May / June 2018   Comments

What? All digital?

I must say, I was really taken aback when I read “We’re going 100% digital.”

I’m shocked. I am in a demographic, along with many others, that prefers to pick up Canadian Nurse and read it. I am not at all interested in having to go to the computer — on my off time — to read “my” magazine.

I have witnessed my nursing career over the past 35 years go from “doing” to sitting at a computer screen for most of my day. I often wonder what we were all doing before we had computers, which now seem to consume an incredible amount of our time. I like to take the magazine, put it in my gym bag and read it while I pedal a stationary bike, or I keep it on my bedside table and read a bit before I sleep.

I for one will not be reading Canadian Nurse online and I truly take offence at the decision CNA has made for me about what medium I must use to do my reading.

‒ Janet Bickerton, RN, BN, M.Ed.
Sydney, N.S.

Highlight practice, not promotion

My initial reaction when I saw the Nurse to Know profile? No one in the photo is wearing gloves in this supposed resuscitation scenario — or any kind of personal protective equipment, for that matter! I certainly hope this resuscitation specialist doesn’t preach what he practises.

This article contained some interesting information about Matthew Douma’s teaching and passion for sharing his knowledge, and how it stemmed from that one incident involving external aortic pressure. However, I found there to be too much promotion of CNA’s certification program.

I appreciate all the time and effort that goes into this publication and enjoy it time and time again. I hope that going forward, there will be more focus on practice stories that include evidence and research that support the practice.

‒ Christina Mavinic, BSN, RN(C)
Rock Creek, B.C.

Prioritizing the health of nurses

In “So You Want to Be a Nurse” (November 1994), Laurel Stene wrote: “Burn out is rapidly becoming the number one occupational health hazard for nursing personnel. Learning to cope with stress as nursing students will enable us to cope better with the demands of nursing after we graduate.” This nurse’s warning is still highly relevant. While caring for others, nurses have a professional obligation to care for themselves to maintain their fitness to practise. They fare better when health authorities and the nursing profession acknowledge the academic, clinical, interpersonal and moral demands of nurses’ work.

However, high expectations, excessive stresses, long hours and inadequate staffing levels contribute to fatigue, which may ultimately force nurses out of the profession. Burnout may progress to clinical depression and even suicide. Systemic and traumatic stresses, due to critical incidents involving violence and other trauma such as bullying, take their toll — often in the form of anxiety, addiction or post-traumatic stress.

The time has come for the profession to foster a world view of nursing that makes nurses’ health a priority — not only for patient safety but also for the sake of nurses’ wholeness. A national nurse health program, similar to existing programs for physicians, should be established to provide education and support, address stigma and systemic issues, and promote the well-being of nurses right across the country.

– Hazel Magnussen, BScN, MTS, retired nurse
Edmonton, Alta.

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