Nurse Watch is compiled in conjunction with the AHA’s American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and highlights articles of interest to nurse leaders, nursing professionals and other health care leaders. For more about AONE, visit aone.org.
Nursing Community Coalition advocates on workforce funding
The Nursing Community Coalition, of which AONE is a member, wrote to House and Senate committees last week urging them to make Title VIII nursing workforce reauthorization a priority for their committees during the second session of Congress. The funding would reauthorize key nursing workforce development programs through 2022 and modernize them, the coalition said. More information is available here.
Nurse donates 1,000 ounces of breast milk for cancer patient's baby
A nurse at Nebraska Medical Center donated 1,000 oz. of her breast milk to a cancer patient who had to stop nursing her 5-month-old son during chemotherapy, People.com reports. Nurse Jaclyn Kenney has a baby one day older than a mother in the hospital where she works and learned that the baby’s mother — Ashley Chesnut— had just been diagnosed with lymphoma and couldn’t breastfeed. Kenney, who was overproducing milk, was able to give hers to Chesnut. “It felt like I was getting some control back,” Chesnut said. “Like cancer wasn’t going to take this from me after all.”
AAN releases statement on nurse fatigue
The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) released a position statement on the importance of adequate, high-quality sleep for nurses to ensure safe nursing practice and patient care. That statement recognizes that managers and nurses share in the responsibility for reducing the risks related to poor sleep health and fatigue. More here.
Air Force’s top Nurse of 2017 led practice amid staffing shortage
Cindy Callisto, a nurse practitioner in the Air Force, was awarded the title of the 2017 Top Nurse in the United States Air Force this January, the AirForce Times reports. In charge of a family practice in New Mexico, Callisto was honored for successfully running the practice with half its staff during one of the most critical times of the year.