About Stephanie Sladek

Stephanie Sladek is director of digital marketing and media at Chamberlain College of Nursing.

Nurses are traditionally known for their quick thinking and perseverance. This week’s Top 5 Nursing News Stories You Missed highlight the many other qualities of the modern nurse, as portrayed through nurse inventors, advocates, change leaders and clinical leaders. From “MacGyver nurses” to nurse policymakers, nurses today are making their voices heard.

‘MacGyver’ Nurses Build Their Own Solutions

MIT’s Little Devices Lab, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, launched MakerNurse to identify and honor nurse innovation in the healthcare system. MakerNurse aims to study nurse making in hospitals and identify ways to better support inventive nurses. Read more about MakerNurse at Health Leaders Media.

American Nurses Association Calls Shutdown ‘Irresponsible & Harmful’

The American Nurses Association took a stand this week on the government shutdown, urging members of Congress to find a solution. The organization stressed that due to the shutdown, the National Institutes of Health clinical research center will be forced to turn away 200 patients each week. The ANA also urged action in light of the upcoming flu season, noting that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not monitoring how influenza is spreading across the country and are not able to support state and local partners for infectious disease surveillance.” Read more about the ANA’s remarks on the government shutdown at ADVANCE for Nurses.

A More Perfect Union

When two hospitals or healthcare organizations merge, nurses often report feeling overwhelmed and unsure about their professional future. However, mergers often bring positive changes for nurses and patients, including a stronger patient care offering, increased job security and room for growth. Learn more about how hospital mergers affect nurses at Nurse.com.

Nurse Practitioners More Satisfied With Their Job Choice than Docs

A recent Staff Care survey reports that 96 percent of 222 nurse practitioners (NPs) surveyed at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners annual meeting said if they had the chance to redo their careers, they would become NPs again. In comparison, 40 percent of doctors would pick a different career path. Read more about the NP survey results at Fierce Healthcare.

Want to Reduce Readmissions? Hire More Nurses, Study Says

A new study conducted by Health Affairs has the industry buzzing. Researchers found that hospitals with higher nurse staffing have lower odds of readmissions penalties than hospitals with lower staffing. Hospitals are considered high-staffed if they had an average of eight registered nurse hours per adjusted patient day. A larger nursing staff also provides nurses with more time and resources to make readmission reduction strategies work. Find out more about reducing readmission rates with nurse staffing at Med City News.

Nurses dedicate their lives to caring for others. When the demands of the profession rise, nurses often forget to take time out to care for themselves. Heather Matthews, MSN, RN, is a clinical practice leader in the emergency department of the Hospital of Pennsylvania. She launched an innovative program to help nurses de-stress and feel cared for in their place of work.  Lean more about Matthews’ innovative program and other nursing newsmakers in this week’s Top 5 Nursing News Stories You Missed This Week: READ MORE

Today’s nurses come from diverse backgrounds, enroll in unique degree programs and enter a variety of specializations. Read on for more about the many faces of nursing in the following news stories you missed this week:

Ex-Hockey Player Starts New Life as Nurse

Less than two years ago, Jim Ennis was captain of the UMass-Boston hockey team. Today, he is a certified registered nurse working toward his master’s degree at UMass Medical School. Surprisingly, Jim’s desire to enter the nursing profession wasn’t born out of his experience witnessing sports injuries. He was inspired by his own experience as a 13-year-old hospital patient. Learn more about Jim’s desire to help others at the Boston Globe.

RNs Work Together to Create “Bedside the Musical” As Way to Teach Others About Profession’s History

Mary Walsh, RN, BSN, and Peg McKeon, RN, BSN, wanted to introduce a way for nurses to acquire education in an engaging, entertaining way. In 2011, this dream became a reality when they held the first live performance of “Bedside the Musical,” which was approved for 1.7 CE credits by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association. Read more about how RNs are earning CEs through a musical at Nurse.com.

Thriving as an Older Student

Many nurses in their 40s, 50s and 60s are enrolled or planning to head back to classrooms, worried about rusty study skills and fitting classes into an already packed schedule. Minority Nurse offers tips to reduce the stress that will accompany this new chapter in life. Read on for strategies from older students who successfully juggled school, family and jobs while working on a first, second or third degree in Minority Nurse.

Employment Opportunities in Senior Care

The growing number of older Americans has created many new opportunities for registered nurses specialized in senior care. But what are the hiring requirements? What type of care do seniors require? And what is a typical work schedule? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this Q&A from Scrubs magazine.

Nurse Navigators Help Guide Patients Through Breast Cancer Journey

More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. At one hospital in Kansas, breast health nurse navigators help women understand the information and emotions that come with being a breast cancer patient. According to the National Cancer Institute, nurse navigators are becoming more common because they improve quality of care and healthy outcomes. Read registered nurse Terri Leschuk’s story of healing as a breast health nurse navigator at Kansas.com.

As the digital age takes hold on the healthcare industry, there is a growing number of nurses specializing in informatics: Currently 9,000 of the 3 million nurses nationwide work in this specialty, and this percentage is increasing by 5 percent each year! Continue reading about the growing career field of nursing informatics and more trending news topics in the top nursing stories you missed this week: READ MORE