She was lucky to walk out of the car wreck alive, recounts Terra Beek in a blog on The young nurse wound up in the ED after a driver ran a red light and T-boned her car. She brings the experience of being on the other side of the job to the ED everyday. It is when she faces her toughest patients that she exercises her empathy. “It is then I just think of humanity’s basic principle: to help one another when in need. Perhaps I cannot understand what they are seeing or hearing, but I can at least be present,” she writes.  And as a new graduate nurse in the ED, Beek has a few pointers for dealing with psychiatric patients: (1) be present; (2) listen; (3) stay safe; and (4) stay calm.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … a baby!

NW_Superhero_babiesThey’re not old enough to trick or treat, but they still wore superhero costumes this Halloween. The babies at the Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Center for Women and Children’s neonatal intensive care unit were swathed in tiny crocheted capes and eye masks (and some donned witch hats and broomsticks) created by Kate Windsor, a nurse in the unit who wanted to honor the infants’ strength, USA Today reports. "I figured what better theme than superheroes for those little preemies who fight so hard,'' she said. "They really are superheroes, so it was perfect." Windsor created photogenic backgrounds from scraps of fabrics for some of the infants’ photos, while the babies who were receiving oxygen or IVs (and were still dolled up and photographed) remained in their beds. Windsor said she’s happy that her project is shedding light on an often forgotten corner of the hospital. "I don't think people think about the NICU unless they've had a baby who's had to go there,” she said. “I'm glad it's bringing recognition to our NICU and what we do."

RN numbers level off

After 14 years of steady growth, the number of newly educated registered nurses appears to be leveling off, said Edward Salsberg in an analysis of nurse licensure test numbers published on the Health Affairs website. Looking only at first-time takers of the National Council Licensure Examination to become an RN, the numbers in 2015 fell ever so slightly to 157,843 in 2015 from 157,879 in 2016. On the brighter side, the number of those taking the test for the first time as four-year nursing degree students rose by 2,142 in 2015 to 70,857, a 3.1 percent increase. That increase was mostly offset by a drop in the number of two-year degree graduates taking it the first time, which fell 2.3 percent to 84,379.

Rapid fire:

A Chicago-area nurse received honors for administering CPR and using an automated external defibrillator to save her co-worker's life at Mundelein’s Lincoln Early Learning Center, according to the Chicago Tribune.