Top 5 Nursing News Stories You Missed This Week

From a new warning from the FDA about a popular antibiotic, to a study associating baccalaureate degrees in nursing with lower patient mortality rates, it’s been a busy week in the world of nursing. We’ve rounded up the top five nursing news stories from the week.

Increase in Number of Male Nurses Not Good Enough 

The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that the proportion of male registered nurses is now nearly 10%, up from 2.7% in 1970. “We’re going in the right direction, but have we made even remotely measurable strides? Absolutely not,” said Patrick Robinson, PhD, RN, ACRN, dean of undergraduate curriculum and instruction at Chamberlain College of Nursing. “Any gain is a positive, but we are nowhere near where we need to be. There has to be a concerted effort to recruit and retain highly qualified men and minorities in the nursing profession at all levels.” Read more from NurseZone. 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degrees Save Lives, Says New Report 

Patient deaths following common surgeries decreases as the number of nurses who are BSN-prepared increases, according to researchers with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research.  "This adds to the importance of public policies to help direct a substantial shift toward the production of nurses with baccalaureates in nursing," said Ann Kutney-Lee, PhD, RN, lead author of the study. Read more from 

NYC Debate Over Sugary Drink Ban Rages On 

A day before it was to take effect, a judge struck down New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiative to limit the size of soft drinks. “I’ve got to defend my children, and yours, and do what’s right to save lives,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “Obesity kills. There’s no question it kills.” Read more from USA Today.

Nursing Specialty Spotlight: School Nursing

Judy Hightower, dean of academic operations at Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Phoenix campus, discusses the rewards and challenges of school nursing. Much of the general public is unaware of the depth and levels of responsibilities unique to school nursing,” she said. “School nursing is hard work but very rewarding.” Read more from Nurses Without Borders.

Popular Antibiotic Can Cause Potentially Fatal Heart Rhythms, Says FDA 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this week that azithromycin (Zithromax or Zmax) can cause abnormal, and potentially fatal, heart rhythms. The warning was in response to a study out of Vanderbilt University, which found a 2.5 times higher risk of death in people treated with Zmax as compared to another common antibiotic or no antibiotics at all. Read more from CNN.

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