January 2016 Vol. 11 No. 1

Aligning values and board service

As part of its initiative sponsored by the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation to recognize nurses in board leadership roles, the American Nurses Foundation interviewed Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH,…
cauda equina

Catching cauda equina in time

Michael Smith, age 45, is admitted for lumbar laminectomy revision and fusion surgery. Despite his operative blood loss of an estimated 800 mL, he’s recovering uneventfully in the…

CMS plans to end meaningful use program

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) plans to replace its unpopular meaningful use program in 2016. Read more and read the speech by acting administrator Andy Slavitt.

Coming to a location near you: Community paramedics

Across the country, states and communities have been examining ways to implement an expanded healthcare role on the interprofessional team: the community paramedic (CP). In many cases, this…

Compassion fatigue: Are you at risk?

For many of us, nursing isn’t just what we do; it’s who we are. Most of us became nurses because we care about people and want to make…

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty for weight loss

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a minimally invasive, safe and cost-effective weight loss intervention, according to a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Read more and read the study…

Exercise improves balance in patients with dementia

Regular exercise improves balance for people with non-Alzheimer’s dementia and slows decline in activities of daily living, according to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics…

Jump-starting unit-based councils

“Iam involved in decisions that affect my work.” Many hospitals are striving to achieve better scores on this important employee-engagement survey question, as well as to incorporate a…
Lessons learned

Lessons learned by Magnet® Program Directors

Organizations on the path to obtaining Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) appoint a single source of communication and contact—the Magnet Program Director (MPD). For…
The Future of Nursing

Nurses are nurses—unless they’re not

The key message of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” is that “nurses should achieve higher levels of education…

Pleural and Pneumopericardial Drainage Sets recalled

On Jan. 11, the Food and Drug Administration posted that Stryker Sustainability Solutions recalled its Pleural and Pneumopericardial Drainage Sets because the company received two reports hat the…
disposable syringes

Preventing injuries from disposable syringes

Editor’s note: This article is the last in a three-part series brought to you in partnership with the International Safety Center. The earlier articles (“Preventing needlestick and sharps…

Selecting and preparing professional references

When applying for a nursing job at a hospital, Gina Lawson, RN, provides the name of a former nursing school professor—we’ll call her Lynn Reynolds—as a reference. The…
radiation dermatitis

Understanding radiation dermatitis

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 1.6 million new cases of cancer will have been diagnosed in the United States in 2015. During the course of…

Why should we care? Metrics that matter

In my December editorial, I discussed dress codes for nurses and why they matter. In response, several readers asked me if I’d consider writing a series of editorials…

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