News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.
The continuing invisibility of nurses in the media
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Shawn Kennedy, 14 May 2018
“Nurse Jackie” was supposed to put nurses on the map in the sense of portraying the real world of nursing. After all, here was a modern, gutsy, take-no-guff nurse who stood up for patients. But what could any such fictional drama do to change how people think about nurses and their place and value in healthcare? It certainly didn’t change the media’s thinking.
Woodhull study finds nurses still missing from media healthcare coverage
Nurse.com, Lisette Hilton, 14 May 2018
Twenty years ago, the Woodhull study found just 4 percent of quotations in newspaper healthcare stories were attributed to nurses. Nurse sources were a mere 1 percent of quotes in healthcare stories in weeklies and even healthcare trade publications. The Woodhull Study Revisited found nurse representation in print media healthcare coverage hasn’t improved.
Nurses made this doctor who she is today
KevinMD.com, Andrea Eisenberg, 16 May 2018
The nurse grabs me. “You have to check my patient now! She is screaming and bearing down.” I don’t even consider saying no; I know not to question this nurse. She has been a labor and delivery nurse nearly as long as I have been alive—she knows much more than I about everything.
What the patient knew: Communication and patient safety
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Hui-wen Sato, 24 May 2018
Was the patient safe? In many ways, yes. He never actually dropped his oxygen saturation level. He was being closely monitored in an ICU, so as the change was detected, it was addressed and fixed. But was he safe? I am not sure he would say yes.
Nurse champions compassionate culture with 'The Pause'
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 22 May 2018
Jonathan B. Bartels, palliative care liaison nurse, is being credited for encouraging others to be still. Bartels' concept of "The Pause," where care teams take about a minute after a patient's death to stop and honor the life that has left them, has garnered national and international interest.
Build a firewall against negative nurse syndrome
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 21 May 2018
During our nursing careers, we can encounter belligerent patients, impatient families, nurse bullies, arrogant surgeons, uncaring managers, and generally miserable nurse peers. So how do we stay positive amidst such negativity?
Male nurse: 'I was told to become a brickie'
BBC News, Nick Triggle, 16 May 2018
When David Ferran left school at the age of 17, he was encouraged to learn a trade and become a bricklayer or an electrician. But that wasn't for him. He went into nursing, bucking the trend in what is still a female-dominated profession.
Assisted suicide/aid in dying: What is the nurse's role?
AJN, Ann B. Hamric and colleagues, May 2018
An individual's request for hastened death should never be taken as the end, but rather as the beginning of dialogue and interventions. We need to see such requests as opportunities to implement interventions that improve the lives of those who are suffering. The request for hastened death is never casual, and the suffering is real.
Triage model nearly doubles rate of ER patients seen within 10 minutes
HealthLeaders Media, Christopher Cheney, 17 May 2018
The nursing staff played a key role in launching the provider-in-triage model, which is a good fit for ERs with high hold-hours of patients, high rates of left-without-being-seen patients, and high influxes of walk-in patients.
World’s nurses need a pay rise and better working conditions
International Council of Nurses, 17 May 2018
An analysis of pay data collected by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) International and Asian Workforce Forums over 10 years shows that many nurses around the world have experienced a fall in their purchasing power. RNL
—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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