September 2016 Vol. 11 No. 9

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American Nurse Today: Education Guide

Education is a valuable tool for advancing your nursing career. This special guide explains how to choose the right educational option for you, how to become a nurse educator or…

Carbon monoxide poisoning: The silent killer

In June 2013, a mother and her 11-year-old son drove to the North Carolina mountains for an overnight stay and checked into a nice hotel with an indoor pool. Shortly after their arrival, she went to…

Developing a leadership legacy

Leadership means different things to different people. For example, it might be a position of authority or perceived power. It might be a role on a team or a persona someone carries with…

Evidence-based interview strategy for new nurses

For many nurses, job interviews induce fear. The competitive job market has made interview preparation more important than ever, especially for new graduate nurses. Competition for new graduate positions can be fierce;…

How to help patients live with liver failure

A life-threatening condition, liver failure results from liver damage. In many cases, the damage is gradual and silent, causing few symptoms until the organ loses all of its functions. Liver failure can be acute…

Oral Chemotherapy: Not just an ordinary pill

Fran, a triage nurse in a busy primary care office, receives a call from Marla Rodriguez, whose mother is a long-time patient. Marla says her mother has an intense red rash over most of her…

Patient assignment vs. nurse staffing: More than just numbers

For more than 15 years, I’ve been advocating for healthcare leaders to replace the term “opinion-based” with “evidence-based.” Too often, I’ve heard, “In my opinion, we should do the following.” Whether the speaker…

Practical steps for applying acuity-based staffing

In the healthcare arena, change happens at a rapid pace. Healthcare leaders face the continual challenge of delivering high-quality patient care while managing costs. A growing body of evidence shows that patient acuity-driven staffing is…

Practical steps for applying acuity-based staffing

In the healthcare arena, change happens at a rapid pace. Healthcare leaders face the continual challenge of delivering high-quality patient care while managing costs. A growing body of evidence shows that patient acuity-driven staffing is an…

Risk-adjusted mortality rates: Why you should care about them

Have you ever heard of risk-adjusted mortality? Maybe you’re thinking, “No! It sounds like something only a healthcare administrator or researcher would be interested in.” Actually, every healthcare professional should know—and be concerned—about…

The critical role of nurses in promoting immunization for adults

Children aren’t the only ones who need vaccines. Older adults and those with chronic health conditions are particularly at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases. Yet immunization coverage levels for U.S. adults are low, leaving…

Three first steps for effective succession planning

In light of the predicted nursing shortage, nursing leaders need to take strategic action to prepare nurses to assume key leadership roles in the near future. Proactive succession planning programs are a key…

What the mirror doesn’t tell you

“I hate my body.” “I’m such a fat, worthless cow.” “Where did all these gray hairs and wrinkles come from?” “I have total thunder thighs.” “How could anyone find me attractive when I look like this?”…

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