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RNews Digest: 27 January 2017

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

Insight report: Nursing shortages demand 'disruptive' action
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 24 January 2017
Nurse leaders say the standard recruitment and retention methods of sign-on bonuses, pay increases, and retention incentives won't be effective in improving the current nursing shortage.

Dear patient who keeps hitting the call light
Scrubs, 23 January 2017
Using the call light too often is incredibly frustrating, and it can lead to a phenomenon known as “alarm fatigue.” Plus, it’s hard to take it seriously when the patient called you 20 minutes ago because their tongue kept touching their teeth. But you can’t just ignore it, in case something really is seriously wrong.

Mitigating the effects of moral distress
AJN, Maureen Shawn Kennedy, February 2017
It wasn't until the 1980s that moral distress—an inability to act in congruence with one's values—was first recognized and defined. It has since been linked to burnout, increased staff turnover, and poor patient outcomes, among others.

Limiting antibiotics curbs deadly hospital infections
The New York Times, Nicholas Bakalar, 25 January 2017
Hospitals try to control Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that can cause deadly infections, by careful cleaning and meticulous washing of the hands. But limiting the use of antibiotics may be even more effective, a British study suggests.

Anxiety and depression ‘increase your risk of dying from cancer by a THIRD’
The Sun, Nick McDermott, 25 January 2017
Analysis of 16 UK studies showed death rates from certain tumours, including bowel, prostate and pancreatic, were higher among the most distressed.

Safety engineering meets patient safety via physician who's been to space
HealthLeaders Media, Lena J. Weiner, 27 January 2017
Let's say a nurse is stuck with a needle; you don't just treat them for the needlestick. You ask, how are the sharps containers set up? Do the nurses have to reach up blindly to dispose of the needles and end up getting stuck? That's a bad design.

Diabetes kills more Americans than had been thought
MedlinePlus, Robert Preidt, 25 January 2017
A new study, based on federal government data, found that diabetes causes 12 percent of deaths in the United States. That makes it the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.

4 nurse stereotypes that have a grain of truth (and 4 that do not)
Scrubs, 23 January 2017
Some stereotypes about nurses have a grain of truth to them, but there are probably more false stereotypes about nurses than true ones.

6 strategies to help you cope after losing a patient
Allnurses, 26 January 2017
As varied as the experiences of losing a patient can be, so too are the recovery processes, which can look different for every nurse.

Survey asks nurses their ideas on future of nursing
Campaign for Action, 24 January 2017
The Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health has launched many efforts nationwide to implement its recommendations. Now a nurse is asking nurses ages 25 to 45: What has the impact of the report been on you, America’s future nurses?

National campaign connects prospective Hispanic nursing students with mentors
PRNewswire, 23 January 2017
To help alleviate the nationwide shortage of Hispanic nurses, The National Association of Hispanic Nurses and Hispanic Communications Network-La Red Hispana announced the launch of the third year of a national bilingual campaign to inform Hispanic men and women of all ages about careers in nursing.

Position statement: Nursing associate regulation
Council of Deans of Health, 26 January 2017
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has formally agreed to a request from the Department of Health to be the regulator for the new nursing associate role. The Council of Deans of Health supports the regulation of nursing associates.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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