News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.
Creating a culture of caregiver support
HealthLeaders Media, Megan Headley, 14 November 2017
A 2015 Gallup survey found that a whopping four out of five healthcare workers were “struggling” or “suffering,” versus thriving. Celeste Johnson, DNP, APRN, PMH CNS, says it’s important for caregivers to understand that there’s no shame in mental health problems, and it’s crucial to give healthcare workers tools to cope with trauma.
Patients’ rights? What about nurses’ rights?
KevinMD.com (Blog),Emily Weston, 15 November 2017
What other profession is not allowed to drink water while they do computer work, sip on coffee throughout the day or have to work 12 hours without a break to eat? And what if I’m a bedside nurse, and I strongly disagree with the course of treatment? Where is my right to refuse?
Doctors ‘get off more lightly’ than nurses in professional misconduct cases
Nursing Notes UK (Blog), James M., 15 November 2017
A study titled “Bad apples? Bad barrels? Or bad cellars? Antecedents and processes of professional misconduct in UK Health and Social Care: Insights into sexual misconduct and dishonesty” looked at professional misconduct cases held by the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
In praise of nurses: Learning at the knee (and heart and mind) of Bobbie
Scrubs, Heather Harpham, 13 November 2017
The first time we met Bobbie, our primary nurse in the Durham hospital where our daughter Gracie was to have a bone marrow transplant, put us at ease almost immediately with a can-do-will-do attitude delivered in a charming southern drawl.
What to do when you get yelled at (in nursing)
Elizabeth Scala.com, November 2017
Let’s be honest. In nursing, we all may experience a nasty yelling in our direction at least once in our nursing careers. Healthcare is people working with other people to help people. Tensions run high; emotions are heated. A yell—though totally inappropriate—may just happen at you.
Liberty and justice for all
AJN, Kimberly Radtke and Marianne Matzo, 13 November 2017
When an unauthorized immigrant suffers a brain injury, who decides when treatment is withdrawn? An ethical dilemma touches on issues of clinician autonomy and justice versus patient and family autonomy.
U.S. hospitals face a shortage of this most basic necessity
Bloomberg Businessweek, Robert Langreth and Cynthia Koons, 14 November 2017
A dangerous shortage of saline bags, years in the making, has gotten worse after Hurricane Maria knocked out factories in Puerto Rico.
First digital pill approved to worries about biomedical ‘big brother’
The New York Times, Pam Belluck, 13 November 2017
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill—a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors and nurses whether, and when, patients take their medicine.
5 focus areas when diapering a NICU baby
Nurse.com, Sue Ludwig, 16 November 2017
It was 7:45 a.m. Tammy, my neonatal nurse colleague, approached me as I was catching up on documentation. She said, “Will you see baby Isaiah with me at 8 a.m.? He’s very unstable and I know he’ll do better if we work together to support him.”
Monthly Vivitrol as effective as daily pill for opioid addiction
STAT, Max Blau, 14 November 2017
A study found that a monthly shot of naltrexone (sold as Vivitrol) is as effective as its main competitor, the daily pill of buprenorphine and naloxone (sold as Suboxone). However, many people were unable to start treatment with Vivitrol because participants had to wean themselves off opioids for three days to avoid sudden symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
Under new guidelines, millions more Americans will need to lower blood pressure
The New York Times, Gina Kolata, 13 November 2017
The nation’s leading heart experts have issued new guidelines for high blood pressure that mean tens of millions more Americans will meet the criteria for the condition, and will need to change their lifestyles or take medicines to treat it. RNL
—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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