RNews Digest: 3 August 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 08/03/2018

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

40 employees at this California hospital lost their homes in the Carr fire. They showed up to work anyway.
BuzzFeed News, Brianna Sacks, 30 July 2018
Adjusting her white coat, nurse Michele Woods pored over patient charts. Her shifts at Dignity Health hospital in Redding, California, have helped ease the shock and pain of losing her home in the intense, unpredictable Carr fire since dozens of her coworkers are going through the exact same thing.

How a patient’s family heals a nurse in this era of medicine
AJN Off the Charts, Hui-wen Sato, 1 August 2018
Kaylee was a little girl who came to our unit for PJP pneumonia secondary to an unknown autoimmune disease; she quickly won over the staff with her charm and spirit. Ben became her primary nurse, and she would count down the days when he would be back to work.

Quiet, please! Nurse-led initiative reduces ICU noise
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 2 August 2018
With a decibel meter, the neurosurgical ICU staff measured noise levels on the left and right sides of the nurses' station—the unit's central hub shared by many providers.

Tips for combatting nurse burnout
Advance Healthcare Network, Krystina Ostermeyer, 30 July 2018
I remember learning about lots of things in nursing school. Care plans. Nursing assessment. Prioritization. Pharmacology. ADLs. Even the proper way to make a bed. Probably the most important lesson that I didn’t heed was preventing nurse burnout. Burnout? That wouldn’t happen to me!

Nurses go the extra mile
The Straits Times, Jasia Shamdasani, 31 July 2018
Nurses work not only in hospitals but also in hospices and patients' homes. Jasia Shamdasani speaks to two palliative care nurses and a homecare nurse in Singapore’s community care sector.

Nurses are always right. And 28 other tips for new residents.
KevinMD.com, Edwin Leap, 1 August 2018
To new residents: Pay attention to what the nurses say. They aren’t always right, but for quite a while, they’ll be right more than you are. 

Nurses need to be direct when communicating with physicians
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 31 July 2018
By video recording nurse-physician interactions, researchers uncover common causes of poor communication.

7 secrets to improving nurse–physician relationships
AMN Healthcare, Jennifer Larson, July 2018
Nurses and physicians used to feel like members of opposite teams. Experts now extol numerous benefits of interprofesssional collaboration between nurses and doctors.   

New ICNM report reveals the critical policies to retain nurses
International Council of Nurses, 26 July 2018
The International Centre on Nurse Migration (ICNM) has released a Policy Brief on Nurse Retention, which focuses on identifying which policies are effective in keeping nurses in work and practice, with the aim of informing National Nursing Associations (NNAs) and policymakers.

Heart failure program lowers mortality, readmissions
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 1 August 2018
Nurse practitioner support after hospital discharge improves outcomes among heart failure patients. The NPs assess patients’ symptoms and lab results, adjust medications as needed, and suggest lifestyle adjustments.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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