top 5 nursing news stories

While U.S. President Barack Obama aims to map the human brain, a nursing blogger will look at the world through new lenses with Google Glass. Read about this and the other top nursing news stories from the week below: 

Pres. Barack Obama Wants to Map the Brain 

U.S. President Barack Obama announced a $100 million research investment to better understand the brain and diseases like Alzheimer’s. “As humans we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than the atom, but we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the 3lb of matter that sits between our ears,” he said. Read more from BBC News.

Generational Divide in Nursing Staff Creates Challenges 

Up to four generations are working side-by-side in the nursing industry, with their own communication style and outlooks on work. “Nurse leaders should foster the culture of inclusivity and encourage their staff to learn and understand the generational differences that are behind the perceptions of work ethic and performance, so that colleagues can appreciate how the attitude and expectation has been formed,” said Bonnie Clipper, associate vice president for professional nursing practice and development at St. David’s HealthCare. Read more from ADVANCE for Nurses.

Study: Boost Your Test Scores With Meditation 

Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, tested the effect of a two-week mindfulness training program on undergraduate students. Following the program, students’s mind wandering decreased and they performed better on a section of the Graduate Record Examination. Read more from the New York Times.

Nursing Blogger Selected to Pilot Google Glass 

Nursing informaticist Brittney Wilson has been selected to be a pioneer of Google’s latest innovation, Google Glass, a wearable computer. Google chose Brittney based on her tweet, “#ifIhadGlass I would use it to improve patient care delivered by nurses and other clinicians at the patient’s bedside.” Read more at The Nerdy Nurse.

2013 Allergy Season Projected to be Worse Than Ever

Allergy sufferers: gear up for a rough season. “We’re expecting to see a very robust allergy season because of a lot of precipitation during late winter and the warmer temperatures we’re seeing now throughout the country,” says adult and pediatric allergy specialist Clifford Bassett, MD. Read more at MSN.

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