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Nurse's notes: Psych nurses trained for crisis
Nurses are commonly asked the question, "Why did you choose nursing?" While there certainly are many answers to this question, it is common to hear about one's desire to provide care to a vulnerable population, the opportunity to make life better for others in the community or the satisfaction that comes with work that is so varied from day to day.
This is true for many nurses who work in behavioral health, also known as psychiatric nursing.
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Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards
The American Nurses Association unveiled on June 25 its new publication, Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards. These Standards are designed to infuse a stronger culture of safety in health care work environments and provide a universal foundation for policies, practices, regulations and legislation to protect health care workers and health care recipients from injury.
For more information on the Standards, visit: www.NursingWorld.org/SPHM-Standards.
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IPFW offers online degree program for nurses
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne this fall will offer an online bachelor of science degree with a major in nursing.
The program is designed for registered nurses who have an associate degree in nursing and want a more advanced degree. It was developed by IPFW's Department of Nursing and will be offered through the Division of Continuing Studies' Online Learning Program.
Public health RNs satisfied, but face challenges
A new report details the significant challenges facing the public health nursing workforce.
More than 2 in 5 state health departments report having "a great deal of difficulty" hiring nurses, and nearly 40 percent of state and local health departments report having insufficient resources to fill vacant nurse positions, according to the report.
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Cancer care is improved in hospitals that employ more cancer specialist nurses
Oncology Nurse Advisor
The care experience of cancer patients is better at hospitals that employ a larger number of cancer specialist nurses, according to a newly published study of the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom. Patients of better staffed hospitals are more likely to report being given more emotional support by nurses who work well together on wards.
Union's top military nurses were nuns
The Daughters of Charity at their provincial house in Emmitsburg, Md., could hear the cannons of Pickett's Charge 10 miles off. They helped their chaplain pack a wagon with medical supplies and, when the cannons were silenced, a dozen sisters rode with him to tend to the wounded.
"They had already been on battlefields in the North and the South," said Lisa Shower, who gives Civil War tours at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. In 1863, nuns were the nation's only trained nurses.
"Nursing was deeply rooted in their heritage. Even before the Civil War they were active in hospitals in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.," she said of the Daughters of Charity.
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NLN report finds nursing education capacity expanding
The latest survey of nursing schools by the National League for Nursing finds the nation’s nursing education capacity expanding and some of the longstanding, unmet demand for seats in nursing schools beginning to subside.
Waiting lists for entry into nursing programs were persistently long throughout the late-2000s, with national statistics and news reports and anecdotes from around the country describing a widespread lack of capacity in nursing education programs, according to an NLN news release.
Nurse practitioners can help boost quality of care for older patients with chronic conditions
U.S. residents today are living longer than previous generations, thanks to improved public health and medical treatment. But they're also living longer with chronic geriatric health conditions like dementia, urinary incontinence, depression and debilitating falls, which often require complex medical care.
Doctors spend significant time and resources treating individuals with chronic conditions, and the average family physician can become severely overtaxed managing care for such patients. The picture becomes even worse with chronic geriatric conditions.
Most pricey Medicare patient care may be unpreventable
Treating the costliest Medicare patients in doctors' offices instead of emergency rooms or hospitals whenever possible may not save as much money as originally hoped, according to a new study.
After analyzing recent data on more than one million Medicare patients, researchers found that only about a tenth of the money spent on the program's most expensive patients was for care that could be provided without a trip to the hospital.
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Public health nurse recruitment barriers detailed
Health Leaders Media
Hospitals and health systems are not the only organizations grappling with the challenge of attracting and keeping nurses on staff. Public health departments are also struggling to fill vacant jobs.
Nurses are critically important to public and population health efforts, making up 24 percent of that workforce and providing much-needed clinic-based care and disease prevention services to individuals in roughly half of all state and local health departments.
Why FDA potentially approved Brisdelle after panel voted it down
In a surprise move, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat hot flashes in menopausal women after an FDA panel voted against approving the medication.
The panel likely disapproved of the drug, Dr. Tara Shirazian, a gynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, explained, because the scientific data - on which the panel relies - was likely not compelling enough.
However, Shirazian pointed out, the drug Brisdelle, made of paroxetine - a generic medication that's used for systematic hot flashes - has been used for years among OB-GYNs for the off-label indication to treat symptomatic hot flashes. It has been prescribed as the antidepressant drug Paxil, but now, the new drug approved by the FDA is a lower dosage.
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