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COVID-19 experiences of CNOs

Editor's Note This study by nurse researchers at Baptist Health Lexington, Kentucky, describes both emotional and administrative challenges chief nursing officers (CNOs) in the US faced during the COVID-19 crisis. Interviews conducted with 9 CNOs revealed they: were frustrated with constant change were saddened by the volume of death felt…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2022
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Healthcare employment up in April

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was up in April to a seasonally adjusted 16,240,800 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 6. That’s up 34,000 since March. Hospital employment also was up by 4,500 jobs. The overall unemployment rate for March was 3.6%, for a…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 9, 2022
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Impact of classical music virtual reality on burnout

Editor's Note This study by nurse researchers at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California, provides evidence that classical music virtual reality (VR) may reduce burnout in healthcare workers (HCWs). A total of 71 HCWs completed 3 sessions of VR and took a baseline survey before engaging in VR and a…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 5, 2022
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Nurses’ Health Study: Effect of rotating night shift work on healthy aging

Editor's Note After 24 years of follow-up in the Nurses’ Health Study, researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, find that night shift work was associated with decreased odds of healthy aging. Healthy aging was defined as reaching at least 70 years of age and…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 5, 2022
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ANA report addresses three longstanding nursing issues

Editor's Note A report issued May 2 by the American Nurses Association (ANA) addresses three issues nurses have struggled with for decades—staffing shortages, mandatory overtime, and safety—but, these issues have reached a tipping point in the COVID-19 pandemic, ANA says. ANA notes that: Staff shortages due to cost-cutting, an aging…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 5, 2022
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CDC: Comparison of COVID-19 home antigen test with RT-PCR, viral culture

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), finds that symptomatic individuals with an initial negative home antigen test should test again 1 to 2 days later because test sensitivity peaks several days after COVID-19 onset. In 225 adults and children with…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2022
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ACS: May is STOP THE BLEED month, special commemoration May 19

Editor's Note In a May 2 news release, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced that to raise awareness on how to learn skills to stop serious bleeding, May 19 will observe the fifth annual national STOP THE BLEED day, which falls during the broader observance of national STOP THE…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 3, 2022
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Happy National Nurses Month

Editor's Note In 2020, the American Nurses Association expanded National Nurses Week to National Nurses Month to increase opportunities to elevate and celebrate nursing. National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The theme this year is “Nurses Make a Difference.” The American…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2022
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African Americans views on COVID-19 testing, contact tracing

Editor's Note This study from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, finds that COVID-19 testing and contact tracing are beneficial among African Americans, but mistrust, COVID-19 stigma, location, and perceived costs are major barriers. Of 62 study participants, the majority (69.4%) were female, had never been tested (62.9%), and had an…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2022
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David Wyatt: Thriving in today's perioperative environment

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to stark focus several ways the nation’s current healthcare system needs to change. But for those already in the profession, these systematic issues have always been present, and a select few have been tirelessly working towards change years before the pandemic. One such individual is…

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By: Cindy Kildgore, MSHA, BSN, RN, CNOR
April 22, 2022
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