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RNews Digest: 16 June 2017

RNL Editors |

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

Rude providers jeopardize patient safety. So stop it.
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 14 June 2017
Clinical outcomes and teamwork suffer when healthcare providers exhibit rude or uncivil behavior. Vanderbilt University Medical Center has developed a process for resolving disruptive behavior among clinicians.

3 ways nurses are using holistic healing in patient care (Blog), Julie Aiken, 9 June 2017
Miracle fruits. Herbal teas. In recent decades, these have been the images of holistic medicine. That’s no longer the case. With more patients facing limited solutions to their health problems, many nurses are exploring alternative methods to complement modern solutions.

Advance care planning: The nurse's role
AJN, Shigeko Izumi, June 2017
Many nurses witness family members struggling to make end-of-life care decisions for their loved ones. Nurses have also seen patients receiving seemingly futile treatments and have wondered if the patients wanted this care or if they had the opportunity to discuss their preferences.

Impaired nurses benefit from alternative-to-discipline approach
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 14 June 2017
Nursing organizations advocate for rehabilitating rather than punishing nurses experiencing substance use disorder. A return-to-work agreement often involves a reduction in hours, limited shifts, and restrictions in assignments with continued treatment and monitoring.

EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote
BBC, Nick Triggle, 12 June 2017
Last July, 1,304 nurses from the EU joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, compared to 46 in April this year, a fall of 96%. The Health Foundation said the findings should act as a "wake-up call.” But the NMC said the introduction of English language testing for EU nurses is also likely to have played a role.

Forget the nursing crisis. Here's how Brexit can save the NHS
The Telegraph, Allison Pearson, 13 June 2017
The UK had nurses before we joined the Common Market in 1973. Two of my aunts were among the army of exceptionally well-trained staff who looked after patients and kept wards spotless back in the day when you could eat your lunch off a Dettol-scourged hospital floor. 

An unconventional path to psychiatric nursing
Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes, June 2017
There is a large aspect of psychiatry that involves following your gut instincts because it has much less to offer in terms of objective data, definitive testing or treatment algorithms compared to other specialties. It’s good practice for learning to trust your instincts in other areas of life as well.

Nurse's 'wait to bathe' newborns policy adopted by hospitals
The Courier-News, Gloria Casas, 11 June 2017
Courtney Buss, like many first-time mothers, wanted all the white, goopy film washed off her baby immediately after delivery. Three years later, Buss said she knows better. The white, waxy film is called vernix caseosa and "it's good stuff," said Buss, a nurse at Advocate Sherman Hospital.

Can drones slash emergency response times?
HealthLeaders Media, John Commins, 13 June 2017
A new study published in JAMA shows that a drone hauling an automated external defibrillator drastically reduced emergency response times by an average of 16 minutes for simulated out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases.

Zika In America: One mother’s saga
Kaiser Health News, JoNel Aleccia, 13 June 2017
When her daughter was born in January, the first thing Maria Rios checked was the baby’s head. She’d seen the terrifying photos on the internet—infants in Brazil and in Puerto Rico whose skulls were misshapen, even collapsed, ravaged by the Zika virus that has engulfed Latin America.

Understanding 5 health issues that disproportionately affect men
Scrubs, 9 June 2017
Men are much less likely than women to go to the doctor. The societal norms and standards placed upon men often make them feel ashamed to see a doctor or to admit that they are vulnerable to sickness and disease.

  —Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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