American Nurse Today Journal – May, 2017 Vol 12 Number 5
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Professional behavior, effective communication, and self-care all start with responsibility.
Nursing communication and the gender identity spectrum
By Katherine Sullivan, Anissa Gizman, and Danielle Lancellotti
Wherever your patients are on the gender spectrum, your openness and respect will help ensure they receive the best possible health care.
By Ruth M. Kleinpell, April Kapu, Briana Witherspoon, Lauren Oliver, Jayme Gibson,
Haley Vance, Janet M. Myers, Roslyn Green, Ann Minnick,
Pierce Trumbo, and Wade Iams.
By documenting outcomes and accomplishments, you ensure recognition of APRN-led initiatives.
Caring for patients with a left ventricular assist device
By Heather Martonik
12 Barely breathing
By Danielle Van Damme and Lauren Marentette
When a child shows signs of hypoxia after surgery, what steps should the rapid response team take to assess, treat, and monitor?
By Carel Mountain and Kimberlee Golles
Use this simple assessment technique to detect dysphagia and reduce your patient’s risk for aspiration pneumonia.
Drugs and devices today
An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.
26 Advocating for access to safe, quality care
By Pamela F. Cipriano
ANA continues to be a voice for patients within the changing healthcare landscape.
27 The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge—Join Now!
By Jamie Murphy Dawson
Become part of the effort to improve the health of the country by improving the health of nurses.
From Where I Stand
48 You’re not necessarily entitled to your opinion
By Leah Curtin
What’s an opinion and does everyone have a right to express it?
A round-up of clinical and practice news and alerts.
29 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’s feature provides a wrap up of a recent ANA conference on quality.
18 Promoting professionalism by sharing a cup of coffee
By Marilyn Dubree, April Kapu, Michelle Terrell, James W. Pichert, William O. Cooper, and Gerald B. Hickson
An informal conversation over a cup of coffee may stop problematic behavior before it becomes a pattern.
37 Promoting staff engagement
By Rose O. Sherman
What steps can you take to keep your staff engaged?
Fighting the effects of nurse fatigue
By Kelsey Wong
Nurse fatigue is more than just being tired. It can affect patient care and your own health and safety.
Web Exclusive! Research 101
By Ellen Fineout-Overholt and Zhaomin He
Understanding and interpreting meta-analyses can help you make better clinical decisions.
Focus on … Critical Care
42 Reducing the risk of central line-associated bloodstream infections
By Krista Williamson, Lorie Gonzalez, Ashley Neusbaum, and Jaime Messing
Learn how a medical-surgical unit developed a program to reduce central line access and decrease bloodstream infections.
46 Making the right decision
Limiting central line access requires good decision-making skills. This decision tree maps the process to help reduce access.
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.