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RNews Digest: 25 August 2017

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

What keeps nurse leaders up at night? (Blog), Eileen Williamson, 23 August 2017
Staffing, patient safety, budget woes—nurse leaders have a ton of responsibilities to juggle and problems to solve. It's enough to cause some sleepless nights.

Heroism in nursing practice: Spotlight on certified nurse-midwives
NursePractitioner Schools (Blog), August 2017
We are heading into a maternity crisis where women do not have access to a qualified provider; this is coupled with some of the worst perinatal outcomes among developed countries.

Nurse disciplined for decade-old offense (Blog), Nancy J. Brent, 18 August 2017
I received an interesting email from a nurse who recently graduated from her nursing education program but who was not permitted to sit for the NCLEX unless she agreed to be reprimanded for a DUI from 11 years ago.

Funding the cost of a nurse’s education
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Juliana Paradisi, 22 August 2017
Nursing hasn’t changed much in the 30 years I’ve practiced, but the cost to become one has increased exorbitantly. The local university where I live estimates the cost of tuition for a four-year BSN program at $50,000, a worthwhile investment, but one that would have excluded me from entering nursing school.

A legacy of improving staffing and scheduling: An interview with Carol Ann Cavouras
Nursing Economics, Karlene M. Kerfoot, July-August 2017
Carol Ann Cavouras has been a trailblazer in enabling executives to accept that effective staffing is everyone’s responsibility, with success measured by patient quality, financial, organizational, and caregiver outcomes.

Follow developments in nursing with these top nursing professors on Twitter, August 2017
The professors on this list have knowledge and expertise in areas ranging from nursing science to policy across several specializations. All of them use Twitter actively.

Do I have to understand jam-making to be a nurse?
BBC News, Hugh Pym, 22 August 2017
Polina Ralutin was an experienced nurse in the Philippines and keen to take up a post in the NHS. Polina passed the exam and took up her post in April 2016. But she knows several other nurses who failed, and she believes the test is too difficult.

U.S. study revives argument over mammogram screening
Reuters, Andrew M. Seaman, 21 August 2017
Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 would prevent the most deaths from breast cancer, U.S. researchers reported in a challenge to more conservative recommendations that take into account both the harms and the benefits of screening.

Critical care nursing: Caring for patients who are agitated
BMJ Journals (EBN Opinion), Samanta Freeman and Angela Teece, August 2017
It is over 10 years since the British Association of Critical Care Nurses published guidance on the use of physical and chemical restraint. Since then, there has been increased professional interest in the use of physical restraint when managing patients exhibiting agitated behaviour in critical care settings.

Men offered a £3,000 sweetener to induce them to train as nurses
The Telegraph, Laura Donnelly, 18 August 2017
Men account for just 10 per cent of the total nursing students placed at UK universities, and the gender gap is growing. The £30,000 fund, paid for by the National Express Foundation, is thought to be the first created specifically for men taking nursing and healthcare courses in UK higher education.

‘Breakthrough’ leukemia drug also portends ‘quantum leap’ in cost
Kaiser Health News, Liz Szabo, 23 August 2017
When doctors talk about a new leukemia drug from Novartis, they ooze enthusiasm, using words like “breakthrough,” “revolutionary” and “a watershed moment.” But British health authorities have said a price of $649,000 for a one-time treatment would be justified given the significant benefits.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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