Top 5 Nursing News Stories You Missed This Week

From the United States’ $2.7 trillion medical bill, to a story of a former nurse held as a prisoner of war during WWII, here are the top five nursing news stories to end your work week: 

Why the U.S. Has the World’s Highest Healthcare Costs 

Americans pay more for nearly every interaction with the health system – for instance, four times as much for a hip replacement than patients in France and three times as much for a Caesarean section than mothers in New Zealand, according to a recent report. Read on for why costs are so high at The New York Times.

The Heroic Story of WWII Army Nurse Mildred Manning 

For three years, nurse Mildred Dalton Manning was held captive by the Japanese during WWII, alongside six dozen other nurses. With the help of a grandchild, she recorded her memories from the time. “She came out of it appreciating the little things in life, like a bar of soap or a hot bath. And she said she didn't really feel bitter,” said her son, James Manning. "She was a nurse and she had a job to do.” For more , visit NPR News.

More Bachelor-Prepared Nurses Needed to Fill Skills Gap 

The pressure is on for nurses to earn at least a bachelor’s degree as employers are becoming more choosy, say industry experts. “A lot of employers, it doesn't matter how much experience you have, they want to see further education,” said nurse Desiree Mitzel. Read more from the Times Union. 

How Caregivers Can Better Care for Themselves 

Caring for an ill loved one can take its toll. “Caregivers tend to be stoic, so they minimize any symptoms or problems they're having,” said Robin Trupp, a heart failure nurse practitioner at Duke University. “They can have depression, anxiety, insomnia. They don't have any free time; I let them know it's OK to take a couple of hours for themselves.” For more tips for caregivers, visit Advance for Nurses.

The Positive Impact a Nurse Can Have 

Mike Spohr, executive director of Friends of Maddie, speaks about the deep impact nurses’ kindness had on his family following the death of their young child. “That’s what nurses do that is so important,” Spohr said. “In addition to all of their medical expertise, they bring a human element to the cold, sterile world of a hospital.” Read more from the Huffington Post. 

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