Nursing is a growth profession in Florida, said registered nurse Willa Fuller, executive director of the Florida Nurses Association. Job growth is partly driven by an aging nurse workforce and pending retirements, and Fuller said hospital nurses are always going to be needed because nurses often move to other areas of care.
Regulatory barriers to Illinois nursing licensure may contribute to a nurse shortage in the state. Illinois is not a member of a 25-state Nurse Licensure Compact that allows multistate licensing, and the state's scope-of-practice regulations do not allow trained licensed practical nurses to administer intravenous medications to patients.
Blood draws should be made safer and safe patient-handling technology should be adopted more widely to reduce workplace injury risks for nurses and other health care professionals, writes American Nurses Foundation board member Karen Daley. Separately, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Public Citizen President Robert Weissman call for passage of the Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act to promote national standards requiring an end to manual lifting in health care settings.
Researchers who reviewed records from 48 ICU patients who transitioned to end-of-life palliative care found that pain management provided did not meet institutional guidelines and documentation was lacking for 40% of days patients were in pain. A survey of nurses found many reported they were comfortable managing end-of-life pain, and greater knowledge and awareness of guidelines about pain management did not necessarily correlate with increased comfort, researchers told an American Association of Critical-Care Nurses conference.
Nurse Ashley Shipley-Lovekamp helped arrange a wedding at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill., for Destini Schafer, a patient with stage IV cancer. Schafer was engaged and had planned to marry in the fall but moved the ceremony up following the diagnosis, and Shipley-Lovekamp supplied donated formal wear and wedding rings for the couple.
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