Sunday, October 17, 2010

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Nursing News
Violence Increasing for Healthcare Workers

Did you know that if you work in a hospital or nursing home that
the chances are you are 4 times as likely to experience violence
in the workplace? As a nurse who works with alzheimers patients,
dementia, drug addicts and patients or family members who are
stressed out you are 4 times more likely than any other profession
to experience an assualt or other violence while you go about your

According to the U.S. Department for Occupational Health & Safety
as well as the Washington State Dept of Labor healthcare workers
experience work related violence at a rate of approximately 8.3
assaults per 10,000 workers as compared to the private sector rate
of 2 per 10,000. The rate can be even higher depending on where
you work.

In a survey conducted by the Emergency Nurses Association in 2009
50% of the respondents reported that they had experienced some
type of violence within the past 3 years while working in the
emergency room.

Many factors account for this increased risk including poor
planning and training by hospitals and other facilities.

Headlines like this are very common
Fight At State Supported Living Center Leaves Female Staff Member
Healthcare worker injured

Nurses confront violence on the job

Violence against nurses is rising in hospital EDs
I suspect that if you have been a nurse for at least 3 years you
have experienced violence, aggression, bullying or sexual assualt
in some form while on the job. And the perpertrators are not
limited to patients or visitors.

You assailaint may be a co-worker or a doctor. Fortunately, many
organizations and states are starting to recognize the seriousness
of this issue and are taking steps to curb the violence and give
nurses tools to deal with violence in the workplace.

Featured Website
The Month of October is National Breast Cancer awareness month. In
honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month the featured website is the
Susan G. Komen for the cure website.

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul.
Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the
hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better
for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about
her own situation.

That concern for others continued even as Susan
neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susans compassion for others
and committed to making a difference, Susan's sister promised that
she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer

That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global
leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested nearly $1.5
billion since inception in 1982. As the worlds largest grassroots
network of breast cancer survivors and activists, were working
together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for
all and energize science to find the cures.

Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and
generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow
supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds
dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

A Word From Our Sponsor
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Spotlight On Alternative Careers -Nurse Lobbyist
Have you ever thought about being active in politics and helping
to craft legislation that deals with issues such as mandatory
overtime, patient safety, workplace safety issues, patient ratios,
licensing and other nursing or healthcare issues? Welcome to being
a nurse lobbyist. The basic purpose of a lobbyist is to get a
groups message in front of local, state, or national legislators.

Another invaluable purpose is to educate those legislators about a
particular issue and how it impacts nurses. Not all nurses who act
as lobbyists are paid for the work. But, there are roles in state
and professional nursing organizations such as the American Nurses
Association for nurses who also lobby or whose primary job is to
be a lobbyist. Other places where you may find work in this area
is with labor organizations such as the California Nurses
Association or the AFL-CIO.

Read about it in Capitol Clout an article about nurses and lobbying on the Nurseweek website.

Nurses In History
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month the person I am
featuring is a woman named Nancy Brinker. She isn't a nurse but
she has done something that embodies many of the principles of
nursing and shows a caring and compassion that many nurses have.
She currently serves as the World Health Organization' s Goodwill
Ambassador for Cancer Control.

What makes her truly remarkable is the organization she founded in
1982 which has raised over $1.5 billion dollars to help the fight
in preventing and curing breast cancer. It is the largest breast
cancer charity in the world. And it all started as a promise to
her sister that she would do everything in her power to eradicate
breast cancer from the world. Because Nancy's sister was dying
from breast cancer in 1982 and even while she was dying her
thoughts were about trying to save others from the pain and the
horror she faced in dealing with her own breast cancer.

And that's why Nancy founded the Susan G Komen For the Cure
non-profit organization. Read Nancy Brinker's Biography
The next time you get into a discussion on whether one person can
make a difference you can use this story as an example of how one
person can.

Travel Nurse Tip - Breast Self Exam

Since it is National Breast Cancer Awarness month the travel nurse
tip this month is...think pink! and do monthly self exams of your
breasts. Early detection and treatment is still the number one
factor in successfully treating and curing most forms of cancer
including breast cancer and other cancers.

1 comment:

slockwood252 said...

Thanks for the post! I have a friend looking at travel nursing agencies for jobs. Do agencies keep track of statistics regarding how long nurses work with their agency? Great insight on this post, I know my friend will appreciate this.