top 5 nursing news stories

While some believe social media has contributed to a rise in bullying, for nurses it appears to be a tool to help combat bullying in the workplace. Read about this and other top nursing stories from the week: 

Social Media Provides New Tool to Fight Bullying in Nurses 

73% of new nurses surveyed reported being bullied—lending support to the old adage that nurses “eat their young.” The rise of social media has provided a new outlet for nurses to support each other. “I think that just publicly acknowledging the issues makes it easier to ask for help and seek support from others,” said Amanda Magrum, BSN, RN, PCCN, who started a Facebook page, “Nurses Against Bullying.” Read more from ADVANCE for Nurses.

New App Helps Nursing Students Who Learned English as Second Language

Two nursing instructors have created an app to help students with English as a second language better understand everyday idioms and better care for their patients. “Phrases that we commonly used on tests or in class — things like ‘bear with me,’ ‘she’s tied up,’ ‘don’t drink the Kool-Aid’ or ‘get the chip off your shoulder’ — could be stumbling blocks to international students,” said creator Sue Buchholz. Read more from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Nursing Specialty Spotlight: Forensic Nursing 

When Virginia A. Lynch, MSN, RN, FAAFS, FAAN, learned that healthcare providers were unintentionally obstructing justice during their care of victims of crime, she began teaching about forensic nursing— even before it was acknowledged as a specialty. “The investigation of trauma prior to surgical intervention or other life saving measures is essential to preserve the image and description of injury before it is lost through a sea of wound cleansing antiseptic, insertion of instruments or suturing,” said Lynch, who is considered the “mother of forensic nursing.” Read more about Virginia at ADVANCE for Nurses. 

California Considers Measure to Expand Role of Nurse Practitioners 

The California state Senate approved a measure this week to allow nurse practitioners to perform more tasks independently, including prescribing drugs and approving treatments. Read more from the Los Angeles Times. 

Most Young Women with Breast Cancer Choosing Masectomy 

A new study of Massachusetts women shows that most young women are choosing mastectomy over a lumpectomy and radiation. “There’s no difference in survival between mastectomy and lumpectomy among women with stage I, II or III breast cancer,” said study author Shoshana Rosenberg, of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. “These are women who had a choice, and 62 percent chose mastectomy.” Read more from NPR. 

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