RNews Digest: 2 March 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 03/02/2018

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

Kate Middleton joins other royals in supporting Nursing Now
The Daily Tar Heel, Ramishah Maruf, 27 February 2018
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and World Health Organization leaders spoke through a webcast for the launch of Nursing Now, a three-year global campaign that aims to raise the status of nurses around the world.

Social media advice for nurses and their patients
Advance for Nursing, Rob Senior, 26 February 2018
Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are everywhere, but you might want to keep them out of work. Nurses and patients “friending” one another can be a big mistake.

Nurse bloggers who keep it real
NurseZone, Kathy Marshall, March 2018
Nurse bloggers are no exception to the mass of blogs available across the internet. But how do you know you are getting good nursing advice?

In-depth emergency department suicide screenings should become common practice
Emergency Nurses Association, 22 February 2018
New research from the Emergency Nurses Association encourages more in-depth suicide screenings in the emergency department to better identify individuals at risk for suicide. The study explores current screening procedures while identifying opportunities for improvement.

Synergy between nurses and automation could be key to finding sepsis early
NPR Shots, Richard Harris, 22 February 2018
A quarter of a million Americans die every year from sepsis. This cascade of organ failure can be nipped in the bud if health care workers know it's ramping up, but that's often not easy to do.

Is it time to relax food restrictions on women in labor?
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Amy M. Collins, 2 March 2018
The findings of a study by nurse researchers suggest relaxing the restrictions on oral intake in cases of uncomplicated labor. Allowing a woman to eat during labor may contribute to her comfort during what may be a long and arduous experience.

A nurse’s experience helps streamline nursing processes
Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes, 26 February 2018
As the founder and CEO of NurseGrid, Joe Novello, BSN, RN, is using his nursing skills to help advance outcomes for patients. The NurseGrid app was created by nurses to streamline communication, staffing, and scheduling in nursing departments. 

Avoiding the chaos of unit transfers
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Shawn Kennedy, 20 February 2018
Patient transfers between units can be less than orderly, resulting in miscommunication and frustration. Most ICU nurses have a war story about a memorable admission to their unit from the OR or recovery unit. 

Robotic mannequin helps nurses learn to help sexual assault victims
Fox 6Now, Mary Stoker Smith, 19 February 2018
Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin are giving nurses the education they need to help victims of sexual assault in a way that allows them to train with the "closest thing" to a real-life patient.

Is nurse work-life balance a myth?
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 20 February 2018
Work-life balance is a hot concept in the nursing profession. We hear we need it. We want to achieve it. But does it really exist? That question has piqued the interest of Adele A. Webb, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN. RNL

 —Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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