RNews Digest: 28 July 2017

By RNL Editors | 07/28/2017

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

How a job acquires a gender (and less authority if it’s female)
The Conversation, Sarah Thebaud and Laura Doering, 23 July 2017
Many jobs in the economy are gender-stereotyped. Firefighting is thought of as a man’s job, whereas nursing is thought of as women’s work. Our study suggests that stereotyping a job as “women’s work” and societal biases that grant women less authority than men harm us all.

A plea to faculty: Rethink student writing assignments
AJN, Maureen Shawn Kennedy, August 2017
August is a planning month—for most faculty, a time to prepare for the incoming class. So it seems like the perfect time to ask faculty to consider a change in their curriculum—namely, to rethink the requirement that students submit a project report or clinical review paper for publication as part of the course.

Bullying: The culture of nursing
Scrubs, Katie Duke, 24 July 2017
How is it that people in an industry centered on service, compassion, and patient care can be so awful toward each other? Are we burnt-out caregivers? Is this our way of “venting” the chaos and emotional strain that we endure on a daily basis?

Dementia nurses provide a lifeline for carers that is all too rare
The Guardian, Pippa Kelly, 26 July 2017
Admiral nurses, trained and supported by the charity Dementia UK, focus on the family carers of those with dementia. New research shows that Admiral nurses not only improve the lives of those with dementia and their families, they also save cash-strapped NHS and local authorities money.

Ensure you follow the grievance process right
Nurse.com (Blog), Nancy J. Brent, 28 July 2017
Grievance procedures are processes by which you can question or appeal a decision by someone who supervises or evaluates you, and in which that person’s decision affects your job security. Sometimes, informal grievance procedures are helpful, and sometimes, little or no solid resolution of the employee’s concern takes place.

Five nurses share why they pursued research careers
RWJF Culture of Health Blog, Maryjoan Ladden and Susan Hassmiller, 19 July 2017
Schools with research-focused PhD programs in nursing are now eligible to apply for the Future of Nursing Scholars program. Five trailblazing researchers from the program share how their diverse careers are transforming health care and why others should join them.

Can you return to nursing after a hiatus?
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway (Blog), Keith Carlson, 25 July 2017
If you can come to terms with the fact that it will take a lot of due diligence, sweat equity, and skin in the game to get back on your nursing feet, then you're on your way. If you fool yourself that it's going to be easy, then you may have another thing coming.

6 soft skills necessary for hardworking nurses
Scrubs, 24 July 2017
Soft skills, often referred to as personality skills, are personal skills every nurse needs to be able to do their best. Patients are often scared, unstable, and in great need of guidance. By combining these soft skills with a strong work ethic, nurses can help their patients feel truly cared for.

Evidence-based strategies for transitioning to an alarm-free facility
Post Acute Advisor, 21 July 2017
Resident advocates and SNF regulators speculate that alarms will eventually be phased out as regulations continue to evolve and the industry fully embraces the modern, homelike SNF model.

Researchers question whether you should really finish your antibiotics
CNN, Zamira Rahim, 27 July 2017
The standing argument that failing to complete a course of antibiotics could fuel the rise of antibiotic resistance has little evidence, a group of UK researchers argue in the medical journal The BMJ. Completing a course of antibiotics may instead increase the risk of resistance.

Branding matters when it comes to nurse recruitment
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 26 July 2017
Healthcare leaders need start viewing the nursing workforce through the lens of supply and demand in the marketplace.

Doctors and drug abuse: Why addictions can be so difficult
Los Angeles Times, Soumya Karlamangla, 24 July 2017
Nurses who work for alcoholic doctors might not report them out of fear of losing their job. Hospitals could lose revenue if their star doctors go on leave for treatment or lose their licenses.

Moms-to-be with addiction face obstacles at every turn
Side Effects, Emily Forman, 26 July 2017
Nurse Catherine “Bizz” Grimes puts on her headset over curly white blonde hair and starts dialing. A pen in one hand, a notepad in the other, she logs every call. She calls this her log of “Medicaid messes and nightmares.” She invested 57 minutes in one patient’s case yesterday.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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