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RNews Digest: 7 July 2017

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

For Bronx hospital workers, a sense of duty amid shooting’s chaos
The New York Times
, Luis Ferré-Sadurní, 3 July 2017
As doctors and nurses reported to work at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center on Monday for the first time since a horrific shooting there left one doctor dead and six other people injured, hospital staff members began to reconcile their grief with colleagues’ tales of spontaneous heroism.

Why I am leaving nursing: 'Morale is the lowest I have ever seen it'
The Guardian, Sarah Marsh, 5 July 2017
The number of nurses and midwives leaving the profession has risen by 51% in four years, with higher numbers leaving than joining for the first time on record. We asked our readers who are nurses why they are going—here is their response.

Men don’t want to be nurses. Their wives agree.
The New York Times (Analysis), Susan Chira, 24 June 2017
Notions of masculinity die hard, in women as well as men. It’s not just that men consider some of the jobs that will be most in demand—in health care, education and administration—to be unmanly or demeaning. So do some of their wives, prospective employers and women in these same professions.

Trauma in the OR. From doctors’ bullying., 1 July 2017
It’s Friday morning in any operating room, USA. Nurses and techs are scrambling to get everything in place before the surgeon arrives because if not, there will be hell to pay … and here he comes … and we’re not ready. The fear is palpable.

Forever hold your peace: When preprocedure safety concerns are missed
AJN, Elizabeth Anne Crooks, July 2017
Do you hold your breath at a wedding when the minister asks, “Does anyone have a reason why these two people should not be married?” The congregants are then encouraged to speak now or forever hold their peace. There is a valuable lesson in that question for nurses and other health care team members who use time-out protocols.

Elevate your nursing job interview skills
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 3 July 2017
Job interviews are a source of stress for many job-seekers, and nurses are no exception. Nursing can feel like a rough and tumble profession when it comes to the high-stakes interview process, and for those nurses who are unsure how to articulate their value, the interview can seem like an insurmountable hurdle.

Incidents of smoking increase dramatically in youth-focused, PG-13 films
UCSF News Center, Elizabeth Fernandez, 6 July 2017
Youth-rated films, which are designed and marketed as kid-friendly, continue to fill the movie screen with tobacco imagery, according to a new report from UC San Francisco, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other entities.

Nursing journeys: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”
Campaign for Action, Meredith Courville, 5 July 2017
Victoria Vinton, RN, MSN, is executive director of the Nebraska Action Coalition and an advisory board member of the Nurses on Boards Coalition, a coalition of national nursing and other organizations working to get 10,000 nurses onto boards of directors by 2020. Its members include AARP, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and 19 national nursing organizations. 

Greater opioid use and mental health disorders are linked in a new study
The Washington Post, 26 June 2017
A new study suggests that people with anxiety and depression are consuming a disproportionate share of prescription painkillers, a finding that could add a new wrinkle to the epidemic of opioid use in the United States.

More UK nurses and midwives leaving than joining profession, 3 July 2017
More nurses and midwives are leaving the profession in the UK than joining it, for the first time since 2008, figures show. The number registered in the UK fell by 1,783 to 690,773, in the year to March.

More trainee nurses and midwives in Scotland
Scottish Government, 28 June 2017
An estimated 2,600 extra nursing and midwifery training places will be created over the next four years as part of wide-ranging measures to support and strengthen NHS Scotland’s workforce. 

—Compiled by Paula Jeffers
Educational Resources Department

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