Workplace stress affects nurses and patients | AHA offers guide to job-seeking for nurses | Survey suggests Ill. could face LPN shortage
April 22, 2016
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Workplace stress affects nurses and patients
Research and experience have shown that nursing is a highly stressful profession, and factors that increase the stress include not only staffing levels but training and how much input nurses have in improving patient care and workflows. University of Pennsylvania professor of sociology and nursing Linda Aiken said hospitals that attain Magnet status have to provide certain levels of nurse staffing, provide training and give clinicians a greater say in allocating patient care resources, and research has shown those steps can improve patient care.
National Public Radio (4/15) 
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AHA offers guide to job-seeking for nurses
The American Hospital Association's new guide for job-seeking nurses says demand for nurses is high in Nevada, Arizona and Alaska, lists skills that employers are seeking and offers tips for salary negotiations. Meanwhile, an assistant dean at American Sentinel University lists the top reasons to become a nurse educator.
Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine (4/12) 
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Other News
Population health starts outside of hospitals.
Social, environmental, and behavioral factors determine about 60% of a person's health status. To address these social factors, healthcare programs must integrate a community's non-medical data with clinical insights to yield positive results.
Education & Training
Big-picture view leads nurses to specialize in health policy
Some nurses pursue careers in health policy from the start while others seek to address systemic problems they observed while in clinical practice, said Susan Chapman, director of the health policy nursing master's program at the University of California at San Francisco. Ruth Malone, co-director of the UCSF health policy nursing program, said graduates go on to work with a wide array of institutions, though many remain in place in positions where health policy can improve patient care. (4/12) 
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Relationships, communication are key to developing nurse leaders
Nurse educators shape the development of nurse leaders by shaping students' understanding of leadership and fostering a respectful, communicative environment, writes lawyer and nurse Nancy Brent. "Experiencing a nurturing relationship with faculty members allows nurses in other roles to reciprocate that experience to others with whom they come in contact and avoid potential legal troubles," Brent writes. (4/18) 
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AWHONN Spotlight
A nurse's guide to supporting physiologic birth
In normal, physiologic birth, a woman's innate power is respected and unnecessary interventions are avoided. Authors in Nursing for Women's Health describe resources nurses can use to become familiar with the evidence supporting physiologic birth in order to contribute to improved patient safety and quality of care. Read the abstract in Nursing for Women's Health.
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Cincinnati Hospital Offers Laughing Gas for Labor Pain
Family birthing specialists at a Cincinnati area hospital system are now offering women in labor the use of "nitrous oxide" for a "kinder, gentler experience." View the video.
RN creates nonprofit to help patients with disfigurement
Registered nurse Karen Scuilli's treatment for head and neck cancer created facial disfigurement, which she says made her feel very alone and without a voice. Scuilli created the nonprofit group Face2Face Healing, which offers support and free health services for people coping with disfigurement.
KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh) (4/20) 
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Ill. pediatric clinic run by RNs, NP
A pediatric health clinic operated by registered nurses and a nurse practitioner from Riverside Health Care has opened at the YWCA of Kankakee, Ill., offering care for children on Medicaid or with other insurance for low-income families. Carl Maronich of Riverside said the goal of the clinic is to improve access to health care in the community.
Daily Journal (Kankakee, Ill.) (4/20) 
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Be a Nurse-Midwife - Accepting ADN and Bachelor's Prepared RNs
Hear from Frontier Nursing University graduates about why nurse-midwifery was their ultimate career choice and why they chose Frontier's online program to pursue their education goals. Become a Nurse-Midwife in just two years full-time. Click HERE to learn more about Frontier's nurse-midwifery program.
Managing Intimacy After Menopause
Your patients who are perimenopausal or postmenopausal have common reports when it comes to their sexual life: their body and mind do not respond like they used to; they are not as mentally or physically "in the game"; they have trouble getting aroused, are not as lubricated and their introital tissue does not stretch during penetration. Further, they feel more irritation and pain in their vulva and vagina before, during and after sex, and they cannot climax as easily (or at all). Many women feel as though they received "no warning" about these sexual changes ... from their health care providers! In this preconference, you'll learn how to help the estimated 69% of women who avoid sex due to changes associated with menopause. Register for AWHONN's preconvention session PC6-Managing Intimacy After Menopause presented by Dr. Susan Kellogg Spadt. With women spending an estimated third of their lives after menopause, it is important for them to be knowledgeable about how to manage common challenges in sexual comfort and responsiveness that can occur after 50. Dr. Susan Kellogg Spadt speaks internationally on genital health and human sexuality and has been featured in popular venues, including "The Today Show", "20/20," CNN, Cosmopolitan, Discovery Channel and WebMD. The session will provide practical tips for health care professionals who help women manage intimacy after menopause from the physical, behavioral and psychological perspective. Maximize Convention CNE and requirements for certification by earning 3.75 contact hours when registering for this pre-convention session. Learn more.
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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention Project
According to the CDC, experts estimate that the full range of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders among 6-7-year-old children in the US may be as high as 2 to 5 out of 100 schoolchildren. AWHONN is a national partner on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention Project of the Arc, whose goal is to increase health care professional knowledge of the risks alcohol can pose to a fetus, encourage the use of FASD prevention strategies and provide educational opportunities to health care professionals, including nurses, midwives and nurse practitioners. Learn more.
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