RNews Digest: 23 October 2017

RNL Editors |

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

Goal of a nursing workforce with 80% BSNs unlikely by 2020
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 17 October 2017
A Journal of Nursing Leadership study finds that recommendations from the National Academy of Medicine may not be met this decade, but progress has been made toward achieving higher levels of nursing education.

Credentials don’t shield doctors, nurses from bias
WebMD, Stephanie Watson, 18 October 2017
A majority of nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, and physician assistants say patients have made offensive comments to them based on their age, gender, ethnic background, race, weight, or other personal traits. Nurses may be more vulnerable to abuse because of the extra time they spend with patients.

Learning new skills of supporting one another as nurses
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Hui-Wen (Alina) Sato, 20 October 2017
Even in a unit where we constantly express gratitude for a strong sense of teamwork, my colleagues and I still struggle to help each other through the deeper experiences of grief and trauma.

How to boost inpatient satisfaction in minutes
HealthLeaders Media, Debra Shute, 16 October 2017
A brief psychosocial intervention called BATHE (Background, Affect, Trouble, Handling, and Empathy) gives hospitalized patients the opportunity to share psychological or life problems as well as medical symptoms with providers.

Workarounds are routinely used by nurses—but are they ethical?
AJN, Nancy Berlinger, October 2017
Nurses regularly circumvent work systems they perceive to be flawed to provide more efficient or better care. If kept secret, however, such workarounds become ethically questionable, even when the nurse is trying to do the right thing. 

Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals
Reuters, Jilian Mincer, 20 October 2017
Nursing shortages have occurred in the past, but the current crisis is far worse. A major driver is the aging of the baby boomer generation, with a greater number of patients seeking care, including many more complex cases, and a new wave of retirements among trained nurses.

Nurses share lessons learned about face transplant surgery
Nurse.com, Karen Schmidt, 18 October 2017
Contributing to the evolution of NYU Langone Health’s face transplant care protocol has been a remarkable journey for four nurses, who published a detailed article on nursing care at all stages of the procedure.

Tending to patients as her new home burns
Kaiser Health News, April Dembosky, 16 October 2017
Julayne Smithson had only a few minutes to grab some things from her recently purchased home a block from the Santa Rosa hospital. Then she rushed back to help evacuate patients.

5 ups & downs (but mostly ups) of becoming a patient advocate
Scrubs, Teri Dreher, 13 October 2017
As a patient advocate, you will help put patients first, above the money and corporate policies and bureaucracy that can sometimes interfere with them receiving the best care. It is the purest, greatest form of nursing I have ever known.

Higgins praises work of Irish support agency
The Irish Times, Simon Carswell, 21 October 2017
The Irish Support Agency in the Sydney suburb of Bondi assists vulnerable citizens—in particular, the elderly and young people in difficulty. The agency has been focusing more recently on providing mental health support by offering training led by an Irish mental health first-aid nurse. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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