American Nurse Today Journal – June, 2017 Vol 12 Number 6
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Editorial: Avoiding career stallers and stoppers
By Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief
Social media can be fun and informative, but use it wisely or you could bring your successful career to an abrupt halt.
Caring for patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the community
By Adeline Chu and Bernard NG
Care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis is moving into the home and ambulatory settings. Learn how nurses can help these patients achieve remission or low disease activity.
Lyme disease: Prevention and treatment
By Denise Stagg and Jessica McCarthy
Find out what you need to know to educate patients about preventing Lyme disease and identifying early symptoms.
23 When all signs point to tension pneumothorax
By Amy Shay
Do you know how to identify tension pneumothorax in unventilated patients? Find out how this nurse’s recognition of early symptoms saved her patient’s life.
Save our Soles
By DeSales Foster
Diabetic foot ulcers aren’t just painful, they can lead to infection and amputation. Thorough foot assessment of hospitalized patients with diabetes can be the key to prevention.
Drugs and devices today
An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.
16 Nursing – Built on a cornerstone of leadership
By Adam Tebben
National Student Nurses’ Association president Adam Tebben shares his thought on how experienced nurses can provide the leadership that helps new nurses succeed.
18 Empowering nurses with infection control resources
By Sametria McCammon and Sharon Morgan
Take advantage of these resources to ensure infection prevention in your organization.
From Where I Stand
48 We vs. They
By Leah Curtin
Finding the similarities in the people you encounter, rather than the differences, can lead to kindness and acceptance.
Communication for coordination
By Colleen M. Morley
When inter professional teams work together, they smooth the way for patient transition and discharge.
A round-up of clinical and practice news and alerts.
31 Learn about the top issues facing ANA member nurses, how ANA is working for you, and what ANA is doing to advance nursing. This month, read ANA’s 2016 annual report.
click: [download the 2016 Annual Report PDF]
6 Promoting professionalism through awareness
By Marilyn Dubree, April Kapu, Michelle Terrell, James W. Pichert, William O. Cooper, and Gerald B. Hickson
A pattern of disruptive behavior in the workplace requires a conversation that highlight the important of adhering to organizational values and goals to ensure patient safety and a healthy work environment.
46 Partnering with subject-matter experts
By Kimberly H. Taylor and Dyan A. Troxel
Educating staff and patients sometimes requires the kind of knowledge only a subject-matter expert can provide. Learn how to work with these experts to create an educational presentation that meets the needs of your audience.
24 Building trust in your leadership
By Rose O. Sherman
What steps do you need to take to construct an environment of trust?
27 Justifying the purchase of a data-driven, acuity-based staffing system
By Sylvain Trepanier
By building a business case for an acuity-based staffing system, you help ensure patient needs are met.
By Apryl Motley
Patricia Ford-Roegner, winner of the ANA 2016 Barbara Thoman Curtis Award, offers advice for nurses who want to become involved in advocacy and board service.
39 Relax with lavender
By Martha J. Greenberg and Anesha Narain
Anxiety and lack of sleep are familiar to most nurses, especially nursing students. Find out how lavender essential oil can help reduce anxiety and improve sleep.
Focus on… Infection Prevention
42 Nursing strategies to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia
By Emily Boltey, Olga Yakusheva, and Deena Kelly Costa
Minimized ventilator exposure, excellent oral hygiene, subglottic suctioning, positioning and mobility, and adequate staffing all help to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia. Learn how to put these strategies into action.
44 Catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention tool
Use this evidence-based tool to help prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infection.
American Nurse Today is dedicated to integrating the art and science of nursing. It provides a voice for today’s nurses in all specialties and practice settings. As the official journal of the American Nurses Association, it serves as an important and influential voice for nurses across the country.
The journal is committed to delivering authoritative research translated into practical, evidence-based literature and relevant content to keep nurses up-to-date on best practices, help them maximize patient outcomes, advance their careers, and enhance their professional and personal growth fulfillment.