News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.
Focus on infants during childbirth leaves U.S. moms in danger
NPR (Renee Montagne) and Propublica (Nina Martin), 12 May 2017
As a neonatal intensive care nurse, Lauren Bloomstein had been taking care of other people's babies for years. Finally, at 33, she was expecting one of her own. She delivered a healthy baby but died not long afterward from HELLP syndrome.
What clinicians need to know about genomic testing
UCSF Science of Caring, Andrew Schwartz, May 2017
On April 6, the personal genomics company 23andMe received authorization from the FDA to offer health risk tests directly to consumers for 10 diseases or conditions. It’s not clear whether health care professionals are prepared to offer reliable counseling about the results, much less cope with the ethical and practical questions surrounding such counseling.
This Nurses Week: Ask your nurses if they are burned out
KevinMD.com (Blog), Emily Weston, 9 May 2017
July 10 will mark my tenth year as a nurse. I am already an old nurse, surprised by nothing and filled with battle stories. I’ve spent the last seven years working in a medical ICU, and I’ve seen and done so much. I may have come to the end of my capacity.
Malware, described in leaked NSA documents, cripples computers worldwide
The Washington Post, Craig Timberg, Griff Witte, Ellen Nakashima and Todd C. Frankel, 12 May 2017
Malicious software that blocks access to computers is spreading swiftly across the world, snarling critical systems in hospitals, telecommunications and corporate offices with the help of a software vulnerability originally discovered by the National Security Agency.
More Indigenous nurses needed to change health-care system
CBC News (Canada), Angela Sterritt, 11 May 2017
An Indigenous nurse can help Aboriginal people feel safe in an environment that is often sterile, foreign or even hostile. Looking at health care through a cultural and spiritual lens can help maintain health and wellness.
International nurses day: Why these unsung heroes put the needs of others first
ABC News (Australia), Kellie Scott, 12 May 2017
On International Nurses Day we ask these Aussie legends, why be a nurse?
Health care? Daughters know all about it
The New York Times, Roni Caryn Rabin, 11 May 2017
The essential role that daughters play in the American health care system is well known but has received little attention. But some health care analysts are beginning to sound the alarm about the challenges women face as caregivers—not just for children but for aging parents—often while holding full-time jobs.
The essence of nursing care: A powerful tribute for Nurses Week
AJN Off the Charts, Jacob Molyneux, 8 May 2017
Frontline nurses, as the health professionals who spend the most time with patients and their families, are central to ensuring that the patient experience is a positive and dignified one. This sentence from “The Essence of Nursing Care” isn’t just rhetoric.
An ode to the nurse who saved Jimmy Kimmel’s baby
KevinMD.com (Blog), 8 May 2017
Recently, a nurse at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles noticed that comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s newborn baby had a murmur and was cyanotic and brought it to the newborn intensive care unit for further evaluation. That triggered a rush of activity that led to a diagnosis of a congenital heart defect and heart valve problem and surgery to save the baby’s life.
Nursing Week: Jury duty experience affects nurse’s perspective
Toronto Star, Rick McGinnis, 6 May 2017
A simple summons for jury duty ended up putting Laura Jackson’s life on hold for five months. The trial that began in the fall of 2015 confronted the Toronto-born registered nurse with a story of unspeakable cruelty leading to the tragic death of a child, and made her reconsider the way her profession worked.
Clinicians in the C-suite
HealthLeaders Magazine, Debra Beaulieu, 8 May 2017
Healthcare leadership is evolving in a way that must merge the silos of clinical care and administration, resulting in a growing minority of C-suite positions occupied by physicians and nurses.
Florence Nightingale was the architect of the modern hospital
LinkedIn, Joe Tye, 10 May 2017
We remember Florence Nightingale as founder of the nursing profession, but most people are not aware of her other many contributions to the development of the hospital as we know it today. She was, in a very real sense, the first hospital administrator and architect of the modern hospital.
7 superheroes of nursing throughout history
Johnson & Johnson, Camille Chatterjee, 7 May 2017
In homage to National Nurses Week, we're taking our (nurse's) caps off to salute some of the most heroic caregivers throughout history.
—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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