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With many hospitals working towards Magnet designation, the level of education required of nurses is higher than ever before. Read this and more in the top nursing news stories you missed this week:

Nursing Education on the Rise 

As more and more nurses are needed, hospitals are also requiring a higher level of education than ever before. “The Institute of Medicine really quantified and demonstrated with evidence that the more education that one has, the lower the morbidity and mortality is for patients,” said Linda Cassata, Ph.D., R.N., associate dean of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University. “Because of Magnet designation, many hospitals have told me that we’re going to stop having associate degree nurses in their programs as of January.” Read more at Medill Reports.

Top 10 Quick Stress Relievers for Nurses

Need to relieve stress in five seconds? Scrubs Magazine has you covered. “Gently picking up a sleeping preemie and listening to her breathing and sighing in my ear. Does wonders! (I’m a NICU nurse.) Oh, and deep, cleansing breaths of my own!” wrote Lori Andersen NeilsonRead the other top 10 quick stress relievers for nurses at Scrubs Magazine.

As Baby Boomer Nurses Retire, Faculty Shortage Intensifies

Nursing instructors are needed more than ever to educate students on how to care for the heaping surge of retirees. “Nursing education is in crisis,” said Kathryn Grams, dean of the School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia. “And I think the problem is pretty invisible until you line us all up, and you see how much older we are all than our faculty in other departments.” Read more at Inside Higher Ed.

5 Ways Social Media Benefits Nurses

With the use of social media in healthcare booming, five benefits of the practice have emerged, including professional development. “Online communication and social media provide flexible opportunities to engage in a variety of professional activities that might otherwise be missed due to barriers such as time, geography and cost,” said author Meaghan O’Keeffe, RN, BSN. Read the other four benefits at Scrubbed In.

Marathon Bombing Nurse Chose Bravery over Fear

When two bombs detonated at the Boston Marathon, volunteer nurse Bill Dockham’s first thought was to run to safety. However, his nurse instincts quickly kicked in, as he worked to treat the severely wounded. “As my brother said to me, ‘You were put there for a reason,’” said Dockham. “I could’ve been put at the second tent, or I could’ve been put out on the course somewhere, but I was picked to be in that tent.” Read more of his story at The Patriot Ledger.

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