RNews Digest: 1 December 2017

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News and perspectives important to RNs and the profession of nursing, gathered from sources around the world.

We're working nurses to death
Tonic, Jason Silverstein, 28 November 2017
Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University and the university's chief wellness officer, and her colleagues recently published a paper that shows depression among nurses is associated with both burnout and medical errors.

Health care professionals need balance
KevinMD.com (Blog), Nathalie Martinek, 28 November 2017
Unlike most professions, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers are exposed to a higher frequency of distress, pain, suffering, death, and trauma, and all the accumulated personal and professional highs don’t always neutralize their effects.

Teaching family caregivers to assist safely with mobility
American Journal of Nursing, Gail Powell-Cope, Karla M. Pippins, and Heather M. Young, December 2017
Family caregivers commonly assist older family members when they have mobility difficulties, such as problems walking, getting in and out of bed, and using the bathroom. However, these caregivers are unlikely to have been prepared to perform these important activities.

An unusual privilege: A patient’s memorable grace
AJN Off the Charts (Blog), Jonathan Peter Robb, 1 December 2017
I was working an evening shift and it was five o’clock when my mobile rang for a call-out. The patient was old, and unwell, and when she last returned home, we were told she was dying. She had been made palliative.

The balancing act of clinician supply and demand
HealthLeaders Media, Jennifer Thew, 26 November 2017
While a 2015 report by Georgetown University projects a shortfall of roughly 193,000 nurses in the United States by 2020, data from the Health Resources & Services Administration estimates that supply will outpace demand, and by 2030 the country will have a surplus of 293,800 RNs.

Want a high-paying job in your field? Study engineering or nursing, says the census
Global News Canada, Leslie Young, 29 November 2017
Young Canadians graduating with a bachelor's degree in engineering, nursing, and related technology  and healthcare fields were very likely to get a job in their field, and a good paycheque to go with it.

'Serious nursing shortage'–NI Health regulator
BBC News, N. Ireland, Marie-Louise Connolly, 29 November 2017
Northern Ireland's health regulator has formally notified the health department there is a serious nursing shortage across hospital and community services. It is the first time the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority has issued such a notice.

Instructors are causing the nursing shortage
Scrubs, 29 November 2017
Nursing faculty members are aging and retiring, medical school budgets are tightening, and the job competition across the medical profession is increasing. All of these factors have led to somewhat of a crisis during a time when professional registered nurses are very high in demand.

The doctor will see you now—but often not for long
Reuters, Carolyn Crist, 28 November 2017
For half of the world’s population, primary care doctor visits last less than five minutes. Appointments range from 48 seconds in Bangladesh to 22.5 minutes in Sweden. In the U.S., meetings with doctors average about 20 minutes.

How opioids started killing Americans
Bloomberg, Natasha Rausch, 28 November 2017
More than half of all people who succumbed to an overdose between 2001 to 2007 were chronic pain sufferers who filled an opioid prescription and sometimes even saw a doctor in the month before they died. Only 4 percent were ever diagnosed as having an abuse problem. RNL

 —Compiled by Jane Palmer, Assistant Editor
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