January 2023 Vol. 18 No. 1

ANA Enterprise News, January 2023

ANA opposes restrictions on transgender healthcare and criminalizing gender-affirming care The American Nurses Association (ANA) strongly opposes any legislation or…

Consider the role of committee chair

You find yourself wanting to dip your toe into the waters of leadership, but you’re unsure how to start. Various types of leadership styles exist, but what’s yours? You’re curious and feel that you have something to contribute to your organization. You have a good understanding of the job, of the organization, and you may even have some ideas for improvement. You want to make an impact. Volunteering to serve on a committee provides a good starting point. When you feel comfortable with the committee’s work and the other members, you can step up to take on the committee chair role.

COVID-19 and the impact of delayed colorectal cancer screening

As healthcare systems adapt to a new post-pandemic normal, we must evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on patient completion of elective procedures. We’re still learning about the lasting effects (including increases colorectal cancer incidence) of mandated endoscopy center closures.

Ectopic pregnancy

Courtney Thomas*, a 30-year-old patient, is 6 weeks pregnant with occasional mild lower abdominal pain and vaginal spotting. While in the outpatient lab, she experiences a diaphoretic episode and can’t void. She arrives in the ED several hours later with increased lower abdominal pain (2/10 when lying flat but 5/10 with movement) and nausea. The ED nurse takes her vital signs: temperature 98.2° F (36.7° C), HR 92 bpm, RR 20 breaths per minute, BP 118/70 mmHg. Ms. Thomas is transferred to the OB/GYN unit for observation while waiting for the lab results and for a transvaginal ultrasound.

Free career-building webinars from ANA

The American Nurses Association (ANA) offers webinars designed to help nurses advance in their careers, make informed decisions, and handle…

Journey of a novice Magnet® program director

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the highest recognition of nursing excellence. The designation puts nurses at the forefront of influencing improved patient outcomes and experience as well as ensuring a safe and healthy work environment. Magnet recognition represents nurses’ commitment to lifelong learning and bedside autonomy, which allows them to continue to advocate for patient care and safety.

Magnet® and the charge nurse role

Many organizations lack role-specific competency-based orientation, leaving nurses to learn on the job. Traditionally, nurses learn the charge nurse role over time as they progress from novice to expert, which was sufficient with greater experienced-to-novice nurse ratios. This article highlights a hospital that developed a role-based competency program for charge nurses.

Make 2023 the year of you

American Nurses Association (ANA) member benefits are designed with nurses’ needs in mind. Members can take advantage of these benefits…

Partnering for nursing advancement

Magnet4Europe represents the largest international implementation science initiative designed to leverage the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® model for improving work environments and clinician well-being in Europe. Partnerships have been created between 68 Magnet-recognized U.S. hospitals and 65 general acute care hospitals in Belgium, England, Germany, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden.

Podium presentation tips

Your professional organization has accepted your abstract for an oral presentation. Now what? How do you prepare? The following tips will help ensure an organized presentation that engages your audience.

Powering policy

Darlene Curley wants more nurse leaders in office. Darlene J. Curley, EdD, RN, FAAN, is an advisor and assistant professor…

Progress and potential

Nurses hold the keys to the nation’s health. An exciting new phase of my career began on January 1 with…

The nurse’s role in medication safety

Patients have long associated trust and respect with nursing. However, recent incidents of nurses delivering inappropriate medications (wrong drug, wrong dose) have led to catastrophic consequences. Most notoriously, former nurse RaDonda Vaught was stripped of her nursing license and charged with reckless homicide and abuse of an impaired adult. She inadvertently injected the powerful paralyzer Norcuron (vecuronium bromide) into a 75-year-old patient for whom the provider had ordered Versed (midazolam).

Time is brain

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 795,000 Americans experience a stroke each year, and first-time strokes account for over three-quarters of them. An acute stroke, whether ischemic or hemorrhagic, is a clinical emergency that requires urgent intervention

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