RNews Digest: 9 November 2018

RNL editorial staff |

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

The power of your mind—the greatest asset or the greatest barrier
McKnight’s LTC News (Blog), Martie Moore, 22 October 2018
Hackathons are happening beyond computer science; healthcare has embraced them to stimulate new thinking. As our team worked through developing solutions, a bias erupted between the MIT team and me about the definition of aging.

What can nurses do to influence health in their communities?
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Mallory Bejster, 9 November 2018
While alone we may feel that our voices sound small, if nurses are sharing their voices in communities across the country, our collective voice for positive changes will grow much louder.

Can exercise delay dementia symptoms?
Minnesota Nursing Magazine, Brett Stursa, Fall-Winter 2018
After reading studies that showed that aerobic exercise can improve cognition in healthy adults, University of Minnesota School of Nursing researcher Fang Yu wondered how exercise could affect people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Reducing stress for nurses during flu season
Advance Healthcare Network, Rob Senior, 7 November 2018
Beyond the human toll of the 2017-18 flu season, healthcare providers found themselves stretched to the limits both in terms of treating the illness and taking measures to avoid becoming sick themselves.

Nurses can make a difference when it comes to malnutrition
Nurse.com, Julie Stefanski, 8 November 2018
As pain medications for her hip fracture led to constipation and nausea, Charlotte became less and less interested in eating. At 350 pounds, some of the staff commented that the unplanned weight loss of 20 pounds during the past two weeks might be good for her. But is it?

Nurse resilience and burnout vary by generation
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 31 October 2018
Burnout is a complex concept, and to make progress reducing it, healthcare leaders must delve into its many layers to find solutions that work for their specific organizations and nurses.

How to predict pediatric pressure injury risk with the Braden QD Scale
AJN, Tracy B. Chamblee and colleagues, November 2018
A revision and simplification of the commonly used Braden Q Scale, the Braden QD Scale can be used to assess risk among the wide range of infants, children, and adolescents commonly treated in acute care environments. 

Nurses, nursing, and the nature of suffering
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, 5 November 2018
Aside from witnessing the challenges faced by others, nurses are themselves human beings with their own life experiences, victories, and suffering. How nurses navigate their own personal suffering plays a role in determining how they approach life, work, and the overlapping of the two.

The importance of allergy proofing to improve patient sleep
Advance Healthcare Network, Stacey l. Nash, 30 October 2018
Patients who don’t get enough sleep experience a long list of symptoms and face long-term consequences that extend beyond the potential of more allergy symptoms. RNL

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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