The nursing workplace is evolving and many nurses are being asked to jump on board. Nursing schools are now using mobile health trends to bring a more realistic approach to learning in the classroom, more health systems are hiring nurse practitioners and the American Nurses Association (ANA) is creating new tools to help nurses succeed. Read more about all these changes, as well as two takes on a recent healthcare survey in the Top 5 Nursing Stories You Missed This Week.
Study: Foreign-Born Nurses Account For Up to 15% of RN Workforce in U.S
A new study conducted by RAND Corporation reveals foreign-educated and foreign-born health professionals make incredible contributions to the U.S. workforce. It also revealed that changes to immigration laws may be needed to help stabilize the nation’s health workforce. Despite the many contributions these health professionals make to U.S. healthcare, they often face unethical recruitment practices, discrimination in the workplace and difficulty navigating cultural differences. Read more about the authors’ advice for U.S. policymakers at ADVANCE for Nurses.
Doctor Shortage Could Ease As Obamacare Boosts Nurses, Physician Assistants
Also included in the RAND Corporation study findings, researchers suggest that an expansion of patient-centered medical homes and “nurse-managed” health centers have the potential to eliminate 50 percent or more of the primary care physician shortage in the U.S. by 2025. Through legislation outlined in the Affordable Care Act, accountable care organizations (ACOs) that put medical care providers together under one umbrella will be rewarded for working together to improve quality and control costs. To make the ACOs work, hospitals and health systems are hiring dozens of new nurse practitioners. Find out more about the RAND Corporation survey and what it reveals about the U.S. healthcare environment at Forbes.
Tablet Transforms Mannequins into Real-life Bedside Experience for Nursing + Med Students
Teaching staff McLennan Community College have tapped into the growing mobile health trend to complement what students are learning in the classroom. By integrating tablets and new healthcare software, students can now experience real-life bedside stimulations including major emergency situations. Learn more about this mobile health trend in medical education at Med City News.
Study Links RN Perception of Work Environment to HAI Likelihood
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are the cause of death for tens of thousands of patients and cost the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars each year. In a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Critical Care, nurse researchers and professors analyzed nurse survey and hospital data on the association between critical care work environment and nurse-reported patient outcomes. The results suggest that implementing a primary care staffing model, ensuring appropriate support staff and resources are available and providing support for nurse managers are ways for nurse managers to lower the risk of development of HAIs. Read more about this study and what nurses can do to limit the risk of HAIs at Nurse.com.
New Initiative to Promote Healthy Habits for Nurses
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has announced plans to launch HealthyNurse, a new program designed to encourage nurses to practice healthy habits. Starting in mid-November, with funding from Pfizer, ANA will make free health risk appraisal (HRA) available for 3.1 million registered nurses. The HRA will ask nurses a series of questions covering lifestyle issues and workplace safety tips. Once the HRA is complete, nurses will be directed to a portal where they can find out more information on how to improve their workplace environment, take quizzes or play games. Learn more about this new tool for nurses at Minority Nurse.