RNews Digest: 17 February 2017

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

Walk this way: Hospital design diagnostic finds efficiencies for nurses
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 14 February 2017
Thanks to field research on workflow, ProMedica Toledo Hospital cut nurses' walking distance in half. Now they can spend more time with patients.

A millionaire’s mission: Stop hospitals from killing their patients by medical error
STAT, Usha Lee McFarling, 13 February 2017
His tech fix—if widely implemented—could bring order to the cacophony of beeps, buzzes, and blaring alarms that can so overwhelm nurses and doctors that they push “mute” and miss true emergencies.

Toughest place to be? Nursing on the frontline
Irish Examiner, Ellie O’Byrne, 13 February 2017
Irish nurse Berna Breen saw the brutality of gang warfare in Honduras when she worked in an A&E department for RTÉ’s new series of “Toughest Place to Be.”

Words of wisdom for new nurses
KevinMD.com (Blog), Debbie Moore-Black, 13 February 2017
Welcome to the land of happiness, sadness, confusion, self-doubt, defeat and heroism. This is not an easy job. And countless times you will say, “What was I thinking?” Or “Why did I do this?”

Combatting the opioid epidemic
Advance for Nurses, Autumn Heisler, 10 February 2017
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) has developed an online education program for nurses on effective treatment of opioid use disorder. The free-of-charge courses target three main audiences: registered nurses, psychiatric-mental health RNs, and advanced practice nurses.

Pediatric codes: What nurses need to know
Scrubs, 14 February 2017
Pediatric patients can sustain permanent, disabling brain damage after a cardiopulmonary arrest, and time is of the essence. It’s incredibly important for nurses to respond quickly when it occurs, to minimize neuronal damage.

Helping young people in crisis, one text at a time
RWJF Culture of Health (Blog), Tracy Costigan, 16 February 2017
Crisis Text Line uses technology to help adolescents struggling with issues like bullying and anxiety. Now, researchers are using data compiled through this effort to better understand and address patterns of adolescent mental health needs within communities.

How has nursing changed in the past decade?
Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes, 15 February 2017
Although most nurses may still head to work in scrubs and comfortable shoes, for many nurses, the day-to-day reality of their job has changed in dramatic ways over the past ten years.

Aweil, South Sudan: Life in "paradise"
Doctors Without Borders (Blog), Laura Acheson, 14 February 2017
My job for this mission is “clinical support nurse.” Rather than me coming in as a supervisor, I am here to support the current supervisor and focus on clinical activities and training for the nurses and nurse aides.

Improving infection prevention and control education for nurses
American Nurses Association, 13 February 2017
ANA and CDC have recently partnered with 20 nursing specialty organizations to develop the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network). The goal is to improve adherence to infection prevention and control practices and enhance the confidence of nurses to care for patients with Ebola and other highly contagious diseases.

Nurse practitioners encourage heart-to-heart conversations to prevent heart disease 
American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 15 February 2017
One in three U.S. adults lives with hypertension, and only 54 percent of those diagnosed have their blood pressure in check. To combat this alarming trend, AANP is teaming up with Million Hearts®, an initiative co-led by CMS and CDC to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.


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