RNews Digest: 22 December 2017

RNL editorial staff |

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

Nurses create ways to celebrate holidays with patients, each other
Nurse.com, Sallie Jimenez, 18 December 2017
Caring for hospitalized patients is a year-round job, and many nurses find themselves working a holiday shift at some point. But with a little planning and creativity, nurses are able to make the holidays enjoyable for patients and for each other.

Nursing roundup: Top 5 stories of 2017
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 19 December 2017
The past 12 months have been challenging and, at times, chaotic in the healthcare arena. In case you missed them, here are five popular stories of interest to nurse leaders.

‘Christmas tree syndrome’: Health warning for real tree owners
Fox2 Now, 20 December 2017
A centerpiece of the season: the Christmas tree and the real ones are a beautiful tradition from nature. But real trees can trigger an allergic reaction with symptoms that can include: wheezing, coughs, congestion, sore eyes and potentially life-threatening asthma attacks.

Violence against nurses—our own #MeToo moment
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway (Blog), Keith Carlson, 18 December 2017
It's well-known that nurses are often the subjects of bullying by other nurses, a phenomenon often referred to as either "lateral violence" or "horizontal violence." But what happens when the perpetrator of violence against nurses is a doctor or surgeon, especially in this era of the #MeToo movement?

Why nurse practitioners train on the backs of physicians
KevinMD.com (Blog), Lynn McComas, 19 December 2017
A physician complained that medical school provides medical training at huge costs, and NP programs are attempting to train with the good will of physicians. This subject is far more complicated than he implies.

Social determinants of health: The role of nursing
AJN, Ellen Olshansky, December 2017
Nursing, with its holistic model of health care, is positioned to be a leader in improving health by linking social determinants of health to outcomes through analysis and action.

Critical care over the holidays
Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes,
18 December 2017
For many people around the world, the holiday season corresponds with a slower pace at work and more time spent with loved ones. However, for emergency nurses, providing critical care to patients with everything from mild colds to extreme injuries is an around-the-clock job 365 days of the year. 

I’ll never understand why some patients end up as percentages
KevinMD.com (Blog), Evelyn Lai, 19 December 2017
I am the nurse practitioner in the inpatient infectious diseases service at a children’s hospital. You are a 15-year-old boy with leukemia who came into our emergency department last week with fevers but spiraled quickly into septic shock with multiple organ failures. Your dad asks, “Is it reasonable to say that our son has a 60 percent chance of coming out of this?”

Nursing services among healthcare areas to receive increased funding
The Irish Times, Martin Wall, 20 December 2017
Health funding increases will support the expansion of paediatric/adolescent orthopaedic services, including €25 million to be allocated to the primary care area to support GP training, diagnostics, therapies, the appointment of advanced nurse practitioners and an expansion of community nursing services.

Cancer survivors often face another hurdle: Faster aging
HealthDay, Dennis Thompson, 19 December 2017
Cancer survivors age faster than others who haven't had cancer and are more likely to develop long-term health problems related to aging while they're still relatively young. These ailments can include hormone and gland disorders, heart problems, brittle bones, lung scarring and new cancers. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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