Survey: Most nurses express career satisfaction | N.C. care center hires nurses out of a job after hurricane | Handoff bundle may reduce errors, improve workflow
December 15, 2017
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Survey: Most nurses express career satisfaction
A 2017 Medscape survey found a large majority of 10,523 nurses were satisfied with their careers, although up to 41% wished they had chosen a different practice setting. For more than 40% of APRNs, the most rewarding aspect of their job was helping people; meanwhile, among nurse practitioners, 27% said dealing with paperwork was the downside of nursing.
Medscape (free registration) (12/13) 
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N.C. care center hires nurses out of a job after hurricane
Chatham Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Elkin, N.C., hired nurses who were struggling to find jobs in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, to fill open nursing home positions. The nurses had been working in other areas, such as sales or food service, in Puerto Rico.
McKnight's Long-Term Care News online (12/6) 
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Education & Training
Handoff bundle may reduce errors, improve workflow
Using the I-PASS Nursing Handoff Bundle may reduce errors during patient handoffs and benefit workflow, researchers reported in BMJ Quality & Safety. Data from a pediatric ICU showed the bundle led to a 30% improvement in verbal handoff communications, a 14% improvement in patient summaries and a 39% increase in the opportunity for patients to ask questions.
Clinical Innovation + Technology online (12/7) 
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District launches health care career pathways
A Virginia school district will launch five new career and technical education pathways in medicine and health care through a partnership with George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Services. The first, in biomedical informatics, will be offered beginning next year, and pathways in sports medicine, pharmacy, emergency medical services and medical laboratory sciences will be offered over the next four years.
Connection Newspapers (Alexandria, Va.) (12/7) 
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AWHONN Spotlight
Latest issue of Nursing for Women's Health online now
Check out the latest issue of Nursing for Women's Health online now! Full-text articles are available to AWHONN members for free, and abstracts are accessible to everyone. Latest topics include screening for intimate partner violence, delayed immersion baths, immigration, and delayed cord clamping. You can also check out the latest AWHONN position statements on emergency contraception and confidentiality in adolescent health care, as well as a CNE activity on perinatal and neonatal implications of sickle cell disease. Find all this and more at
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RN says health care offers "boundless" prospects for future
Health care jobs are expected to grow 30% over the next 10 years, offering a career path with "boundless prospects for the future" and avenues for advancement, says registered nurse Ann Zenk of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. State policymakers support investing in the health care workforce, Zenk says, and more than 10,000 nurses were added in Wisconsin from 2012 to 2016.
Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (12/1) 
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Occupational health nurse says her job is a blend of skills
Occupational health nurse Lucinda Price says her job at Dow Chemical Employee Health Clinic in Knoxville, Tenn., is a blend of her skills and past roles, including working as a clinic, emergency department and parish nurse. Because she has a "captive audience" of patients, she gets to know them very well as she provides annual screenings and treats on-the-job injuries and illnesses.
Medscape (free registration) (12/8) 
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Give the Gift of Health and Happiness through Every Woman, Every Baby
With the generous contributions from our members, AWHONN was able to provide grants, awards and scholarships available to members in 2017. This holiday season, consider making a gift to AWHONN for your 2017 charitable contributions through Every Woman, Every Baby. Your year-end gift (which will be tax-deductible) helps Every Woman, Every Baby continue the improvement and promotion of women and newborns' wellness. A gift of any size helps this effort (note that gifts must be submitted and complete before midnight on Dec. 31, 2017, in order to be credited as your 2017 AWHONN support).
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