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How are states meeting health care shortages for pregnant women?

PBS NewsHour

Nearly half of the counties in the U.S. don't have a single obstetrician/gyncologist and 56 percent are without a nurse midwife, according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Stateline reported. Faced with a shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists and nurse midwives, several states are considering proposals that advocates say would improve health care for women. But with the female population of the United States and number of babies born here projected to increase sharply over the next decade and beyond, scholars and medical organizations say more dramatic changes are needed to ensure that the medical needs of American women are met. One possibility: easing restrictions on nurse midwives, who attend to labor and delivery and also provide routine primary and gynecological care for women of all ages. Other steps under consideration include offering financial incentives to encourage more medical professionals to specialize in maternal health care and to encourage them to locate in regions with extreme shortages, particularly in rural areas.


Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

PBS NewsHour

A vial of Naloxone and syringe are pictured at a Naloxone training class taught by Jennifer Stepp and her daughter Audrey for adults and children to learn how to save lives by injecting Naloxone into people suffering opioid overdoses at the Hillview Community Center in Louisville, Kentucky, November 21, 2015.Photo by John Sommers II/Reuters Confronting an opioid overdose epidemic that is killing at least 90 people every day, two federal agencies this month gave more than 700 nurse practitioners and physician assistants the authority to write prescriptions for the anti-addiction medication buprenorphine. The goal: To let them help treat as many of the more than 2.5 million people addicted to painkillers or heroin in the nation as they can. Tens of thousands more nurse practitioners and physician assistants could be helping, too, by applying for a federal license to prescribe the potentially life-saving medicine. But laws in more than half the states are likely to prevent nurses from using their licenses in rural areas that need it most. Twenty-eight states prohibit nurse practitioners from prescribing buprenorphine unless they are working in collaboration with a doctor who also has a federal license to prescribe it.


Nurse hits back at critic

FOX News

A nurse in Australia is speaking out on social media after an acquaintance dismissed her as "just a nurse." Caitlin Brassington wrote an emotional post on Instagram and Facebook next to a photo of herself in scrubs in which she says she's heard that comment "many, many times" in the past 18 years as a nurse--and it finally got to her. "I have helped babies into the world, many of whom needed assistance to take their first breath, and yet I am just a nurse," she wrote in a post that's been liked more than 3,600 times on Facebook. "I have held patients' hands and ensured their dignity while they take their last breath, and yet I am just a nurse. I have counseled grieving parents after the loss of a child, and yet I am just a nurse. I have performed CPR on patients and brought them back to life, and yet I am just a nurse."


First artificial intelligence' medic will be pitted against doctor

#artificialintelligence

The world's first'artificial intelligence' triage nurse will be pitted against the real thing this week, in a head-to-head contest that could mark a turning point in medicine. British start-up firm Babylon Health will test its programme, called Check, against a doctor and nurse in a competition to see which can deal most quickly and accurately with a range of common health problems. The smartphone app has been designed to act like a triage nurse, asking a series of questions to advise users whether their problem is nothing to worry about, something they should consult their GP about, or a matter that requires calling 999. Its developers, who believe AI will transform medicine in the coming years, said last night they were'very confident' their app would come out on top. Babylon Health boss Ali Parsa said Check could analyse thousands of problems with astounding precision.


Watch: South African Nurse 'Verbally Abuses' Elderly Patient In Viral Video

International Business Times

A South African nurse was filmed in a video that went viral Wednesday allegedly verbally harassing an elderly patient. The footage was anonymously recorded by a 30-year-old woman who was also in the hospital room and witnessed the incident first-hand. The woman reportedly posted the video on Facebook after she was discharged from St. Mary's Hospital the next day. The incident was allegedly filmed Monday by the other patient. The nurse can be heard apparently raising her voice before she starts to change the elderly female's adult diaper without closing the curtains for privacy.