February 2023 Vol. 18 No. 2

ANA Enterprise News, February 2023

Grant recognized among 100 Most Influential in Healthcare Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, immediate past president of the American…

Assessing unit culture

Health systems grapple with the uneasy balance between creating excellent patient experiences and protecting the workforce. Many have started crisis prevention and intervention training, but staff may feel ill-equipped to deal with verbal escalation and violent responses. Other organizations have developed codes of conduct.


Treatment for respiratory distress follows the ABC acronym (airway, breathing, circulation). Responders must first ensure adequate ventilation and oxygenation and then perform FAST, a point-of-care investigative tool for managing trauma patients.

Legacies of leadership

In recognition of Black History Month, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is pleased to highlight extraordinary nurse leaders for their outstanding contributions to healthcare equity and diversity. The following awards were presented at the ANA National Awards ceremony in June 2022.

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New lung cancer treatment modalities and their adverse effects

New treatment modalities for lung cancer, including targeted therapy and immunotherapy, have contributed to improved patient survival rates. However, these treatments come with unique adverse effects. The nurse’s role in managing symptoms of these adverse effects requires an understanding of treatment mechanisms of action and common side effects.

Nursing informatics career opportunities

Healthcare decisions depend on data, information, knowledge, and wisdom. Nursing informatics leverages these concepts to support the design, development, testing, implementation, adoption, and optimization of digital health tools, which means informatics nurses have a role in many areas of healthcare.

Obesity in nurses

Occupational challenges contribute to weight gain. Research shows that about half of American nurses are living with obesity or are…

Opioids: Follow the evidence

To ensure safety and effective care, nurses must maintain their knowledge and understanding of opioid pharmacologic properties and best practices when caring for patients with acute and chronic non-cancer pain.

Perinatal bereavement

Whether a baby dies from miscarriage, stillbirth, or after birth, families experience grief. How medical professionals respond during this vulnerable time will affect families for the rest of their lives. Appropriate guidance from caregivers can help start the healing process. Medical professionals themselves need guidance in just how to walk families through this journey.

Racism, stress, and mental health

Resources to better understand racism in nursing The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light critical mental health disparities for Black,…

Reduce unnecessary transfers from clinics to EDs

When reflecting on the needs of patients using ambulatory care services, it doesn’t take long to realize that their requirements frequently exceed what these settings can offer, which can lead to referrals to an emergency department (ED) for evaluation.

Resources to better understand racism in nursing

The National Commission to Address Racism in 
Nursing (the Commission), co-led by the American Nurses Association (ANA), National Black Nurses Association, National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations, and National Association of 
Hispanic Nurses, held its second virtual summit in November 2022 to engage the nursing community 
in meaningful dialogue about how systemic racism impacts nursing and how to go about addressing it.

Valentines and kindness

The power of positivity through compassion and smiles February brings us Valentine’s Day. It’s a day that always makes me…

Vital actions

Diversity, inclusion pave the way to a healthier nation Just over 2 years ago, the National Commission to Address Racism…

Wound care: Five evidence-based practices

Nurses, physical therapists, physicians, and surgeons perform wound care in almost every care setting; however, evidence-based practices continue to elude many healthcare providers. Five key considerations—clean vs. sterile technique, hydrofiber vs. alginate dressing, negative pressure therapy and fistula management, co-morbidity management, and pressure injury risk assessment tools—can help all clinicians who provide wound care no matter the practice setting.

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