RNews Digest: 8 January 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 01/08/2018

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

‘Forget about the stigma’: Male nurses explain why nursing is a job of the future for men
The New York Times, Claire Cain Miller and Ruth Fremson, 4 January 2018
Only 13 percent of nurses in the United States are men, but that share has grown steadily since 1960, when the number was 2 percent. The biggest drivers were the changing economy and expanding gender roles.

The BSN requirement—a legislative sea change
Nurse Keith's Digital Doorway (Blog), Keith Carlson, 2 January 2018
Do you believe that nurses should be required by the government to have a BSN? Well, the tide is turning, and a massive sea change is inexorably underway since New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed “BSN in 10” into law on December 19, 2017. 

Nurses keep healthy lead as most honest, ethical profession
Gallup News, 26 December 2017
For the 16th consecutive year, Americans' ratings of the honesty and ethical standards of 22 occupations find nurses at the top of the list. More than eight in 10 (82%) Americans describe nurses' ethics as "very high" or "high." 

The 10 most-viewed AJN articles in 2017
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Shawn Kennedy, 2 January 2018
It’s always interesting (at least to me) to look back over the year and see what articles were the most popular. While we can’t be sure what people who read AJN in print actually viewed, we can get a good idea from those who read online. 

Many nurses unhappy with careers, practice setting
HealthLeaders Media, Alexandra Wilson Pecci, 5 January 2018
Although the survey shows that the majority of respondents find patient care rewarding, 51% said dealing with hospital administration, workplace politics, and lack of respect from doctors and managers all takes a toll

Resolve to take care of yourself in 2018
Nurse.com, Eileen Williamson, 1 January 2018
As a nurse, your role is to take care of others and do it well. You work to heal not only patients’ bodies, but also their minds and spirits. But what about caring for your own body, mind and spirit? How much time do you devote to that?

Why is health communication so poor? Here are 5 reasons why.
KevinMD.com (Blog), 1 January 2018
Many of the everyday problems we face in health care are simply due to suboptimal communication. It could be the patient or family member who doesn’t know what’s going on in the hospital, the nurse who is confused about orders, or the doctor who doesn’t understand the seemingly terrible administrative directive.

Why the U.S. spends so much more than other nations on health care
The New York Times, Austin Frakt and Aaron E. Carroll, 2 January 2018
The United States spends almost twice as much on health care, as a percentage of its economy, as other advanced industrialized countries. But a few decades ago, American health care spending was much closer to that of peer nations.

Tallying losses and gains of being a nurse, and finding profit
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), 5 January 2018
Given all of the random tragedy, self-sabotage, and violence that nurses may witness in their patients’ stories, nurses can experience the loss of a more innocent, optimistic perspective about people and the world. Nurses often say there are things you cannot “un-see” in this line of work. RNL

Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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