Top 5 Nursing News Stories You Missed This Week

From the story of a roller derby nurse, to a grandmother-granddaughter baby delivering team, here are the top five nursing news stories you missed this week: 

Eight Types of Nurses You Never Knew Existed 

A new book, “The American Nurse,” showcases just how diverse the nursing field is. With photographs and interviews by Carolyn Jones, the book highlights 75 nurses working in a variety of settings and roles, including a roller derby nurse, a NASCAR nurse and a prison hospice nurse. Read on for more nursing career paths that might surprise you in PBS Newshour. 

Chamberlain Grad Forms a Nurse Team with Grandmother in Labor-Delivery Unit 

Chamberlain College of Nursing graduate Krissy Maher and her 75-year-old grandmother Jean Kingery both work as nurses in the labor & delivery unit of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. "She has been my biggest role model ever since I could remember," Maher said. "When (patients) see my grandma, they think experience. I can tell it kind of puts them at ease." Read more of their story in the Chicago Tribune. 

Should You Tell Your Patients About a Staffing Shortage? 

You can tell your patient is frustrated or in pain due to the lack of attention they’ve received. Knowing you’ve let them down, should you mention your hospital is short-staffed today? Douglas P. Olsen, PhD, RN, evaluates this ethical dilemma and details how to assess the situation and make the right decision for your patient.  “Doing the right thing at the bedside requires an awareness of your own values; the ability to analyze the principles guiding ethical care, reflect on your own motives, and correctly judge the effect of an action on the patient; and the integrity to choose to do what is best for the patient,” Olsen wrote. Read more in the American Journal of Nursing. 

New Survey Finds Doctor & Nurse Practitioners Not Seeing Eye-to-Eye 

With a shortage of primary care doctors, will nurse practitioners fill the gap? A new survey, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that nurse practitioners and doctors are divided about the quality of care both can provide. Read more in HealthDay. 

Doctor Pays Tribute to Nurses Who Have Taught Her 

Leana Wen, M.D., an emergency physician at Brigham and Women's & Mass General Hospital, credits nurses for their instrumental guidance and teaching. “Time and time again, these nurses have saved me from making mistakes, big and small. They have taught me clinical judgment and clinical skills. They have demonstrated true patient-centered care, and shown me what it means to really listen,” she wrote. Read more in the Huffington Post. 

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