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RNews Digest: 24 February 2017

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

Doc’s nurse-for-a-day stint takes Facebook by storm
Alberta Health Services, Sharman Hnatiuk, 10 February 2017
In less than four days, a photo of Dr. Laurance Lequier, a PICU medical director who worked as a registered nurse for the day, spread to more than 250,000 Facebook users.

Just a nurse, or a bedside leader?
AJN (Viewpoint), March 2017
Why do so many nurses use the phrase “just a nurse”? Bedside nurses have education and responsibilities that other professions do not. Comparisons that lead to “nursing is less than” thinking are mental models worth retiring.

Bad hospital design is making us sicker
The New York Times, Dhruv Khullar, 22 February 2017
Decentralized nursing stations that are closer to patient rooms and allow nurses direct lines of sight to beds can reduce the risk of falls and injuries.

CNOs suffer moral distress in isolation
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 21 February 2017
It’s been acknowledged that bedside nurses may experience moral distress during challenging situations, such as when there is a conflict surrounding end-of-life care. But what about chief nursing officers?

A personal genomics journey
UCSF Science of Caring, Elena Flowers, February 2017
One of my roles is to teach genomics content to students who are training to become advanced practice nurses. It’s quite clear to me that we don’t have a handle on how we should educate and re-educate a nursing workforce so it can adapt to the genomics revolution. 

The results are in: Nursing informatics careers continue upward momentum
HIMSS17, Joyce Sensmeier, 20 February 2017
Eighty percent of nursing informatics specialists who responded to an HIMSS survey report being satisfied or highly satisfied with their careers. One reason may be that their salaries continue to rise.

PhD or DNP? Defining the path to your career destination
American Nurse Today, Deborah Lindell, Debra Hagler, and Kathleen Poindexter, February 2017
Have you been toying with the idea of earning a doctoral degree in nursing? Maybe you want to pursue a career in research, teaching, or advanced practice. You may, however, not know whether you should go for a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in nursing or a doctor of nursing practice (DNP).

Lions, gazelles, and nurses
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 20 February 2017
Nursing has a hierarchy of power and experience just like any other profession; in fact, it also has a hierarchy that sometimes feels akin to the laws of survival on the savanna or in the jungle.

Nursing and teacher trainee allowances will be restored in Ghana, 21 February 2017
Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured the thousands of nursing and teacher trainees across the country that their allowances will be restored.

When evidence says no, but doctors say yes
ProPublica, David Epstein, 22 February 2017
Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment.

Rotating night shift may affect nurses’ heart health
AMN Healthcare, February 2017
Night shift work may throw off more than just your sleep cycle, especially if you switch back and forth to different shifts. In fact, a few years of this kind of schedule could hurt a nurse’s heart health.

Nurse practitioners salute South Dakota for new health care law 
American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 23 February 2017
South Dakota has become the 22nd state to authorize nurse practitioners to provide the full scope of services they're educated and clinically prepared to deliver, and it retires the Board of Medicine oversight of nursing practice.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
Reflections on Nursing Leadership


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