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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.

Study shows nurses facing debt and unemployment, U.S.
Nurses are often viewed as heroes by their patients, thanks to their skills and compassion.

Model to improve diabetes management well-received by primary care physicians
Nurses certified in diabetes education can be integrated successfully into primary care physician offices in an effort to improve the health of people with diabetes, according to a University of...

RN survey reveals that nearly 1 in 5 new nurses leave their first job within a year
Turnover of registered nurses (RNs) is an important and widely used measure in analyzing the health care workforce.

Training could help nurses meet dying patients
Most nurses in their work care for patients who are dying. A study of more than 200 students has shown that many nurses in training feel unprepared and anxious when faced with the prospect of meeting...

New toolkit will help doctors recognise and treat sepsis
A new toolkit from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and The UK Sepsis Trust will help doctors recognise and treat sepsis on acute care wards.

Infant feeding habits may predict eating behaviors in later life
The follow-up to an FDA study analyzing infant nutrition investigates to what extent eating behaviors in the first year of life predict eating behaviors at age 6.

Retaining emergency nurses: they are not like the rest of us
Emergency department nurses aren't like the rest of us - they are more extroverted, agreeable and open - attributes that make them successful in the demanding, fast-paced and often stressful...

Health workers using antibacterial soap are exposed to high triclosan levels
UCSF-led study finds exposure to hormone disruptor from soap exceeds that from toothpasteHandwashing with antibacterial soap exposes hospital workers to significant and potentially unsafe levels...

Burn out an increased risk for nurses driven mainly by a desire to help others
Nurses who are motivated primarily by the desire to help others, rather than by enjoyment of the work itself or the lifestyle it makes possible, are more likely to burn out on the job, University of...

Stroke mortality associated with nurse staffing but not weekend rounds by stroke specialist physicians
Hospital staffing levels have been associated with patient outcomes, but staffing on weekends has not been well studied, despite a recent UK mandate to make physician specialist care 7 days a week...