top 5 nursing news stories

Diabetes is on the rise in the U.S., and nurses need to be at the frontline of educating the public about preventative care. Read about this and the other top nursing news stories from the week below:

CDC Reports that Millions with Prediabetes Don’t Know They’re at Risk 

This week, the CDC reported that only 11% of the estimated 79 million people at risk for diabetes know they are at risk.  ”We know how to prevent type 2 diabetes, or at least delay it, so there are things people can do, but the first step is knowing what your risk is — to know if you have prediabetes,” said Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. Read more from HealthDay. 

Nursing Specialty Spotlight: Diabetes Nursing 

As the numbers of the Americans suffering or at risk for diabetes continues to rise, nurses play an even greater role in educating the public, as well as helping patients manage the condition. “Helping to establish a care plan, teaching and advocating for patients – those are the things that really get me excited about being a nurse!” said Lynda Stallwood, PhD, CPNP-PC, assistant professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing. “Developing these kinds of plans is especially important when dealing with type I diabetes, as deliberate home care becomes more important for my patients than those with acute illnesses.” Read more from Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes. 

Preparing Your Resume for a Change in Nursing Specialty 

Career expert Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, responds to a question on how to best position yourself for a change in nursing specialty. “You can point out certain specific skills and background related to a particular position in a cover letter, such as organizational skills, detail-orientation, familiarity with protocols and reports and chart review,” she writes. Read more from Nurse.com.

How Nurses Should Prepare for When Disaster Strikes

Chamberlain’s Charlene Romer, PhD, MSN, and Toni Hebda, PhD, RN-BC, BSN, MNEd, MSIS, contribute the follow discuss disaster preparedness for the bedside nurse in the final installment of a series of blog posts. “The top priority for nurses is the safety and well-being of their patients, members of the community – and themselves,” they write. Read more ADVANCE for Nurses.

Study: The NICU Needs Nurses

A new study of 560 of the nation’s NICU units showed that 32% were understaffed for patients. While the infection rate for NICU units with proper staffing was 9%, that number jumped to nearly 20% for hospitals on the lowest end for staffing. Read more from MEDCITY News.

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