Nursing Related Headlines

New three-tier hierarchy of care needed for critically ill children, says new report, UK
Children's health experts are calling for a new three-tier hierarchy system of critical care, enhanced staff training, reorganisation of services and a more consistent funding model to bridge the...

Positive relationships strengthen nurses' performance in low-income countries
When health workers develop positive, collaborative relationships with managers and local community leaders in rural Guatemala, their capacity to help vulnerable populations is increased, according...

"Antibiogram" use in nursing facilities could help improve antibiotic use, effectiveness
Use of "antibiograms" in skilled nursing facilities could improve antibiotic effectiveness and help address problems with antibiotic resistance that are becoming a national crisis, researchers...

Colon cancer screening follow-up assisted by nurse navigators
Group Health patients with a positive screening test for colon cancer (a stool test or sigmoidoscopy) tended to be more likely to get the recommended follow-up test, a diagnostic colonoscopy, if...

80 percent reduction in 'alarm fatigue' in hospitals
The sound of monitor alarms in hospitals can save patients' lives, but the frequency with which the monitors go off can also lead to "alarm fatigue," in which caregivers become densensitized to the...

Enough is enough: drunks in EDs being violent and harming others, Australia
In the largest survey of alcohol harm in emergency departments undertaken in Australasia, the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) has demonstrated that alcohol harm is having a...

New guidance to tackle stress, cause of one-third of NHS staff sickness absence
NHS Employers have published comprehensive guidance to help managers throughout the NHS reduce stress in the workplace and better support staff who experience it.

UK healthcare workers to be quizzed about fighting Ebola in west Africa
UK healthcare workers are being encouraged to complete a survey about helping with the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

Hospital logs staggering 2.5 million alarms in just a month
Following the study of a hospital that logged more than 2.5 million patient monitoring alarms in just one month, researchers at UC San Francisco have, for the first time, comprehensively defined...

Tightened guidance for U.S. healthcare workers on personal protective equipment for Ebola
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity.

Mild traumatic brain injury can have lasting effects for families, reports the American Journal of Nursing
Families of patients with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) may expect them to return to normal quickly - after all, it's "just a concussion.

Ebola's deadly toll on healthcare workers
Since its first outbreak in Guinea in December, 2013, Ebola has hit West African healthcare providers disproportionately hard.

Better performance on quality measures for skilled nursing facilities may not result in better outcomes for patients
Among fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries who received care at a skilled nursing facility following hospital discharge, better performance on various measures of quality of care was not...

Study: patient safety culture in nephrology nurse practice settings
A groundbreaking study of nephrology nurses has revealed an overall culture of patient safety and teamwork, however there is room for improvement in key areas needed to keep patients - and...

Workplace violence in the health sector: what are the consequences?
Exposure to violence in the workplace can lead to serious consequences for health sector employees say Stéphane Guay and Nathalie Lanctôt of the Institut universitaire de santé mentale and the...

Scientists find a link between a genetic mutation and how diets are processed
Imagine being able to take a pill that lets you eat all of the ice cream, cookies, and cakes that you wanted - without gaining any weight.

A one third drop in occupational injuries to nurses following mandated staffing ratios in California
A 2004 California law mandating specific nurse-to-patient staffing standards in acute care hospitals significantly lowered job-related injuries and illnesses for both registered nurses and licensed...

WHO recommendation: Developing countries should enroll medical and nursing students from rural areas
Targeted admission of medical and nursing students from rural areas could provide a solution to health worker shortage, which has been a mayor factor in the exacerbation of current Ebola outbreak in...

Fewer staff even though more children admitted to intensive care
More children than ever are being admitted to intensive care units in England and Wales but there are fewer staff per bed available to cope with the increase, according to a new report published...

Labor induction, used in 1-in-4 US births, can create a 'cascade of significant medical issues' for mothers & babies
The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is calling upon healthcare providers and pregnant women to avoid induction of labor at any time during pregnancy unless it is...

Survey of nurses in England shows longer working hours impact quality of care
Results of a survey of more than 30,000 nurses across Europe show that nurses who work longer shifts and more overtime are more likely to rate the standard of care delivered on their ward as poor...

Making light work of the workload for overworked healthcare workers
Modern hospitals are staffed by overworked and overstressed healthcare workers, according to a research paper published in the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology.

'Baby Buddy' app to support expectant and new parents seeks user feedback
The child health and wellbeing charity Best Beginnings is inviting professionals and parents to use and give feedback on a free mobile phone app, the first version of which aims to support young...

Hospital shares effective training program on advance directives and end-of-life care
An educational program for nurses can help address knowledge gaps related to advance health care directives (AHCDs) - thus helping to ensure that patients' wishes for care at the end of life are...

UAE hospitals take action against lateral violence amongst staff
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines lateral violence in healthcare as "covert or overt acts of verbal or non-verbal aggression that occur between colleagues.