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RNews Digest: 28 April 2017

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

Nurse replaces surgeon general after Obama appointee resigns
The New York Times, Danielle Ivory and Gardiner Harris, 22 April 2017
America’s doctor was fired and replaced by a nurse. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, an Obama administration holdover, was asked to resign by the Trump administration. He was replaced by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, one of the first nurses to serve as surgeon general. Admiral Trent-Adams will for now be in an acting role. 

The essence of nursing care
AJN, Susan B. Hassmiller, May 2017
My life changed forever on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 11:09 am. That's when I learned that Bob, my best friend and husband of 37 years, lay paralyzed in the trauma unit of a nearby hospital, having taken a hard fall from his bicycle.

Getting the results: A personal genomics journey, part 2
UCSF Science of Caring, Elena Flowers, April 2017
Because I have training in research and genomics, I understand the limitations to conclusions I could make based on the results of my genetic test, but it could send your average patient into an emotional tailspin—or make them feel unrealistically safe.

For some, pre-hospice care can be a good alternative to hospitals
NPR, Anna Gorman, 28 April 2017
A pre-hospice program called Transitions is designed to give elderly patients the care they want at home and keep them out of the hospital. Social workers and nurses regularly visit patients in their homes to explain what they can expect in their final years, help them make end-of-life plans and teach them how to better manage their diseases. 

Poor self-care is a safety issue, Nancy J. Brent, April 2017
Combating your own fatigue not only benefits you as a nurse—it can help reduce risks to patients for whom you provide care.

What patients want isn’t always what they need, Annie Katz, 23 April 2017
One of the nurses knocked on my door on a quiet Monday morning. “Hey, can you see this patient? I think what the doctor told him just threw him for a loop.” Of course I had time. In my role as clinical nurse specialist in a busy uro-oncology unit, I see men who need help making a treatment decision for management of their prostate cancer. 

A passion for humanitarian nursing
Nursing Notes, Johnson & Johnson, 26 April 2017
Raya Zoe El-Khoury Cupler believes there are no boundaries to nursing care. Inspired by a personal connection to the plight of refugees, Raya, a junior at Chamberlain College of Nursing, has dedicated her time to working with organizations delivering medical care to refugees of war and conflict zones in the Middle East.

Reluctant patients, Hispanic men pose a costly challenge to the health system
Kaiser Health News, Michael Anft, 25 April 2017
Hispanic men are more likely than non-Hispanic whites to be obese, have diabetes or have high blood pressure. Those who drink tend to do so heavily, contributing to the group’s higher rates of alcoholic cirrhosis and deaths from chronic liver disease. Many take risky jobs and are more likely to die from on-the-job injuries.

International Council of Nurses calls for greater autonomy for nurses in immunisation
International Council of Nurses, 24 April 2017
During World Immunisation Week, The International Council of Nurses advocates for nurses to gain greater autonomy in administration of vaccines. One of ICN’s priority areas, immunisation prevents roughly three million deaths per year.

Severe shortage of home health workers robs thousands of proper care
Kaiser Health News, Judith Graham, 26 April 2017
An emerging crisis is driven by low wages—around $10 an hour, mostly funded by state Medicaid programs—and a shrinking pool of workers willing to perform this physically and emotionally demanding work.

Babies floating in fluid-filled bags
The Atlantic, Olga Khazan, 25 April 2017
A lab has successfully gestated premature lambs in artificial wombs. Are humans next?

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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