Nursing Related Headlines

Contaminated gloves increase risks of cross-transmission of pathogens
Research being presented at the ASM Microbe research meeting provides clear evidence that the gloves of healthcare workers contaminate hospital surfaces with bacteria.

Nurses calling for more training to help them and other health care staff to support people with sickle cell disease
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most common serious genetic disorder in Britain, affecting around 15,000 adults and children.

'OB Nest': A novel approach to prenatal care
"OB Nest": Just the name may bring warm feelings to parents and prospective parents. However, at Mayo Clinic, it's much more than a name. It's a new way that Mayo Clinic is providing prenatal care.

Could swaddling babies for sleep raise risk of SIDS?
A review of four studies from different countries suggests there may be a link between swaddling babies for sleep and sudden infant death syndrome, and suggests some precautions.

New CDC campaign reminds docs, nurses that "clean hands count"
Today, World Hand Hygiene Day, CDC is launching the new "Clean Hands Count" campaign urging healthcare professionals, patients, and patients' loved ones to prevent healthcare-associated infections...

Missed nursing care may contribute to racial disparities in rehospitalizations after AMI
The Penn Nursing study is the first to assess whether unmet nursing care contributes to racial/ethnic differences in patients with acute myocardial infarction.

Scheduled senior obstetrician presence in UK labour wards is not associated with decreased intrapartum morbidity
Maternal and neonatal intrapartum outcomes in the UK are similar during "in-hours," when a senior obstetrician is scheduled to be present on the labour ward, and "out-of-hours," when care is...

Night shift work may affect women more than men
After living in a controlled dark-light environment that shifted their sleep-wake cycle away from their inbuilt 24-hour clock, women showed more cognitive impairment than men.

Multifaceted quality improvement intervention does not reduce risk of death in ICUs
Implementation of a multifaceted quality improvement intervention with daily checklists, goal setting, and clinician prompting did not reduce in-hospital mortality compared with routine care among...

General practice in England nearing 'saturation point' as study reveals extent of GP workload increase
The largest analysis of GP and nurse consultations to date shows that workloads in general practice have increased by 16% over the past 7 years, with more frequent and longer consultations.

Out-of-hospital births are on the rise
United States' out-of-hospital births increased to nearly 60,000 in 2014, continuing a decade-long increase.

Certain mealtime practices at hospitals may help patients eat better
New research confirms that hospital patients often eat poorly, and that the hospital mealtime environment may contribute to this problem.

FDA propose to ban most powdered medical gloves
The FDA have filed a move to ban most medical gloves that contain added powder to make them easier to wear, citing health risks to patients and health professionals.

Allowing women to extend labor reduces rate of cesarean delivery
When women in labor are given more time to deliver their baby than current guidelines recommend, their incidence of cesarean delivery drops by 55 percent, say researchers at Thomas Jefferson...

Intimate partner violence simulation training at MU is first in nation
Intimate partner violence (IPV), has become a prevalent health care issue. Instances of assault, battery, rape, stalking and emotional abuse in relationships can be difficult for nurses to handle...

Yoga may ease symptoms for atrial fibrillation patients
A study comparing atrial fibrillation patients who do yoga with patients who do not, shows it may improve quality of life, lower heart rate and lower blood pressure.

States where midwives practice independently have lower rates of cesarean deliveries
States that allow autonomous practice by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) have a higher proportion of CNM-attended births as well as lower rates of cesarean sections, preterm births, and low...

A case exemplar for national policy leadership: Expanding PACE program
A new article "A Case Exemplar for National Policy Leadership: Expanding Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)," in the March 2016 Journal of Gerontology, chronicles the beginnings...

CDC: more effort needed to fight superbugs
The CDC say that while the US is making progress in preventing health care-associated infections, more effort is needed - especially in tackling antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Ultrasound during active labour best predictor of C-section needs
Midwives need more than fingers to figure out who the C-section candidates are. Small, tablet-sized ultrasound devices may be the key.

How does COPD care by physicians compare with nurse practitioners/physician assistants?
Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston investigated differences in care given to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients by medical doctors compared with nurse...

Home Office launches child abuse whistleblowing helpline
A new whistleblowing helpline for nurses and other healthcare professionals to speak out about child protection failures was officially launched on Saturday 13 February, by the Minister for...

Fall in one-to-one nursing care of very sick new-borns linked to higher death rate
University of Warwick research indicates that a fall in one to one nursing care of very sick and premature new-borns is linked to a higher death rate in neonatal intensive care.

Higher nurse to patient ratio linked to reduced risk of inpatient death
Death rates 20 per cent lower in hospitals with 6 or fewer patients per registered nurse.

Management style affects quality of care and retention among nurses
A recent study shows that encouraging nurses to work towards a collective goal within a supportive milieu - a style of management called transformational leadership - can have positive effects on...