RNews Digest: 3 February 2017

By RNL Editors | 2/3/2017

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

Nurses missing from healthcare reform talks
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 1 February 2017
Nurse leaders could provide President Trump with insights to improve the nation's health and healthcare system, but they have not yet been included in the president's talks regarding healthcare reform.

Will you graduate? Ask big data
The New York Times,
Joseph B. Treaster, 2 February 2017
At Georgia State’s nursing school, the faculty used to believe that students who got a poor grade in “Conceptual Foundations of Nursing” probably wouldn’t go on to graduation. So they were surprised to discover what really made a difference for nursing students: their performance in introductory math.

Culture as a key to health
AJN Off the Charts, Beth Toner, 1 February 2017
Culture is a central source of healing, health, and resilience. Nothing was more moving than hearing a Lakota elder sing "Amazing Grace" in her language—a language her mother had been punished for speaking in school.

Number of APRNs on the rise at Cleveland Clinic, throughout healthcare
Consult QD, Meredith Lahl, 31 January 2017
As healthcare transformation moves forward and organizations like the Bureau of Labor Statistics continue to project high growth rate for APRN positions, these nurses are sure to have an increased presence in the immediate and long-term future of healthcare.

CRNAs on the frontline of fighting the opioid crisis
Advance for Nurses, Christopher Bettin, 2 February 2017
One group of providers at the forefront of the fight against opioid misuse is certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). These anesthesia and pain management experts employ a model for acute and chronic pain management that can be integrated into any community across the country.

Smart ICUs transform critical care
Johnson & Johnson, 30 January 2017
In ICUs around the country, nurses are at the forefront of revolutionizing quality of care by delivering a more personalized patient experience with the help of advanced technology.

The shame of 'fat shaming'
HealthDay News, Kathleen Doheny, 31 January 2017
Trying to shame an overweight or obese person into losing weight won't motivate them to do so, and may even raise their risk for heart disease and other health problems, a new study suggests.

Nursing degree applications slump after NHS bursaries abolished
The Guardian, Richard Adams, 1 February 2017
Applications by students in England to nursing and midwifery courses at British universities have fallen by 23% after the government abolished NHS bursaries, figures show.

Thriving in an evolving long-term care environment
Advance for Nurses, Jayne Warwick, 1 February 2017
In the new year, providers who work in long term care will need to remain focused on new payment models, new technologies, and fresh ways to address staffing needs and employee retention issues.

When you're 'too functional' to have your mental illness taken seriously
The Mighty, Karen Lowinger, January 2017
When a “high-functioning” person finally admits his struggles, it is devastating to receive rejection, little understanding, and no empathy from a mental health worker.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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