RNews Digest: 14 September 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 09/14/2018

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

Inked nurses and other tattooed professionals can finally roll up their sleeves at Indiana University
Yahoo Lifestyle, Sabrina Rojas Weiss, 10 September 2018
Though their white caps and shoes were long gone, Indiana University Health System staff previously had to adhere to a handbook that dictated that they keep their piercings and tattoos hidden. “It was a very rules-driven culture,” said Michelle Janney, chief nurse executive of IU Health.

Afraid to notice: On responding to children with visible disabilities
AJN, Lindsey van Gennep, September 2018
As a pediatric nurse working with medically fragile children, I have noticed a fault in others that I have only recently been able to work on in myself—the one thing worse than staring at a child with an obvious disability is to conspicuously pretend we don't notice the child at all.

Patient navigation specialists helping indigenous cancer patients navigate care
The Globe and Mail, Wency Leung, 10 September 2018
A cancer patient wanted to smudge—a traditional cleansing ritual that involves burning sacred medicines such as sweet grass, sage, tobacco or cedar—while in hospital. In this case and others, seasoned nurse Leonard Benoit, an Aboriginal patient navigator, served as advocate.

Kratom: Clinical implications for nurse practitioners
Advance Healthcare Network, Nadine R. Wlasiuk and Julie Baker-Townsend, 4 September 2018
Kratom is classified as an opioid. It is addictive, and users may experience severe health consequences including death. Despite growing usage, kratom is not well-known to healthcare practitioners.

Sleep deprivation has dire consequences
Nurse.com, September 2018
Although severe health risks associated with sleep deprivation are well-documented, the stakes for not getting enough shuteye can be even higher for nurses and other workers on the front lines of patient care.

Lifting patients puts nurses at risk: Have you tried these alternatives?
HealthLeaders Media, John Palmer, 11 September 2018
The American Nurses Association has advocated for hospitals to deploy equipment and adopt protocols so that no staffer ever moves a patient without device assistance. But most caregivers balk at these recommendations, noting that they regularly move children and adults of average weight without help.

A father's campaign for midwives in South Sudan
United Nations Population Fund, 6 September 2018
Midwives play a critical role in South Sudan’s fight against maternal mortality. But for one midwife in Rumbek, their efforts cut even deeper. “My father has eight wives and 24 children,” said Peter Door, a father of one who decided to pursue a career in midwifery two years ago.

Although we’re running low on doctors, the solution may not be more doctors
STAT, Elsa Pearson and Austin Frakt, 12 September 2018
Full practice laws, which allow nurse practitioners to independently care for patients without supervision by or collaboration with a physician, are recommended by multiple medical organizations. Yet only half of U.S. states have them.

Nurses' essential oils initiative reduces time to intervention by 26 minutes
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 7 September 2018
Besides the significant drop in time to intervention once the essential oils became available, a retrospective chart review found there was documented improvement of symptoms in about 50 percent of patients who used the treatment. 

Are you a nurse job hopper?
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway (Blog), Keith Carlson, 10 September 2018
Job-hopping has generally been frowned upon in human resources circles, but generational changes and new attitudes about work and careers are slowly altering the landscape. 

Changing nursing specialties might be metamorphosis your career needs
Nurse.com (Blog), Robert G. Hess Jr., 10 September 2018
Changing nursing specialties is not easy, but it’s sometimes necessary. For instance, you might decide your current practice area is a bad match for you, a dissonance you experienced from the beginning or an everyday reality that grew to be stressful or just boring over time. RNL  

 —Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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