RNews Digest: 30 October 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 10/30/2018

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

Docs vs NPs: Tempest in teapot?
Medpage Today, Joyce Frieden, 16 October 2018
Physicians needn't worry about nurse practitioners taking over their turf, says Peter Buerhaus, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Montana State University. There is a lot of room for growth in all types of primary care.

A dress rehearsal for the end of life
The New York Times, Monona A. Yin, 23 October 2018
We had started down the path of honoring our mother’s wish to have a good death until a hospice nurse figured out that she wasn’t really dying.

The biggest pandemic risk? Viral misinformation
Nature, Heidi J. Larson, 16 October 2018
No single strategy works for all types of misinformation, particularly among those who are already skeptical. If a strain as deadly as the 1918 influenza emerges and people’s hesitancy to get vaccinated remains at the level it is today, a debilitating and fatal disease will spread.

One country’s plan to solve the world’s hidden health crisis
BBC, Tricia Taormina, 25 October 2018
The patients tend to come in gripping their stomachs or complaining of earaches, but the nurses and doctors look out for bruises or cuts that suggest a different story. Nepal is among a growing number of countries placing support services inside hospitals and training providers to identify and refer abused patients.

‘The best day of my life’: A Pennsylvania nurse’s refreshing outlook on her breast cancer diagnosis
Advance Healthcare Network, Rob Senior, 15 October 2018
Susan Flavin worked professionally as clinical director of development for Johnson & Johnson. She lived a perceived picturesque existence with a balanced personal life and career until her breast cancer diagnosis showed her just how much she was missing.

Is a nurse manager role on the horizon?
Nurse.com, Robert G. Hess Jr., 22 October 2018
At my first job, where I was one of 50 newly hired graduate nurses, staff nurses rotated through three critical care units. For some reason, every time I came to work, I was assigned to be the charge nurse. I discovered I liked it. Everyone else hated it.

Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge invites nurses to share ideas
Johnson & Johnson, October 2018
Johnson & Johnson’s Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge, which runs through 1 February 2019, invites nurses to submit ideas for new devices, health technologies, protocols, or treatment approaches that have the power to profoundly impact patient care and improve health. Nurse innovators with the best ideas will receive up to $100,000 in grants.

International Council of Nurses and DAISY Foundation cooperate to expand global recognition of nurses
DAISY Foundation, 25 October 2018
The International Council of Nurses and the DAISY Foundation have signed an agreement to expand globally the meaningful recognition of nurses who provide extraordinary and compassionate care to patients and families. Sigma’s Pi Chapter has inducted 26 DAISY Award recipients as nurse leaders.

Nurses fight for the right to vote
AJN, Phoebe Pollitt, November 2018
This article provides a closer look at the lives of four nurse suffragists—Lavinia Lloyd Dock, Mary Bartlett Dixon, Sarah Tarleton Colvin, and Hattie Frances Kruger—who were arrested for their involvement in the women's suffrage movement.

A brand-new day: Emergency Nurses Association unveils modern look
Emergency Nurses Association, 15 October 2018
The new logo of the Emergency Nurses Association prominently displays the letter “N” to highlight nurses, while the letter “A” is positioned to show the association’s support of nurses on one side, while also moving toward the future on the other side.

ICN and Nursing Now call for nurses to work to full capacity to achieve vision of Astana Declaration
Nursing Now, 26 October 2018
The International Council of Nurses and Nursing Now have called on governments to remove barriers that impede nurses to work to their full scope to achieve the vision set out in the Astana Declaration. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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