News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.
We’re making headway on the IOM nursing goals
Campaign for Action, 20 February 2019
Our latest update shows that headway continues toward meeting the IOM’s nursing goals, with noteworthy progress seen in some of the education and diversity measures.
Nigeria’s ‘flying midwives’ are helping save moms and babies
TIME, Aryn Baker, 7 February 2019
In the small, whitewashed medical clinic of Banki, midwife Stella Aneto takes a rare pause between deliveries to catch her breath. Before wiping down the clinic’s sole delivery bed with disinfectant, Aneto glances at the clinic logbook. Two women have already given birth, and at least three others are in the early stages of labor.
Climate change and global health risks
Nursing Economic$ (Editorial), Patricia W. Stone and Therese A. Fitzpatrick, January/February 2019
With the alarming spike in climate-related disasters, nurses are on the frontlines of patient care, finding themselves in the position of managing the consequences of climate-related events on global health.
Nurse's suicide recognized as work-related accident
The Korea Times, Kim Rahn, 9 March 2019
The Korea Workers’ Compensation & Welfare Service has recognized the death of a nurse who took her own life due to a heavy workload and bullying as a work-related accident. Under a culture termed "taeum" (burn-to-ashes in English), senior nurses often use hierarchical leverage to harass and control junior nurses.
Mr. Blue and his six cats
AJN, Mariya Rader, March 2019
That day taught me a few things. First, that my gut feeling may be more accurate than a respected provider's assessment. Second, that I'm strong enough to advocate for my patient. And lastly, people don't always ask for help, even when they are crying for it.
Nurse practitioner and RWJF Culture of Health leader addresses homelessness
Campaign for Action, 28 February 2019
When nurse practitioner Courtney Bladsen discovered an infected breast lesion in a homeless woman with mental illness, she helped the woman navigate the healthcare system and find housing.
ICN International Workforce Forum calls for urgent action from governments to address global nursing shortage
International Council of Nurses, 4 March 2019
There is no single answer to the problem of nursing shortages, no silver bullet, but we need to implant a range of actions to foster positive and supportive working environments, including fair pay, safe staffing, professional and career development, and the absence of violence, bullying, and harassment.
Most new nurses work 12-hour shifts; some have second jobs
Becker’s Hospital Review, Megan Knowles, 19 February 2019
Newly licensed nurses are predominantly working 12-hour shifts, nearly half work overtime, and more than 1 in 10 have a second job, a study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found.
Should your patient be driving?
Oncology Nursing News, Jean Sellers, 4 March 2019
What constitutes a high-risk driver? When should a patient be advised to stop driving? And how should oncology nurses approach patients and families about this sensitive issue?
Black women and matters of the heart
Johns Hopkins Nursing, Diana Baptiste and Yvonne Commodore Mensah, 14 February 2019
Every 38 seconds, someone’s wife, mother, sister, or daughter dies from heart disease and stroke. In the U.S., rates are highest among black women; more than 60 percent of us are living with some form of heart disease, placing us at higher risk for frequent hospitalizations and premature death than any other group.
‘I sorted, I triaged’: Notes of an emergency nurse
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Charlotte Ahr, 19 February 2019
Today, I was assigned to be one of just two triage nurses in the emergency department waiting room. With a limited staff and nearly full department, our next wave of patients arrived. RNL
—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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