Top 5 Nursing News Stories You Missed This Week

A nurse describes what it was like to work side-by-side with investigators looking for clues in the Boston Marathon bombing.

A new study shows travel nurses have higher job satisfaction than permanent nurses.

The first nurse takes to the stage at TEDMED. Read these top nursing stories and more below: 

Nursing Career Ladder Harder to Climb Without Bachelor’s Degree 

The education needed to ensure a successful career in nursing has changed, according to Burning Glass, a company that analyzes workforce trends. “Hospitals are increasingly requiring nurses to have a bachelor’s degree, relegating many nurses with associate’s degrees to jobs outside of hospitals,” noted a recent story in the Wall Street Journal. Read more.

The Sunny Side of Travel Nursing 

New research has shown that employing travel nurses can improve patient outcomes. The study, out of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, also showed that travel nurses have higher job satisfaction than permanent nurses. "To make it as a travel nurse, you need to possess an intuitive grasp of nursing (a lot of common sense) or have extensive knowledge about various diseases and treatments,” said travel nurse Nick Angelis. Read more from ADVANCE for Nurses. 

Nurses Discuss Feelings in Aftermath of Boston Marathon Bombing 

ICU nurse Adam Barrett was working alongside investigators while caring for survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. "It was kind of hard to hear somebody say, 'Don't wash that wound,” he said. “You might wash evidence away.'" Read more from the Associated Press. 

6 Steps to Reduce Symptoms of Dementia 

Laura Gitlin, professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, has outlined steps to help nurses manage the symptoms of dementia. “This six-step process should be a routine part of regular healthcare for individuals with dementia,” she said. “It should be undertaken in any clinical setting involved in caring for someone with dementia, including primary care and memory clinics, as well as in hospitals, assisted-living, and nursing facilities.” Read more from Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine. 

TEDMED Features First Talk from a Nurse 

Nurse Sally Okun, the vice president of advocacy, policy and patient safety for PatientsLikeMe, recently became the first nurse to speak at the TEDMED conference. “I would hate for us to think that nurses are going to be the right providers for medical care because it’s convenient,” she said. “It’s because we know how to do it and they have the training and they have the expertise and they can really improve their outcomes over time. Read more from MEDCITY News.

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