Nursing News - Year: 2017



Hurricane Harvey Update

As the winds and rains of Hurricane Harvey begin to taper off, news outlets are reporting on the destruction and equating the scope of the damage to Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans.  Reports of up to 50 inches of rain in some areas of Texas underscore the intense flooding and destruction resulting from this storm.  NACNS has reached out to our Texas Affiliate to learn more about what clinical nurse specialists and the APRN community is experiencing and to see if we can help in anyway.  NACNS encourages our members to consider making a donation of time or money to the American Red Cross.

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Are you planning to be a preceptor to a CNS student this year?

Do you arrange clinical placements for CNS students?

Do you supervise CNS’s who serve as preceptors?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, be sure to check out the online self-study course, Developing Your Skills as a Clinical Nurse Preceptor, jointly provided by the Indiana University School of Nursing and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Launched in 2016, this course provides 4 continuing nursing education contact hours specific to the role of a preceptor for clinical nurse specialist students. It is separated into 3 modules: Organizing the Learning Experience, Engaging the Student, and Providing Useful Feedback, and it aims to provide new and experienced preceptors with tools and tips to have a successful clinical experience for both the preceptor and the student.

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Alarm Fatigue Focus of AAMI’s Horizons

The proliferation of clinical alarms poses one of healthcare technology’s most pressing patient safety challenges—“alarm fatigue.” While device alarms can improve medical care by arming clinicians with valuable information about their patient’s health, most are false or nonactionable, often resulting in a sensory clutter that overwhelms clinicians and caregivers, desensitizing them to the alerts. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s spring 2017 issue of its award-winning, peer-reviewed publication, Horizonsfocuses on clinical alarm management.

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Nursing Orgs Urge President Trump, Congress to Make High-Quality, Affordable Health Care Access a Top Reform Priority

NACNS joined America’s leading nursing organizations and the more than 3.5 million nurses they represent, in calling on the Trump Administration and Congress to prioritize patient health and the patient-provider relationship in any health reform proposals.

As lawmakers consider legislation to repeal, replace or fundamentally alter the Affordable Care Act, nursing organizations affirmed their shared commitment to health care policies that reflect patients access to:  health care with affordable coverage options; care delivered by providers of their choice, including CNSs and other APRNs;  upholding essential health benefits; greater Medicare efficiency;  and more.

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