RNews Digest: 14 July 2017

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

Let nurses challenge evidence-based practice
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 11 July 2017
For all the potential evidence-based practice has to improve patient care and outcomes, nurses may still dig in their heels and balk at doing things differently than the way they've always been done.

This great-grandmother wants to end ‘the dirty little secret of nursing’
Boston Globe, Bella English, 7 July 2017
Sheila Wilson feels blessed to have what she considers the best career in the world: nursing. But over the decades, she has witnessed what she calls “the dirty little secret of nursing.” It’s workplace violence against healthcare providers, which studies show has spiked in the past decade.

The unlikely nurse: From brick maker to RN
CNN, Ashley N. Vaughan, 7 July 2017
Registered nurse John McElroy is living his dream—one made of hospital scrubs, overnight shifts and patients facing difficult recoveries.

The elephant in the room
Health…Cetera (Opinion), Carole R. Myers, 13 July 2017
The elephant in the room that Congress and all Americans need to address with inclusive and deep dialogue is unsustainable healthcare costs in the United States.

The magic nursing ratio
Scrubs, Katie Sparks, 7 July 2017
A study titled “Nurse Staffing Levels and Patient-Reported Missed Nursing Care” suggests that nursing care really begins to suffer above a certain nurse-to-patient ratio. It’s actually not because of quick, sloppy work (errors of commission) but rather missed care (errors of omission.) 

Innovatively recruiting and retaining nurses
Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes, 11 July 2017
Despite tremendous growth in the profession, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be a shortage of one million nurses by 2022. This national nursing shortage is caused in part by the rapidly aging nursing workforce, with nearly 40 percent of RNs over the age of 50.

Night shift nurses need management's support
HealthLeaders Media, Lena J. Weiner, 6 July 2017
Errors are known to spike during late night hours, but guidance from managers can help nurses adjust to the night shift.

Reconsidering nursing’s history during Canada 150
Canadian Nurse, Lydia Wytenbroek, July/August 2017
Nursing in Canada has a much longer history than is typically acknowledged, predating Florence Nightingale and her health-care reforms. In this article, we offer three examples of how historical knowledge has produced new understandings of that history.

The reality of depression following stroke
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Shawn Kennedy, July 2017
Early Intervention in Patients with Poststroke Depression” brought back memories of my Aunt Rita’s decline from a once-vibrant and independent career woman.

A practical guide to nurse practitioners
AARP Bulletin, Ken Budd, July-August 2017
The number of NPs in the United States has risen steadily, in part to help fill gaps left by an increasing physician shortage. In 2016, more than 80 percent of NPs trained in primary care programs. By comparison, 14.5 percent of physicians entered a primary care residency.

Zero hospital-acquired infections? believe it.
HealthLeaders Media, Philip Betbeze, 13 July 2017
Convincing clinicians that getting to zero infections is possible, says one CQO. It requires a culture change, adherence to evidence-based practice, and leadership.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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