December 2018 Vol. 13 No. 12

2019 Career Watch

The work you do should be challenging, rewarding, and bring you joy. Is your current career trajectory fulfilling those requirements? If not, maybe you should take the nursing…
pain management an ethical approach

ANA on the Frontline, December 2018

Learn about the top issues facing ANA member nurses, how ANA is working for you, and what ANA is doing to advance nursing. In this issue: Ethics of…
cardiotoxic effects of cancer therapy

Cardiotoxic effects of cancer therapy

Treatment risks and how to manage them Takeaways: Some cancer treatments can have cardiotoxic effects. Cardiotoxic effects include decreased heart function, chest pain, arrhythmias, palpitations, edema, hypertension, vascular…

December 2018 Vol. 13 No. 12

  More people in the United States are surviving strokes (a very good thing), but with survival comes the increased potential for readmission. How can nurses help patients…
forensic nursing overview of a growing profession

Forensic nursing: Overview of a growing profession

Combine your nursing skills with forensic science to help victims of violence and trauma Takeaways: Forensic nursing is a specialized nursing field focused on providing nursing care to…
interprofessional education patient care

Interprofessional education

Nurse leader aims to improve patient care.  SHANNON COLE, DNP, APRN-BC, from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, is an avid proponent of interprofessional education. She sees it as…
my story supporting compassionate connections

My Story: Supporting compassionate connections

Designing an EHR that promotes patient- and family-centered care. Takeaways: Honoring and recognizing patient preferences is an essential component of healthcare delivery. Leverage technology to learn what’s important…
nursing specialties on the cutting edge

Nursing specialties on the cutting edge

Take your career into the future. Have you ever thought about becoming a population health expert? What about a healthcare simulation educator or a research nurse? The rapidly…
pain management an ethical approach

Pain management: An ethical approach

ANA’s new position statement on pain management offers guidance When a federal law permanently expanded medication-assisted treatment (MAT) prescribing authority to NPs and PAs in October 2018 (with…
passion with purpose

Passion with purpose

Looking back on ANA’s work and presidency. THE PRESIDENCY of the American Nurses Association (ANA) is one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding roles in American nursing. It…
postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome

Get your patients back on their feet with thorough assessments that lead to early and accurate diagnoses. POSTURAL orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) affects over 1,000,000 Americans (80% are…
prone positioning in ards

Prone positioning in ARDS

Appropriate use of prone positioning can improve patient outcomes. Takeaways: In patients with moderate to severe ARDS, who are mechanically ventilated, early use of the prone position has…
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Reader Feedback, December 2018

THIS IS WHERE we share some of the comments, insights, and thoughts we receive from readers. Contact us at myamericannurse.com/send-letter-editor. Nurse suicide I would like to thank Leah…
reducing readmissions in stroke patients

Reducing readmissions in stroke patients

Recognizing those at risk and exploring evidence-based strategies Takeaways: Stroke prevalence is projected to rise significantly by 2030 and increasing survivorship will lead to increased hospital discharges and…
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Résumé makeover

Be sure your résumé makes an effective first impression. Everyone wants to make a good first impression, and sometimes that requires a makeover. We often makeover our wardrobes for…
unconscious bias and the ehr

Unconscious bias and the EHR

To: Ethics inbox From: Concerned RN Subject: Frequent flyers I am a new RN working in an inner-city emergency department. Some of our patients are well known by…
vascular access device stabilization and line securement

Vascular access device stabilization and line securement

Proper primary and secondary securement can reduce complications, increase patient comfort, and save money. Takeaways: Millions of peripheral IVs and central venous catheters are inserted every year. Securement…
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What does an RN look like?

What nurses can learn from the uniforms and ceremonies of other healthcare professions. “WHAT DOES AN RN LOOK LIKE?”When I was asked that question by a student, I…

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