RNews Digest: 19 January 2018

RNL editorial staff |

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

Nurses celebrate being members of most ethical profession
Nurse.com, Sallie Jimenez, 15 January 2017
For nurses on the frontlines of healthcare, recent news that Americans continue to trust nursing more than any other profession is not only validating, but also a testament to the effort they put into caring for patients every day.

Is nursing unhealthy?
Scrubs, 17 January 2018
Most nurses are on their feet working 8-12 hour shifts, often missing meal breaks and even staying late to chart or finish tasks with patients. The care of the patient always takes priority, but what does that do to the health of the nurse working 3-5 days a week with poor habits that could last 30 years plus?

Dear hospital administrators: Please value your amazing nurses
KevinMD.com (Blog), Suneel Dhand, 16 January 2018
If it was up to me, after being in practice for over a decade and seeing close hand what nurses have to deal with every day—I would pay nurses three times what they get!

A dream of horses
AJN, Anne Marie Craman, January 2018
A psychiatric nurse bears witness to an aging veteran's hidden possibilities. One of her biggest lessons has been to not underestimate the restorative power of horses and the unconditional support that comes from the community at her facility’s therapeutic equestrian program. 

Mental health nurses and disaster response in Sierra Leone
The Lancet Global Health, Dawn Harris and colleagues, February 2018
The rapid mobilisation of mental health nurses in the aftermath of the mudslide and floods in Sierra Leone proved a crucial part of the psychological support response.

The lingering misandry of men in nursing
Scrubs, 17 January 2018
Claire Cain Miller, a correspondent for The New York Times, reports that people often assume that writing about gender means writing about women. However, writing about men is just as urgent, she explains.

Managing postoperative pain
AJN, Renee Manworren and colleagues, January 2018
Acute postoperative pain remains undertreated despite the dramatic increase in opioid prescribing in the United States over the past 20 years. Inadequately relieved postoperative pain may be a risk factor for persistent postoperative pain, chronic pain, and disability.

Northern Ireland’s chief nursing officer says A&E's 'not in crisis'
BBC News N. Ireland, 15 January 2018
Northern Ireland's chief nursing officer, Charlotte McArdle, has said Northern Ireland emergency departments are "not in crisis.” However, Janice Smyth from the Royal College of Nursing said there was a crisis and she was "very concerned.”

Navy nurse midwife honored for saving passenger's life aboard ferry
KomoNews.com, 18 January 2018
A U.S. Navy nurse midwife is being called a life saver for performing CPR on a man for 14 minutes when he went into cardiac arrest on a Washington State ferry.

4 nursing career paths for RNs who aren’t ready to retire
NurseZone, Michelle Davelaar, January 2018
Nursing career paths that stray a bit from the mainstream may be the perfect prescription for nurses who feel the need for a change, but aren’t quite ready to hang up the stethoscope just yet. RNL 

Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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