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News for the nursing profession | August 27, 2012

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    Professional Development and Education

    A good education and a commitment to professional development form the foundation for a great career in nursing. Whether you're a student or a nurse, this ANA SmartBrief special report highlights news that can help you on your way.
  Nursing Education 
  • Nursing offers new options and attractions
    Job growth in nursing is expected to outpace the national average at least through the end of the decade, and the profession offers a wide range of work settings, some involving patient education and care coordination. "There are a lot of things a nurse can do other than work at a hospital," says RN and educator Wendi Jakubiak. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (8/17)
  • How schools and hospitals can help nurses adapt
    Developments in the health care field such as evidence-based practice and EHRs can pose a host of transitional challenges. RN Ainslie Nibert argues that nurses will overcome such challenges only with "disciplined, ongoing support from nursing education and health care organizations" that view nurses as knowledge workers. Among the responsibilities nursing schools and hospitals have, she writes, are developing a technology-friendly culture and supporting nurse informatics programs. ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals (8/20)
  • Educators highlight importance of advanced practice nurses
    At the Deans Nursing Policy Coalition in Washington, D.C., Emory University nursing school dean Linda McCauley and other coalition members emphasized the importance of advanced practice nurses. Advanced practice nurses' training and education qualify them to provide high-quality, cost-effective care, according to the coalition. The briefing also highlighted the benefits of research from nurse scientists and the capacity of advanced practice nurses to care for an increasing population of patients with chronic illnesses. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Rapid Pulse (8/17)
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  • How to spot eating disorders in ED patients
    A recent University of Michigan study conducted with emergency department patients between ages 14 and 20 found that 16% of them suffered from an eating disorder. Spotting such patients is difficult -- they tend to hide the problem and report vague symptoms at best, and they often don't fit the stereotype of visibly thin young women. Jeff Solheim, an educator and former ED nurse, among others in this article, offers nurses tips for identifying ED patients with eating disorders and providing them with proper care. (8/13)
  • In Tenn., nursing market tighter but expected to expand
    Registered nurses looking for work in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area might have to look longer than they used to because of fewer retirements among nurses in the recession and the high number of nursing schools in the area. But job availability has narrowed only slightly, and the federal health care law could reverse that trend soon. "Nursing is still one of the most trusted and respected careers out there ... and coming changes will offer a prime opportunity for nurses at all levels," says Lynn Whisman, Erlanger Health System's chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (8/13)
  • Mental-health nurses crucial in Air Force medical services
    Maj. Brian Cunningham, a mental-health nurse in the 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, helps Air Force personnel dealing with mental illness, a job that gives him a clear sense of purpose. "The psychological impacts of war can be and are traumatic to the point of debilitation," said Lt. Col. Keith Smith, a colleague who has seen the positive outcomes of Cunningham's work. The Air Force is trying to recruit more psychiatric and mental-health nurse practitioners to cover the needs of airmen and their families. (8/20)
  • Education key to help nurses recognize human trafficking
    Educator and women's health nurse practitioner Patricia Crane of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing helps teach health care providers the signs of human trafficking and how to help its victims. "For nurses, it is important to understand that it is not about us controlling the situation, but about helping people see that there is a way to get out when they are ready," Crane advises. (8/20)
  • Nurses share ideas, advice for starting community gardens
    Community gardens are gaining popularity across the country as sources of healthy, environmentally friendly food, and nurses are finding creative ways to incorporate them into nursing schools and health care facilities alike. Kathleen Thimsen and other nursing professionals share how they've started using gardens, and how they've made sure their "green" initiatives are successful. Nurses shouldn't hesitate to ask for outside help and collaboration, Thimsen said: "It's amazing how much can be accomplished by people [in the community] coming together despite limited resources." (8/13)
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