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RNews Digest: 20 August 2019

RNL editorial staff |

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

Top 5 nursing associations every new grad should join
American Mobile, Michelle Davelaar, August 2019
Nursing associations can provide new nurse graduates with the resources they need to find, get, and keep a job. They serve as advocating bodies, giving a voice to their members on critical issues affecting nurses in the workplace. One of the top five nursing associations? Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma).

25 years on: What midwifery in Canada has achieved and what it still needs
The Conversation, Kathy Wilson, 7 August 2019
Great progress in midwifery has occurred over the last 25 years. At the same time, midwives have been on the sidelines of policy decisions. This has made midwives more vulnerable to the whims of governments.

Implementing midwife-led continuity models of care. What do we still need to find out?
Evidently Cochrane, Jane Sandall, Hora Soltani, Andrew Shennan, and Declane Devane, 13 August 2019
A recent Cochrane overview of reviews of interventions during pregnancy to reduce pre-term birth found that midwife-led continuity of care had clear benefit in preventing preterm birth and stillbirth. 

Is it wise for nurses to enter alternative-to-discipline programs for substance use disorders?, Nancy J. Brent, 19 August 2019
Alternative-to-discipline programs have been highly successful in treating nurses with substance use disorders. Moreover, the long-term recovery rate for nurse licensees undergoing treatment in these programs is high. Last, but by no means least, the public is protected because the nurse licensee is practicing unimpaired.

Homeless hospital discharge—An emerging discipline?
The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Samantha Dorney-Smith, 22 July 2019
Homeless hospital discharge nurses work in partnership with patients experiencing homelessness to achieve timely, holistic, and compassionate assessment, treatment, and discharge plans that improve health and housing outcomes. 

Perfect nurse. Perfect manager. Perfect puppet. (Opinion), Debbie Moore-Black, 13 August 2019
One by one, we saw the experienced nurses leave. And the unit was left with inexperienced nurses who were young and bright and jumped on being the new charge nurse and the new “rapid response nurse.”

Nurse practitioners are the solution to healthcare provider shortages
The Hill (Opinion), Sophia L. Thomas, 16 July 2019
NPs are uniquely qualified to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective primary healthcare to all patients. It’s time that policymakers at both the federal and state level take the steps needed to ensure that all people have access to the primary care they deserve.

A day by the sea
American Journal of Nursing (Editorial), Maureen Shawn Kennedy, August 2019
Caring for others is stressful—we all need to find our beach. A respite for nurses may be more needed than ever. Workplaces are more complex than they used to be and seem to be changing faster.

Worldwide variation in nurses’ knowledge of cancer
University of Surrey, Natasha Meredith, 11 July 2019
Nurses’ knowledge of cancer and screening processes varies significantly across the globe—potentially resulting in unnecessary deaths where knowledge falls short—new research in the European Journal of Oncology Nursing reports.

Making vaccine education a critical part of the patient conversation
Modern Healthcare (Commentary), Karen Cox, 15 July 2019
The value of face-to-face interactions with patients is immeasurable. Nurses hold a crucial role as communicators and should ask questions instead of waiting for patients to ask theirs, especially when it comes to vaccines. RNL

Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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