News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.
A new look at an old model: Psychedelic drugs and patient care
UCSF Science of Caring, Milenko Martinovich, November 2019
Research in the therapeutic benefits of psychedelic substances—once outlawed from academic inquiry—has been revived. UCSF School of Nursing Associate Professor Andrew Penn is exploring the effectiveness of these psychedelics in a “breakthrough” study.
Clinicians lament invasions of their personal privacy
Medscape, Marcia Frellick, 29 October 2019
The biggest concern for nurses was that a patient or family member would take an unauthorized photo of them and post it online. Almost one quarter of nurses and advanced practice registered nurses chose that potential violation among a list of possible worries.
Former pediatric ICU nurse: Where are the smart guns?
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Julianna Paradisi, 20 November 2019
Forgive my frustration, but it’s not all cute printed scrubs and bunny blankets in pediatric nursing. Too many times I have been at the bedside of a child accidentally shot in the head by a friend or sibling, while someone discusses organ donation with their parents.
Nurse’s care of hospice patient is not what family ordered
Nurse.com, Nancy J. Brent, 18 November 2019
A hospice patient denied any pain, was breathing normally, and was sitting up in bed visiting with her family. She did state that she was thirsty. A family member asked the nurse to administer a “pretty heavy” amount of the prescribed opioid and sleeping pill. The nurse, knowing the medications were not needed and the amount requested “could potentially kill her,” instead gave the patient a drink of water.
Meet Roxana Chicas: Immigrant, nurse, scientist
Atlanta Journal Constitution, Rose Kennedy, 6 November 2019
Roxana Chicas’ research focuses on reducing the serious kidney and brain damage that farm and construction workers can experience from being subject to extreme heat. For Chicas, this is so much more than a clinical study—she is part of the immigrant community that works in oppressive heat in marginal conditions.
Are disinfectants putting nurses at risk of COPD?
HealthDay, Dennis Thompson, 18 October 2019
Nurses trying to prevent infection of hospital patients could be putting themselves at risk of developing chronic lung disease. The cleaners and disinfectants used to sterilize medical equipment and wash hospital surfaces appear to increase nurses' odds of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Transforming spaces, transforming health: Meet healthcare design leader Debbie Gregory
Johnson & Johnson Nursing, 15 November 2019
Debbie Gregory, DNP, RN, was always fascinated by the intersection of health and interior design, but when she followed her passion to a design conference, she was shocked at the lack of nurses there.
Hospitals substitute nurses as staffing crisis worsens
HSJ, Shaun Lintern, 24 October 2019
The number of NHS hospitals falling short of their planned nurse staffing by 10% or more has almost tripled in five years. Experts said the data showed the NHS was “drifting into massive skill mix change” as hospitals overstaff with support workers, while having to run shortfalls of nurses, despite evidence this has a “detrimental impact on patient outcomes including survival.”
ICN calls for ethical recruitment process to address critical shortage of nurses
ICN, 21 November 2019
As the world faces a potentially catastrophic shortage of nurses over the next decade, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) has published a position statement on international career mobility and ethical nurse recruitment.
Nurses react to sibling's post honoring her twin’s job as an RN
Nurse.org, Chaunie Brusie, 23 October 2019
Laura McIntyre was just trying to do what sisters do when she posted a picture of her identical twin, Caty Nixon, a labor and delivery nurse: give her sibling a sweet shout-out on social media. But her post quickly went viral, gaining traction as over 92,000 people shared her words and 15,000 comments poured in praising her sister alongside her.
Nurses make warm, waterproof sleeping bags for the homeless
Fox8, 29 October 2019
Florida nurses are using their stitching skills in a whole new way to help the homeless. The sleeping bags are made of sterile wrap used to protect surgical instruments at Tampa General Hospital. RNL
—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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