Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, AJN interim editor-in-chief
I spend a lot of time checking various web sites for news or new information nurses need to know, for interesting items for blog posts or articles, or for trends that may be coming down the pike. Here’s some “food-for-thought” items I found in my recent web crawls:
On nursingworld.org, the American Nurses Association, in a recent poll, asked site visitors if they had been “a target of unprofessional behavior” in the workplace. A startling 82% of respondents said yes. While “unprofessional behavior” was not defined (when you think about it, it could be any number of things, ranging from gossip and practical jokes to bullying and unwanted sexual advances), the fact that so many people feel this way deserves further exploration. What about you? What have you seen on your unit that might fit this category of “unprofessional behavior”?
Vindy.com, an Ohio news outlet, reports that advanced practice nurses (APNs) in the state want more recognition and freedom to practice. According to the article, the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN) is seeking legislators to remove restrictions that prevent them from heading the medical home models of primary care. Currently, physicians must be the designated head of the medical home. (See our article on this.) Jacalyn Golden of OAAPN said APNs “have proved themselves since they began providing primary care in 1965.” Amen.
Remember the “Sentosa Nurses,” the nurses from the Philippines who became embroiled in prosecution after they quit en masse from New York nursing homes in 2007? (We reported on it then and in a follow-up last April when the criminal charges against them were dropped, as well as here on the blog.) A Filipino Web site reports that the nurses have filed a civil suit against the nursing home company (which still has a civil suit against the nurses) and the Suffolk County, New York, district attorneys.
The Texas nurses who filed charges against a physician for unsafe practice weren’t as lucky – they face a criminal trial in February. Go to the Texas Nurses Association Web site for updates and to contribute to their defense fund.