RNews Digest: 12 October 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 10/12/2018

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

Patient complaints and how to handle them
NurseZone, Brook Jillings, October 2018
The public understands that a nurse's job is to care for them during a health crisis, so it's natural that those seeking conflict resolution expect their nurses to take the lead. Unfortunately for these nurses, handling patient complaints can put them in a very difficult position.

Birthing by the numbers
AJN, Sheria G. Robinson-Lane, October 2018
I knew getting pregnant meant that regardless of my socioeconomic status or education, as a black woman I was more than three times as likely to die during labor or in the weeks afterward compared to my white counterparts. 

Laughing, crying, and worrying about the NHS.
The New Yorker, Sam Knight, 29 September 2018
Doctors and nurses are leaving the NHS and not being replaced. Workforce figures reveal vacancies for 42,000 nurses. Widespread and growing nursing shortages now risk becoming a national emergency. Yet nearly 80 percent of the population thinks the NHS should continue in its current form. 

Concerned mother asks about dangers of nurse’s shift work
Nurse.com, Nancy J. Brent, 3 October 2018
A nurse’s mother asked about the dangers of 12-hour shifts to patients and nurses. She said her daughter fell asleep six times on her way home from work. The concerned mother wishes there was a law against 12-hour shift assignments.

Q&A with Ernest Grant, first man elected ANA president
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 5 October 2018
"I'm surprised [the election of a man as ANA president] took 122 years to happen, but I do feel blessed to have had this opportunity bestowed upon me. I realize that a lot of eyes are going to be on me to see how successful I will be, and I hope I will not disappoint anyone.”

Nurses improve eating habits with nutritional program
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 9 October 2018
Nurses are often the ones delivering health promotion education to patients. However, when it comes to their own health habits, they may not take their own advice.

Workplace violence training using simulation
AJN, Robin Brown and colleagues, October 2018
A combination of lecture, hands-on demonstration, and simulation is an effective approach to better prepare nurses and other healthcare personnel to deal with workplace violence.

Sharecare Awards: Our mission is to recognize excellence
Sharecare, October 2018
Sharecare, in association with The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, has launched a first-of-its-kind awards competition designed to inspire and honor the creators and supporters of health-related broadcast and digital media programming that demonstrate “sharing care.” The call for entries is now open and runs through December 15, 2018. 

Are employers missing the boat on nursing benefits?
Nurse.com, Lisette Hilton, 9 October 2018
Although most employers offer nurses medical, dental, and 401K benefits, far fewer offer to pay for nursing school tuition or continuing education, according to our Nurse.com Salary Research Report. That might be a mistake on employers’ parts.

New guideline recommendations to combat perinatal depression
RNAO, October 2018
Perinatal depression is one of the most common illnesses experienced by women who are pregnant or postpartum. This guideline was developed using a systematic review of evidence and consultation with an interdisciplinary panel, supported by RNAO's guideline research and development team. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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