RNews Digest: 7 April 2017

By RNL Editors | 04/07/2017

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

Blind spot
AJN, Diane Stonecipher, April 2017
Nurse Diane Stonecipher writes with grace and clarity about the challenges of lifelong caregiving at home. Even for an RN with committed and loving co-caregivers (her husband, her other sons), the work and worries are daunting.

Beating clinician burnout
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 1 April 2017
Burnout affects not just physicians but registered nurses as well. A 2011 study by nurse researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found that 34% of nurses scored higher than the average for healthcare workers on the MBI emotional exhaustion subscale.

What happens to patient care when there are not enough nurses?
Kellogg Insight, 4 April 2017
New research finds that a sharp reduction in the number of nurses at a facility can have detrimental effects on patients, particularly those residing in nursing homes. And even in hospitals, where staffing systems blunted much of the impact of a nursing shortage, patient care still suffered.

Explaining what nurses do
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 3 April 2017
At times, erroneous perceptions of nursing are exasperating, and at other times they're simply laughable. When I say, "I've never worked in a hospital since I graduated from nursing school," I'm often met with an incredulous glance followed by a look of confusion and questions such as, "So, what do you do, then?"

The elephant in the room in nursing: What’s not being addressed
Nursing from Within, Elizabeth Scala, 3 April 2017
There is an elephant in the room in nursing and it is not being addressed. In fact, I asked nurses on social media, and it turns out there is not just one elephant. There are several!

Depression: Let’s talk
World Health Organization, 7 April 2017
Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. WHO is leading a one-year global campaign to encourage more people to both seek and get help.

A Penn nurse tackles ageism in health care
Philly.com, Stacey Burling, 4 April 2017
Elders are revered in many cultures. America isn't one of them, said Rebecca Trotta, director of nursing research and science at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “Ageism is one of the most socially condoned and institutionalized forms of prejudice in our country.”

Overactive bladder in women: Nurses can improve screening, management of a common problem
AJN Off the Charts, Corinne McSpedon, 3 April 2017
Whether due to discomfort with the topic or lack of knowledge about treatment options, some women attempt to manage overactive bladder symptoms on their own, a decision that can lead to additional problems. Nurses can help to break this cycle by advocating for and conducting screening among women for symptoms. 

Men in nursing: What was it like during the 1900s?
NursesLabs, Frieda Paton, 6 April 2017
Nursing has seen dramatic changes in the past century, but few realize that during this period of rapid growth, men were effectively excluded from the profession, before starting to make a gradual comeback. 

F.D.A. will allow 23andMe to sell genetic tests for disease risk to consumers
The New York Times, Gina Kolata, 6 April 2017
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration said it would allow a company to sell genetic tests for disease risk directly to consumers, providing people with information about the likelihood that they could develop various conditions, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

5 reasons why every nurse should consider adopting a dog
Scrubs, 6 April 2017
You’ve toyed with the idea of getting a dog. But reality always seems to take a backhand to your semi-optimistic face, and in no time at all, you find yourself thinking, “It’ll never work.” Except that it might.

Study suggests pet exposure might help protect babies from allergies, obesity
The Canadian Press, John Cotter, 7 April 2017
Research at the University of Alberta shows infants from families with furry pets, especially dogs, showed higher levels of two types of gut microbes associated with lower risks of obesity and allergic disease.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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