RNews Digest: 2 February 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 02/02/2018

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

Nurses at the bedside—who will be left to care?
AJN, Maureen Shawn Kennedy, February 2018
Nurses may see advanced practice in community-based settings as more supportive of professional practice, offering more autonomy, less stress, and better scheduling. If hospitals are to retain nurses, workplaces must change.

Nurses with a mission: Send older ER patients home with help
ABC News, Carla K. Johnson, 2 February 2018
When 86-year-old Carol Wittwer took a taxi to the emergency room, she expected to be admitted to the hospital. She didn't anticipate being asked if she cooks for herself. If she has friends in her high-rise. Or if she could spell lunch backward.

‘Wash your stinking hands!’: ER nurse rants about ‘cesspool of funky flu’
The Washington Post, Lindsey Bever, 2 February 2018
A Florida nurse working to combat “a cesspool of funky flu” in the emergency room has gained widespread attention from a viral video on social media urging people to take precautions to avoid influenza.

Rwanda becomes first poor country to provide eye care for all
The Guardian, Verity Bowman, 31 January 2018
In a country where a third of people have sight problems, specialist nurses have visited all 15,000 villages as part of a life-changing project.

APRNs targeted by AMA resolution
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 30 January 2018
Despite evidence that advanced practice registered nurses improve outcomes and access to care, the American Medical Association calls for strategic opposition to APRN independent practice.

Leaders must learn the art of effective delegation
Nurse.com, Eileen Williamson, 31 January 2018
Effective delegation may not come easy to you. But when it’s done right—when responsibilities are assigned based on team members’ skills, talents and education—it can help reduce your unit’s overall workload.

Interprofessional collaboration: Improving the lives of elderly patients
Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes, 29 January 2018
What do a nurse, a handyman, and an occupational therapist have in common? Each plays an integral role in providing in-home health services to older adults through the Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) intervention. 

The school nurse
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Frances Hansen, 1 February 2018
They march into my heart like little soldiers. There are lads and lassies, rich and poor, sporting bling and brawn. Sometimes they leave the bus and walk into my office as soon as they get in the front door. The litany continues daily.

New advisory on supporting second victims in health care
The Joint Commission, 22 January 2018
When a patient suffers an adverse event, many people are affected—the patient, his or her family, and the health care providers. The provider most directly involved in the event becomes the “second victim.”

Hispanic nurses on fire
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 29 January 2018
While racism, immigration, the specific health needs of Latino patients, and other salient issues of the day are top of mind for thoughtful Hispanic nurses, these nurses are also considering the problems faced by nurses every day. 

Tuition reimbursement is a coveted job perk for nurses
Nurse.com (Blog), Heather Cygan, 29 January 2018
Nearly 80% of millennial nurses and 57% of Gen Xers plan to pursue higher education to boost their salaries. Many of those nurses might be paying out-of-pocket for their educations, according to a survey that shows only 49% of nurses have the option of receiving tuition reimbursement benefits from their employers.

Nurse and midwife training places boosted by over 10%
BBC News Scotland, 31 January 2018
The Scottish government will fund about 360 extra training places for nurses and midwives in the next year. The health secretary said nurses are at the core of new health care models, and the government is doing all it can to boost recruitment. RNL

 —Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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