Emotional effect of loss of one or both fetuses in a monochorionic twin pregnancy | Mont. struggles to find enough health care workers | Vt. expects more than 3,900 nursing-related job openings
October 19, 2018
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Emotional effect of loss of one or both fetuses in a monochorionic twin pregnancy
When a fetus dies during a multiple pregnancy, grief is a common and normal response that generally diminishes after a year or so. However, the symptoms of anxiety and depression may persist and reach levels that indicate a psychological disorder. In an article in JOGNN, authors examine the psychological effect on women of the loss of one or both fetuses during a monochorionic twin pregnancy and identify associated protective and risk factors. Read the abstract in JOGNN.
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Professional Development
Mont. struggles to find enough health care workers
Montana hospitals and rural clinics find it challenging to recruit clinicians, partly because there are not enough students or training sites to prepare the next generation of providers. Martha Robertson of the Western Montana Area Health Education Center said there are too few millennials entering the system to fill vacancies left by retiring providers, leaving a shortage of nurses and other clinicians.
The Missoula Current (Mont.) (10/15) 
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Vt. expects more than 3,900 nursing-related job openings
A Vermont Talent Pipeline Management survey found the state can expect more than 3,900 nursing-related job vacancies through spring 2020, but only 26% of the positions are expected to be new jobs. Most of the open positions will be to replace nurses who retired or left their jobs.
VTDigger (Vermont) (10/11) 
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Education & Training
Nursing students participate in disaster drill
Senior nursing students at Widner University participated in a disaster drill that simulated an explosion with more than 100 injured. The students served as triage nurses as well as victims during the drill, which included 35 Pennsylvania emergency agencies.
Delaware County News Network (Swarthmore, Pa.) (10/14) 
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Viterbo's NURSES program benefits students, rural areas
Viterbo University's Nurses for Underserved Rural Students Seeking Educational Success program gives students the chance to work in rural hospital settings while helping rural areas recruit qualified clinicians. The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis reported 19% of the US population lives in rural areas but only 16% of registered nurses practice in rural settings.
La Crosse Tribune (Wis.) (10/12) 
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Leadership
Study: "Eyeballing" patients more accurate than ED triage protocols
An assessment of nearly 6,400 patients visiting an emergency department over a three-month period found that "eyeballing" patients offered more precise assessments compared with established triage protocols used by nurses, according to the Emergency Medicine Journal. The findings suggest that current processes should be reconsidered because experienced nurses are forced to follow the structured triage rather than applying their clinical judgment.
HealthDay News (10/16) 
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Survey examines health care providers' views on obesity
Fifty-four percent of nurses and advanced practice registered nurses view obesity as a disease, while 24% say it is not a disease and 22% are unsure, according to a Medscape poll. In other findings, 68% of nurses/APRNs said lifestyle choices were always or often the underlying cause of obesity.
Medscape (free registration) (10/18) 
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Apply for AWHONN's 2019 Emerging Leaders Program
The 2019 AWHONN Emerging Leaders application cycle is open. This is a perfect opportunity for career growth and development within AWHONN. The program is for one year and each candidate must have secured a mentor that will provide support and guidance throughout the program’s length. Applications are due by Thursday, November 15. Learn more on AWHONN’s Emerging Leaders Program and how to apply.
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Upcoming Webinar: Driving Improvement in Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are one of the leading causes of maternal/perinatal mortality. With recent estimates that potentially 60 percent of hypertension-related maternal deaths are preventable, it is crucial to learn key strategies your peers are implementing to improve outcomes. Join AWHONN, Relias and leaders from Dignity Health as they host a free webinar on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. EST. Dignity Health will teach how they have achieved better outcomes surrounding hypertensive disorders in pregnancy through a blended learning model. Register to attend the webinar.
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