Nurse Writes Commentary on Workplace Stress, Build Back Better Act Gains Praise for Supporting Nurse Education, and More Nursing News

Nurse faces workplace stress during COVID-19 pandemic

Nurse writes commentary on workplace stress and the cascading effects of misinformation on nurses during the pandemic. The AACN praises the Build Back Better Act for supporting $1 billion in funding for nursing education. The ICN celebrates a technology leadership nurse. A podcast features interviews with nurses who discuss the daily life of working as a healthcare professional. Read on for more nursing news and insights.

Nurse writes commentary on workplace stress during pandemic

Barbara Potts, DNP, MS, RN-BC, APRN-CNS, AACNS-AG, has written an editorial commentary in a recent issue of MEDSURG Nursing, the official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, about the cascading effects of misinformation on nurses during the pandemic.

The journal is dedicated to advancing evidence-based medical-surgical nursing practice, clinical research, and professional development and to enhance the knowledge and skills of medical-surgical nurses to promote health, prevent and manage disease, alleviate suffering, and improve health outcomes across medical-surgical populations.

“All healthcare organizations should provide support for moral distress to their employees,” she writes. “Moral distress can lead to isolation, especially when nurses feel overwhelmed.

“Employee assistance programs (EAPs) are designed as a resource for those in healthcare. EAPs help staff navigate difficulties of work or home life. These are typically free services to help staff through rough spots.

“Life can be tough at work and at home, and the pandemic intensified those realities. Moral distress does not need to lead to decay but, without insight into what is occurring and without intentional action, decay will happen, and nurses will leave the workforce. Let’s help heal the heroes of the pandemic.” The full article can be read online.

Learn more about combating workplace stress and burnout in our on-demand webinar by Lesly Kelly, PhD, RN, FAAN: Nurse Leadership Resiliency.

Build Back Better Act gains praise for supporting nurse education

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has offered its support of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for including academic nursing priorities in the Build Back Better Act. In particular, the Committee supported $1 billion in funding for nursing education enhancement and modernization, which reflects the language outlined in the Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act.

“As we work to combat the pandemic, address social determinants of health, and prepare for future threats to achieving health equity, educating the nursing workforce must be a priority,” said Dr. Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Chair of the AACN’s board of directors, in a prepared statement. “Investment in our nursing schools, faculty, and students is imperative, and we applaud the Energy and Commerce Committee for recognizing these vital national resources in their proposed plan.”

In addition, the Committee recommends $300 million in supplemental funding for the Nurse Corps and $150 million in grants to grow and diversify the nursing workforce in maternal and perinatal health. Additional provisions that support maternal health, research and innovation, public health infrastructure, pandemic preparedness, and address healthcare risks associated with climate change also were included.

“Our public health infrastructure must be sustainable, responsive, and inclusive,” said Dr. Deborah Trautman, AACN president and chief executive officer. “From research and scientific discovery, to creating a more equitable healthcare system, nursing is an essential part of that equation. We commend the Energy and Commerce Committee for recognizing the far-reaching importance of nursing.”

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ICN celebrates technology leadership nurse

Dr. Lourdes Tejero, a doctoral-prepared nursing leader, is serving as the director of technology transfer at the University of the Philippines, Manila. Historically, technology transfer, which involves technical knowledge on intellectual property protection and eventual utilization or commercialization, is usually associated with technical professionals, according to the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

Professor Tejero is a pediatric nurse and holds a PhD in nursing, a master’s degree in translational medicine (MTM), and bioengineering, clinical therapeutics, and business education. As director of technology transfer, she manages more than 100 inventions coming from the faculty, researchers, and students. Her portfolio includes medicines, biomedical devices, and information technology for health.

Dr. Tejero and a team composed of engineers, lawyers, and businesspeople process the technology transfer of these intellectual properties. The team advises the inventors on patentability of the innovation based on patent research and technical features of the innovation. They complete patent applications and manage trademarks and copyrights on behalf of the university.

Tejero and her team also initiate linkages with public and private agencies for funding of research, as well as with industry partners for licensing and other modes of business collaboration.

Explore essentials of nursing leadership in our in-depth series: Leadership and Nursing Practice Specialty.

Podcast spotlight: The Daily Nurse Podcast

Described as a podcast for nurses, by nurses, each episode of The Daily Nurse Podcast features interviews with nurses who discuss the daily life of working as a healthcare professional and their nursing experience throughout their career.

NurseCasts focus on such subjects such as mental health, travel nursing, and the nursing experience of a graduate. The most recent episode discusses nursing informatics.

The podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts and

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