RNews Digest: 7 December 2018

RNL editorial staff |

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

Is there a coming shortage of nurses?
U.S. News, Elaine K. Howley, 28 November 2018
The nursing workforce picture "looks pretty dynamic right now," says Elizabeth Madigan, CEO of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma). A professor, researcher, and registered nurse, Madigan says that staffing shortages come and go, flaring up as older nurses retire and then cooling down as hospital systems address these issues.

No illusion of forever
AJN, Elizabeth Anne Bruno, December 2018
In 1993, my two youngest brothers made a pact to try to stay healthy enough to outlive our parents. It was not to be. This pact wasn't as strange as it might seem, as they were the last two of my six brothers who had lived with, and would ultimately die from, complications of agammaglobulinemia. 

Care assistants ‘cannot act as substitutes for registered nurses,’ warns study
NursingNotes, Matt Bodell, 5 December 2018
A study by the University of Southampton and published in the BMJ has found a 3 percent rise in the risk of death for each day there is a shortfall of registered nurses. The study comes as official figures show 40,877 unfilled nursing vacancies in England alone.

How doctors and nurses cope with the human toll of gun violence
NPR Shots, Mara Gordon, 14 November 2018
Gun violence has become a part of everyday life in America and of the work lives of doctors, nurses and first responders, too. How do doctors and nurses cope with their regular encounters with the human toll of gun violence?

Nurses will help turn the promise of universal healthcare into a reality
STAT (Opinion), Ilona Kickbusch, 23 November 2018
Health is a political choice—and nurses need to be where these choices are made. Nurses should be at the forefront of managing the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases within the framework of universal healthcare.

New grant program will support medical missions
Nurse.com, Elise Oberliesen, December 2018
The DAISY Foundation is celebrating its upcoming 20th anniversary with a new grant program to support medical missions. The grants will help offset travel expenses for DAISY Award honorees interested in pursuing missions.

Dementia study first in a series on health needs and challenges of LGBTQ seniors
UCSF Science of Caring, Diana Austin, November 2018
The first paper from a series of research projects aimed at understanding the health needs of older adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) found that nearly 25 percent of the adults aged 50 and older had subjective cognitive decline, a potential indicator of a future Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Tackling sepsis
RCN Bulletin, 26 November 2018
“Sepsis is destructive and can develop rapidly, so it’s essential to recognise acute deterioration and act fast,” says Eve Lightfoot, a community infection prevention nurse in south Wales.

International Council of Nurses supports Legacy of Light: The epic Florence Nightingale story
ICN, 21 November 2018
The International Council of Nurses has pledged its support to an independent film, “Legacy of Light,” to raise awareness of Florence Nightingale, whose singular commitment, caring, and innovations have changed the course of human history. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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