RNews Digest: 16 February 2018

RNL editorial staff |

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

What happens when a nurse breaches patient confidentiality?
Nurse.com (Blog), Nancy J. Brent, 5 February 2018
“John Doe” was being treated for a sexually transmitted disease at a private medical facility. A nurse recognized Doe as the boyfriend of her sister-in-law. The nurse, not assigned to Doe’s care, checked Doe’s chart and texted her sister-in-law.

I’m a nurse, not a punching bag
Scrubs, 8 February 2018
Violence and abuse against nurses have grown into serious problems in healthcare settings across the country. In addition to physical and mental abuse, it’s also been reported that sexual harassment is a major challenge in the workplace for both male and female nurses.

Nursing trends and the ANA, Part 1 of 2
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 5 February 2018
In the November and December 2017 issues of American Nurse Today, the ANA revealed the results of a survey of almost 6,000 nurses that explored trends in nursing salaries, the makeup of the nurse clinician workforce, and workplace culture and environment. 

Nursing trends and the ANA, Part 2 of 2
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 12 February 2018
The second part of the ANA's survey involving 6,000 nurses focused on self-care, incivility, and how their employers support them in the workplace. 

NPs with palliative care expertise granted ability to independently prescribe high-dose pain medications
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, Marion Zych, 8 February 2018
People receiving palliative care services who require greater pain relief will soon have access to the expertise of nurse practitioners now that they have been granted authority to independently prescribe high-strength, long-acting opioids.

Triumphs and trials of millennial nurses
Advance for Nursing, Sam Cremi, 12 February 2018
Being a millennial has its benefits and negatives. We are not defined by our generational characteristics, but instead by the work and effort we put into our careers and our patients.

Black nurses, then and now
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Shawn Kennedy, 12 February 2018
Despite their honorable service in the Spanish-American War in 1898 and in World War I, it wasn’t until the desperate need for nurses during the influenza pandemic of 1918 that black nurses were able to take significant steps toward equality.

Prescription of opioid drugs continues to rise in England
The Guardian, Sarah Boseley, 13 February 2017
The gold standard for pain treatment is by a multi-disciplinary team of pain experts, including a specialist consultant, nurse, psychologist and physiotherapist. Yet that is rare: Only 40% of pain consultants provide it.

Managing sepsis and septic shock current guidelines and definitions
AJN, Mary Beth Flynn Makic and Elizabeth Bridges, February 2018
This article discusses the new Surviving Sepsis Campaign treatment guidelines, changes in the sepsis bundle interventions, and the Sepsis-3 definitions and tools, all of which enable nurses to improve patient outcomes through timely collaborative action. RNL

 —Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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