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RNews Digest: 24 March 2017

RNL Editors |

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

Let’s give doctors and nurses equally good training for primary care
GP View (Opinion), Diana Hutchinson, 24 March 2017
It is sad to see the gulf between the educational experiences of doctors and nurses as they prepare to enter general practice. The reasons are historic, cultural and probably sexist. Skill mix is the way NHS can best provide care for the 15 million people in the UK with a long-term condition. 

Making patients partners in real-time electronic charting
AJN, Stephanie Drobny, April 2017
When a patient grumbled that he didn't trust nurses because they were always talking behind his back, it took me a moment to realize he was referring to my charting process. The idea that charting about a patient in his presence would be perceived as secretive or alienating had never occurred to me.

9 times TV shows got it wrong about nursing (and medicine in general)
Scrubs, 15 March 2017
Medical TV shows can make for some entertaining TV, but they’re not exactly known for their accuracy. While the rest of the world eats this stuff up, a lot of medical TV shows leave real-life nurses and physicians shaking their heads.

24 hours in a Detroit ER: On the frontline of America's healthcare debate
The Guardian, Drew Philp, 22 March 2017
The U.S. national healthcare battle seems to be waged largely with swords of political ideology and money rather than bodies and souls, and the man lying with bullets lodged inside his frame can seem an afterthought.

Advanced nurses in huge demand
Indianapolis Business Journal, John Russell, 18 March 2017
The demand for nurse practitioners continues to grow, and recruiters at health systems are working overtime to fill hundreds more openings. Recruiters are using job fairs, social media, bonuses and six-figure salaries to get candidates in the door.

Can an RN sue her nurse manager for defamation?, Nancy Brent, 22 March 2017
A reader asked if she could sue her nurse manager over false oral statements about her nursing care that resulted in a transfer to another unit and a four-week leave of absence cause by the stress about the statements and the transfer.

Fair care for trans patients
Royal College of Nursing, March 2017
The RCN recognises that trans people frequently experience prejudice and discrimination. This resource is designed to help you respond to the needs of patients and clients who identify as transgender.

With patients demanding experimental drugs, ‘right to try’ is becoming the law of the land
STAT, Bob Tedeschi, 23 March 2017
The movement to provide experimental drugs to the terminally ill has its roots in the HIV epidemic, when people with the virus sought access to experimental drugs through sometimes illicit means, as dramatized in the movie “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Nurses must embrace ‘cultural competency’ to improve care for diverse patients
Fierce Healthcare, Paige Minemyer, 24 March 2017
Nurses care for an increasingly diverse patient population, so it’s important that they are sensitive to their patients' cultures. A new three-part blog series, “Cultural Competency,” offers strategies for nurses to do just that.

This breast cancer treatment could have saved $164 million
HealthLeaders Media, Tinker Ready, 24 March 2017
Doctors have been slow to adopt a recommended short form of radiation therapy for early breast cancer. Data shows it has the potential to save millions of dollars.

Hospitalizations of nursing home residents can be reduced
HealthDay News, 20 March 2017
Higher staff engagement and more positive outcomes were seen for initiative models that included registered nurses or nurse practitioners who provided consistent clinical care for residents compared to models providing only education or intermittent clinical care.

Failed resuscitations leave marks on nurses
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 21 March 2017
Critical care nurses who participate in unsuccessful resuscitation attempts report moderate levels of postcode stress and PTSD symptoms, research shows.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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