RNews Digest: 27 April 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 04/27/2018

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

Nursing schools are rejecting thousands of applicants—in the middle of a nursing shortage
CNN Money, Parija Kavilanz, 30 April 2018
"There's tremendous demand from hospitals and clinics to hire more nurses," said Robert Rosseter, spokesman for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. “There's tremendous demand from students who want to enter nursing programs, but schools are tapped out."

NHS England short of more than 400 specialist cancer nurses
The Guardian, Denis Campbell, 30 April 2018
Hospitals in England have vacancies for more than 400 specialist cancer nurses, chemotherapy nurses, and palliative care nurses, raising doubts about the NHS’s ability to cope with the fast-growing number of people being diagnosed with the disease.

Adopt zero tolerance for hospital staff bullying nursing students
American Journal of Nursing, John Burkley, May 2018
Any nursing instructor knows that nursing students are often victims of bullying by hospital staff nurses. Incidents of staff incivility are alienating, contribute negatively to learning, and should not be tolerated. 

Who is Sarah Sellers? The Boston Marathon runner-up is a 26-year-old full-time nurse.
The Washington Post, Kelyn Soong, 16 April 2018
Many who watched the Boston Marathon—even the ones who follow the sport of running—had the same question: Who in the world is Sarah Sellers?

Improving outcomes through cultural competence
Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes, 24 April 2018
Jana Lauderdale introduces herself in a unique way: “I’m a Comanche Indian and I’m a nurse.” Her background shapes how she analyzes the world around her. A diverse background isn’t just about skin color or race; it also includes different ethnic populations, the disabled, HIV-infected groups, LGBT populations, and the homeless.

Can triage nurses help prevent 911 overload?
Side Effects, Selena Simmons-Duffin, 19 April 2018
In Washington, D.C., triage nurses now sit alongside 911 dispatchers to help field calls. D.C. has the highest rate of 911 calls in the U.S., and 1 in 4 of those calls is not an actual emergency. The new triage program aims to improve those numbers by diverting needs that aren't urgent to medical care that doesn't involve an ambulance or an emergency room.

Exploring clinicians’ perceptions about sustaining an evidence-based fall prevention program
American Journal of Nursing, Rebecca Porter and colleagues, May 2018
Successful implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices (EBPs) are essential to providing safe, high-quality patient care. Fall rates are reported as a nursing-sensitive and interprofessional quality indicator. Although hospitals have made extensive efforts to reduce patient falls, sustaining such programs has proven challenging.

A bill to protect health care staff from violence extended to include sexual assaults
Royal College of Nursing, 27 April 2018
Nursing staff often face violence and abusive behaviour in the workplace, and the RCN has been calling for legislation. The bill would mean increased protection for nursing staff in England and Wales and includes proposals for tougher sentences for people who carry out such attacks.

New proposed timeline wants hospitals to train nurses in sexual assault care even sooner
Chicago Tribune, Alison Bowen, 25 April 2018
Although government and health experts recommend that medical providers treating sexual assault patients be specially trained, few Illinois nurses undergo this training. Many nurses say they are stymied in pursuing sexual assault care training because hospitals do not provide paid time off to complete the clinical hours or funding for travel and exam fees.

5 effective tips for beating nurse burnout
NurseZone, Jane Anderson, April 2018
Although 76 percent of nurses claim job satisfaction, increased patient load and stringent hospital regulations are taking their toll on employees’ health. Poor management is one reason for nursing complaints. Nurses are frustrated with a general lack of support and a failure to address problems on a timely basis. RNL

 —Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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