Photo project presents a diverse portrait of U.S. nurses | Primary care shortage creates greater need for NPs | Gallup poll ranks nurses as most trustworthy profession
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December 18, 2012
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Photo project presents a diverse portrait of U.S. nurses
Photographer Carolyn Jones has compiled a series of photographs and interviews highlighting the work of nurses into a book titled "The American Nurse" and an accompanying website, Besides creating public awareness about the roles played by nurses in health care, the project "may help nurses to see themselves and take pride in what we do," American Nurses Association President Karen Daley said. USA Today (12/4)
Industry and Employment Trends
Primary care shortage creates greater need for NPs
A shortage of primary care providers, which is expected to deepen once the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, is prompting states to review restrictions that limit nurse practitioners' scope of practice. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners said it supports team-based care models when they reflect the needs of patients but does not support the idea that the team must be physician-led or linked to NP licensure or practice regulations. Stateline (12/5)
Gallup poll ranks nurses as most trustworthy profession
Nurses again ranked highest in terms of honesty and ethical standards in an annual Gallup survey, followed by pharmacists and then physicians. Nurses' ethics were judged high or very high by 85% of respondents. (12/4)
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Nurses Everyday
Study: Smartphones help nurses fill communication gaps at work
More than two-thirds of nurses at acute care facilities use their personal smartphones at work for both clinical and personal communications, according to a study conducted by Spyglass Consulting Group. The survey also found that 96% of nurses said first-generation tablets were not a good tool to support bedside nursing. Healthcare Informatics online (12/3)
Nurses boost vaccination rates, study shows
Giving nurses the responsibility of administering vaccinations was significantly linked to an increase in the number of at-risk adults and older people getting flu or pneumonia shots, a study found. Along with call and text vaccine reminders, researchers said that nurse-led intervention was among the most effective vaccination-promoting methods. The findings appear in the Annals of Family Medicine. Reuters (11/25)
Continuing Education
Ohio State nursing school to open primary care clinic
The College of Nursing at Ohio State University will establish a clinic run by nurse practitioners to provide primary care and mental health services for low-income residents. The nurses will focus on prevention and chronic disease management, and students will receive training opportunities. American City Business Journals/Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Biz Insider blog (12/10)
Grant enables NP students to give health screenings at dental school
A $265,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Service Administration will allow some patients visiting Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine's clinic to be screened for diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, HIV and anemia, and receive pneumonia, flu and tetanus vaccinations. The pilot program will pair 16 nurse practitioner program students with 16 dental program students under faculty supervision. Administrators hope the program will become permanent. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/3)
Leadership and Management
Labor and delivery nurses are recognized for walking research
A four-year research project by labor and delivery nurses at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., found walking does not help speed up a woman's labor, compared with resting. The nurses found that walking during an hourlong evaluation in a labor and delivery unit was not associated with faster delivery compared with women who rested. The study looked at women at 37 weeks gestation and less than 4 centimeters dilation. The study was published in the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing and has been named the 2012 MCN Research Paper of the Year. The Kansas City Nursing News (11/12)
Cincinnati system: Nurse coordinators reduce admissions
A Mercy Health program using nurse care coordinators for high-risk patients with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder led to a 51% reduction in hospital admissions for the group. Data showed about 12% of patients quit smoking. Officials with the Cincinnati health system say they will hire 30 more nurse coordinators in 2013 to expand the program. American City Business Journals/Cincinnati/CincyBiz Blog (11/12)
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