2017 nursing trends and salary survey results: Part 2

By Meaghan O’Keeffe, BSN, RN

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In June 2017, American Nurse Today conducted a survey to measure trends in nursing. With almost 6,000 respondents, we collected valuable data related to workforce demographics, salary and benefits, and job satisfaction. Continue reading »

Body cameras in health care: The debate

Is it appropriate for healthcare professionals to wear body cameras? Here are some pros and cons, according to those debating this issue:

Provide evidence in malpractice litigation
Prompt better behavior by patients, families, and healthcare workers when they know they’re being recorded
De-escalate potentially volatile situations

Potential security and privacy violations
Interference with honest communication, especially with regard to sensitive healthcare topics such as mental health and drug misuse
Feasibility of safely storing protecting recordings

Read more on here. And we welcome your opinion on this topic.

Pearl Harbor: The Stories of Nurses Who Were There

You don’t often hear the stories of nurses who were present at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 during the Japanese attack. The daughter of one of those nurses is trying to change that. Winnie Woll’s mother, Teresa Stauffer Foster, was one of several nurses on the base that day, and now Winnie gives lectures to remind us of the sacrifices those nurses made and how they led the way for so many of today’s nurses.

Click here to read more about Foster’s and other nurses’ experiences on December 7, 1941 and how Woll is sharing their stories today.

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

In a March 2016 article published in Harvard Business Review, certified executive coach Dr. Sunnie Giles explores the top 10 leadership competencies identified by 195 global leaders. She grouped them into 5 themes:

1. Strong ethics and safety

2. Self-organizing

3. Efficient learning

4. Nurtures growth

5. Connection and belonging

Dr. Giles notes that these five areas present a challenge to most leaders (and potential leaders) because they require us to act against our nature. However, with self-reflection and a perspective shift, leaders can provide opportunities for improving everyone’s performance by focusing on their own.

Read the full article here.

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Strengthening nurses’ role in antibiotic stewardship

By Sharon A. Morgan, MSN, RN, NP-C

The recent worldwide outbreak of Candida auris, a multidrug-resistant fungus, underscores the criticality of robust institutional and community- based antibiotic stewardship programs. Improving antibiotic use is a patient safety issue. As frontline healthcare providers, nurses can become more engaged and take a leadership role to enhance a facility’s antibiotic stewardship program. The nurse’s role with patient and family as the hub of communication among all stakeholders in antibiotic delivery puts nurses in a unique and vital position to optimize antibiotic use. Unfortunately, the nurse’s role in stewardship activities often goes unnoticed, even among nurses themselves. Continue reading »

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FDA approves new breast cancer treatment

On Sept. 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Verzenio (abemaciclib) to treat adult patients who have hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer that has progressed after endocrine therapy. Continue reading »

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FDA launches new dashboard for adverse events database

On Sept. 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a user-friendly dashboard for its adverse event reporting system. The new dashboard enables users to search for and organize data by criteria such as drug/biological product, age of the patient, type of adverse event, year the adverse event occurred, or within a specific timeframe. Continue reading »

FDA approves first continuous glucose monitoring system for adults not requiring blood sample calibration

On September 27, 2017, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System, the first continuous glucose monitoring system that can be used by adult patients to make diabetes treatment decisions without calibration using a blood sample from the fingertip (often referred to as a “fingerstick”).

via fda.gov

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