September 2018 Vol. 13 No. 9

effective nurse patient assignments

8 steps for making effective nurse-patient assignments

Successful assignments require attention to the needs of both nurses and patients. Takeaways:  Making nurse-patient assignments is challenging but rewarding.  Nurse-patient assignments are created based on knowledge and…
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Abdominal aortic aneurysm

Recognize potential danger for a positive outcome. Takeaways:  Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a serious condition that requires prompt identification and effective interventions.  Early recognition of abdominal aortic aneurysm…

ANA on the Frontline, September 2018

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: Stemming the…
building resiliency

Building your resiliency

With perspective and a few tools, turn failure to your benefit. Takeaways:  Failure to achieve a goal can lead to doubts about our skills and abilities.  Adopting an…
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Dedicated education units: Advancing nurse preparation

An academic-practice partnership achieves student and staff nurse success. Takeaways:  Developing and sustaining a dedicated education unit (DEU) academic-practice partnership requires collaboration, commitment, and careful planning.  The benefits…
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Emerging trends in nursing

RNs embrace roles beyond the bedside. Seun Ross, DNP, MSN, CRNP-F, NP-C, NEA-BC, is the director of Nursing Practice and Work Environment at the American Nurses Association (ANA). She’s…
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Environmental wellness

YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO FAR to experience nature—it can be in your own backyard, a community park, or walking trail. You also can venture miles from home for…
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Improving patient satisfaction with discharge videos

Standardizing patient education with technology establishes a culture of patient safety. Takeaways:  Technology—electronic health records, patient portals, telemedicine, and social media—is playing an increasingly important role in healthcare…
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Innovation in action

Harnessing the power of nurse-led innovation. The American Nurses Association (ANA) embarked on a journey of innovation as a part of its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. Here are some highlights…
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Mindful observation

Bring your full attention to the patient to gain perspective. “If you cannot get the habit of observation one way or other, you had better give up the…
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Mobile devices and healthcare-associated infections

More and more healthcare professionals use mobile handheld devices (MHDs)— tablets and smartphones—to facilitate care documentation and as resource tools. In fact, 50% to 60% say they use MHDs…
Nurse documentation and the electronic health record

Nurse documentation and the electronic health record

Use the nursing process to take advantage of EHRs’ capabilities and optimize patient care. Takeaways:  If not used properly, the electronic health record (EHR) can create communication gaps. …
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Nurse suicide: Breaking the silence

More research and awareness are needed. The recent sudden deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and TV host Anthony Bourdain have propelled the topic of suicide into the headlines.…
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Nurses shaping the future of healthcare

The power of advocacy is in the voting booth. IN THE FACE of repeated threats from Congress and the administration, the American Nurses Association (ANA) and nurses nationwide have…
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Nurses speak and industry is listening

This spring, the American Nurses Foundation and its Corporate Advisory Board created a survey to identify key issues facing RNs today and where the healthcare product and services…
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Nurses, get out the vote!

On Election Day, the old saying couldn’t be more apt: “Decisions are made by those who show up.” With healthcare reform and other nursing-related issues so prominent this…
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Preventing falls in hospitalized patients

Fall prevention “bundles” applied to all patients are ineffective; fall prevention interventions must be tailored to each individual patient’s fall risk factors.
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Screening and management of hepatitis C

Use education to dispel the myths about the disease and increase screening and treatment. Takeaways:  Hepatitis C infection is a significant public health issue in the United States. …
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Securing vascular access devices

Using the right securement method can improve outcomes and reduce costs. Takeaways:  Failure of vascular access devices (VADs) can be attributed to inserter characteristics, patient-related factors, anatomic placement,…

September 2018 Vol. 13 No. 9

Sit back and get comfortable, this issue is full of tons of great information. You’ll find features on the new hour-1 sepsis bundle, tips on fall prevention in…
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Surviving Sepsis Campaign hour-1 bundle

This 2018 update to the sepsis bundle focuses on beginning treatment immediately. Takeaways:  Sepsis bundles are designed for bedside application of key elements of the Surviving Sepsis Campaing…
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The art and science of medication administration

Most nurses administer medications every day. Because it’s such a frequent, repetitive task, we may take our knowledge and skills for granted. Forthat reason, we should periodically revisit the…
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THE LONELINESS EPIDEMIC

Nurses offer interventions for global problem By Susan Trossman, RN “City life is millions of people being lonesome together,” the 19th century naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau…
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The path to a quieter unit

Get staff engaged in evidence-based practice and quality-improvement projects. Takeaways:  Using a participatory and shared governance approach, nurses conducted evidence reviews to identify interventions to improve patient satisfaction…

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