RNews Digest: 17 July 2019

RNL editorial staff | 07/17/2019

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

One possible solution to the opioid crisis in the U.S. has been inexplicably ignored
TIME, Tommy Thompson and David Hebert, 24 June 2019
The President’s Council of Economic Advisors highlighted potential solutions measures like curbing illicit drug trafficking, reducing over-prescribing in doctors’ offices, and cracking down on drug distributors fueling the epidemic for profit. But the report lacks one crucial element in fighting this crisis: nurse practitioners.

‘They needed to feel loved’: How one nurse revolutionized patient care during the AIDS crisis
Johnson & Johnson, Cliff Morrison, 7 June 2019
The human touch. It seems like such a simple thing, but for San Francisco General Hospital nurses and doctors in the early 1980s, putting their hands on patients suffering from what was known at the time as “gay cancer” was unthinkable.

Nightingale Challenge inspires the next generation of nurse and midwife leaders
ICN, 28 June 2019
The Nightingale Challenge asks every health employer around the world to provide leadership and development training for a group of young nurses and midwives during 2020 the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

From the ward to the World Health Assembly
Nursing Now, Ciaran McHugh, 13 June 2019
Ciaran McHugh is one of Nursing Now’s Young Nurses who was selected to take part in the pre-World Health Assembly workshop, organised in partnership with the World Innovation Summit for HealthSigma Nursing, and the International Council of Nurses. Here he describes his experiences and shares his ambitions for improving nursing around the world.

2019 Nursing Salary Survey results—A first look
Elite Learning, Rob Senior, 29 June 2019
The most common salary range was $70,001–$80,000 per year, followed very closely by $60,001–$70,000. In fact, almost exactly half of responses indicated professionals made between $50,001 and $90,000 per year.

‘Worth its weight in gold’: The small, unexpected triumphs of nursing
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Betsy Todd, 17 June 2019
How many times have you waxed enthusiastic at work about something that people who aren’t nurses would find weird, or even downright gross? Eyeing a patient’s Foley bag and exclaiming about how great her urine looks … praising a young man for coughing up gobs of sticky sputum….

Rates of violence against nurses in hospitals increasing rapidly
ABC News (Australia), Geoff Thompson, 10 June 2019
Former nurse Graham Levy has a 15-centimetre hole in his stomach wall, hearing loss, and psychological injuries after being assaulted by a patient. Jacqui Pich, a lecturer in nursing at Sydney's University of Technology who has written widely about violence in hospitals, said health professionals have to strike a difficult balance between a high-security presence and a healing environment.

The nurse dads are here
Johns Hopkins Nursing, Sydnee Logan, 14 June 2019
Two nursing students and an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing talk about their unique experiences at the crossroads of “nurse” and “dad.”

100 hospital employees line halls for beloved nurse
USA Today (Video), 13 June 2019
After saving lives for 30 years, Mary Desin continued to save lives after her death. The nurse was honored by over 100 colleagues after she passed.

Immunization, human trafficking, ethics among top issues at ANA Membership Assembly
American Nurses Association, 22 June 2019
Representatives of ANA’s Membership Assembly took action on several compelling and critical issues focused on patient care, public health, nurses in the news, and student nurses. RNL

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