RNews Digest: 22 December 2016

By RNL Editors | 12/23/2016

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

Home for Christmas: Flight nursing and the symbols of hope
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Marcy Phipps, 20 December 2016
As nurses, we all have patients who stick with us. I’ve thought of Henry many times since we transferred him six months ago from Dublin to an American hospital to undergo groundbreaking treatment for acute lymphocytic leukemia.

Working over the holidays? How to make the most of it
NurseZone, Melissa Wirkus Hagstrom, December 2016
From implementing new traditions on your unit floor to relishing the light traffic during a normally busy week-day commute, holiday work can be as jolly as you make it. 

Knowing the difference between spouse and boyfriend could save your career
Scrubs, 22 December 2016
From a legal perspective, a spouse is different from an unmarried romantic partner, regardless of how long they’ve been together. Making the wrong decision could put healthcare professionals at legal risk.

Speaking publicly ‘as a nurse’: Case in Canada highlights risks, responsibilities
AJN Off the Charts, Douglas P. Olsen, 16 December 2016
A disciplinary committee in Canada found a nurse in breach of the Canadian Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses for posting negative comments on social media about the care given to her grandfather in a long-term care facility. 

How hospitals are trying to improve the patient experience
U.S. News, Ruben Castaneda, 21 December 2016
At Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District of Columbia, Yoko Sen, an artist and musician, designed a “tranquility room.” The room is available for nurses and other staffers to use to relax; the idea is that if clinicians are well-rested, they will provide better care.

Nurses rank # 1 once again in Gallup poll for ethics and honesty
Nurse.com (Blog), Eileen Williamson, 21 December 2016
Among professions surveyed by the annual Gallup honesty/ethics poll, nurses have been at the top of the list since 2001, and remain there after the latest survey conducted in December 2016. 

This 19-year-old cancer survivor is now training to be a nurse
BBC Newsbeat, 19 December 2016, Tracy Ollerenshaw and Matt Wareham
"Ever since I was diagnosed, nurses have become my role models. They were your friends when you had no other friends—you couldn't communicate with the other kids as they were too sick and your mum was in a meeting room fighting your case.”

FDA OKs high-tech diabetes device to help replace fingerstick tests
HealthDay News, 20 December 2016
Real-time blood glucose readings can help providers and people with diabetes to see trends in blood sugar levels that can aid in better diabetes management, the FDA said.

Price transparency is nice. Just don’t expect it to cut health costs.
The New York Times, Austin Frakt, 19 December 2016
Improved price transparency in healthcare isn’t working as well as hoped. Pricing apps and websites don’t always help patients spend less.

Night shift nursing: how to make it work for you
Scrubs, 20 December 2016
Working night shifts as a nurse leaves you facing many challenges, especially those of a chronobiological nature. Shift Work Disorder is a very real possibility for nurses who work both day shifts and night shifts.

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