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RNews Digest: 13 October 2017

RNL Editors |

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

Puerto Rico’s health care is in dire condition, three weeks after Maria
The New York Times, Frances Robles, 10 October 2017
Harry Figueroa, a teacher who went a week without the oxygen that helped him breathe, died in Puerto Rico last week at 58. His body went unrefrigerated for so long that the funeral director could not embalm his badly decomposed corpse.

How the pain scale and patient satisfaction may lead to death (Blog), Edwin Leap, 9 October 2017
Our societal pain obsession has been shifted onto the backs of physicians and nurses in the ER. Ask your nurse and doctor friends, especially those who work in emergency medicine, about the pain scale. Watch them roll their eyes.

Someone's son
AJN, Jami Carder, October 2017
I started my nursing career as a floor nurse. Our patients were complex, and though it seemed we never had enough time or staff, it was important to give them the care they needed and deserved. Unfortunately, it was easy to become jaded.

Brexit blamed as nursing numbers fall for first time in years
iNews, Paul Gallagher, 12 October 2017
The number of nurses and health visitors employed by the NHS in England has fallen for the first time in four years, according to analysis by the leading independent health think-tank, the King’s Fund, which blamed Brexit for the drop.

Top 10 places for a nurse to live
Scrubs, 11 October 2017
report by Wallet Hub revealed there are several factors used to determine what makes a location a good or bad place for a nurse to live. For starters, consider job availability. Moving to a state with the highest average nurse salary will not do a nurse any good if there are not any job openings

RN concerned about disclosing psychiatric treatment to state board (Blog), Nancy J. Brent, 11 October 2017
The state board asked an RN to disclose information about any psychiatric treatment and history. She was quite upset about this request, stating that she had sought treatment voluntarily, went on disability for one year, was successfully treated and returned to work taking her medication.

Mass shootings and trauma—the new normal
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway (Blog), Keith Carlson, 9 October 2017
However you contribute is fine. Not everyone has the skills, knowledge, or even the physical stamina and strength to pitch in directly when disaster strikes. We want to make sure we have the training, backup, and follow up care to make it through the crisis in one piece, emotionally and otherwise.

University of Canberra nursing students treat HoloLens hologram patients
The Canberra Times, Emily Baker, 7 October 2017
These patients don't mind if you get too close or take your time. University of Canberra nursing students are learning to conduct visual assessments using holographic patients in an Australia-first trial.

Nurses creating solutions for ED wait times
NurseZone, Debra Wood, October 2017
Crowding and extended wait times in emergency departments can adversely affect patient satisfaction and outcomes. In response, a number of nurses have come up with innovative ideas to improve patient throughput and enhance care. 

Overseas nursing recruitment campaign costs £566k - but secures only 12 new posts for understaffed health service
The Irish News, Seanin Graham, 9 October 2017
Italy, Greece, Romania, India and the Philippines were visited by 37 health trust staff in a drive to tackle spiralling nursing shortages and rocketing bills on agency staff. While 66 EU and non-EU recruits have 'arrived' in Northern Ireland, the vast majority cannot legally work as nurses as they must complete exams and satisfy requirements set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Another bill aims to increase international nurse supply
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 10 October 2017
To help ease staffing issues, hospitals and health systems in the United States are seeking international nurses to fill vacant positions, but current visa regulations can make it difficult to ensure supply keeps pace with demand.

How Alex Wubbels reminded this nurse of her calling (Blog), Elizabeth Donahue, 9 October 2017
I could have been Alex Wubbels. I would have done the same thing she did. And the realization of that fact—after seeing how she was treated for following hospital policy and for protecting her patient—is kind of terrifying but also empowering. But I think most nurses would have done the same and here’s why. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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