Nurse evacuating patients loses home to wildfire

Julayne Smithson, who recently moved to Santa Rosa, CA, from Indiana, lost her home to the wildfires raging in the state while working an overnight shift in the ICU at the Kaiser Permanente hospital. A colleague watched her patient while she ran home to try to save a few things. “I knew I didn’t have much time,” she says. “So I ran inside and I thought, ‘I have to get my nursing documents, because if I’m going to lose everything I own, I have to be able to work, to care for patients.'” Read the rest of the story here.

Utah Detective Fired for Handcuffing Nurse

Detective Jeff Payne of the Salt Lake City Police Department, who roughly handcuffed nurse Alex Wubbels when she followed her hospital’s policy and refused to draw blood from a patient without his consent, has been fired. In a disciplinary letter, Payne’s behavior was described as “inappropriate, unreasonable, unwarranted, discourteous, and disrespectful.” Read more here.

Delays at N.J. Board of Nursing endanger public, leave health care workers uncertain

According to Keith Hovey, an attorney at Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader, speaking on behalf of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys, the New Jersey Board of Nursing needs substantive changes to better serve nurses and protect the public.


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FDA clears patient-assisted mammography system

On Sept. 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the first 2D digital mammography system that allows patients to increase or decrease the amount of compression applied to their own breast before the mammogram is taken. The system has a handheld wireless remote control that patients can use to adjust the compression force after breast positioning. Continue reading »

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FDA approves new drug for acute myeloid leukemia

On Sept. 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Mylotarg (gemtuzumab ozogamicin) for the treatment of adults with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia whose tumors express the CD33 antigen (CD33-positive AML) and for he treatment of patients aged 2 years and older with CD33-positive AML who have experienced a relapse or are refractory to initial treatment. Continue reading »

CDC urges early recognition, prompt treatment of sepsis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched Get Ahead of Sepsis, an educational initiative to protect Americans from the devastating effects of sepsis. This initiative emphasizes the importance of early recognition and timely treatment of sepsis, as well as the importance of preventing infections that could lead to sepsis. Read more.


Leading with kindness in nursing

Leading with kindness

As this nurse leader explains, communicating with compassion is always the best option.

Interview by Apryl Motley

“Be kind whenever possible, and it is always possible.”

Leading with kindness in nursing

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For Rose Constantino, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN, FACFE, the 2016 recipient of ANA’s Jessie M. Scott Award, these words from the Dalai Lama are the ones she lives and leads by in her work as a teacher, researcher, advocate, and mentor.   Continue reading »

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Secrets, lies, and cover-ups

The impact of the new healthcare bill can’t be hidden forever.

leah curtin executive editor professional outreach american nurse journalBy Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

As Newton observed, for every action in nature there’s an equal and opposite reaction. So too with laws that are hastily written and enacted. The Senate healthcare bill was developed secretly by 13 senators, reportedly with input from large pharmaceutical company lobbyists. Some commentators report that the bill will eliminate a huge chunk of government spending for hospitals and for insurance, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies. Others say no reduction in government spending will occur, but growth will slow. The Congressional Budget Office indicates that about 22 million people will eventually lose health insurance—with about 15 million of those from 2018 to 2019. This loss of coverage will largely be the result of gutting Medicaid. Continue reading »

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. – FDA is carefully evaluating prescription opioid medications approved to treat cough in children

FDA announces plans to evaluate use of opioids for treating cough in children

On Aug. 21, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that an upcoming meeting of the pediatric advisory committee will focus on the use of prescription opioid products containing hydrocodone or codeine for the treatment of cough in pediatric patients, including current treatment practices and benefit-risk consideration. At a roundtable earlier this year, the FDA heard from several professional groups on this issue.

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. – FDA is carefully evaluating prescription opioid medications approved to treat cough in children

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FDA approves new treatment for adults with relapsed or refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia

On Aug. 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Besponsa is a targeted therapy that is thought to work by binding to B-cell ALL cancer cells that express the CD22 antigen, blocking the growth of cancerous cells. Continue reading »