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. READ MORE
A nurse’s role is constantly changing to meet the diverse, evolving needs of our communities and healthcare systems. This week’s Top 5 Nursing News Stories You Missed This Week highlights nursing school projects, the importance of nurse communication, nurse staffing in hospitals and the changing role of the school nurse.
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
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
Young nurses are badly needed in academia, nursing workforce experts say. The nurse faculty workforce is aging and on the brink of a mass retirement, and only 14 percent of nurses who hold full-time faculty positions are younger than 40.
Outside of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, more than 1,000 adults and 300 children rummage through a mountain of garbage to earn their living. The conditions are toxic and the pay is meager. 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: