News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.
AONE leader describes characteristics of good nurse manager
Nurse.com, Janice Petrella Lynch, 21 March 2018
Developing trusting relations is critical to effectively leading a team, says Bob Dent, president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Without trust a manager cannot successfully influence others, lead a team through conflict, or manage a crisis.
Nurse bullies: A plague on our house
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 26 March 2018
Stereotypical nurse bullies who perpetuate the aberrant behavior that plagues our profession are like sea anchors that we reluctantly drag along behind us. These impediments to progress weigh us down, hold us back and stifle our collective creativity.
When my alcoholic uncle died: How it impacted me as a nurse
Fresh RN, Jocelyn Rangel, 28 March 2018
I had an uncle who was a terrible alcoholic. It ravaged every aspect of his life. My mom and I often visited him when he’d get admitted to the floor. I could never bear to see him in the ER— Dirty, belligerent, withdrawing in the DTs. I was embarrassed because I knew he was a frequent flier. I was embarrassed that I was embarrassed.
That capstone time of year
AJN Off the Charts, Shawn Kennedy, 28 March 2018
It’s almost that time of year when graduate students (and some baccalaureate students, too) are preparing final papers. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears are involved, and understandably so—after all, these capstone projects and the resulting reports often determine whether one graduates. If done correctly, some papers might be worth submitting for publication.
Nurse practitioners increase low-income access to care
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 27 March 2018
Researchers at the University of Michigan found that more physicians, PAs, and chiropractors are available in the most affluent areas with people who have a high life expectancy. NPs, however, are different.
Why nurses must help lead the NHS
KevinMD.com, Ben Janaway, 22 March 2018
With a proven track record of patient care, leadership skills and a passion next to none, nurses are fundamental to saving the NHS. It’s time we took their knowledge and placed it where it belongs. That means focusing time, money, and trust in the nurses who strive every day.
Malnutrition in older adults
AJN, Ann Reed Mangels, March 2018
A registered dietitian summarizes the latest information on malnutrition in older adults, including risk factors, assessment tools, and practical ways in which nurses can help to ensure good nutrition for elders in the community or in long-term care.
Practical nutrition guidance for patients living with diabetes
Advance for Nursing, Joe Darrah, 28 March 2018
As incidence rates of diabetes and prediabetes rise, nurses will find themselves communicating with this patient population more often. How should education be handled?
Women in medicine shout #MeToo about sexual harassment at work
Kaiser Health News, Christina Jewett, 21 March 2018
A Florida nurse claimed that in 2014, a surgeon made lewd comments about her breasts, asking her in a room full of people if he should “refer to her as ‘JJ’ or ‘Jugs,’” the nurse’s lawsuit says. The nurse said she “responded that she wished to be called by her name.”
Caring with intention: Palliative care and the human family
AJN Off the Charts, Vivian Dee, 22 March 2018
A family is your neighbor, your nurse, your cousin, your teacher. It isn’t bound by blood alone but love. What makes us one is our ability to love and care without judgment.
US News lists top graduate nursing schools
US News, John Commins, 20 March 2018
Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Duke and Emory figure prominently in the magazine's list of the nation’s top graduate schools for medicine and nursing, which is compiled based on surveys and metrics from hundreds of universities.
Nurses urged to have increased role in enhancing health literacy for patient populations
PRWeb, 20 March 2018
The American Academy of Nursing released its policy brief urging nurses to have an increased role in enhancing health literacy for patient populations. Despite the linkages between low health literacy and poorer health outcomes, promoting health literacy for patients has not been a priority. RNL
—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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