top 5 nursing news stories

This week: Nursing programs are showing signs of an increased capacity, ensuring fewer students will sit on a wait list. Read this and other top news from the week below. 

Nursing Program Capacity and Student Diversity Growing 

A newly-released survey from the National League for Nursing (NLN) shows that nursing program capacity is expanding. “This is encouraging news,” said NLN President Judith Halstead, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF. “Just two years ago the percentage of nursing programs that turned away qualified applicants was peaking across all types of nursing education programs, including almost two thirds of baccalaureate programs.” The survey also found a notable rise in the number of minorities enrolled in post-licensure programs in 2012. Read more from NurseZone.

Students Gain New Perspective on International Nursing Service Trips 

For three Chamberlain students, international nursing service trips provided new lessons in practical nursing, including how to deal with language barriers. “You’re not missing the nonverbal cues,” said Chamberlain student Sarah Strycker. “I think that even if I’m not nursing in a foreign country, you just pay attention more to the patient.” Read more about their experiences at MySuburbanLife and TheReporterOnline.

Nursing Specialty Spotlight: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 

Cynthia Hockman, a pediatric nurse practitioner, was at the forefront of creating a developmental screening program in the late 1970s. “By empowering parents to become competent in understanding their infant’s behavioral cues, understanding and providing appropriate developmental opportunities for their child, it can significantly impact emotional and cognitive development,” said Hockman. Read more about the role of nurse practitioners at DesMoinesRegister.

5 Times Nurses Should Speak Up 

Bullying in nursing has become a hot topic, but it’s just one of many times nurses should find their voice and speak up. “From the moment you decide to become a nurse and during the entire journey to your final destination, you need to find your voice,” writes nurse Sean Dent. “Find it and cultivate it. Once you cultivate it, keep using it.” Read on in Scrubs Magazine.

Patients More Likely To Survive if Air-Lifted, Study Says 

A new study shows that patients who are air-lifted to a hospital have a higher chance of survival, compared to those transported in an ambulance. Interestingly enough, air-lifted patients tend to be in more critical condition. “These patients tend to be the most severely injured; nevertheless, the care they receive from medical staff at the scene and during transport, plus speed of transport, means that patients are more likely to survive,” Dr. Hagen Andruszkow, of the University Hospital Aachen in Germany. Read more at DoctorsLounge. 

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