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Top five priorities for one nurse leader in year ahead

Nurse leaders will likely be paying attention to recruitment and retention; innovative technology; culturally aware patient care; employee engagement; and ways to promote self-care among nurses, Paula McKinney, vice president of patient services at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester, Ind., told HealthLeaders. McKinney said that nurses will make engaging and retaining nurse staff and improving patient care their top priorities in the year ahead.

“We need to pay attention to recognizing people for their good work,” McKinney told the publication.

Nurse saves life of state trooper shot on highway 

A North Carolina nurse is credited with saving the life of a state trooper who was shot and “left for dead” earlier this month, WSOC-TV reports. Sherice Richardson encountered trooper Daniel Harrell’s patrol car on the highway and pulled over. She noticed that Harrell was bleeding and saw bullet holes in the car’s windshield. Richardson called 911 and helped Harrell tend to his face wound.

"He had gauze in his car so I instructed another bystander to put pressure on his face while I was on the phone with EMS," Richardson told the news service. "He was able to hold it himself actually and I sat there and comforted him."

Harrell was able to recuperate and was eventually released from the hospital. 

Nursing students save life of heart attack victim

Two Arkansas nursing students saved the life of a man who collapsed at a gym earlier this month from cardiac arrest, Fox News reports. Just after entering her gym, nursing student Megan Crawley encountered commotion around Charles Rainey, who had fallen and was turning blue, the news service said. Crawley performed chest compressions on the man, who had no pulse, while her nursing classmate Ryan Ruff, who works at the gym and is also a medic in the National Guard, charged an automated external defibrillator. Together, the students brought Rainey back to life with compressions and a shock from the defibrillator, ensuring he was alert and able to speak before the paramedics arrived, Fox said.

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