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The new nursing shortage
USA Today
On one hand, things are looking pretty dandy for nursing in the United States: the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a 19 percent growth in employment for registered nurses from 2012–2022. Compare that to an 11 percent average growth rate for all occupations. That's a reason to celebrate during National Nurses Week. But here's the twist: The recent recession made it more difficult for entry-level nurses to find work, as more experienced nurses put off retirement and stayed in the job force. So now there's a nurse shortage — and it's happening all over the world.
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Nursing and the critical art of being present
By Keith Carlson
During the celebration of Nurses Week 2014, I have been giving a great deal of thought regarding what it means to be present when engaging in the delivery of nursing care. Having said that, what exactly is presence? And how do we nurses actively cultivate it while performing the tasks associated with our work? While we may frequently say that nursing care is all about the patient, the truth is that your ability to be present is where it all begins. A nurse who is present brings so much more intrinsic value to the act of nursing and patient care, whereas a nurse who is on autopilot may as well be a robot.
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Risk index helped predict new-onset renal failure after heart transplant
Healio
A risk index that incorporates 13 risk factors may help predict the development of new-onset postoperative renal failure after orthotopic heart transplantation. Although risk factors for postoperative renal failure after heart transplantation have been identified, there exists no clinical guide to estimate the overall risk for renal failure that would necessitate dialysis subsequent to heart transplantation, Arman Kilic, MD, from the division of cardiac surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, said at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting.
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Baylor receives patent for islet cell transplantation in patients with type1 diabetes, chronic pancreatitis
The Medical News
Baylor Research Institute has been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent Office for a potential strategy to improve the outcomes of islet cell transplantation for patients with type 1 diabetes and chronic pancreatitis.
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Bulgaria halves fees under Organ, Tissue and Cell Transplantation Act
FOCUS Information Agency
Bulgarian Council of Ministers passed amendments to the fee tariff collected by the Executive Agency for Transplantations under the Organ, Tissue and Cell Transplantation Act, the Healthcare Act and the Medical Establishments Act, the press office of the Bulgarian Government announced. The changes are connected with the legal requirement for introduction of fees for all legally set administrative services rendered by the executive agency, under maximum facilitation of the administrative burden for service applicants.
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Genetic variant linked to poor patient survival following lung transplantation
2 Minute Medicine
Lung transplant patients often suffer from post-surgery organ rejection leading to the need for a second transplant and decreased patient survival. While the cause of such rejection is not yet fully understood, it is believed to be an inflammatory immune response. Surprisingly, recent research has shown that the broad immunosuppressive therapies widely used today may actually increase the likelihood of rejection. Accordingly, more investigations into the nature of the immune system and its role in post-transplant survival are needed.
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Tacrolimus triple therapy reduced fibrosis among HCV cirrhotic patients after liver transplantation
Healio
Hepatitis C virus-infected patients with cirrhosis treated with tacrolimus triple therapy after liver transplantation experienced a slower progression to fibrosis, compared with those who received tacrolimus monotherapy, according to recent study data.
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uEtG accurately detects alcohol consumption in liver transplant candidates and recipients
The Medical News
Researchers from Italy confirm that urinary ethyl glucuronide accurately detects alcohol consumption in liver transplant candidates and recipients. The study published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, suggests that a combination of uEtG and the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test for alcohol consumption are best in alerting doctors to alcohol consumption by patients undergoing evaluation for liver transplantation or who have received liver transplants.
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HHS Secretary Sebelius lauds nurses in statement for National Nurses Week
Insurance News Net
It is only fitting that the theme for this year's National Nurses Week is "Nurses: Leading the Way." After all, nurses lead the way in showing an elderly patient how to manage his or her diabetes. They lead the way in making sure their patients — children and adults — get the vaccinations they need. They lead the way in helping our young moms learn how to care for their infants. And they lead the way in conducting research to promote high-quality life for those with chronic illnesses, and to help all of us stay healthy across the lifespan.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the ITNS Insider, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ITNS, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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