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RNews Digest: 13 January 2017

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

Five things nurses are really good at—and sometimes better than doctors
The Conversation, Roger Watson, 11 January 2017
Nurses do many things that only doctors used to do. And they do them very well. You may be worried if you meet a nurse when you expect to see a doctor. But you shouldn’t be.

3 incredible tales of nurse bravery
Scrubs, 9 January 2017
These real stories of nurse bravery demonstrate the tenacity, courage, and unrelenting dedication to patient care that are common traits among top tier nursing professionals. Some are recent, while others are historical, but they all demonstrate exceptional moral courage.

How listening to nursing leaders speeds time-to-care metrics
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 10 January 2017
Frontline managers play an important role in improving patient experience, safety, and quality of care. If you don't believe it, look at these numbers.

1 in 3 women with breast cancer treated unnecessarily, study concludes
Kaiser Health News, Liz Szabo, 9 January 2017
One in three women with breast cancer detected by a mammogram is treated unnecessarily, because screening tests found tumors that are so slow-growing that they’re essentially harmless, according to a study published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researcher seeks to bridge breastfeeding disparity
UCSF Science of Caring, Diana Austin, January 2017
Lack of breastfeeding role models among African-American women is, in part, a legacy of slavery, says nurse researcher Ifeyinwa Asiodu. While progress has been made recently, there is still a great deal of work to do to achieve breastfeeding equity in the U.S.  

Why a PhD in nursing may be the perfect goal for you, Jennifer Mensik, January 2017
The DNP has been regarded as the degree for those who want to get a terminal degree in nursing practice while the PhD has been regarded as the degree for those wanting to do research. But the difference is not that simple.

Northern Ireland nursing chief warns health service faces meltdown
Belfast Telegraph, Lisa Smyth, 13 January 2017
The head of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland has said she is seriously concerned about the future of the NHS following the resignation of Martin McGuinness.

How to protect yourself from malpractice lawsuits
Scrubs, 13 January 2017
Physicians and healthcare facilities aren’t the only entities that can become the target of a malpractice lawsuit. Nurses can also be sued, and over the last ten years, malpractice suits against nurses have been on the rise.

Electronic health records may help customize medical treatments
NPR, Richard Harris, 9 January 2017
Medical records don't simply store facts about an individual's health. There's a big potential for a database of medical records to be mined to help shape an individual's treatment.

When administrators shadow doctors and nurses, good things happen, Diane W. Shannon, 6 January 2017
After seeing the stress level of doctors and nurses and the frustrations they dealt with every day, the board unanimously agreed to a multimillion-dollar program to improve the usability of the electronic health record and fix inefficient and frustrating workflow processes.

What’s new for nurses in 2017: Legislative updates
American Mobile, Debra Wood, January 2017
Although 2016 brought some legislative disappointments, several states moved forward with an array of legislation and regulations that will affect nursing practice this year.

Landmark study: Marijuana effective medicine, but has drawbacks
SFGate, David Downs, 12 January 2017
Research has found that cannabis can treat chronic pain, nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatment, muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis, and sleep disturbances. However, there is not sufficient evidence that cannabis can treat cancer, epilepsy, or schizophrenia.

IBM Watson, FDA to explore blockchain for secure patient data exchange
ComputerWorld, Lucas Mearian, 11 January 2016
While most healthcare facilities have introduced EMRs, many are still not able to securely share data—even with other hospitals and clinics in their own healthcare group.

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