top 5 nursing news stories

Pediatrics and diabetes are just two of the in-demand nursing specialties highlighted in the media this week. We bring you these stories and the other top nursing news from the last week below: 

State Supreme Court to Hospital: Pay Nurses Overtime for Missed Breaks 

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled last week that hospitals must pay nurses overtime if they don’t get breaks. “It’s harmful for both nurses and our patients when we’re forced to work 10, 12 or even more hours in a row without breaks,” said nurse Vivian Hill. “There has to be a limit to what is asked of us and our patients.” Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal. 

Pediatric Nurses in Demand in Houston Area 

Experts project that the need for pediatric nurses will continue to intensify in the greater Houston area—particularly those with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree. “It’s a personal calling,” said Maritza Salazar-Abshire, MEd, BSN, RN, CPON. “Working with children who are this sick takes much self-reflection and asking yourself, ‘Why do you want to do this type of work?’” Read more from the Houston Chronicle. 

United States Ranked 26 of 29 Developed Nations for Children’s Well-Being 

A recent UNICEF report ranked the United States 26 out of 29 developed nations for chilren’s well-being. Low exercise levels in children and relatively high teenage births were among the factors leading to the score. Netherlands ranked first, while Romania took the last spot on the list. Read more from Reuters. 

Nursing Specialty Spotlight: Diabetes Nursing 

Lynda Stallwood, PhD, CPNP-PC, assistant professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing, was recently interviewed on Nursing Notes Live about her experience as a nurse specializing in diabetes care. “I had this burning desire to work with families of children that were living with diabetes because it is a very pervasive condition,” she said. “It affects the diet. It affects activity. It affects your freedom. It’s getting better and better as we increase the various types of insulin delivery but still it’s something that you always have to think about, you always have to plan for.” Listen to the podcast on Nursing Notes Live.   

Exercise Shown to Boost Memory 

Need another reason to exercise? That extra time spent at the gym might also improve your memory and give you a mental boost, according to two new experiments. Read more from the New York Times. 

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