nurse practitioners in Ontario can now prescribe controlled drugs and substances. This has been a much-anticipated expansion in scope given that Ontario was the last jurisdiction in North America to grant nurse practitioners this authority.

The three R's of nursing
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 17 April 2017
Nursing is poised to experience huge growth and huge challenges as the aging of the population continues apace. Let's bring recognition and respect to the table, and maybe remuneration will follow!

Seizing the moment
American Nurse Today, Misti Tuppeny, April 2017
A patient undergoes a craniotomy to remove a clot. He later experiences a tonic-clonic seizure. A nurse’s prompt action kept the patient safe from injury and enabled him to receive quick treatment.

Clearing the hurdles
Minnesota Nursing magazine, Brett Stursa, Spring-Summer 2017
About 300,000 nurses nationwide are living with a substance use disorder. A stressful job, stigma, and shame about substance abuse, and a lack of education regarding self-identification all contribute to the risks nurses face.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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