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‘Tis the season…to immunize

For many nurses, August is a whirlwind of back-to-school activity. And it’s not just the crunch of shopping for school…

2008 state legislative wrap-up

Legislatively, 2008 was a good year for nursing. In many states, safe nurse staffing laws, mandatory overtime restrictions, and safe patient-handling legislation got the thumbs-up.


A journey of healing

Statement acknowledges harms to nurses of color, outlines actions for change. Editor’s note: This is an early release of an…

Aligning values and board service

As part of its initiative sponsored by the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation to recognize nurses in board leadership roles, the…

All for one, and one for all

Let’s validate and value the contributions of foreign-educated nurses who come to this country seeking opportunities to practice.

ANA comments on ACOs

In the political realm, there is intense debate on how to cut costs in the Medicare program without sacrificing services…
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ANA launches Healthy Nurse program

Registered nurses educate patients and the public on good health and wellness practices. But many times, nurses themselves are unable…
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ANA pays it forward

I am an organizational junkie with no apologies. As many of you know, I started my political activism in nursing…

ANA supports Tavenner to head CMS

The American Nurses Association (ANA) commends the White House for its recent decision to nominate Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, BSN, RN,…

ANA urges nurses to volunteer before disaster strikes

In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake on Jan. 12, many nurses felt the urgent need to jump on a plane and hit the ground in Haiti to help treat and comfort the survivors, but were not sure how to go about it.

Anatomy lesson 101

ANA’s National Center for Nursing Quality promotes nursing quality and patient safety while helping nurses advocate for themselves.

Antimicrobial stewardship and you

The World Health Organization estimates that by 2050, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will cause as many as 10 million deaths globally. Not only does AMR lead to increased…

AWHONN releases new staffing guidelines

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) recently announced that it has published new perinatal nurse staffing…

Bisphenol A update

Found in products we use every day, bisphenol A can have dangerous effects. ANA continues to advocate the chemical banned.

Blood-borne pathogen exposure injuries

Healthcare workers are exposed to blood-borne pathogens through contaminated needlesticks, sharps injuries, and mucous membrane exposures to infectious blood or…
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BSN in ten

Nurse leaders nationwide promote measure to benefit patient care and RNs’ careers. To garner support for a measure that promotes…

Care during crisis

ANA brings nurses, experts together to shape practice policy during disasters

Care without gaps

ANA, nurses nationwide work to improve transitions in care Mary Maryland, PhD, APRN,BC, ANP, has had to rely on good…

Care, not chaos

A new document created by ANA and other groups delineates emergency care principles for psychiatric patients.

Celebrate National Nurses Week

ANA has selected “Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow” as this year’s theme for National Nurses Week

Chemical soup

ANA and state associations work to protect nurses and the environment from chemicals.

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…

Differences among physicians, risk managers in admitting errors

Differences in attitudes among physicians and risk managers about revealing medical errors to patients may diminish the effectiveness of such disclosures, according to a new study published in the March 2010 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

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Do you remember when?

It’s time for new nursing graduates to join your work environment. Will you be a supportive colleague of their entry…

During an emergency: Be safe!

Thousands of accidental chemical spills and leaks take place in this country each year. Providing nurses with adequate first-receiver training can help ensure that we can care for contaminated patients without endangering ourselves.

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Effective transitions

ANA, nurse leaders support RN residency programs. Although most new nurses are excited when they finally begin their careers, their…
Ending the crisis

Ending the crisis

Think Tank proposes short-term actions for improved staffing.  To call the nurse staffing shortage a crisis in no way exaggerates…

Ending the cycle

Nurses nationwide work to eliminate partner violence.

Ensuring quality and saving time

The National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators&#174 tracks the care nurses provide, helping to improve nursing practice, patient outcomes, and the work environment.

Environement, health, and safety

Bullying is an abusive behavior that threatens the safety of healthcare workers. Nurses should examine their own interactions to see if they are exhibiting this undesirable behavior.

Environment, health & safety

In the market for new scrubs or uniforms? Before you buy, read this column to learn about the environmental implications of nursing attire.

Environment, health & safety

Health care is a high-risk occupation so it is critical all healthcare workers are knowledgeable about the risks they may encounter and steps needed to lessen or avoid certain hazardous conditions.

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Environment, health and safety

ANA has been very concerned with and involved in the issue of ergonomic hazards as a health and safety concern…

Environment, health and safety

The latest report from the President’s Cancer Panel was the first to link environmental causes with cancer. It found the country is largely unprotected from preventable exposures because of incomplete and outdated regulations.

Environment, health, & safety

With the growing reuse of single-use medical devices, ANA supports improvements in end-of-use product management and research on ethical and safety issues related to these devices.

Environment, health, & safety

Is widespread triclosan use leading to microbial resistance? ANA urges nurses to take a cautionary approach toward using triclosan-containing products at home.

Environment, health, & safety

Developed by ANA and several other national organizations, the Principles
of a Healthy, Sustainable Food System can help consumers make positive
food decisions.

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Environment, health, & safety

Challenges are motivating. When we meet and overcome challenges, we learn new skills that help us master our job. However,…

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.

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Help reduce the toll of seasonal influenza by receiving, administering, teaching about, or encouraging seasonal influenza vaccination.

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Environment, health, and safety

Nurses today are indeed challenged to do no harm to
the sick as well as the healthy—just in the course of
daily life and work.

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Faculty shortfall

Helen O’Shea, PhD, RN, hasn’t retired completely from her role as a nurse educator, and that is very fortunate, for…

Flawed Ruling

ANA, nurses work to limit impact of Nationl Labor Relations Board decision on charge nurses.

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From the ANA CEO

Looking at enterprise-wide transformation and recognizing a nurse leader

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From your ANA President

As healthcare professionals, we all know CPR to mean “cardiopulmonary resuscitation,” and we have all been trained in how to…
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From Your ANA President

No matter how long we’ve been in practice, we can all remember our nursing school experience. Giving our first injection,…

From Your ANA President

ANA promotes nursing research through its National Center for
Nursing Quality, the American Nurses Foundation, and integration
of research into practice and policy.

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From Your ANA President

National Nurses Week is an opportunity to reflect on the contributions nurses make to the healthcare environment. Every day, nurses…

From Your ANA President

As she ends her term as ANA President, Rebecca Patton urges nurses to demonstrate their leadership and help make the provisions of the new healthcare reform act a reality.

From Your ANA President

November 6, 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act. ANA’s new president reviews the progress made in reducing bloodborne pathogen exposures over the last decade.

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From Your ANA President

A perspective on trauma When nurses think of trauma, what most often comes to mind are patients who enter the…

From Your ANA President

Nurses must step up and become a primary force in reshaping the
nation’s healthcare system.

From Your ANA President

It’s time for nurses to take their own advice so they can model good health practices. ANA’s “Healthy Nurse” program motivates nurses and offers resources to help them get healthy.

From Your ANA President

President, American Nurses AssociationResearch shows that Magnet® designation makes a difference in the lives of nurses and patients

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From Your ANA President

HAVING WORKED in an emergency department for more than 20 years, I know what it’s like to have to think…

From your ANA President

Nurses are natural innovators. Let’s recognize our strengths as
innovators and share our ideas on multiple platforms.

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From your ANA President

Registered nurses spend a great deal of their time working. A full-time nurse may spend in the neighborhood of 59,000…

From Your ANA President

The recently launched Initiative on the Future of Nursing seeks to address the challenges facing the nursing profession and to improve healthcare quality and delivery. It’s time for all nurses to get involved in the effort and become part of the change.

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From your ANA President

This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of a group of federal programs that have helped shape the face of…

From your ANA President

As registered nurses, we adhere to policies and procedures, rules and regulations, standards and processes. But what’s central to our…

From your ANA President

As a new staff nurse, I worked mostly nights and went to school during the day to complete my bachelor’s…

From your ANA President

Every May we celebrate National Nurses Week—a time when our profession and, ideally, our individual achievements, are acknowledged on some…

From your ANA President

You can call it by other names, but care coordination has been an essential part of nursing practice for decades.…

From Your ANA president and ANF Chair

By donating to the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), you can help this organization continue to fund nursing research that advances our profession and improves patients’ lives.

From your ANA President and ANF Chair

ANA and the American Nurses Foundation are embracing the power of partnerships to advance initiatives that will benefit patients and nurses.

From your ANA President and ANF Chair

We both have been fortunate to enjoy a long association with the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), the charitable and philanthropic…
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Funding the future of nursing

What do ANA members Pamela Mitchell, Elaine Larson, Ann Rogers, and Dorothy Brooten have in common? Early in their careers,…

Handling with care: The bariatric patient

Technological advances, special equipment, and screening algorithms help healthcare facilities and nurses meet the needs of bariatric patients while reducing worker injury.

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Headlines from Hill

Over the past year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has reviewed political races across the country and met with candidates…

Headlines from the Hill

ANA CEO “stars” with actress Jessica Alba in the fight against toxic chemicals.

Headlines from the Hill

The August legislation that raised the debt ceiling was the first round in the government spending debate. Safety-net programs may be on the Congressional chopping block in the future.

Headlines from the Hill

Nurses need to promote ANA’s health system reform principles and recommendations.

Headlines from the Hill

ANA supports two Congressional bills that would improve patient safety and protect RNs from debilitating injuries caused by manual patient lifting/

Headlines from the Hill

As one of three nurses in Congress, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) has been a champion for nursing, introducing and…

Headlines from the Hill

By meeting in-person with their congressional representatives, nurses can garner support for the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, which would allow advanced practice nurses to order home health services under Medicare.

Headlines from the Hill

ANA recently cohosted a Senate Nursing Caucus briefing to present final results from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, and participated in a healthcare reform conference call with Michelle Obama.

Headlines from the Hill

The 112th Congress faces critical decisions on issues affecting healthcare
providers and patients. With so much at stake, now is the time to touch base
with your congressional representatives and ask them to support key legislation.

Headlines from the Hill

Congress has reintroduced the Home Health Care Planning Improvement
Act, which would allow APRNs to order home health
services under Medicare.

Headlines from the Hill

CMS has proposed major changes to the rule for Medical Conditions of Participation, which can significantly affect nursing practice.

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Headlines from the Hill

ANA’s Lobby Day gave nurses the chance to meet congressional representatives and lobby in support of issues important to nursing.

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.

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Headlines from the Hill

To mark the 2-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, ANA took part in a celebration recognizing the law’s patient protections.

Headlines from the Hill

Find out what has been accomplished during the 112th Congress and what healthcare professionals stand to lose if our country goes over the "fiscal cliff."

Headlines from the Hill

ANA supports the Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act, which would repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and reform Medicare Part B payment

Headlines from the Hill

The Republicans now control the House of Representatives. No matter what policy objectives either party tries to enact, ANA will continue to ensure that the voice of nursing is heard in Congress.

Headlines from the Hill

The 2014 midterm election last November brought a shift in power and two historical milestones. One hundred women were elected…
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Headlines from the Hill

Minnesota Deputy House Minority Leader Erin Murphy, MA, BSN, RN, is an example of how nurses’ talent and skills can…

Headlines from the Hill

Registered nurses (RNs) from around the country took their message to Capitol Hill during the American Nurses Association’s (ANA’s) annual…

Headlines from the Hill Dollars and…sense?

As Congress nears the "fiscal cliff" and the so-called
sequester with its across-the-board spending cuts, ANA will continue to advocate for funding of programs important to nurses.

Health at every size

Although the importance of evidence-based practice cannot be denied, traditional weight loss programs (TWLPs) have continued to be used despite…

Health, safety, & wellness

To meet your New Year’s resolutions, take the SMART
approach—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and

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Health, safety, & wellness

Nursing is a rewarding profession based on caring, giving, helping, and educating. It involves caring for others, from beautiful newborns…

Health, safety, & wellness

Planned workplace napping can reduce error risk, increase productivity,
and boost efficiency in healthcare workers.

Health, safety, & wellness

By promoting and consuming nutritious foods, nurses can improve their own and their patients’ health.

Health, safety, & wellness

A sneak peek at the new Implementation Guide to the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Interprofessional National Standards

Health, safety, & wellness

In an era of healthcare reform, organizations are beginning to implement interprofessional team-based care as a strategy to deliver high-quality…

Health, safety, & wellness Healthy holidays

To combat stress, depression, and overeating during the holidays, read these tips on managing holiday food intake and practicing
civility in the workplace.

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High stakes in the U.S. House and Senate

While the 2016 presidential campaign continues to dominate headlines, the outcome of critical races in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate could dramatically…

Hospital-acquired infections mortalities, costs

Two common conditions caused by hospital-acquired infections killed 48,000 people and ramped up health care costs by $8.1 billion in 2006 alone, according to a study released Feb. 22 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Hungry for better choices

Learn how you can build support for healthier food options at your workplace.

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Immunizations: A nursing tradition

The fall and winter seasons are filled with traditions associated with Back to School, Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and other…

Improving clinician-patient communication

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a discussion paper that offers principles on effective communication to guide nurses, physicians,…

Introducing new ANA member benefits

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is offering these new member benefits as a part of its personal benefits program. ANA…

Issues up close

Nurses improve quality of care, using the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators.

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Nurses in the Department, Veterans Administration, Federal Nurses Association (FedNA), and other groups are collaborating to make sue the healthcare needs of active-duty military personnel and veterans are met.

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Family nurse practitioner (FNP) and nurse-midwife Karen Holder, FNP-BC, CNM, MHS, sees patients at a large primary care clinic in Flagstaff, Arizona, as well as at small satellite units in remote communities sprinkled around northern Arizona.

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To increase health literacy, we need to educate patients and consumers about health issues in a more meaningful, individualized, and patient-oriented way.

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Awful day. Dealt with cranky, unreasonable pt with gross incision. Headed for *$. Gone are the “Dear Diary” days when…

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ANA’s House of Delegates recently approved a resolution supporting health
care for all. The author examines the social, economic, and political ramifications of undocumented immigrants’ lack of access to health care.

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This article details how patients are affected by APRNs’ current inability
to order home health services.

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ANA is taking steps to ensure that nurses are recognized for their care-coordination activities.

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Optimal patient care requires all members of the interprofessional team to communicate and participate at their best.

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The fourth recommendation in the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) groundbreaking report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, is a…

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ANA has joined the Partnership for Patients to improve patient safety.

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Foundational documents underscore shared responsibility for staffing

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Genomic science has crossed the horizon of health care into our everyday lives, transforming our understanding of health and illness.…

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ANA: Moving forward—mission possible

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Issues up close

As the health economist for the American Nurses Association (ANA), I’ve been asked, “What will 2013 bring for RNs? Maybe…

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ANA and nursing organizations work to demonstrate RN’s economic value.

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Healthcare worker and patient safety: The inextricable link

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Enduring and evolving: Code of Ethics for Nurses

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What’s your health risk? Find out with ANA’s new online assessment tools.

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Hand-off communication: Assuring the transfer of accurate patient information

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ANA’s “Bringing Immunity to Every Community” campaign aims to boost RNs’ knowledge of immunization, encourage them to get vaccinated, and position them as leading immunization advocates.

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Adult immunization rates in the United States are well below national public health goals. Find out what steps you can take to raise disease awareness and boost vaccine coverage.

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ANA unveils new Framework for Measuring Nurses’ Contributions to Care Coordination.

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Partnership for Patients brings together providers,
hospitals, patients, and government to reduce
preventable hospital-acquired conditions and 30-dayhospital readmissions.

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How NDNQI® data are helping top hospitals improve nursing quality

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Issues up close

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are increasing in number and in value to the healthcare delivery system. As more people…

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Risky or excessive alcohol use is common, expensive, and underrecognized as a significant public health problem. It’s also not addressed…

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How often do you handle potentially hazardous drugs? What precautions do you take to protect yourself from exposure? After 4…

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For many nurses today, the workplace may feel like uncharted territory. New technologies, bold advances in health care, and a…

Issues up close

The year is 1989. The Hubble telescope is under construction for launch. The Cold War is ending with the fall…

Issues up close

What are the health and safety risks specific to nursing? What can nurses do to boost their health and wellness?…

Issues up close – Fighting the invisible

MRSA, Clostridium difficile, and newly emerging “superbugs” are penetrating deeper into both healthcare and community settings. We need to use critical-thinking skills and rigorous infection control practices to outsmart these pathogens.

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Leadership insights

The American Nurses Association (ANA) Leadership Institute is designed to enhance leadership knowledge and professional skills to prepare nurses for…
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Leadership insights

As part of its initiative to recognize nurses in board leadership roles, the American Nurses Foundation interviewed Angela Barron McBride,…
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Leadership insights

The chief nursing officer (CNO) of a hospital or other healthcare organization has extensive responsibilities, ranging from patient care at…
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Leadership insights

As part of its initiative to recognize nurses in board leadership roles, the American Nurses Foundation interviewed Marla Salmon, ScD,…

Leadership insights

Leadership in today’s world means being versatile, resilient, and mindful of differences—whether they are cultural, geographical, or political. Now, international…

Make your health a priority.

May 11-17 marks National Women’s Health Week. ANA supports this effort to motivate women to make their own health a priority.

March 2020: ANA News

ANA representative named to CMS patient safety panel Lillee Smith Gelinas, MSN, RN, CPPS, FAAN, editor-in-chief of the American Nurse…

Nanotechnology and the environment

Nanotechnology and the environment By Katie Slavin, MS, RN Nanotechnology is the use of innovative techniques for controlling and manipulating…

National poll- Nurses should have more influence

From reducing medical errors to increasing the quality of care to promoting wellness to improving efficiency and reducing costs, a new survey finds that an overwhelming majority of opinion leaders say nurses should have more influence.

Navigating the Kentucky River

The President addresses the personal impact of the “Kentucky River” decision by the National Labor Relations board.

New report reaffirms old concerns

In a new report, The National Toxicology Program (NTP) expressed ”serious concern” that diethylhexyl-phthalate (DEHP), a chemical used in medical…

No peeking allowed

Electronic health records give healthcare providers faster, more efficient access to patient information. Experts hope to make the data less vulnerable to security breaches.

Nursing Green teams: Volunteer today

By Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN At work, have you felt short of breath or nauseous from inhaling fumes from cleaners/sterilants/disinfectants?…

Nursing practice and work environment

In November 2014, ANA released a new position statement that calls for stronger collaboration between registered nurses (RNs) and employers…

Nursing practice and work environment

As influenza season approaches, registered nurses (RNs) can prepare by knowing the latest information about adult immunizations and influenza. Adult…

Nursing’s quality crosswalk

To promote optimal patient outcomes, ANA’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators identifies crucial nursing and patient care efforts that affect patient outcomes and safety.

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Occupational stress

All work environments have the potential to cause stressful situations, but are healthcare settings particularly demanding? According to a 2008…
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One giant leap

Many of us may be too young to remember the original broadcast of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, but…

Pediatric lead exposure

Lead has long been known to be a toxic agent. Recently, concern has been rising regarding lead exposure in children’s…

Penn again WHO/PAHO collaborating center

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has again been designated as a World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO)…

Pertussis resurgence continues unabated

American Nurse Today…Online reported on the nationwide pertussis, or whooping cough, outbreak in June. Unfortunately, four months later, the updated…

Pharmaceutical waste: What nurses need to know

Too often, pharmaceutical waste – much of it hazardous – shows up in our surface, ground, and drinking water. To solve this problem, the healthcare industry must work closely with federal and state regulators.

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Power for positive change

ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS to nursing is not being involved in decisions about policies affecting the profession and patients. Advocacy is a…

Safe staffing saves lives

ANA’s “Safe Staffing Saves Lives” campaign fights for safe nurse staffing legislation.

Suffering and spirituality

Read these excerpts on suffering and spirituality from Nursing and Health Care Ethics: A Legacy and a Vision.

Taking it to the top

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree has aroused confusion and controversy. Learn why.

Taking it to the top

ANA and state associations promote health system reform The importance of health system reform can seem like a distant memory…
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Thank you, Linda

I happen to know how Linda Stierle got her start in nursing. When she was a little 7-year-old, a doctor…