Listening to the evening newscasts is usually an opportune time each day to hear about what’s going on in the world and to keep up on important world, national, and local events. Webster’s1 defines newsworthy as “sufficiently interesting to the general public to warrant reporting” and news as “a report of recent events” and as “matter that is newsworthy.” Every now and then, I hear a news report that rings in my ears as the oxymoron of “old news.” Such was the case a few months ago, when Tom Brokaw introduced the nightly “News for Your Health” segment with the steely eyed and slowly paced revelation that research just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that burdening registered nurses (RNs) with increasingly heavier patient workloads can be dangerous to a patient’s health. The newscaster...

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