RNews Digest: 22 June 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 06/22/2018

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

Nurses play vital roles in health care. Why are they invisible in the media?
STAT, Carole R. Myers, 13 June 2018
landmark study conducted in 1997 painted a dismal picture of nurses and nursing in the media. The title of the report, “The Woodhull Study on Nursing and the Media: Health Care’s Invisible Partner,” says it all. 

Not so smart: Cell phone use hurts our patients and profession
AJN, Kathleen Bartholomew, June 2018
It is 6:45 in the morning, and as I pass a patient in the ED, I see a nursing assistant watching a movie on her phone. She is supposed to be monitoring the 1:1 suicide risk, yet she appears so intrigued with the movie that I wonder if the patient is safe—or perhaps wants to talk.

Not until Cairo: A flight nursing tale
AJN Off the Charts, Marcy Phipps, 21 June 2018
The cabin of the Learjet is dark, the heart monitor a metronome over the drone of the engines and pulse of the mechanical ventilator. I’ve been watching my patient’s cardiac rhythm, with ominous hackles rising on the back of my neck while my partner naps.

A guide to the most useful free nursing apps
The Nerdy Nurse, Brittney Wilson, 19 June 2018
I am so thankful for my nursing apps! They cut down on my nursing duties and just make my job so much easier. I’m thrilled to share with you my picks for the most useful free nursing apps.

Nurse suicide is real. Don’t ignore it.
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 12 June 2108
Many nurses noted they experience a combination of work and home stressors. Nurse leaders may feel that addressing home stressors is out of their realm, but simply acknowledging when a staff member is going through home issues can go a long way in decreasing suicide risk.

Ban the Band-Aid references
The Relentless School Nurse (Blog), Robin Cogan, 7 June 2018
The irony of nurses talking about the continued lack of nurses as a source for health-related articles and dismal representation of nursing in media released at a press conference jumped out at me. I have been a nurse for 33 years and not once reached out to anyone in the media to either report or share a great nursing outcome, story or project that I had completed.

Canada's nursing workforce experiences slowest growth in a decade
Canadian Institute for Health Information, 14 June 2018
Canada's regulated nursing workforce continues to grow, but the annual growth rate from 2016 to 2017 was the slowest in 10 years. Canada experienced 0.7% growth in the regulated nursing workforce last year, compared with an annual growth rate of 1.3% to 2.8% over the past decade.

Ontario has the worst RN-to-population ratio in Canada: Province must hire more RNs to end hallway nursing 
RNAO, 14 June 2018
A portrait of the country's nursing landscape shows Ontario doesn’t have enough RNs; something patients and families are all too familiar with given the reality of hallway nursing in hospitals across the province. Doris Grinspun, RNAO CEO, says the numbers are even more alarming given the discussion around hallway nursing during the recent election campaign.

Op-ed: Staffing ratios—the wrong formula for patients and nurses
NJ Spotlight, Aline Holmes, 11 June 2018
Rigid nurse ratios in hospitals have no proven connection to improved patient care. Not only that: They devalue nurses.

Men in nursing profession earn more than $6,000 more annually than women
Markets Insider, 18 June 2018
In a profession dominated by women, men in nursing earn more than $6,000 more a year than their female counterparts, according to a survey of more than 4,500 nurses across the country.

Nursing innovations allow RNs to spread their wings
Nurse.com, Heather Stringer, 13 June 2018
Rebecca Love, MSN, RN, ANP, was surprised—and somewhat dismayed—when she discovered she was the only nurse among 200 participants at a three-day healthcare “hackathon,” a collaborative event involving a variety of software development experts.

'Where the need is:' Tackling teen pregnancy with a midwife at school
NPR Shots, Selena Simmons-Duffin, 11 June 2018
The student comes in for a pregnancy test—the second time she's asked for one in matter of weeks. At many schools, she would have gotten little more than some advice from a school nurse. But at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C., she gets a dose of midwife Loral Patchen.

Hospital ICUs bring daylight to night shifts via telemedicine
Fox News, Jonathan Serrie, 14 June 2018
Hospital intensive care units (ICUs) treat patients around the clock. But overnight shifts are hard to fill and can lead to burnout. Emory Healthcare is tackling the problem by sending teams of doctors and nurses to deliver telemedicine from the other side of the world.

National nurse licensure compact gains two states
PR Newswire, 21 June 2018
With state legislative sessions winding down across the country, it appears that two states will join the national Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) that allows nurses to work across state lines more easily. That brings the number of compact states to 31, but prospects for a 50-state alliance are unlikely for now. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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