News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.
How media influences perceptions of suicide
AJN, Dalia Sofer, June 2018
In media coverage of suicides, elements used by some news organizations to make a story “exciting”—sensationalism, celebrity involvement, speculation on “triggers,” and graphic photographs—detract public attention from more important information, such as the often-complex causes of suicide and who is most at risk.
Here’s why I left nursing
KevinMD.com (Blog), Sarah E. Jorgensen, 5 June 2018
My heart left nursing awhile ago when I came to the realization that nursing left me first. It never was a two-way relationship. The profession left me without acknowledgment of work-related stress, specifically post-traumatic stress.
Creating nurse resilience programs that work
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 5 June 2018
"When I decided to get out of bedside nursing, I started to notice that a lot of the really good nurses were leaving,” says Meredith Mealer, PhD, RN. “When I asked, 'Why are you leaving the bedside?' they said, 'I’m just stressed out. I can’t handle this work anymore. I’m having anxiety attacks. I'm having nightmares.' "
A day-in-the-life of a Doctors Without Borders nurse
MedPage Today, Natasha Lewer, 7 June 2018
It's 8 a.m. on a day in late March and a crowd has gathered outside the gate of Médecins Sans Frontières' (MSF) hospital in Kutupalong, Bangladesh. They are all Rohingya volunteers, ready to take part in the final day of a mass diphtheria vaccination campaign in the largest of the refugee camps in eastern Bangladesh, home to an estimated 300,000 people.
Video: How more midwives may mean healthier mothers
ProPublica, Ranjani Chakraborty, 29 May 2018
Despite spending more per capita on health care than any other country, the U.S. has the highest rate of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth in the industrialized world. But what makes maternal health care in other affluent countries look so different than the U.S.? Among other things, midwives.
Nurses wanted—almost everywhere
AJN, Maureen Shawn Kennedy, June 2018
Workplaces that need staff now—or smart workplaces that wish to get ahead in the future—are in competition to recruit new staff. Organizations that can invest in new nurses with programs that provide support and training will have a leg up in recruitment. But retaining these new recruits needs to be a group effort involving all nurses in an organization.
The father’s experience in the NICU
Advance for Nurses, Jemimah Mitchell-Levy, 6 June 2018
Research supports a family-centered care approach in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), which promotes parental involvement. The nurse plays an important role in facilitating a healthy environment for the parent and the infant to bond.
Nurse practitioners boost presence by 43% in rural America
Forbes, Bruce Japsen, 5 June 2018
Nurse practitioners have dramatically increased their presence as the go-to primary care providers in rural America thanks in part to regulatory changes that allow patients to more easily see these health professionals.
Nurse practitioners' primary care role for rural areas hobbled by practice restrictions
HealthLeaders Media, John Commins, 7 June 2018
NPs account for 1 in 4 medical healthcare providers in rural areas, but their potential to provide a full spectrum of primary care services can't be realized if states maintain practice restrictions.
Nurses, the best selfie is internal
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 4 June 2018
At a time in history when "selfies" are dominant in the depiction of our lives (and the potential measurement of our worth), the most important selfie for a nurse to take is on the inside, not the outside.
5 top reasons to earn emergency nursing specialty certification
Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, 7 June 2018
The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing has released a white paper for nurses featuring a list of top reasons why earning an emergency nursing specialty certification benefits nurses, employers, and patients. RNL
—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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