RNews Digest: 28 September 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 09/28/2018

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

Journalists’ experiences with using nurses as sources in health news stories
AJN, Diana Mason, Barbara Glickstein, and Kristi Westphaln, October 2018
News reports shape public perceptions not only of what but also of who is important. Hence, nurses’ absence from health news stories means that the public may not be getting a full picture of health, illness, and care.

A mother and a nurse
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Kristy Rodriguez, 27 September 2018
As a mother and a nurse, I have often found myself with the dilemma of whether to inform others in a healthcare setting that I am a nurse. I say this because it can go either way: Some look at it as a blessing that they can easily explain things to you using medical terminology, while other nurses may take it as a threat.

A conversation with Erica Monasterio: Reflections on infusing healthcare with a social justice perspective
UCSF Science of Caring, Andrew Schwartz, September 2018
I was trying to decide between becoming an auto mechanic or a nurse. There are a lot of similarities: What’s the problem? What’s causing the problem? I decided on nursing because I preferred the human contact and interaction with people—and didn’t so much like the smells and grime of being a car mechanic, though I did rebuild my VW van’s engine. 

Learn why millennials may transform the nursing profession
Nurse.com, Heather Cygan, 27 September 2018
With millennials poised to become the largest generation in nursing by 2020, how they address important issues, such as wages, shared governance, and career advocacy, could have a major impact on the nursing profession.

Can nurses look forward to needle-free blood draws?
HealthLeaders Media, John Palmer, 21 September 2018
Worker safety watchdogs have been lobbying for safer ways to give injections and draw blood, but until recently the thought of doing away with the needlestick completely was only a pipe dream. But now, some forward-thinking organizations are trying to make that dream a reality by using needle-free technology.

Why nurses are breaking into the cannabis industry
Scrubs, 18 September 2018
Nurses have a long history of caring for patients and helping them feel more comfortable. The same applies to the cannabis industry. 

America is on the verge of a nursing crisis
The Week, Jeff Spross, 25 September 2018
It's easy enough to see how to fix the problem of American's nursing shortage. What's far more difficult is figuring out who will pay for it.

Making the most of social media
Royal College of Nursing (Blog), Jessica Sainsbury, 13 September 2018
Social media can be used to build your network and community with the help of platforms such as Twitter. There are over 75,000 nurses using Twitter—connecting with them opens the door to an enhanced level of knowledge through their experience. 

Nurses change lives
Johnson & Johnson (Video), 17 September 2018
Throughout history, nurses have brought innovation to patient care that has profoundly changed human health.

Nurse-researcher finds past sexual abuse affects bariatric surgery recovery
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 27 September 2018
“The same mechanisms that link physical and sexual abuse to increased risk for obesity may also negatively affect bariatric surgery outcomes,” says Polly Hulme, a nursing professor whose research focuses on how childhood sexual abuse affects victims as adults.

Biannual medication review for long-term care patients
Advance Healthcare Network, Michael C. LaFerney, 27 September 2018
Comprehensive medication reviews are rarely done but can be quick and effective. Doing this twice a year at minimum could save thousands of dollars and prevent side effects, including costly falls, sedation, and other issues leading to further impairment in cognition and function. 

3 suicide prevention resources for nurses
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 24 September 2018
Suicide prevention awareness month is the time for nurse leaders to talk openly about the risk for and prevention of suicide. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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