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Sustain and Retain

Sustain and retain

An urgent action agenda for a sustainable global nursing workforce beyond the pandemic.   The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed existing workforce shortages and vulnerabilities in health...

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy

Education and surveillance are key for patients at risk for this rare but fatal complication.  Takeaways: Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a rare demyelinating opportunistic...
Mental Health Makeover

Nursing needs a mental health makeover

Easy access to resources and erasing stigma are key.     For too long, nurses have struggled quietly with mental health issues, fearing stigma or negative consequences...
data science for nurses

Data science for nurses

Learn how to apply this skill to nursing projects.  Takeaways: Using data science methods and techniques has the potential to improve nurses’ insights into care...
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When blood transfusion isn’t an option

Provide safe, culturally sensitive care. Takeaways: Jehovah’s Witnesses and their scriptural beliefs frequently are challenged within our current healthcare system. Blood transfusion for the Jehovah’s...
Medication titration

Medication titration

Meeting The Joint Commission standard. Takeaways: The Joint Commission Medication Management Standard states that hospitals are responsible for reducing medication errors. Preparing for Joint Commission...
infection prevention

Infection prevention and control is for every nurse

Refresh your knowledge through ANA Project Firstline. Nurses have always played an important role in infection prevention and control (IPC). The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted...
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The value of interoperability to nursing

Get involved to improve care delivery. Interoperability is the term used to describe the ability of two or more disparate systems to exchange data. Interoperability...
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Innovation central

Resources and recognition for advancing nurses’ ideas and ingenuity. Innovation—creating something new or improving on an existing process, product, or idea—is a “fundamental part of...
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Hazardous exposures and military veterans

Identify veterans and perform exposure assessments to improve care outcomes.  Takeaways: Many military service members access healthcare outside of the Veterans Health Administration, so nurses...
Professional prioritization

Professional prioritization

Remember all the good we do.   Nurses repeatedly confront overwhelming workloads and the need to make extraordinarily complex choices amidst insufficient resources and competing priorities,...
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Chaplains as connectors

Promoting spiritual care in the wellness continuum. Takeaways: Many assume that the chaplain’s work is limited to religion. However, their work focuses on being a...
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Advocacy agenda

Collective action reaps rewards in public policy.  Advocacy—the process of influencing public policy—occurs at all levels of government and has real-world consequences; it’s not an...
ANA Innovation Applications 2023

Sustaining innovation

An update from the 2021 ANA Innovation Award winners. The American Nurses Association (ANA) Innovation Awards—bestowed annually—highlight, recognize, and celebrate nurse-led innovation that improves patient...
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Driving staffing solutions

Stakeholders join forces to address the nursing shortage.     The COVID-19 pandemic response has magnified long-standing nurse staffing deficits burdening the workforce. In a September 2021...
History informs how we approach the future

Reflection and change

History informs how we approach the future.  Black History Month—celebrated each February—recognizes the contributions Black people have made across time and place despite persistent racism...
Student nurse intern programs

Student nurse intern programs

A beacon of hope.  Healthcare organizations throughout the nation are struggling with the prolonged pandemic and the worsening nursing shortage. An introspective look at how...
nurse-physician collaboration

Fostering nurse-physician collaboration through shared experience

An innovative program fosters appreciation for nurses.  Takeaways: Medical residents participating in a Nurse-for-a-Day program reported that the top lessons they learned included the difficulty...
AI

Artificial intelligence in nursing

Practical implementation in clinical settings. Editor's note: This is an early release of a web exclusive article for the January 2022 issue of American Nurse...
Climate Courage

Climate courage

Act now to protect the global population.  I’ve always accepted the science of global warming, but I stayed on the sidelines. I didn’t think it...

Shortage solutions

ANA, partners develop detailed road map for better staffing.  News headlines about the nurse staffing shortage portray an extreme event placing enormous stress on nurses...
Racism In Nursing

Listening with compassion

Nurses’ experiences of racism in nursing. “Many Black girls don’t make it through this nursing education program.”  Have you ever had your intelligence, competence, and value...
generational-learning

Generational learning preferences

Target patient teaching to match generational and individual needs.  Takeaways: Generational cohorts frequently have similar characteristics that influence learning preferences. Understanding generational preferences allows us...
patient portal

Promoting patient portal engagement

Nurses can increase the use of a valuable healthcare tool. Editor's note: This is an early release of a web exclusive article for the January...
From where I stand

Good-bye and God bless…

Practical hope will create new realities.  It is with some trepidation and a great deal of nostalgia that I say good-bye to my role as...
program evaluation

Program transformation through evaluation

Assess program effectiveness using the CDC framework.  Takeaways: Nurses can drive change through program evaluation to improve patient outcomes. The Centers for Disease Control and...
donate blood

Give the gift of life

Make a personal commitment to support blood donation in your community.     Nurses first learn about the value of blood and the mandate for maintenance of...
self-care

Investing in ourselves

Self-care boosts nurses personally and professionally.  Nurses nationwide have performed arduous and impeccable work during the COVID-19 pandemic, now in its 21st month and about...
covid-19

COVID-19 exposed our deficiencies

The U.S. healthcare system needs adequate reserve capacity to address future pandemics. The current U.S. healthcare delivery system doesn’t have the capacity to handle a...
makerspace

Innovating during a pandemic

An on-site makerspace leads to quick solution experimentation and implementation. Takeaways: Nurses have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in inventive ways. Creating a culture of...
Nurse Innovators

Nurse innovators shine

NursePitch ™ reveals products for better care. The third annual NursePitch ™—held in collaboration with the American Nurses Association (ANA) and HIMSS, and sponsored by...
foundation

Foundation for the future

A bold initiative to reshape nursing and healthcare. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses nationwide have been providing exemplary service under extraordinarily trying circumstances. From the earliest...
patient engagement

Words matter: Scripting to enhance patient engagement

Learn how to foster patient empowerment, engagement, and activation. All clinical nurses strive to provide person-centered care (PCC) that meets the patient’s and family’s preferences...
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How shall we mourn our dead?

Take your time and follow the path that’s right for you. Since May 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have required nursing homes...
Practice Matters - Gandhi

Gandhi and the practice of nursing

Professional ethics and daily practice. One man, Mohandas Gandhi, led us back into morality as a practical thing. In my opinion, his greatest contribution to...

Agendas for change

Nursing’s path for growth, diversity, and health equity. Even as nurses worldwide confront one of the gravest crises in modern times, the nursing profession keeps...

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Quiz: Migraines and Hormones

Women are 2 to 3 times more likely than men to have migraines.  Decades ago, these were attributed to women’s inability to cope with...