RNews Digest: 26 January 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 01/26/2018

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

Promote proper sleep among nurses
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 23 January 2018
The nature of healthcare requires night shifts for the care of patients—so no one is advocating that night shifts be abolished—but there are ways to make shift work healthier and safer for nurses and patients.

Nurse donates 1,000 oz. of breast milk for cancer patient's baby
People, Julie Mazziotta, 23 January 2018
A nurse at Nebraska Medical Center made the donation of a lifetime after giving 1,000 oz. of her breast milk to a cancer patient who had to stop nursing her 5-month-old son during chemotherapy.

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) implemented Jan. 19, 2018
NCSBN, 19 January 2018
The eNLC allows for registered nurses and licensed practical/vocational nurses to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in person or via telehealth in both their home state and other eNLC states. 

Preventing falls and fall-related injuries at home
AJN, Gail Powell-Cope and colleagues, January 2018
Older adults, their caregivers, and other family members need guidance in the event of a fall at home. The same principles that guide nursing practice—assessing a person who has fallen, providing emergency assistance and first aid, helping the person to rise—can guide caregivers as they navigate this situation.

Hurricane-battered hospital offers lessons in disaster preparedness
Campaign for Action, 19 January 2018
When Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast in late August 2017, nearly 100 nurses and other licensed professionals who work for CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas, were stranded at home. Yet St. Elizabeth remained open, having strengthened its disaster preparedness after years of practice and planning.

BSN in 10 law features grandfather clause
Nurse.com, Jennifer Mensik, 24 January 2018
The BSN in 10 law in New York has a grandfather clause that applies to many nurses. Understanding what such a clause allows may help calm some fears.

Moving closer to the 2020 BSN-prepared workforce goal
AJN, Tina Gerardi and colleagues, February 2018
In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its groundbreaking report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. One of the report's recommendations was to increase the proportion of the nursing workforce with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or higher degree to 80% by 2020.

Don't land in legal hot water when moonlighting
Nurse.com, Nancy J. Brent, 22 January 2018
Many of us at times have held a second job. And although moonlighting is a boost to your income, the practice comes with potential legal risks.

Honoring the moral concerns of caregivers afraid of giving morphine
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Scott Janssen, 22 January 2018
The hospice nurse had already assured Travis, the dying patient's son, that for patients near the end of life, morphine is safe and effective when used as prescribed. But if giving morphine is freighted, as it is for Travis, with a belief that it causes death or signifies giving up on a loved one, it can intensify a caregiver’s distress.

Mental health care crisis looming: Trainee nurses driven away by bursary cuts
Independent, Alex Matthews-King, 25 January 2018
NHS figures show 33,000 nurses left the NHS last year, meaning they are leaving faster than new entrants can replace them—a problem made worse by the collapse in EU nurses since the Brexit vote.

Life behind bars: Prison nurse
Scrubs, 19 January 2018
For Courtney Frederick, entering prison each day is part of her job. She feels that the long, tough days of nursing school prepped her for a job behind bars.

Nurses help reduce hepatology patient readmission rates
Cleveland Clinic, 24 January 2018
In January 2016, the 30-day readmission rate among patients discharged from the inpatient medicine unit at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus that cares for patients with digestive diseases, such as hepatic encephalopathy and kidney injury, was 54.2 percent. Staff set a goal to decrease 30-day readmission rates. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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