April 2018 Vol. 13 No. 4

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Advice for millennial nurses

How do you become a great leader in a multigenerational workplace? Takeaways: Millennials who strive to be leaders must embrace rules of engagement, read leadership books, make a…
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All-Pro Nursing Team Awards

In celebration of Nurses Week, American Nurse Today launched the All-Pro Nursing Team Awards. First Place: Quick action grants a family’s final wish Coordinators of patient placement and…
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Celebrate National Nurses Week 2018

The American Nurses Association (ANA) National Nurses Week theme for 2018 “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence” recognizes that RNs provide the highest level of quality care to patients and…
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Celebrating the 2017 Nurse of the Year

At what age did you first realize you wanted to be a nurse? The American Nurses Foundation’s Honor a Nurse 2017 Nurse of the Year, Linda J. Hassler,…

Families and post-intensive care syndrome

Post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) is defined as new or increased physical, cognitive, or mental health impairment in a patient after hospitalization in a critical care unit. Similarly, post-intensive…
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Getting financially fit

When you’re in control of your finances, you reduce stress and worry. Takeaways: Financial stress can affect your physical and emotional health. High financial stress is associated with…
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Inspire, innovate, and influence

Let’s work together to tackle public health issues.  With National Nurses Weekcoming soon, we’ll be publicly recognized for our many positive contributions to healthcare at the bedside and…

Interacting with individuals on the autism spectrum

Successful care depends on communication with patients, families, and caregivers. Takeaways: Optimizing health encounters for patients on the autism spectrum (ASD) requires an individualized approach. Understanding similarities among…
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Knowing when and how to leave your job

When you know it’s time to leave, keep it professional. Takeaways: Signs of workplace discontent include stress, negativity, cultural disconnect, work life imbalance, and lack of challenge. Leaving…
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Medication storage and disposal safety

Preventing the dangers of accidental or intentional prescription drug misuse. By Sharon A. Morgan, MSN, RN, NP-C One of the take-home lessons of the current opioid epidemic is…
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Our heritage, our future: Why we celebrate nursing

The global community stands together to honor nursing’s important role. Every year, someone asks, “Why single out nurses for a weeklong celebration? Every profession should be celebrated.” Usually…
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Patient acuity tool on a medical-surgical unit

Use a tool for consistent, objective, and quantifiable patient assignments. Takeaways: Patient assignments can lead to dissatisfaction among nursing staff, especially when they’re not consistent, objective, and quantifiable.…
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Patients need more sleep

By Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN “Sleep, gentle sleep that…knits up the raveled sleave of care.” —Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act II, Scene II As most nurses know,sleep disturbance is…

Preventing surgical site infection

Stopping infection requires effective discharge teaching. Takeaways: Executing a successful discharge is the ultimate goal for all involved in the perioperative process. An interprofessional approach to discharge education…
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Rapid Response: Hypoglycemia and chronic kidney disease

Insulin administration requires close monitoring. Takeaways: When administering insulin, closely monitor food intake and potential side effects including hypoglycemia. Chronic kidney disease can alter insulin metabolism, adding another…
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Ready, set, get hired

Use the nursing process to find the job that’s right for you. Takeaways: Use the nursing process as a guide to your job search: assess, diagnosis, plan, implement,…
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Splash safety—Protecting your eyes, Part 2

Learn how to reduce the risk and what to do if an injury occurs. Takeaways: Preventing blood and body fluid exposures depends on surveillance, ongoing education, and adherence…
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The American Nurses Memorial of Bordeaux

For nurses who die in service By Marsha Fowler, PhD, MDiv, RN, FAAN; Nathalie Laurent, MA, RN; Martha Turner, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN Nursing is a risky endeavor. Nurses…
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The meaning of happiness

Strategies for pursuing and obtaining happiness. Takeaways: Recent studies in positive psychology indicate that happiness defined by material gains or success isn’t sustainable. Happiness fuels success, success doesn’t…

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