RNews Digest: 31 March 2017

By RNL Editors | 03/31/2017

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

The limitations of rating nursing care by customer surveys
AJN Off the Charts, Julianna Paradisi
I’m a bit skeptical about the overall value of customer satisfaction surveys as a quality metric. Certainly, tidbits of information can be gleaned, and I always appreciate positive comments from a patient. Sometimes, however, the patients needing a nurse’s compassion the most are the most difficult to satisfy. 

7 secrets to improving nurse–physician relationships
NurseZone, Jennifer Larson, March 2017
Nurses and physicians used to feel like members of opposite teams: “It’s us vs. them.” That mindset is rapidly becoming outdated in an era with a growing emphasis on an inclusive, team-based approach of delivering health care. 

How nursing informatics helped Carolinas HealthCare eliminate 18 million clicks
Healthcare IT News, 27 March 2017
By leveraging nursing informatics, Carolinas Healthcare reduced documentation time for head-to-toe assessment by 20 percent, which is equivalent to about 35,000 working hours returned to nurses directed back to patient care. 

5 chiropractors tell nurses how to take care of their bodies
Scrubs, 30 March 2017
It’s no secret that being a nurse is downright tiring at times! Whether it’s rushing for emergencies, standing for hours on end, or even working at your station for extended amounts of time, our bodies can take a beating. 

Nurse, engineer create app for heart failure patients
Nurse.com, Sallie Jimenez, 28 March 2017
A nurse scientist and an engineer created a smartphone application for patients with heart failure—and the patients participating in a pilot study said they’re finding it useful in helping them make the right choices about their health. 

Identifying hospitalized patients at risk for harm: A comparison of nurse perceptions vs. electronic risk assessment tool scores
AJN, Andrea Stafos and colleagues, April 2017
New electronic risk assessment tools are designed to recognize patients at risk for harm during hospitalization, based on specific markers in the electronic health record. This study examines how an electronic risk assessment tool compares with nurses’ subjective judgment. 

Complementing cancer care with yoga, and not just for patients
Oncology Nursing News, Rebecca Bernaski, 28 March 2017
A pilot study conducted by researchers from Wayne State University and Barnes-Jewish College examined the outcomes of yoga for survivors of lung cancer in varying stages of the disease. They found that yoga significantly improved mood, sleep efficiency and quality of life. 

5 ways to build your network of nursing career allies
Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway, Keith Carlson, 27 March 2017
In the course of your nursing career, you need allies who can help you elevate and advance your journey as a professional nurse. Allies are easier to come by than you think, but so many nurses don't think strategically about this important aspect of nursing career development. 

Instagram may be an effective tool for coping with depression
Care2 Healthy Living, Elise Moreau, 28 March 2017
Anyone who has ever used social media for a considerable period of time probably knows there’s a light and dark side to it. On one hand, it keeps us connected. On the other, it can make us feel pretty isolated.

Freestanding emergency department care significantly costlier than urgent care
HealthLeaders Media, John Commins, 28 March 2017
Care delivered at freestanding emergency departments in Texas can cost 10 times as much as the same care delivered at an urgent care center, providing unwary consumers with a hard lesson in retail healthcare when they're handed the bill, research suggests. 

South Sudan: Building a resilient health system and attaining greater access to health services  
World Health Organization, 27 March 2017
Ongoing conflict in South Sudan aggravates an already fragile socio-economic situation, affecting the overall health and livelihood situation and further increasing the risk for communicable disease outbreaks and malnutrition. 

Wearables that track sleep don't necessarily improve it
MedPage Today, Iltifat Husain and Greg von Portz, 29 March 2017
People using these devices and medical apps are pursuing a "quantified" version of sleep. This may keep them up with stress and worry about what their numbers will be in the morning, leading to a worse night's sleep and even insomnia. None of the sleep wearables on the market are actually clinically validated to help you improve your sleep.

—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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