top 5 nursing news stories

We’ve rounded up the top nursing news stories you may have missed this week.

Male Nurses Increasing, Earning More Money

This week, the United States Census Bureau released a new study, “Men in Nursing Occupations.” The good news is that the proportion of male registered nurses is now nearly 10%, up from 2.7% in 1970.

The bad news? Male nurses outearned their female counterparts, even when they held the same nursing occupation. In 2011, men in the nursing industry earned, on average, $60,700 per year, while women earned $51,100 per year. Read more from the U.S. Census Bureau Newsroom   

Step Away from the Mobile Device 

As the world goes high-tech, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) wants to remind nurses that patients still need high-touch care. In response to discussion about the use of mobile devices during patient care, the association put out a position statement to help guide nurses’ use of smartphones and tablets in the clinical setting.

“The AANA recommends that CRNAs and all healthcare professionals properly assess whether it is necessary to use a mobile device when caring for a patient, and make a decision that will have a positive impact on the delivery of care rather than jeopardizing that process in any way,” said Janice Izlar, CRNA, DNAP, president of the AANA. Read more from NEWS-line 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Launches Program to Encourage Doctoral Education Among Nurses 

RWJF New Careers in Nursing has launched a new project to identify and encourage nurses interested in pursuing doctoral degrees. The Doctoral Advancement in Nursing (DAN) project is currently collecting data to determine the best ways to increase the number of DNP and PhD prepared nurses. 

“I think that in day-to-day practice, some nurses lose sight of how theory and research affect patient outcomes. I want to make nurses more aware of the importance of evidence and how it relates to practice,” said Karen Jennings, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC, who is pursuing a PhD at Boston College. Read more from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

The Future of Nursing in 2013 

Dr. Patrick Robinson, PhD, MSN, RN, ACRN, dean of undergraduate curriculum and instruction at Chamberlain College of Nursing, looks at the nursing industry’s progress toward the goals outlined in the 2010 report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.”

“The nursing industry is making progress toward set recommendations, but it is important to build on this momentum to prepare for changes that are yet to come. If we respond appropriately to these identified barriers, we will continue to advance and transform healthcare education and delivery,” Robinson wrote. Read more from Strategies for Nurse Managers 

Do You Really Need a Cover Letter for that Nursing Job? 

What should you include in a cover letter, and what items should you avoid? Lisa Mauri Thomas, the dean of education at a career college, and Nicholas Piazza, a human resources consultant with MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, Md, answered those burning questions this week.

“I believe a cover letter is an indication that the applicant is truly interested in your organization,” Piazza said. “I think it demonstrates that the applicant put some thought in to the process and allows them to highlight additional personal information that may not be included in the resume.” Read more from ADVANCE for Nurses

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