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!
Parents make push for more nurses in local schools, Charlotte, WCNC.com
Highlighting the complex health needs of children in the school setting, this article examines the risk to students’ health when there is inadequate school nurse staffing. Quote from WCNC news reporter: “Both of my daughters have epilepsy, so for us and other families [whose] children have chronic conditions, the school nurse is, of course, critical.”
Christiana Care forensic nurse team honored, Delaware Online, The News Journal
This article reports on the Chrstiana Care forensic nurse team, who was presented with the Allied Professional Award by the U.S. Department of Justice:
Over the years, the program has expanded to include elder, dependent adult and child abuse, intimate partner violence, strangulation and major trauma involving accidents, assaults, stabbings and gunshot wounds. It helps to be able to offer that kind of information quickly, rather than waiting for a patient to die and have their case be handled by a medical examiner, said Anita Symonds, a forensic nurse examiner. When needed, forensic nurse examiners can testify in court — aiding the prosecutors or the defense, depending on the case.But their goal is not to help the police, but to serve the patients they see. “We are non-biased medical providers,” she said. “The details are what we are focused on. We treat everybody like victims.”
This article focuses on the recognition of nurse Linda Richards, one of the first nurse educators in the U.S. Massachusetts General Hospital has highlighted her work in a historical exhibit, including a portrait of Richards in its Museum of Medical History and Innovation. Richards was a pioneer of nursing education. For decades after her death in 1930, Richards’ accomplishments, which included the introduction of bedside charts to track patients’ progress, were widely acknowledged, but over time she was nearly forgotten. Massachusetts General Hospital, where Richards led one of the nation’s first nursing schools in the mid-1870s, is hoping to restore her place in history with an exhibit highlighting her accomplishments and a new portrait that will hang among those of other medical pioneers.
“She encountered a lot of resistance early on when she promoted the idea of training nurses, and she really fought through that,” said Georgia W. Peirce, the hospital’s special projects manager and co-chair of its Nursing History Committee. “She just quietly went about changing the face of nursing.”
Nurse uses the club to reach unconscious driver in downtown Pittsburg, Pittsburgh’s Action News4
Deanna Tindall, a Pittsburgh nurse, came to the rescue of a young woman who was found unconscious behind the wheel of her car. Tindall was running errands on her day off, when she came across the unconscious woman, using her car’s steering wheel lock device to pry open a window. She successfully resuscitated the young woman, working alongside another good Samaritan, retired Lt. Colonel T.J. Ritenour.
Letters to the Editor, The New York Times
In a New York Times op-ed entitled “Nurses Are Not Doctors,” Sandeep Jauhar, MD, argues that while nurse practitioners have a place in healthcare, that place should be within a physician-led hierarchy. His supporting points include that the cost-effectiveness of NPs is overestimated and that the subtleties in diagnostics are often overlooked by advanced practice nurses who don’t have the advantage of a medical school education. In response, two letters to the editor were published, written by nurses who disagree with Jauhar’s position.
Letter by Angela Golden, Kenneth Miller, co-presidents of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners:
The concerns raised in “Nurses Are Not Doctors,” by Sandeep Jauhar (Op-Ed, April 30), are unfounded. Decades of third-party research have shown that nurse practitioner outcomes are equivalent to those of physicians. The services we provide are high quality, safe and cost-effective, as evidenced by our record as providers with full practice authority in 17 states and Washington. Here, clinical communities no longer embroiled in this issue are devoting their full efforts to improving care and access, which should be the goal of every provider.
Letter by Mark Lazenby, Ruth McCorkle, Nursing Professors at Yale University:
Randomized clinical trials have shown that care provided by nurse practitioners that focuses on teaching patients to manage their health results in reduced use of health care resources. The sickest patients live longer and with a better quality of life than standard medical care alone typically provides.
These findings, published in medicine’s top academic journals, are certainly more timely than the 1999 study cited by Dr. Jauhar. His essay was based on one physician’s perception of the limitations of nurse practitioners.