top 5 nursing news stories

It’s been an exciting week at Chamberlain College of Nursing, with the announcement of the launch of our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program! We’ve rounded up other top nursing news stories you may have missed this week.

CDC Reports “Nightmare” Bacteria Spreading in Hospitals and Nursing Homes 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned that a family of untreatable and often deadly bacteria, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), is on the rise in hospitals across the U.S.

“CRE are nightmare bacteria. Our strongest antibiotics don’t work and patients are left with potentially untreatable infections,” said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. “Doctors, hospital leaders and public health [officials] must work together now to implement the CDC’s ‘detect and protect’ strategy and stop these infections from spreading.” Read more from USA Today.

Facebook “Likes” = Hospital Quality

A new report in the American Journal of Medical Quality explored whether a correlation exists between the number of Likes on a hospital’s Facebook page and its mortality rate for heart-attack patients. “These exploratory findings suggest that the number of Facebook ‘Likes’ for a hospital may serve as an indicator of hospital quality and patient satisfaction,” wrote the authors. Read more from Kaiser Health News.

Baby With HIV Deemed Cured

For the first time, a baby born in rural Mississippi is reported to have  been cured of HIV infection. If the report is confirmed, the development could change how infants born with the virus are treated. Read more from the New York Times.

Nursing Specialty Spotlight: Public Health Nursing

Public health nurses on a U.S. Army post in Alabama discuss their day-to-day work. “Public health nurses care for entire populations,” Col. William Darby said. “By working with whole communities, public health nurses are able to educate people about health issues as well as improve community health and safety.” Read more from the Redstone Rocket.

Controversy Erupts Over Nurse’s Refusal to Administer CPR

Following an elderly woman’s collapse at an independent living facility, nurses followed company policy and protocol and refused to administer CPR, despite the pleading of the 911 dispatcher. Arguments have been made on both sides of this debate, but we want to hear from you. How would you handle this situation? Tell us in the comments below. Read more from TODAY

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