RNews Digest: 29 September 2017

By RNL Editors | 09/29/2017

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

Melnyk, Gennaro awarded NIH grant to test intervention for pregnant minority women
The Ohio State University, 27 September 2017
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, and Susan Gennaro, PhD, RN, FAAN, have been awarded a $3.3 million, 4.5-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities for “Healthy Lifestyle Intervention for High-Risk Minority Pregnant Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

Opioid prescriptions in the ED: Not what many believe
NurseZone, September 2017
Emergency nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians have heard the rumors. Many speculate that America’s growing problem of opioid addiction often starts in the emergency department, where practitioners freely write prescriptions for drugs like oxycodone for patients with acute pain. But a new study shows that these perceptions don’t really hold water.

Angel in the room: She helps them die the way they want
Riley Children’s Health, Dana Benbow, 22 September 2017
She has, arguably, the toughest, most heartbreaking job of all at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. She is a palliative care advanced practice nurse—the woman who sees patients only when they have a life-threatening or life-limiting illness. Yet, Haskamp has found joy in this fascinating career.

I had psychosis. Nurses saved me from the brink
The Guardian, 27 September 2017
The regular support from mental health nurses has kept me well, more than medication or appointments with psychiatrists or therapists. Where the doctors were clinical and cold and left me feeling like a strange case study, the nurses treated me like a human being and enabled me to accept my condition and move on from it.

Nurses as intermediaries in the promotion of community health
Brookings, Stuart M. Butler and Carmen Diaz, 22 September 2017
Intermediaries provide key skills in building trust between healthcare institutions and community organizations and residents. With roughly 3 million professionals in the field, nurses are the largest segment of the U.S. healthcare workforce and have enormous potential to serve as intermediaries.

Breast cancer survivor, award-winning filmmaker speaks at Nursing Summit
The Baxter Bulletin, Billy Jean Lewis, 24 September 2017
Award-winning filmmaker Carolyn Jones was scared when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Somehow the nurse who took care of her knew what to say to get her through chemotherapy. She was struck by the nurse’s knowledge about human nature.

What makes a hospital the “best”?
Health Affairs Blog, Judith Garber and Shannon Brownlee
U.S. News & World Report recently published its annual “Best Hospitals” issue.  We wondered if the magazine’s ranking system actually measures what matters to patients, or for that matter to anybody who is worried about the cost and quality of U.S. healthcare. 

Helping mothers deliver healthy, HIV-free babies
Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes, 26 September 2017
During a routine pregnancy examination at a clinic near her home in Moshi, Tanzania, Tatu Msangi was shocked to learn that she was HIV-positive. She was scared for her health and the health of her baby, but determined to fight to keep her daughter HIV-free.

Being smart not unprofessional!
Teresa Chinn (Blog), 26 September 2017
Two tweets mentioned tools that we can use in nursing. The two devices, pen and smartphone, both seem quite useful to me; however, the two Twitter conversations could not have been more diverse.

Nurse be nimble, nurse be quick
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 25 September 2017
Many nurses appear to settle into an area of nursing, rest on their laurels, and think less of the future than perhaps they should. Being nimble and quick means that you're listening, that you're willing to change, and that you are quick to perceive that change may be in the air.

FDA approves new continuous glucose monitor for diabetes
MedlinePlus, Robert Preidt, 28 September 2017
The first fingerstick-free blood sugar monitoring system for adults with diabetes has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The system features a small sensor wire that's placed below the skin's surface and continuously monitors blood sugar (glucose) levels. People with diabetes can wave a mobile reader above the sensor wire to check their glucose levels.

 —Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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