RNews Digest: 6 July 2018

By RNL editorial staff | 07/06/2018

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

The other victims: First responders to horrific disasters often suffer in solitude
Kaiser Health News, Heidi de Marco, 6 July 2018
The day a gunman fired into a crowd of 22,000 people at the music festival in Las Vegas, hospital nursing supervisor Antoinette Mullan was focused on one thing: saving lives. She is not sure she has “processed” the mass shooting almost a year later.

Nurse practitioners help keep the roads safe—why not the rails and skies?
Campaign for Action, 2 July 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation allows nurse practitioners to perform the exams for truck drivers, but not to assess the physical fitness of pilots and railway engineers—a rule that some think should be changed.

Nurses can make mainstream media take notice
Nurse.com, Susan B. Hassmiller, 3 July 2018
My hashtags range from #nurse to #gonursing most of the time. Occasionally I’ll use #CultureofHealth. What I didn’t realize is that by using those hashtags, I have been mainly communicating to other nurses and missing an opportunity to reach a broader healthcare audience, including journalists.

Holding space for integrative medicine in oncology care
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Julianna Paradisi, 2 July 2018
Explaining to a newly diagnosed cancer patient why chemotherapy is indicated is part of a day’s work for oncology nurses and physicians. While many patients come to us with the attitude “I’ll do whatever you say, let’s fight this cancer!” others present with a deep distrust of health care.

3 ways to support nurses during the opioid crisis
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 3 July 2018
With opioid addiction and overdose on the rise, one nurse leader developed a program to support nurses caring for that patient population.

Seeing—and nursing—our power
AJN, Maureen Shawn Kennedy, July 2018
When I describe to new nurses the power imbalance that existed when we baby boomers began our careers—we were expected to stand when physicians entered the room and never question their instructions—they are incredulous. While the jury may still be out on whether power posing works, I say go for it. 

Hospital shooting rates bump up need for active shooter drills
Nurse.com, Heather Stringer, July 2018
Active shooter incidents in hospitals are on the rise, yet it’s easy for nurses to assume they will never be confronted with this type of situation. But nurses on the front lines of emergency management agree preparing for such incidents can ultimately save lives.

Psychiatric nursing professor uses robots to help prepare students for real world
Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes, June 2018
With the RoboAPRN telehealth program, undergraduate nursing students at the University of Texas at Austin can virtually consult a psychiatric nurse practitioner student—who can use the technology to ask questions, zoom in or out on the patient and the examination room, and effectively participate in a simulation.

Should I quit this darn nursing job?
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 2 July 2018
Leaving a job is a potentially stressful time, especially if you don't have anything else lined up. Be thoughtful, circumspect, kind, strategic, organized, and gentle with yourself, and things will fall in place as you do your due diligence and move forward into an even more promising future. 

Liable to be held liable
Advance Healthcare Network, Joe Darrah, 26 June 2018
It is not accurate to assume that one’s employer, whether it be a hospital, home health agency or any other entity, can absolve any nurse of the need to maintain an active malpractice policy that covers liability.

More nurse practitioners now pursue residency programs to hone skills
Kaiser Health News, Michelle Andrews, 3 July 2018
Nichole Mitchell is part of a growing cadre of nurse practitioners—typically, registered nurses who have completed a master’s degree in nursing—who tack on up to a year of clinical and other training, often in primary care.

NHS at 70: Looking back at nursing seven decades ago
BBC News, 4 July 2018
In 1950, two years after the creation of the health service in Northern Ireland, Lorna Finlay began training as a nurse. Now aged 90, she recalls what it was like, and how it has changed in the past seven decades.

AANP launches public awareness campaign to tout nurse practitioners
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 27 June 2018
NPs have been found, in multiple studies, to produce quality, financial, and clinical outcomes equal to or better than physicians.

Nurses take on expanded roles to provide access to health care in rural, underserved areas
News-Medical.net, 4 July 2018
To help address access to health care for rural and underserved areas, registered nurses can take on expanded roles in primary care delivery. However, many RNs have not been fulfilling these roles, which are within the scope of their licensing, simply because they have not historically done so. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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