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RNews Digest: 20 January 2017

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

New genetic tests help personalize depression medication
WFYI, Leigh Denoon, 19 January 2017
Jan Northam is a retired nurse. While working in the ER, not long after Prozac came on the market in the late 1980s, she discovered the medication tremendously helped her depression. Later, when a doctor prescribed Lexapro, she found the results unsatisfactory, a conclusion explained by genetic testing. For more information on the role of genetics in drug response, check out Mastering Pharmacogenomics: A Nurse’s Handbook for Success, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Reluctant heroes: When men in nursing cry
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Julianna Paradisi, 17 January 2017
A nurse assigned to a violent patient who suffered from mental illness described the emotional trauma he faced and the responsibility he felt for the safety of his fellow nurses, predominantly women, because he is a man.

A health system's name change irks nurses
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 18 January 2017
The University of Michigan Health System has changed its name to Michigan Medicine, but nurses at the academic medical center are not thrilled with the new moniker.

NHS staff shortages: Why so persistent?
BBC News, Smitha Mundasad, 19 January 2017
The Royal College of Nursing says England is currently short of at least 20,000 nursing staff. And the Royal College of Midwives says the country needs 3,500 more midwives.

Nurse practitioners: Ranked #2 for top US jobs in 2017, Keith Carlson, 18 January 2017
The jury has reached its decision on nursing jobs in 2017; according to U.S. News and World Report Best Jobs Rankings for 2017, nurse practitioners hold the #2 spot in terms of their pick for the best 100 occupations in the United States.

Growing number of Canadian hospitals exempt families from visiting-hour rules
CNW, 17 January 2017
What started as a grassroots movement is now sweeping the country; 50 Canadian hospital and healthcare organizations are now reviewing or have already adopted family presence policies—including 24/7 visiting hours. 

Taking back the power from nurse bullies
Forensic Notes, Renee Thompson, January 2017
If you’re being bullied, you are NOT powerless. There is something you can do. Document, document, document!

Outgoing CDC chief talks about agency’s successes—and his greatest fear
The Washington Post, Lena H. Sun, 16 January 2016
The nursing care for Ebola patients was very intensive, and we felt terrible that nurses got infected. And so we rapidly improved the infection-control recommendations.

Physician aid in dying gains acceptance in the U.S.
The New York Times, Paula Span, 16 January 2017
Even the terminology—aid in dying? assisted suicide? death with dignity?—creates controversy. But the concept has long drawn broad support in public opinion polls.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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