March 2012 Vol. 7 No. 3

Advances in blood transfusion

Ongoing research, development, and vigilance initiatives are designed to make blood components safer and more easily available.

Attitude: The power of human energy

Our thoughts, feelings, and disposition influence other people, not just because people see and read our facial expressions or body language, but because thoughts themselves are energy.

Environment, health, & safety

Nurses can play a key role in preventing sharps injuries by modeling good sharps safety practices and advocating for safer sharps policies. This content is for Digital Access…

FDA releases draft guidance documents on tobacco

On March 30, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two draft guideline documents “to help fight the tobacco epidemic.” The first document provides guidance on how…

Headlines from the Hill

By taking part in ANA’s Lobby Day, nurses can join forces to educate elected officials on the critical issues facing nursing today. This content is for Digital Access…

Issues up close

Optimal patient care requires all members of the interprofessional team to communicate and participate at their best. This content is for Digital Access and Print Plus subscribers only.Get…

Keeping your compassion

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of your shift when you make a mistake in the care you’re providing—and you wonder, “Am I losing my compassion?”…

Lack of sleep increases calorie intake

Researchers at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 conference presented a study that showed insufficient sleep increases calorie intake by 549 kcal/day…

Let’s put an end to bullying and lateral violence.

Despite an emphasis on teamwork, respect, and compassion among nurses, bullying and lateral violence continue within our profession. This content is for Digital Access and Print Plus subscribers…

Magnet FAQs

If your organization has decided to embark on the Magnet journey or has already earned Magnet recognition, you might be interested in answers to the frequently asked questions…

Reaching escape velocity

Reaching escape velocity will allow us to control our destiny as nurses and change health care for the future.

Recession, reform, redesignation—oh my!

Discover the strategies some nurse leaders used to engage staff nurses in their hospital’s Magnet redesignation drive. This content is for Digital Access and Print Plus subscribers only.Get…

RN workforce ‘bubble’ predicted to burst

Writing in The New England Journal of Medicine, nursing workforce experts state that the recent increase in the RN workforce is “largely a temporary bubble that is likely…

The beat goes on: A pacemaker primer

With the growing use of cardiac pacemakers, it’s time to refresh your knowledge of pacemaker basics. This article describes types of pacemakers, reviews pacemaker codes, and helps you…
Care of Patients on Ventilators

Top 10 care essentials for ventilator patients

In a wide variety of settings, nurses are increasingly likely to care for patients on mechanical ventilators. Let’s assume you’re one of them. What do you need to…

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