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For nurses on the frontlines of healthcare, recent news that Americans continue to trust nursing more than any other profession is not only validating, but also a testament to the effort they put into caring for patients every day.
“Everybody was re-Tweeting it and sharing it,” said National Student Nurses Association President Jennifer Kalenkoski, RN, who works in a medical cardiology progressive care unit for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “Everybody was really proud of it.”
Advocacy is the act or process of pleading for, supporting, or recommending a cause or course of action. Advocacy may be for persons (whether as an individual, group, population, or society) or for an issue, such as potable water or global health. (ANA Code of Ethics - 2015)
Nurses are natural advocates. Please join us in making 2018 the Year of Advocacy! Learn more.
The power of #NursingAdvocacy
We are very proud of our ED Marketa Houskova, RN, MAIA, BA Marketa’s Profile was recently featured in the Working Nurse Magazine:
Marketa Houskova got involved in politics and the political process while being a registered nurse in the then-Czechoslovakia. She took part in a non-violent transition of power in her country at the end of 1989.
“As part of the Velvet Revolution, we demanded removal and resignation of communist leaders from our hospital. Before the fate of the Revolution was clear, I stood up and spoke against totalitarian regime and oppression and called for an immediate removal of those who abused their power while in office or a position,” she says.
Nurses play a critical role in the lives of patients across the country. That is why the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is dedicated to providing you, policy makers, and researchers with the most comprehensive data on U.S. registered nurses and nurse practitioners. To accomplish this, we need your help.
Please support and encourage participation in the 2018 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN). This vital national survey is the primary source of data on the nursing workforce, the largest group of healthcare providers. Learn more and complete the survey.
National Health Law Program
Ignoring the bedrock principle that one person's "religious liberty" cannot be used to inflict harm on another person, the Trump administration announced today that it would create a new office with a mission to allow health care providers to cite their religious and moral beliefs in denying comprehensive health care to women and LGBTQ people.
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The United States is facing a looming physician shortage, and some groups see this as an opportunity to promote an agenda of replacing physicians with nurses.
The nurse-as-doctor concept appeared in the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing 2011 report, which called for a radical change to the nursing structure in the United States, including a goal of “full” partnership with physicians. Nursing organizations responded with a plan to double the number of nurses with a doctorate degree by 2020.
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By Keith Carlson
There's an old saying that if you don't have a seat at the table, you'll end up on the menu, and this could not be more true of nurses and the nursing profession. When nurses are busy looking the other way, others can fill the void and make decisions for them. But when nurses demand a seat at the table, they are making a bold statement that their voices are crucial components of the conversation.
The death rate in the United States isn't decreasing as it has in years past, and some experts blame the opioid epidemic. But a new study suggests America's increasing girth is what's really behind the slowdown.
Excess weight led to nearly 200,000 excess deaths in 2011. And overall, those extra pounds reduced life expectancy by almost one year at age 40, researchers determined.
Heart disease deaths had declined consistently for nearly 40 years. These declines have slowed or stopped altogether, according to the researchers. Rates of decline in cancer deaths have also slowed, they said.
A recent study has indicated that women who start menstruating at the age of 11 or earlier, or enter menopause before 47 have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Some other factors that were associated with elevated odds of heart problems in later years were miscarriage, stillbirth, undergoing a hysterectomy, and bearing children at a young age. The findings have suggested that women who had premature reproductive cycles or a history of adverse events should be screened for heart problems.
A new study led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found that patient satisfaction with care in hospitals declines when patients believe there are not enough nurses on wards. The study findings were based on the results of a patient survey of 66,348 patients.
Optical Society of America via Phys.org
Researchers have developed the first instrument that can provide a detailed image of the entire eye. By incorporating a lens that changes optical parameters in response to an electric current, the innovative technology can produce higher quality images than currently available and could make eye examinations faster and more comfortable for patients by avoiding the need to undergo imaging with multiple instruments to look at different areas of the eye.
It's important to take a second blood pressure reading if your child's first reading points to high blood pressure, researchers say. They found that nearly 25 percent of children and teens who had their blood pressure checked by their primary care providers had readings in the high range, but less than half of those readings were confirmed when their blood pressure was checked again. In fact, just slightly more than 2 percent of the children had sustained high blood pressure over time, the researchers found.
Clinical Innovation and Technology
An emergency department (ED)-based transitional care nurse (TCN) program, focusing on geriatric care, was able to reduce the number of unnecessary hospitalizations by 33 percent. Findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
This study used the Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations in Care through Workforce, Informatics, and Structural Enhancements (GEDI WISE) program to evaluate and reduce the number of unnecessary hospital admissions after a visit to the ED.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Jan. 16 it expects a shortage of intravenous saline fluids for hospitals due to damage to key manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico to improve over the coming weeks and months. U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that the FDA has approved IV saline products from more companies, which is expected to boost U.S. supply. He said the tight supply of saline products had been exacerbated by increased demand as a result of a worse-than-normal flu season.
University of Maryland via Medical Xpress
It is easier to spread the influenza virus (flu) than previously thought, according to a new University of Maryland-led study released Jan. 18. People commonly believe that they can catch the flu by exposure to droplets from an infected person's coughs or sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces. But, new information about flu transmission reveals that we may pass the flu to others just by breathing.
As healthcare professionals, we intuitively know patient falls are a big issue for hospitals. We have seen people suffer from secondary injuries resulting from these incidents.
Over the last several years, hospital falls have become a hot topic. Since 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have modified the reimbursement structure of payment, denying or limiting hospital reimbursement that results from adverse events which may occur to a patient while in the hospital.
An examination appearing in PLOS One of an unpublished study from 2009 suggested that information the U.S. Food and Drug Administration used to approve doxylamine-pyridoxine for treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnant women showed the drug was not effective. The drug is included in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' (ACOG) guidelines as the first-line pharmacological therapies for nausea and vomiting for women who are pregnant.
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