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

Research out of the University of Pennsylvania found that when nurses had one extra patient over the established nurse-patient ratio, there was a 7% increase in likelihood that one of the patients would die. One nurse argues for sufficient nurse staffing in the top nursing stories from the week:

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Throughout her career, nurse leader Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, watched the most talented and effective nurses advance to the role of nurse managers. Whether it was because they had missed out on business courses, or they lacked nurse role models who had climbed higher, it was in these positions where the career progression of high-achieving nurses often stagnated. READ MORE

You might want to think twice about putting your sleep on the back burner. Sleep deprivation is proven to cause lasting effects such as memory loss and heart disease, as well as a shortened attention span and increased stress throughout the day. For adults 18 years and older, it’s recommended you receive between 7.5-9 hours of sleep each night. READ MORE

Symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath are early warning signs of a heart attack. Shockingly, two-thirds of men say they would not see a healthcare professional if these symptoms arose. They’re likely part of the seven million American men who have not been to a physician’s appointment in 10 years or more.

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