Nurses have long struggled with burnout, but it appears that there may be a clear tool in how to prevent it: self-efficacy, or confidence in one’s ability to achieve his or her goals, according to a study published in Health Care Management Review.

Nurses who avoid burnout share this trait, as exemplified in a survey from researchers at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and the University of Western Ontario, who queried approximately 600 Canadian nurses on two occasions spaced a year apart. According to the research, nurses who identified as having a higher degree of self-efficacy were less likely to report feeling burned out. The study’s authors say that self-efficacy helps to protect nurses when dealing with workplace stress.

‘Anti-vaxxer’ Nurses, Midwives Could Face Prosecution Down Under

Health officials in Australia are cracking down on nurses and midwives who are vocal opponents of vaccinating kids against measles and other communicable diseases. “Any published anti-vaccination material and/or advice which is false, misleading or deceptive which is being distributed by a registered nurse, enrolled nurse or midwife (including via social media) may also constitute a summary offence under the National Law,” declared the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Reuters reports that so-called “anti-vaxxers” have lashed out on the internet, sometimes in vitriolic terms, against officials who support vaccinations. “They are an organized movement, largely stemming from the United States of America, that are hell-bent on misleading parents that vaccinations are unsafe,” one official asserted.

California Pays Highest RN Wages, Federal Data Show

Recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that registered nurses in California make more than they do in any other state. This is due in part to the fact that California’s licensed vocational nurses — who are trained less than registered nurses — have limited jurisdiction in the area, resulting in a higher demand for registered nurses, who are paid accordingly.

Also, California passed a law in 1999 that established minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals, which also boosted RN demand. 

Registered nurses in California earn $100,000 a year on average, more than their equivalents anywhere else in the country. The standard hourly wage for registered nurses in California is $48.68 an hour.

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