RNews Digest: 19 September 2019

By RNL editorial staff | 9/19/2019

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

Emerging nursing scholars guide to peer reviewing an academic manuscript
Nursing Open, Sarah Oerther and Roger Watson, 28 August 2019
As nursing science becomes more multifaceted, the role of peer review has become more prominent. Unfortunately, there is almost no formal or standardized training for emerging nursing scholars as they begin to engage in the peer‐review process. 

Vaccine education that starts with nurses can curb outbreaks
Nurse.com, Heather Stringer, 26 August 2019
In March 2019, an Israeli flight attendant flew from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Tel Aviv. A week later, she developed a fever and eventually slipped into a coma because of encephalitis. The mother of three had contracted measles, and she died from the disease.

Doctors and nurses with addictions often denied a crucial recovery option
Kaiser Health News, 19 September 2019
Dr. Wesley Boyd has spent years working with state programs that help doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who have become addicted to opioids get back on their feet professionally. But he is perplexed as to why these programs generally do not stress the use of drugs like buprenorphine and methadone to relieve cravings.

Giving feedback: Good and bad
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Shawn Kennedy, 18 September 2019
Most organizations require annual employee evaluations, which often influence future promotions and salary adjustment. For many employees, that’s the only formal feedback they receive about their performance. But that’s no longer thought to be the most effective way to manage and develop staff.

Balancing security and clinical workflow concerns: A precarious act
HealthLeaders Media, 12 September 2019
Physicians and nurses use many devices in various locations, often logging in several times a day. Striking a balance between security and clinical workflow efficiency is a conundrum that healthcare IT leaders have been wrestling with. The challenge rests in maintaining high levels of security while making the sign-in process unobtrusive.

A clear small voice
AJN, Linda Beall, September 2019
Now and then, I care for a patient who reminds me of my mom—no nonsense, practical, funny, stubborn. Part of me has always felt sad that she never knew I became a nurse, but another part of me thinks she still speaks to me through them. In my 10th year of nursing, I know I'm in the right place.

Tips for nurses from a patient who was one
KevinMD.com (Blog), Catherine Ring Saliba, 17 September 2019
I was an RN for more than 40 years and am now retired. As a recent hospital patient, I documented my experiences. This resulted in a letter to nurses everywhere.

Mobile health teams bring lifesaving care to fragile communities in Afghanistan
United Nations Population Fund, 27 August 2019
The United Nations Population Fund is working to expand access to lifesaving reproductive healthcare among vulnerable returnee populations in Afghanistan. Raihana Bibi, who recently returned from Pakistan, received care from a midwife throughout her pregnancy.

Join nursing associations to advance your career and the profession
Nurse.com, Eileen Williamson, 19 September 2019
So what are nursing associations all about? The nurses in these organizations come from all work settings and specialties in nursing. You all work in different ways, but with the same goal in mind—to continually improve the nursing profession.

American Nurses Association releases updated principles for nurse staffing
ANA, 27 September 2019
The American Nurses Association has released an update to its “Principles for Nurse Staffing,” a guide to help nurses and other decision-makers identify and develop processes and policies to improve nurse staffing for the best interest of patients and nurses. RNL

Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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