Nurses Face More Violence Than Most 

Nurses have to deal with physical violence and emotional abuse on a daily basis, and their advocates are becoming more vocal about this pressing issue, the Chicago Tribune reports. The Tribune cites research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that hospital employees are the target of violence at work at a much higher rate than workers in all other private fields. And the nurses interviewed for the story say the issue is worsening. 

Nurses are often in high-stress, emotional situations and are on the front lines during times of crisis, which puts them at risk. Nursing representatives say that increased staffing and training would help, the Tribune says.

For more on violence and hospitals, be sure to read our June feature story on this topic and access AHA "Hospitals against Violence" resources.

Design Thinking for Nurses

In today’s rapidly changing health care landscape, there is an urgent need to bring “design thinking” to hospitals and their nursing teams, Amitha Kalaichandran, M.D., writes for The New York Times. Such a “human-centered approach to innovation” was originally harnessed by the business world, and the author believes it would be equally successful in the health care field. One example she cites is her Toronto-based hospital, which now has its trauma team leader wear an orange vest as a way to help clear up any confusion about who is in charge. The writer points to a 2016 report that spelled out the three principles behind design thinking as empathy for the user, the involvement of an interdisciplinary team and rapid prototyping of the idea. “Design thinking is useful for when we need a paradigm shift, for instance when something is fundamentally broken about a service,” Thomas Fisher, one of the authors of the report and the director of the Minnesota Design Center at the University of Minnesota, tells the Times. “It allows for the creative, multidisciplinary thinking around solving the issue.”

Rapid Fire

Here are a few more nurse-related items that caught our eye, in rapid fashion:

  • Hospitals in the Omaha, Neb., area are having a tough time finding nurses, with some offering signing bonuses to help relieve the shortfall.
  • Speaking of violence in the hospital setting, Press Ganey recently introduced a new quality indicator that helps hospitals to measure assaults on nursing personnel.
  • And finally, a Georgia family is thanking their mother’s caregiver by covering her nursing school tuition, CNN reports.