RNews Digest: 20 August 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 08/20/2018

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

How to quantify a nurse’s ‘gut feelings’
The New York Times, Theresa Brown, 9 August 2018
Every nurse likely knows the feeling. The patient’s vital signs are just a little off, she seems not quite herself, her breathing is slightly more labored. But on paper she looks stable, so it’s hard to get a doctor to listen, much less act.

When is a patient more than just a patient?
Advance Healthcare Network, Nancy B. Cohen, 13 August 2018
We are so much more than “clients,” numbers or body parts, i.e. “the gallbladder,” scheduled for check-ups and procedures. We are all human beings in need of gentle reassurance, thorough explanations and kind words. 

What are millennial nurses thinking? Here are a few insights
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 16 August 2018
Wondering what this new generation is thinking in terms of career pathways and work settings? A new survey sheds some light on the subject.

Nurses retiring from nursing—or not
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Shawn Kennedy, 9 August 2018
Many of my nursing school classmates are retiring. A few said they were “done” with nursing and health care and with working, and stopped as soon as they were able to afford not working. Most people I know, however, still want to keep a connection with nursing and have transitioned into part-time or consulting roles. 

How a routine patient checkup turned violent for one Harrington Hospital nurse
Scrubs, 7 August 2018
Nurse Elise Wilson was working in the emergency room at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Massachusetts. While carrying out a routine assessment on a patient who was complaining about wrist pain, the young man lashed out and attacked her. 

Anti-vaccine activists have taken vaccine science hostage
The New York Times (Opinion), Melinda Wenner Moyer, 4 August 2018
Scientists are so terrified of the public’s vaccine hesitancy that they are censoring themselves, playing down undesirable findings and perhaps even avoiding undertaking studies that could show unwanted effects.

Defining nursing career success on your own terms
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway (Blog), Keith Carlson, 6 August 2018
Defining your nursing career on your own terms isn't rocket science, but it's also not as simple as it seems. Do the work, put in the sweat equity, and you'll be rewarded with self-knowledge, self-confidence, and an understanding of what makes you tick in both your personal and professional lives.

Succession planning promotes bedside nursing expertise
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 3 August 2018
Nurse leaders worried about an exodus of seasoned bedside nurses should start preparing the next generation of RNs now to assume responsibilities. 

Nurses say the evidence is robust: Supervised injection and overdose prevention services save lives
RNAO, 7 August 2018
Ontario nurses are gravely concerned the government needs to assess the "merit" of sites offering supervised injection and overdose prevention services. Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) members say robust peer-reviewed evidence shows these services are saving lives and making a difference as the province grapples with a growing opioid crisis.

A day in the emergency room for a nurse who loves her job
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Tarra Midgette, 16 August 2018
I drive home and can’t unsee what has happened today. I pray, I am confused, I am proud, I am sad, I am overwhelmed. Tomorrow I will wake up and head to work with a smile because I love being a nurse. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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