RNews Digest: 11 May 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 05/11/2018

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

The art of caring: Why nursing matters more than ever
The Globe and Mail, Christie Watson, 4 May 2018
I once cried red tears. I had been caring for a toddler, Billy, who was suffering with meningococcal sepsis, a violently dangerous illness that can kill a child in hours. 

Nurses Week: Building on Florence Nightingale's example
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 8 May 2018
Florence Nightingale may be nursing's most famous caregiver, but don't overlook the way today's nurse leaders are influencing change in healthcare. 

Salary survey for nursing: Results are in!
Advance for Nursing, Rob Senior, 8 May 2018
The 2018 ADVANCE Salary Survey for Nursing yielded interesting statistical results. Some were expected (higher salaries near urban centers, and educational level playing a large role in determination of salary), while others were more surprising.

Today’s nurses: Poised to fill needs in primary care
AHRQ Views, Richard Ricciardi, 7 May 2018
The need persists for nurses to provide acute care in hospital settings. But today’s traditional healthcare delivery model overlooks the growing demand for nurses at the front lines of care delivery in primary care settings.

Improving the health of infants with congenital heart defects
Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes, May 2018
Congenital heart disease (CHD) affects an estimated 40,000​ babies born every year. About 25 percent have a critical CHD, which can lead to negative outcomes if not diagnosed soon after birth.  A nurse working in pediatric cardiology, Elizabeth B. Mikula, saw the potential to improve outcomes through better screening processes.

Nurse’s colleagues use the CPR he taught them to save his life
HealthDay, 8 May 2018
For nurse Michael Lovelace, teaching CPR meant knowing his words could potentially save a life. He never imagined that life would be his own. 

Never undermine the work of a nurse
KevinMD.com, Nabeela Patail, 9 May 2018
A nurse I know recalled a conversation in which someone had asked her in a condescending manner if she did anything else at work besides handing out pills. Without nurses’ dedication, the hospital would become an unsafe environment. To undermine the work of a nurse is to have no knowledge of the care they provide.

Nurse overtime harms professional collaboration
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 11 May 2018
Though common, working overtime may negatively influence nurses’ collaboration with their colleagues, finds a new study published in the Journal of Nursing Administration.

Irish nurses around the world: ‘Emigrating was the best decision I ever made’
The Irish Times, 11 May 2018
Nurses from New Zealand to South Africa share their experiences and gripes.

2018’s best & worst states for nurses
WalletHub, John S. Kiernan, 2 May 2018
Concerns specific to nursing professionals include mandatory overtime, overstaffing, unionization, and disrespectful behavior by patients. Despite those challenges, aspiring nurses have much to look forward to. Nursing occupations are some of the most lucrative careers and have low unemployment rates. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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