August 28, 2012
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  • AWHONN SmartBrief Special Report:
    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 AWHONN SmartBrief special report highlights news that can help you on your way.
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  • Survey finds disconnect between mothers, NICU
    A Johns Hopkins Children's Center survey of 100 mothers with babies in a NICU found 92% felt discussions with physicians, nurses and other caregivers were productive, yet many did not agree with a doctor's opinion concerning the severity of their child's condition. The study in the Journal of Perinatology found 63% of these mothers said their child was not as sick as the physician had stated and in some instances mothers of children with life-threatening conditions described their infants not being ill, being only somewhat ill or even "pretty healthy." HealthDay News (8/16)
  • 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)
  • How to spot eating disorders in patients
    A recent University of Michigan study conducted with emergency department patients between ages 14 and 20 revealed that 16% of the patients suffered from an eating disorder. Spotting such patients is difficult -- they tend to "conceal the problem" and report vague symptoms at best, and they often don't fit the stereotype of visibly thin young women. Jeff Solheim, a former ED nurse and educator, among others in this article, offers nurses tips for identifying ED patients with eating disorders and offering them proper care. (8/13)
  • 9 states get grants to boost nursing education
    Nine states have been chosen to receive two-year grants worth $300,000 to advance the education of nurses. Under the Academic Progression in Nursing program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the states will collaborate with academic facilities and employers on state and regional initiatives to produce a highly educated workforce. The states are California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Washington. (8/21)
  • 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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    As you begin planning for 2013, AWHONN has a number of opportunities for you to become more involved with the organization. Gain volunteer experience by working on a committee. AWHONN would love for you to submit an application for consideration. Hopefully, one of the opportunities here will appeal to you.

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