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RNews Digest: 9 June 2017

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

Color-changing tattoos aim to monitor blood sugar, other health stats
CBS News, Mary Brophy Marcus, 6 June 2017
For many people with diabetes, keeping tabs on blood sugar every day is expensive, time-consuming and invasive, but researchers at MIT and Harvard are exploring a creative new approach that could one day help make things easier: biosensing tattoos.

Doctors and nurse practitioners have to stop fighting (Blog), Margaret Ackerman, 6 June 2017
Allowing nurse practitioners full scope of practice would remove the pseudo boundary between NPs and physicians that pits us against each other, when, in fact, we are on the same team.

Why sex education matters for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder
AJN, Anya Curtis, June 2017
Nurses can provide reproductive and health education and teach adolescents important skills: self-examination, using sanitary pads, using contraception, and protecting against sexually transmitted diseases. Unfortunately, few nursing programs incorporate sexual education for people with developmental disabilities into their curriculum.

How a simple tech tool can help cancer patients live longer
The Washington Post, Laurie McGinley, 4 June 2017
A group of patients who reported their side effects to chemotherapy more frequently via a web-based tool got quick attention from nurses, who frequently adjusted medications for nausea, constipation and pain. 

As workforce bleeds men, health care jobs could be key to keeping them employed
Chicago Tribune, Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, 8 June 2017
Chauncey Incarnato cycled through a variety of jobs after graduating from college. He was skeptical when his mom, a nurse for more than 30 years, suggested a career in health care. But working at a skilled nursing facility, Incarnato found the physicality of the job, plus the relationships he formed with patients, deeply rewarding.

Canadian nurses decry inferior First Nations health care, workplace violence
Calgary Herald, Bill Kaufmann, 7 June 2017
Closing the gaps between non-indigenous and First Nations health care is being urged by hundreds of Canadian nurses gathered in Calgary this week.

Plumbing in hospitals and nursing homes can spread Legionnaires' Disease
NPR Shots, Rob Stein, 6 June 2017
Nursing homes and hospitals need to do more to protect their patients from catching Legionnaires' disease from contaminated water systems in their buildings, U.S. health officials warned.

Nursing and midwifery vacancy rates at record high
BBC News Scotland, 6 June 2017
Latest figures show the nursing and midwifery vacancy rate in Scotland stands at 4.5%—the highest ever reported. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said the current situation with unfilled posts threatened patient care.

Does it really matter how we talk about addiction?
Psychology Today, John F. Kelly, 5 June 2017
Exposure to certain terms can actually affect the attitudes of healthcare providers and may impact the quality of clinical care for addiction. Describing someone suffering from addiction as “a substance abuser” compared to describing them as “having a substance use disorder” invoked significantly more stigmatizing attitudes.

Nursing most highly regarded profession in Australia
MamaMia, Jessie Stephens, 7 June 2017
For the 23rd year running, nursing is Australia’s most highly regarded profession. Nurses were rated as “very high” or “high” for their ethics and honesty by 94 percent of Australians. In the history of the survey, no other profession has ever rated higher than 89 percent.

More than 234,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the United States
PR Newswire, 06 June 2017
More than 234,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) are licensed in the United States, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The workforce has nearly doubled since 2007. The faith that patients have in NP-provided health care is evidenced by the more than 1.02 billion estimated visits made to NPs annually. 

Home health nursing In Nigeria
Doing it natural (Blog), 7 June 2017
Most people don’t know that home health care exists in Nigeria. Home health nursing, just like in any other country, is the care of patients in the comfort of their homes. 

Nurses drive change in patient safety improvements
HealthLeaders Media, Megan Headley, 9 June 2017
Because of their integration into every aspect of care, nurses are more than ever driving ambitious patient safety reform efforts.

 —Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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