News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.
Your nurses can fix the hospital
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 1 April 2018
Healthcare executives are eager for solutions to the many challenges of running their business. But in their quest for answers, they may be overlooking a large and effective group of change agents already in their midst: nurses.
Hospitals are germy, noisy places. Some acutely ill patients are getting treated at home instead.
The Washington Post, Michelle Andrews, 1 April 2018
As a “hospital-at-home” patient, Phyllis Petruzzelli learned, doctors and nurses would come to her home twice a day and perform any needed tests or bloodwork. A wireless patch affixed to her skin would send a steady stream of data to the hospital. If she had any questions, she could talk via video chat anytime with a nurse or doctor.
Shared governance thrives when nurses step up and participate
Nurse.com, Robert G. Hess Jr., 4 April 2018
Some nurses have always resisted the traditional supervisory structures that whipped many of us through our training and early employment. In the past 40 years, administrators, managers, and theorists have joined these nurses to introduce programs of participatory management and nursing shared governance into mainstream nursing administration.
Short-term medical missions: Toward an ethical approach
AJN, Garrett Matlick, April 2018
Too many short-term medical missions are characterized by inadequate consideration of their long-term impact on communities. Should we cease and desist in our mission as health professionals to care for the citizens of our globe? Of course not. However, we shouldn't engage in a project simply because it feels right.
Did a hostile work environment cause a nurse to resign?
Nurse.com, Nancy J. Brent, 9 April 2018
A nurse manager accused a nurse of more than 20 missteps in patient care. Although she wasn’t fired, the nurse resigned because of what she described as a “hostile work environment.” She wondered if she had any legal grounds to pursue that claim.
The invisible nature of grief
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Julianna Paradisi, 9 April 2018
Most nurses know the stages of grief by heart: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. People flow in and out of each stage, circling back around to earlier stages as needed. But I’m not aware of anyone discussing the invisible, insulating environment of grief.
Common nursing ethics dilemmas in ER nursing
NurseZone, Victoria Bey, April 2018
Most nurses are called to ER nursing for the fast-paced, unique experiences and demanding nature of the job. But what about those times when emergency environments are blurred and ethical dilemmas arise?
‘Nightmare bacteria’ stalk U.S. hospitals
Kaiser Health News, Liz Szabo, 3 April 2018
The CDC detected more than 220 cases of a rare breed of “nightmare bacteria” that are virtually untreatable and capable of spreading genes that make them impervious to most antibiotics. People infected with these germs can spread the disease to apparently healthy people in the hospital—such as patients, doctors, or nurses—who in turn can act as silent carriers of illness.
Nursing homes: A ‘place no one wants to be’
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Shawn Kennedy, 13 April 2018
Traditional nursing homes, which were designed to mimic hospitals, are “a product no one wants” and a place many people would rather die than go to. A newer “household” model of long-term care mimics a home setting rather than a hospital.
Nurse innovators and trailblazers: An embarrassment of riches
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway (Blog), Keith Carlson, 9 April 2018
Sometimes nursing innovation comes in the form of a service or product. Nurse inventor and entrepreneur Wayne Nix is on the front lines with his Multinix Tool. Sarah Mott's Koala-Qlip Stethoscope Holder is the first product off the shelf of NurseBorn Products.
Pandemic! Nursing 100 years of infection
Royal College of Nursing, Frances Reed, 7 April 2018
Nurses have always been at the forefront of infection control and prevention—a position that, through occupational exposure, does not go without risk. RNL
—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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