(Hospital Music Is) Getting Better All the Time

The formal use of music in hospitals hasn’t gotten to the point where they need to add a chief music officer, yet, but it does seem like singing and music making is gaining traction as a therapeutic tool. A singing nurse at Jackson Hospital, Montgomery, Ala., is a recent example, found on WSFA 12 News’ website. Nurse Sandra Mattingly says singing is “the cheapest medicine I know.” H&HN previously wrote about another singing nurse, Jared Axen, R.N., in 2013; a cleanup crew that also is a choir; music as therapy at hospitals like Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, and Vanderbilt University’s research into singing and songwriting as an avenue to better health. What this means in the big picture has yet to be determined, but I think we can all agree that we can always use more cowbell.

Oklahoma Public Health Nurse Connects Patients with Care

As a population care management supervisor at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Rebekah Gossett helps the people who have nowhere to turn. She and her team are part of the agency that oversee SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, according to a NewsOK report. Much of their job is to help the underserved population, such as an unnamed young woman in the report, who, after becoming pregnant, admitted to the team she didn’t understand what was happening to her body. Gossett helped the woman understand her doctor appointments and how to make healthy decisions for her baby. The team uses motivational interviewing to learn patient values and goals, then works with patients to achieve those aspirations. Gossett was recently named a 2016 Great 100 Nurses of Oklahoma honoree and nominated for the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in Oklahoma for public health. “’Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ That is the mantra of what I stand for,” she said to NewsOK. We can use more Rebekah Gossett’s in the world.

Study: Lessening Nursing Practice Regulations Boosts Numbers of Pennsylvania Retail Care Centers

After legislation passed in Pennsylvania that lessened restrictions on the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, the number of retail health clinics — which largely utilize the service of these nurses — increased, a study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research (CHOPR) shows.

According to the study, Growth in retail-based clinics after nurse practitioner scope of practice reform, retail clinics are mainly staffed by nurse practitioners, and these clinics are becoming an increasingly popular place for non-emergent care, Penn Nursing Science reports.

The study says that to make the most of retail-based clinic services, parties will require implementing policies that standardize the scope of practice for nurse practitioners. It made these conclusions after examining the link between scope-of-practice regulations and retail-based clinic growth in Pennsylvania before and after the passage of Prescription for Pennsylvania (Rx4PA) health reform, which partly associated with the removal of practice barriers for advanced practice nurses.