News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.
Have smartphones destroyed a generation?
The Atlantic, Jean M. Twenge, September 2017
Today’s teens are physically safer than teens have ever been. They’re markedly less likely to get into a car accident and less susceptible to alcohol’s attendant ills. Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011.
Don’t take away your teen’s phone
Slate, Lisa Guernsey, 10 August 2017
For our teens, we need to better understand what is causing what. Are social media and the convenience of our mobile devices causing young people to be more depressed? Or, could it be the other way around: They already are more depressed, and they are turning to their phones for solace?
First nurse at NCAA is “inspired to keep next generation healthy”
Campaign for Action, Jamie Gold, 4 August 2017
Jessica Gonzalez, assistant director of prevention and health promotion at the NCAA Sport Science Institute, talks about her journey in becoming a nurse and the importance of nurses matching the demographics of their patients.
When brokenness transforms nursing
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Hui-Wen (Alina) Sato, 9 August 2017
I use the term brokenness to acknowledge the humbling reality that every person will crack a bit under enough pressure; every person who has been tossed around enough by difficult circumstances will know some level of pain, be it physical, emotional, or both.
Look how far we've come
Nurse.com (Blog), Eileen P. Williamson, August 2017
To appreciate how far formal nursing education has come, we need look only to Nightingale. It was she who took us from “Notes on Nursing” to nursing care plans; dressings to doctorates; bedpans to board rooms.
Culture of Health Prize: 2018 call for applications
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 10 August 2017
We want to hear from communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to provide everyone with the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. Learn more about what it takes to be an RWJF Culture of Health Prize winner.
Florida found a cure for nursing shortage. It didn't work.
Sun Sentinel, Scott Travis, 6 August 2017
Florida’s effort to train more nurses has faltered, raising concerns about whether there will be enough to care for the state’s increasing number of patients. The problem could get worse during the next few years as the large number of older nurses in the workforce retire, and the state’s population continues to grow.
Take the generic drug, patients are told—unless insurers say no
ProPublica, Charles Ornstein and Katie Thomas, 6 August 2017
Faced with competition, some pharmaceutical companies are cutting deals with insurance companies to favor their brand-name products over cheaper generics. Insurers pay less, but sometimes consumers pay more. Adderall XR, a drug to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a case in point.
Finding the right medication: Gene test may help treat depression
NBC News, Shamard Charles and Lauren Dunn, 7 August 2017
Patients with depression often struggle through weeks or months of trial-and-error to find the right antidepressant. Now the burgeoning field of pharmacogenomics—how genes affect a person's response to drugs—is helping more patients avoid debilitating and all-too-common side effects of psychiatric medications.
How to avoid punches & bites when doing a G-tube flush
Scrubs, 9 August 2017
Patients have to endure many uncomfortable procedures, and they are often embarrassed by their health conditions. Nurses who have had to perform a gastronomy tube (G-tube) flush know that it isn’t a very enjoyable experience for anybody involved, especially when the patient is extra upset that day.
Nursing schools in Ghana given quotas: Admissions to reduce
Citifmonline, 9 August 2017
Public and private institutions accredited to train nurses in Ghana will reduce their intake by almost 1,600 this year. This follows a directive from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to the 75 accredited institutions training nurses in Ghana, including private ones, to admit students in accordance with an earlier discussion.
How hospitals could kill the health insurance industry
CNBC (Opinion), Jake Novak, 8 August 2017
Some of the world's most powerful retailers have been brought to their knees in recent years thanks to the "Amazon effect." When it comes to the controversial and increasingly all-consuming market for health insurance, a similar disruptive event could be on the horizon.
—Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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