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Ripped From The Headlines: Trust, Paperwork, TikTok And The Year of The International Nurse

Welcome to a brand new decade! This edition of Ripped From The Headlines is packed with nuggets of US nursing news, from the kick-off of the Year of the Nurse right through to the ethics of lip-syncing on TikTok! 

Nursing Is The Most Trusted Profession In The US

American people have ranked nursing highest for honesty and ethics among a list of professions, according to a Gallup poll. This is the eighteenth year in a row that nurses have ranked the highest in this poll, where, conversely, Americans found salespeople to have the lowest levels of ethics and honesty, at 9 percent. Other medical professions that rate highly in these categories include medical doctors (65 percent), pharmacists (64 percent), and dentists (61 percent). Keep up the amazing work, nurses! 

6 Reasons Why 2020 Is the Year Of The Nurse

The Year of the Nurse is here! In early 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 2020 would be the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, with lots of planned programs and reports scheduled to support the profession. This article by DailyNurse highlights six of the reasons why 2020 is the perfect time to celebrate the Year of the Nurse, including it being the: 

  • 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale 

  • Release of the first State of the World’s Nursing Report 

  • Culmination of the Nursing Now campaign. 

Want to find out more reasons why? Take a look at the article! What are you doing to mark the Year of the Nurse? We’d love to hear about any celebrations or initiatives you or your facility have planned. 

Doctors, Nurses And The Paperwork Crisis That Could Unite Them

Ask anyone working in a hospital, and they’ll tell you that workloads have become more substantial since the arrival of electronic health records. While these records were created as a work-saving tool, they have gone in the opposite direction, taking time away from patient care. In fact, a report from the National Academy of Medicine found that, on average, nurses and doctors spend 50 percent of their workday at a screen rather than with patients. 

This interesting article from The New York Times explores this subject and why now’s the time for nurses and physicians to come together to acknowledge the harm done by increasing documentation requirements and aim for a more effective way of working. 

Nurses And Doctors Are Flocking To TikTok To Crack Jokes And Lip Sync. But Are They Eroding Patients' Trust?

Do you have TikTok? It’s rapidly becoming one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, and medical professionals are taking to it en masse to express themselves. In fact, some healthcare themed TikToks have gone viral in recent weeks but, unfortunately, for all of the wrong reasons. 

CNN highlights a now deleted clip from a user named Nurse Holly, which was widely criticized for stating that abstinence is the best form of STI prevention. Prior to this, a nurse going by D Rose on TikTok mocked patients for faking their symptoms and accidentally kicked off a hashtag movement where thousands of users shared moments when medical professionals didn’t believe them. 

Year of the International Nurse

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”, in honour of the 200th anniversary of the birst of Florence Nightingale.

The year 2020 is significant for WHO in the context of nursing and midwifery strengthening for Universal Health Coverage. WHO is leading the development of the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report which will be launched in 2020, prior to the 73rd World Health Assembly.

For more information, visit the World Health Organization website.

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