Nurses

Next week's prize: free McKnight's 5th Fall Online Expo

The event of the season is all but here — the 5th Annual McKnight's Online Expo takes place Wednesday. Registration is ongoing and has been brisk for the trio of educational webinars.

Disinfectant exposure may increase nurses' COPD risk by nearly one-third

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Nurses who regularly use disinfectants to clean surfaces could be at increased risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, researchers announced on Monday.

Catching nurse impostors — if you can

Catching nurse impostors — if you can

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If you've ever seen the movie "Catch Me If You Can," you've probably wondered how in the world the protagonist could get away with his scheme of working jobs he had no qualifications for for so long. You might have also asked yourself that when reading the top story of our Daily Update on Monday morning.

What I would say to young Nurse Jackie

What I would say to young Nurse Jackie

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I started thinking: If young Nurse Jackie knew what she would have to go through to get a smile of contentment on her face, would that huge smile turn to a look of horror? Could I have let her know that everything she would go through would be what would bring about that smile of contentment she wears now?

Preparations mount for National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week will be observed May 6-12 and promote the theme "Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit." It is sponsored by the American Nurses Association, which has declared 2017 the "Year of the Healthy Nurse.

Learning by doing

Learning by doing

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OK, so here is something I totally don't understand. It has to do with how a lot of nursing staff think about new hires. (Probably Chapter 2 in my imaginary book, "Eating their young / a nurse's guide to orienting and mentoring.")

C'mon, give me a hug!

C'mon, give me a hug!

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With so many obscure holidays out there, I notice there is no "National Appreciate a Nurse Day." Nursing Home Week and Nurses' Week do not count. I want a day to put on my tiara and not feel weird about it!

Nurse Strom and the comment section conundrum

Nurse Strom and the comment section conundrum

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It's very fitting, and not at all surprising to me, that a story on social media comments has stirred up some of most intense reader response I've seen on this site in a while.

Nursing shortage might not be as dire as feared

Nursing shortage might not be as dire as feared

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For the past decade, healthcare experts, including those in long-term care, have been drumming the beat of a looming nursing shortage. A new study details why the shortage might not be as terrible as feared.

Boo 'The View'

Boo 'The View'

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If anyone has learned anything about live television talk shows, it's this: DO NOT mess with nurses! The View's insulting mockery of Miss Colorado's Kelley Johnson's monologue kicked off a firestorm of a backlash on social media this week.

A tisket, a tasket ... No LPNs in the RN basket

A tisket, a tasket ... No LPNs in the RN basket

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Reporting direct care hours is nothing new, but the Affordable Care Act takes it to the next level with mandatory quarterly electronic submission of staffing and census data. This focus on staffing ratios should not come as a surprise — but you could be in for a shock if you don't pay attention to your details.

Leave the cape at home to become a caregiving hero

Leave the cape at home to become a caregiving hero

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OK, let's face it. We all have an inner superhero in us or we wouldn't be in the business of serving. But sometimes we need to leave that cape at home.

Briggs Healthcare partners with ErgoNurse

Briggs Healthcare will be the exclusive distributor for ErgoNurse's "no-lift" patient repositioning system, the company announced.

Case could change nursing meal breaks

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A California court case concerning waived breaks could have widespread implications for healthcare workers encouraged to give up meal time during extra-long shifts.

Nurse-directed intervention eases heart disease, diabetes

Nurse-directed intervention eases heart disease, diabetes

Having primary care nurses promote physical activity could be effective enough to reduce heart disease and Type 2 diabetes risk among seniors, according to a British study.

Also in the News for Wednesday, February 18

Oklahoma jury recommends $1.2M in damages to family of nursing home resident ... NY nursing home lawsuit settled for $750,000 ... Nurses can increase physical activity in older adults

Microchips for nurses

Microchips for nurses

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My dog has a microchip embedded between his shoulder blades, and it's really setting my mind at ease. So I think it might be time for every member of your nursing staff to get one, too.

A nurse invented that! (But most likely didn't get credit for it)

A nurse invented that! (But most likely didn't get credit for it)

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Nurses have invented some really cool stuff. But most likely they've received just pats on the heads for coming up with a "work-around" or a "creative solution." Then someone else slaps a patent on it and becomes the financial victor.

Also in the News for Sept. 23, 2014

Trial begins in $1 billion-plus nursing home case tied to Illinois candidate for governor ... Long shifts for nurses correlate to decline in quality, European study finds ... Legally married same-sex couples are family members under HIPAA, according to HHS guidance.

Philosophy good for nurses, study says

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Philosophical awareness is not only relevant to nurse education but "vital," according to researchers from the University of Victoria in Canada.

Nursing homes may benefit from delayed RN retirements

Nursing homes may benefit from delayed RN retirements

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Nursing homes may benefit from registered nurses working longer after age 50, researchers from RAND Corporation say.

If you want it, YOU have to make it happen!

If you want it, YOU have to make it happen!

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A recent article on Medline Nursing alleged that the average registered nurse (RN) wants more sleep, authority respect and work-life balance. We can get what we want. We just have to learn to "ask" in the right way. And who should we ask? Well, mostly ourselves.

Survey: Nurses under dangerous stress

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A lack of necessary authority and problems with management are contributing to nurses' high levels of stress, according to recently released survey results.

Advancing Excellence now embraces nurses in policy

Advancing Excellence now embraces nurses in policy

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Nurses' efforts to be leaders in a national effort to improve long-term care showed how they can attain greater influence over healthcare policy, according to an article recently published in Geriatric Nursing.

Survey: Nurses are 'dangerously' stressed due to lack of authority, poor management

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A lack of necessary authority and struggles with management are among multiple factors contributing to nurses' high levels of stress, according to recently released survey results.

Tackling nurse bullying

Tackling nurse bullying

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In a session on bullying among nurses at NADONA's annual conference this week, audience members were invited to say how they felt when a supervisor yelled at them. I heard "embarrassed," "disparaged," and "incompetent." But one other word stuck with me: "scary."

Health IT not a panacea for what's wrong in healthcare

Health IT not a panacea for what's wrong in healthcare

If you listen to the lobbyists for medical device manufacturers, health information technology is the answer to our biggest healthcare troubles. America's registered nurses have a different perspective.

Residents reciprocate when nurses initiate warm regards

Residents reciprocate when nurses initiate warm regards

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Relations between long-term care nurses and residents can be understood through the concept of "reciprocity," and cultivating certain types of reciprocity can improve care, according to recent research out of the University of South Australia.

Nursing home nurses most likely to want other work setting, survey finds

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Long-term care nurses are more likely than their colleagues in other settings to be looking to transfer into a different healthcare realm, a recent poll showed.

Stroke patients should have access to robust palliative care, American Heart Association urges in first-of-its-kind statement

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Stroke survivors have "enormous" palliative care needs, and healthcare providers should ensure they can provide these services, according to a scientific statement released Friday by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.