A look at what the news media is doing right when it comes to turning to nurses for expert opinion and highlighting the exceptional work nurses do. Keep it up, news media!
Nurses in the News
Hearts in the Darkness, Inlander
A profile of author Mary Cronk Farrell and her new book “Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific.”
“They were in the middle of combat. … They didn’t have guns and they were nursing the enemy,” she says. “I’m not saying they loved it. They didn’t. They did not. It was hard for them — but they did it because that’s who they were … They have this great strength, and that is combined with compassion. I think that’s rare that you find an individual who is truly strong and courageous and is also very compassionate.”
Nurse Education Level Affects Death Rates, Study Says, York News Times
The fact that nursing educational level is connected to patient outcomes isn’t news to nurses. But seeing the profession discussed intelligently in the NY Times is heartening.
“We know that nursing matters, and it is a ripe place to look if you want to drive quality of care,” said Mathew McHugh, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and co-author of the study.
Theo van Achterberg, the Dutch country coordinator of the study, agrees that university-trained nurses might simply be better at catching mistakes: “They might more easily question what physicians say,” he said.
Nebraska Nurse Concerned About Health Impact of Keystone XL, York News Times
In a sharp and persuasive op-ed, nurse Cindy Myers, RN from Holt, Neb., voiced her concerns and opposition to the Keystone XL, a proposed oil pipeline led by a Canadian company called TransCanada. Myers is an example of how nurses can use the op-ed to strengthen the profession’s public voice.
“Rural towns and people with private wells especially aren’t equipped to test/treat for benzene in the water. The Department of State’s IES indicates 1.5-2.0% of pipeline product could leak daily undetected. The capacity of KXL is 830,000 barrels/day. What I fear the most are the expected, undetected leaks into our waters, and people drinking benzene unknowingly.”
In this UK paper, an article covering increased risk for asthma sufferers secondary to a Saharan dust storm, interviews nurse expert Angela Jones about the health implications.
Angela Jones, Asthma Nurse Specialist for Asthma UK, said she would be “very surprised” if there wasn’t a spike in asthma admissions.
“It is very difficult for asthma sufferers at this time of the year. They have already had to contend with an early pollen season which started in late January and now they have Saharan dust adding to their problems. Sufferers need to keep their asthma under control to prevent long term damage and take their medication. They need to carry their asthma reliever with them at all times.
“Sufferers should also stay away from high density traffic if they do need to go out,” she added.
Jones said 1,200 people die each year from asthma attacks.
Southern Africa Tackles Tuberculosis in the Mining Industry, The World Bank
From another international news source, nurse Thembi Karigeni is quoted about the tuberculosis crisis among the mining communities in southern Africa.
“Most community members come to us when they are already too sick after having been exposed unknowingly to the disease by their partners who work in the mines,” says Thembi Karigeni, a nurse at a public health facility in Carltonville, home to some of the world’s biggest mines.