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RNews Digest: 8 February 2019

RNL editorial staff |

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

Why don’t health journalists interview nurses? We asked them.
Center for Health Journalism (Blog), Diana J. Mason and Barbara Ann Glickstein, 8 January 2019
When was the last time that you interviewed a nurse for a story on something other than staffing or scope of practice? Can’t recall? Most health journalists would say the same. We recently published a study of nurses’ representation in health news media and found that they were cited as sources in only 2 percent of stories. 

‘More male nurses’ only part of the answer
HuffPost, Patricia M. Davidson, 9 January 2018
So, men are the solution to an ever-more-worrisome nurse shortage worldwide. Currently, the workforce is along the lines of 90 percent female. Recruit more males into nursing, then. But saying “hire more men” isn’t enough. We need to change minds, including perhaps our own.

Even in an unimaginable crisis, nature heals
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), 5 February 2019
“Eleven-year-old Olivia’s parents were ‘done,’ had reached their limit of bad news, and refused to enter the conference room. They didn’t want more information or what they perceived as pressure to withdraw life support.”

Anti-vax movement listed by World Health Organization as one of the top 10 health threats for 2019
Newsweek, Aristos Georgiou,17 January 2018
The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed vaccine hesitancy—the delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite their availability—as one of its top 10 health threats facing the world in 2019. The phenomenon has taken hold in a number of countries around the world in recent times.

Is challenging a board of nursing discipline an uphill battle?, Nancy J. Brent, 5 February 2019
A reader’s RN license was revoked “on a default” due to her being criminally charged with disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor. The nurse petitioned the board of nursing to reinstate her license and it agreed, placing her license on a probation.

War of words for NPs: ‘Fellowship’ or ‘residency’?
DailyNurse (Blog), 27 January 2019
The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties declared that the term “residency” is “not an optimal description for NP post-graduate support” because it may be confused with medical residencies that are required for physicians to gain licensure. 

Age is only a number: All generations of nurses have plenty to contribute, Sallie Jimenez, 31 January 2019
With multiple generations in the nursing workforce, unique opportunities exist for growth, learning and development.

Call the midwife! (If the doctor doesn’t object)
Kaiser Health News, Anna Gorman, 16 January 2019
Hospitals and medical practices are battling old stereotypes and sometimes their own providers and staff to bring on certified nurse midwives. They have to overcome a lack of knowledge about the safety and benefits of midwifery care and the laws and policies that restrict the use of nurse midwives.

New nurses pass real-life test as Hwy. 97 crash heroes, Barney Lerten, 11 January 2019
Annie Turner and Rachel Punzalan became good friends as fellow nursing students. But a real life-or-death test came when they were first on the scene of a potentially fatal crash in Redmond, Oregon, USA. Medics credited their quick actions with saving the man’s life.

2020 Year of the Nurse endorsed by WHO executive board
ICN, Nursing Now, 31 January 2019
The International Council of Nurses and the Nursing Now campaign are delighted to support the endorsement by the World Health Organization Executive Board to designate 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. 

De-escalation in healthcare
The Joint Commission, 18 January 2019
The purpose of this Quick Safety is to present some de-escalation models and interventions for managing aggressive and agitated patients in the ED and inpatient settings. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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