RNews Digest: 15 January 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 01/12/2018

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

Comforting our patients: The importance of well-chosen words
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Julianna Paradisi, 9 January 2018
Choosing the right words to comfort patients, or at least to decrease their fear and anxiety, while at the same time treating their illness or injury is challenging. It’s realistic to expect that once in a while we will choose the wrong words, despite our good intentions.

Nurse managers must model relationship skills
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 9 January 2018
While building nurse managers' business acumen is essential, the importance of "softer" relationship skills for a manager's success should not be overlooked.

The new role of RNs and nurse practitioners
Inside Jersey, Debbie Galant, 12 January 2018
When nurses fill doctors' shoes, they often bring something else to the examination room. The word "holistic" comes up frequently. And there's an undeniable emphasis on bedside manner. 

2017: A year of uncertainty, upheaval, and undoing
AJN (Editorial), Maureen Shawn Kennedy, January 2018
Our editorial board and staff chose five stories they felt dominated headlines: the increasing number of deaths from the opioid epidemic; environmental disasters such as fires, floods, and hurricanes; the political battle over how to deliver health care to U.S. citizens; the continuing nightmare of mass killings and Congress’ refusal to enact effective gun laws; and the manhandling of a nurse for protecting the rights of a patient.

Can RNs/CMAs without prescriptive authority process refills?
Nurse.com (Blog), Nancy J. Brent, 8 January 2018
A nurse practitioner who reads my blog is concerned about how medication prescriptions are processed at her facility. Refills are sent to the pharmacy via the electronic medical records system, which allows prescriptions to be refilled before she issues her approval. She is concerned about her legal liability.

Telemedicine helps SNFs improve patient care, curb hospitalizations
MHealth Intelligence, Eric Wicklund, 9 January 2018
An aging population and a lack of resources for long-term health care are leaving skilled nursing staff increasingly responsible for a growing frail patient population that requires significant medical, therapeutic, and rehabilitation services.

10 tips for a successful nursing career in 2018
Nurse.com (Blog), Robert G. Hess Jr., 10 January 2018
The beginning of a new year assails us once again. Resolving to go on a diet? Thinking about working out more often or finding a better job?

America’s home nurse shortage is stranding kids in hospitals
Bloomberg, Caroline Chen, 8 January 2018
Hospitals are far more expensive than home nursing, but the U.S. has no comprehensive system to finance it. Parents can go bankrupt trying to take their kids home.

Overcoming mission drift in your nursing career
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 8 January 2018
Has your nursing career drifted off course? Do you feel that your current career path isn't aligned with your personal or professional mission? You're not alone, and there's something you can do about it.

Celebrating nursing practice: The value of writing for publication
RCN, Catherine Kelsey, 8 January 2018
My project focuses on writing for publication. Whilst multiple opportunities exist for nurses to contribute to publications, many of the perceived barriers can seem insurmountable. RNL 

Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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