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RNews Digest: 22 September 2017

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

How 2 nurse practitioners decided to help babies touched by opioid crisis
NPR, Heidi Glenn, 15 September 2017
Kyle Cook and Carla Saunders are neonatal nurse practitioners at a children's hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee, where they've spent decades caring for infants. In the summer of 2010, their jobs began to change.

Nurses not immune to stress from disaster
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 19 September 2017
As communities hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma begin the long path to recovery, it's important to remember disasters leave more in their wake than physical damage. They also leave marks on victims' psyches. That includes nurses.

How we need to prepare for natural disasters
Scrubs, 18 September 2017
Some of the major lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey include bits of advice like expect the best, but always prepare for the worst to happen. Nurses can get involved in disaster preparedness by volunteering for their hospital’s Emergency Response Teams.

A closer look at preventing C. diff transmission
AJN Off the Charts, Betsy Todd, 22 September 2017
At hospitals that isolate only after diagnosis, some nurses felt their facilities followed this protocol to save money on isolation gear and blocked beds. Other nurses made it clear that even though they knew this was a bad, non-evidence-based policy, they felt they had no choice but to follow it.

As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection falls to families
Kaiser Health News, Melissa Bailey, 19 September 2017
As more medical care shifts from hospital to home, families take on more complex, risky medical tasks for their loved ones. Johns Hopkins Hospital found a dramatic reduction in outpatient bloodstream infection rates after it trained families, home health nurses and clinic staff.

The experience of transitioning to a caregiving role for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia
AJN, Kathleen Czekanski, September 2017
An unexpected finding was the absence of any mention of nurses. None of the participants identified nurses as potential primary sources of caregiver support or education. Yet nurses can offer family caregivers the skills, knowledge, and resources to successfully function in that role.

Fighting cancer with ovarian cancer awareness month
Scrubs, 18 September 2017
Oncology nurses are on the front lines when it comes to keeping ovarian cancer patients safe. They’re also responsible for educating their patients about their cancer. Properly ensuring a patient is educated on the disease makes mapping out a treatment plan much easier.

Geriatric surgical health coaching teaches the value of team-based care
UCSF Science of Caring, Remy Paille and Laurensia Widyastami, September 2017
As future adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners, we found that serving as health coaches was an ideal way to learn about the benefits of a multidisciplinary, team-based approach when managing frail patients. 

Antidepressants linked to elevated risk of death, study says
CBS, 18 September 2017
Findings of a study published by researchers at McMaster University in Canada concluded that the risk of death was 33 percent higher among people taking antidepressants.

Many nursing homes aren't prepared for even basic emergencies
NPR, Jordan Rau, 19 September 2017
It does not take a hurricane to put nursing home residents at risk when disaster strikes. Around the country, facilities have been caught unprepared for far more mundane emergencies than the hurricanes that recently struck Florida and Houston.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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