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AT THE BEDSIDE How Does This Year's Flu Compare to Previous Trends? Notable trends show unusually severe flu activity in some states and higher rates among adults 25 to 49 years old. A lthough the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, reports that influenza activity the past few months is decreasing in the U.S., the number of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza has remained above the epidemic threshold of 7.9 percent. Overall figures are characterized by a few notable differences from flu trends in recent years. According to an article in The Daily Briefing, public health officials in some states reported unusually severe activity this year. California, for example, reported more than 340 flu deaths - five times the number reported last year. Also unusual is the younger demographic being affected. Adults between the ages of 25 and 49, who are usually considered the least vulnerable to flu, experienced an unusually high www.aacnboldvoicesonline.org 22 In honor of National Nurses Week, we'd like to sincerely thank the nurses at HCA North Texas for their expertise, compassion and commitment to delivering the highest quality care. We'd also like to congratulate our twenty-six 2014 Great 100 honorees - incredible professionals who embody nursing excellence. When you step forward in your critical care nursing career, step up to a higher level of satisfaction and growth by joining the exceptional nurses at HCA North Texas. Visit us at the NTI Conference at Booth #832! Please contact Jennifer Potts at 972-489-1376 or jennifer.potts@hcahealthcare.com. Go to www.joinhcanorthtexas.com to learn more about our excellent opportunities. EOE www.joinhcanorthtexas.com illness rate of 28 percent compared to 19 percent in 2011. The CDC attributes these unusual differences to the predominance of the 2009 H1N1 strain this season. In an article in HealthDay, which was reprinted in U.S. News, Michael Young, a medical officer with the CDC's influenza division, says H1N1 tends to hit younger adults harder than older people. Fewer Hospital Opportunities for Nursing Graduates W hile most newly licensed nurses begin their nursing career in a hospital, the number of nurses who reported working in a hospital dropped by 11.4 percent, according to "Original Research: Changing Trends in Newly Licensed RNs," in RN Work Project American Journal discovers fewer recent of Nursing.Work The RN Project, which grads are working in compared surveys hospitals, and more from two sets of are working part-time. nurses who graduated six years apart, discovered that nurses licensed from 2010 to 2011 were less likely to work in a hospital than those licensed from 2004 to 2005. The more-recent grads were also more likely to work part-time. The study indicates that some of the change is based on systematic job cuts made by hospitals across the country. As reported in FierceHealthcare, 41,000 healthcare jobs were lost in 2013. Also, many veteran nurses who were expected to retire have not done so because of lingering uncertainty from the economic downturn, lead study author Christine Kovner, a professor at New York University College of Nursing and a former critical care nurse, adds in the article. However, full-time nurses who are nearing the end of their career by transitioning to a part-time position are expected to open up more opportunities for new nurses, the study finds. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/ http://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/blog/2014/02/state-of-the-flu-how-this-years-flu-is-unique http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/2014/3/24/californias-flurelated-death-toll-reaches-342-health--officials-say-flu-season-is-declining http://journals.lww.com/ajnonline/Fulltext/2014/02000/Original_Research___Changing_Trends_in_Newly.25.aspx http://journals.lww.com/ajnonline/Fulltext/2014/02000/Original_Research___Changing_Trends_in_Newly.25.aspx http://www.aacnboldvoicesonline.org http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/nurses-students-worry-about-their-future-healthcare/2013-12-09 http://www.joinhcanorthtexas.com http://www.joinhcanorthtexas.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - May 2014

Another Angle
Pres Note Teaser: What Were We Thinking
Come for the Day. Learn for a Lifetime.
How AACN CSI Academy Changed My Practice
Healthcare Professionals Smoke Less Than General Population
Sleep-Deprived Nurses May Regret Clinical Decisions
Detecting Abuse When Kids Have Fractures
Effective Screening and Counseling for Alcohol Use
Most People Who Need Palliative Care Don’t Receive It
Interruptions Are Dangerous
AACN Community Steps Forward on Early Mobility
Awards
Satisfied and Engaged Staff Improve Patient Satisfaction
Involve Nurses When Developing Healthcare Technology
Nurses Concerned About Nursing’s Future
How Does This Year’s Flu Compare to Previous Trends?
Fewer Hospital Opportunities for Nursing Graduates
Excessive Crying as a Preemie, Behavioral Problems Later
Hand Amputees Can Feel Objects With New Prostheses
In Our Journals
Certification Capsules
New Editions of ‘AACN Essentials’ Textbooks
New at NTI 2014: Editorial Consults
Call for Nominations: AACN Board, Nominating Committee
Experience a Wasatch Mountain High This Summer at REACH
Thrive at NTI: 10 Tips for the Best Experience
Letters
Transitions
President’s Note

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