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12:00 AM EST February 23, 2017

Nursing Home Residents Need More Activities to Help Them Thrive

In a survey of staff from 172 Swedish nursing homes, most residents had been outside the nursing home during the previous week, but only one-fifth had been on an outing or excursion.

October 20, 2016

Change Is Needed to Prevent Homicides by Individuals with Mental Illness

Following the stabbing death of Dr. Jeroen Ensink, a new father in London who was killed by a mentally ill man who had walked free after attacking a police officer with a knife days earlier, experts are calling for change. They note that the dangerousness of a small but volatile subset of psychiatric patients is not taken seriously enough. 

October 13, 2016

Healthcare Workers Describe their Experiences in Caring for Patients with Ebola Virus Disease

Interviews conducted in 2015 with eight nurses and one physician who had worked in Ebola care in Sierra Leone revealed two themes: ‘Experiencing security by learning to manage risks’; and ‘Developing courage and growth by facing personal fears’. 

March 16, 2016

Aging Is Portrayed as Mainly Negative in Popular Music Lyrics

A recent analysis of popular music reveals that while older age and aging are represented both negatively and positively in music lyrics, negative representations predominate.

March 07, 2016

Certain Mealtime Practices at Hospitals May Help Patients Eat Better

New research confirms that hospital patients often eat poorly, and that the hospital mealtime environment may contribute to this problem.

February 16, 2016

Photographs and Music Lessen Patients’ Anxiety Before Surgery

A new study found that viewing photographs combined with listening to music can less patients’ anxiety before surgical operations and improve their physical and psychological well-being.

February 04, 2016

Management Style Affects Quality of Care and Retention among Nurses

A recent study shows that encouraging nurses to work towards a collective goal within a supportive milieu—a style of management called transformational leadership—can have positive effects on the quality of the care given to patients. It was also a predictor of nurses’ intentions to stay on at their current healthcare facilities. Conversely, abusive leadership practices potentially lead to poorer quality of care and to a strong intention to quit.

12:00 AM EDT October 23, 2015

Breastfeeding Difficulties May Increase Risk of Postnatal Depression

In a recent study, stopping breastfeeding due to pain or physical difficulties predicted an increased risk of postnatal depression, but stopping for other reasons, such as social reasons or embarrassment, did not.

October 05, 2015

How Health Professionals Help and Hinder Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation

Migration has transferred the practice of genital mutilation of girls and women to countries where it was not common or does not originate, and the World Health Organization is campaigning to eradicate the practice. A new article highlights how health professionals—including nurses and midwives—both help and hinder eradication and management of female genital mutilation.

September 21, 2015

How Different Types of Nurses Impact the Health of Patients with Diabetes

More than 28,000 nurses in the UK can prescribe the same medicines as doctors provided that it is in their level of experience and competence. A new study looks at whether there is added value of having nurse prescribers, compared with nurses without prescribing capability, care for people with diabetes in primary care practices.

12:00 AM EDT August 05, 2015

Music Played During Surgeries May Hinder Communication and Impact Patient Safety

Music is currently played in approximately 50% to 70% of surgical operations performed worldwide. In a new study of 20 operations conducted in the UK, repeated requests—for example, for a surgical instrument—were 5 times more likely to occur in surgeries with music than in those without.

June 15, 2015

Study Examines Trends in Smoking among Health Students

The prevalence of smoking among undergraduate nursing and physiotherapy students in Spain decreased from 29.3% in 2003 to 18.2% in 2013.

April 20, 2015

Addressing the Needs of Young Women with Disorders of Sex Development

Disorders of sex development are lifelong conditions that are usually diagnosed at birth or during adolescence. In a recent study of 13 teenaged girls with disorders of sex development, the girls were guarded and reticent about sharing personal information about their disorder during adolescence, but some of them learned to engage in conversations with more confidence as they moved towards adulthood.

12:00 AM EST February 23, 2015

Help is Just a Call Away for Mothers with Postnatal Depression

New research reveals that telephone-based peer support may help reduce postnatal depression, also known as postpartum depression, in new mothers. Findings published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing also found that social support from peers may be effective for maternal depression up to two years after delivery. At the start of the study all mothers were moderately depressed, but this dropped after telephone peer support to 8.1% (3/37) depressed at midpoint, rising to 11.8% (4/34) at the end of the study, suggesting some relapse.

February 02, 2015

Clarity Needed in Studies on Gender and Access to Cardiac Rehabilitation

Sex-based inequalities in life expectancy and quality due to heart disease are repeatedly described, but how gender and social structure play roles in this phenomenon are unclear. Women and men can equally benefit from secondary prevention/cardiac rehabilitation, and there is a need to understand gender barriers to uptake.

January 20, 2015

Staff at Psychiatric Hospitals Often Face Threats of Physical Violence

In a survey of 348 workers at a large psychiatric hospital, 99% of the staff reported verbal conflict with patients, and 70% reported being assaulted during the previous 12 months. Verbal conflict with other staff was also high, at 92%.

November 03, 2014

Many Future Health Professionals Drink too much Alcohol

A new study found that 43% of nursing students indulge in hazardous alcohol consumption, with 14.9% of men and 18.7% of women meeting criteria for hazardous drinkers.

August 18, 2014

Efforts Needed to Address Patient Violence Against Nurses and Other Hospital Workers

Nurses are at increased risk of being injured by patient violence, especially when patients have cognitive impairment or demand to leave, according to a new study.

May 19, 2014

Does a Rose-Tinted Portrayal of Past Nursing Legitimatise Health Policies?

Journal of Advanced Nursing explores how health coverage in the British media often compares nurses with an idealized ‘golden age’ a comparison which can distort public perception and serve to legitimize retrograde government policies.

April 07, 2014

Humor Can Helps Penile Cancer Patients Cope, Study Shows

Humor can help men undergoing treatment for penile cancer to stay positive while helping health professionals to build rapport with patients, reports research published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

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