News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.
Sounding the sirens on clinician suicide
Advance Healthcare Network, Joe Darrah, 17 July 2018
A recent study on the effect of physical and mental health on medical errors, led by Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, dean of The Ohio State University College of Nursing, has shown that depression in nurses is the top predictor of medical errors. Depression was present in about 25 percent of the study sample, compared to about 15 percent of the general population.
Decreasing the trauma of IV sticks—for patients and nurses
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Shawn Kennedy, 19 July 2018
In my clinical days, I was adept at IV sticks. I learned every trick to coax a vein to appear and which gauge needle would work the best. But it wasn’t always so. I recall approaching the first time I had to draw blood with much trepidation. There was virtually no training.
How to manage a difficult boss without losing your cool
Nurse.com, Robert G. Hess Jr., 16 July 2018
Sally was hired as a change agent, but it was evident the people in the nursing department did not want change and that her boss, the chief nursing officer who hired her to initiate a new day, didn’t seem to want it either.
We remember them, too
AJN, Jessica L. Spruit, July 2018
Please don't ever think that we “do this all the time” or that it is “just part of our job.” Please don't fear that you are the only ones who still remember and miss your children. Their memory lives within each of us as well. We promise to take gentle care of the memories as we stand beside new families walking in similar shoes.
Tattoos and healthcare
Scrubs, Sean Crayton, 23 July 2018
“You’ll never get a job as a nurse with all those tattoos.” Well I’m 5+ years deep into developing my career in the healthcare field. I have yet to have an issue getting the position I’ve pursued because of my tattoos. My tattoos define me, but they do not determine the quality of care I provide for my patients.
5 strategies new CNOs should know
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 10 July 2018
Erin LaCross is five months into her role as chief nursing officer. She shares five insights and advice for her fellow nurse leaders.
Key Ontario nursing retention program in jeopardy
The Hamilton Spectator, Johanna Frketich, 14 July 2018
A key program to recruit and retain Ontario nurses is under review, raising fears it risks being cut just as the nursing workforce is experiencing its lowest growth in 10 years. The Nursing Graduate Guarantee was suddenly put on hold without any notice or explanation, says Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario.
Nurse recruiters share top tips for negotiating salary
Nurse.com, Lisette Hilton, 23 July 2018
Most nurses rank salary as the No. 1 aspect of job satisfaction. Yet 31 percent of nurses never negotiate their salaries when they start new positions, according to the Nurse.com Nursing Salary Research Report.
Educators turn to 3D printing to train nursing students
HealthLeaders Media, Kenneth Michek, 13 July 2018
A nursing professor teams up with research scientists to develop innovative and inexpensive simulations for the healthcare classroom.
A hospital's human touch: Why taking care in discharging a patient matters
Kaiser Health News, Judith Graham, 12 July 2018
Few people know what they'll need in the aftermath of a medical crisis: They want doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, or care managers to help them figure that out and devise a practical plan.
Nurse manager coaching improves practice environment scores
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 17 July 2018
Just three years ago, the nursing unit that Lincy M. Philip oversees at Cohen Children's Medical Center was in dire straits. A move to a newly designed unit disrupted workflows and teamwork. Along with the move came higher-acuity patients, but not the additional staff to care for them.
National League for Nursing welcomes new class into the Academy of Nursing Education
PRWeb, 19 July 2018
Fourteen distinguished nurse educators have been selected for the 12th class of fellows to be inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education. In addition, two individuals in affiliated professions or public service who have made significant contributions to nursing education have been named honorary fellows. RNL
—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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