July 2020 Vol. 15 No. 7

ANA on the Frontline July 2020

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: Policy after…

Be alert for Kawasaki disease

Early detection is key to avoiding heart disease. Takeaways: If Kawasaki disease (KD) is recognized and treated early, children can recover quickly with a decreased chance of developing…

Claiming our rights

The pandemic has cast a spotlight on human rights. According to CNN, the night-shift emergency department (ED) nurses at a Detroit hospital reached a tipping point in the…

COVID-19 resilience and recovery

Resilience takes collaboration and alignment. Undoubtedly, we’re navigating in unprecedented times. At a rapid pace, we’ve borne witness to a virus that’s overtaken every aspect of our lives…

Frequently asked questions about palliative care

Nurses can serve as leaders as they help patients and families through a difficult time. Takeaways: All nurses must be competent in providing palliative and end-of-life care. Nursing…

Is political advocacy ethical for nurses?

To: Ethics Inbox    From: Uneasy RN Subject: Political advocacy I recently saw a political ad featuring a nurse using her name and licensed credentials to support a…

July 2020 Vol. 15 No. 7

Many patients and some providers refuse palliative care because they associate it with imminent death and “giving up.” However, nurses can serve as leaders on an interprofessional team to manage patient…

Lead toxicity in children

Assessment and prompt intervention can prevent harm. Takeaways: Lead toxicity can cause behavioral, cognitive, or motor problems in children. Nurses’ role is to educate, monitor, and manage lead…

Leadership challenge: Learning to let go

Holding on to the past can sabotage your future. Takeaways: Learning to let go of our expectations and the demands we place on ourselves can be challenging, but…

Lean on me

Taking care of nurses’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing nurses to their limits. The American Nurses Association (ANA) spoke with Tari Dilks,…

Mindfulness for medication safety

Break the cycle of rushing and multitasking. Takeaways: Patients experience an average of one medication error per day. Many medication errors are related to human factors, including rushing,…

Nurse preceptors and new graduate success

Use these strategies to enhance new nurse clinical reasoning skills. Takeaways: The stress associated with the transition from nursing school to clinical practice can lead many new graduates…

Preventing postoperative pulmonary complications

Using ERAS and I COUGH to improve outcomes. Takeaways: Postoperative pulmonary complications are costly and responsible for extended hospital stays and mortalities. Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) are…

Sharing messages of thanks to nurses

In only 2 months, the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses has done much to support our colleagues by providing: • more than $2 million in…

Stroke: Act FAST

Quick action ensures timely therapy. Takeaways: The FAST acronym (Face, Arm, Speech, Time to call 911) are critical to recognizing signs of stroke and ensuring quick treatment. The…

The Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool 2.0

The Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool 2.0 (BMAT 2.0) addresses immobility using a simple functional assessment and selection of appropriate equipment to safely mobilize the patient.

Why exercise is so important during menopause

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s National Nursing Workforce Study, about 91% of RNs are women, and their average age is 50. In fact,…

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