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When COVID-19 strikes home

My personal story The pandemic’s impact on frontline caregivers has captured headlines and hearts for months. I read as many as I can to understand...

Patient safety awareness

How do we create a mindset focused on safety? Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 14-20. Its importance can’t be emphasized enough. In addition to...

Nurses rise to the challenge

Lessons learned and shared The past 12 months have challenged the nursing profession like never before. Appropriately deemed the Year of the Nurse by the...
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A better normal

Emerging trends are defining nursing’s future. It’s hard to imagine that just a year ago the world was in a very different place. Now in...
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Our future through my review mirror

Turn the troubling events of 2020 into opportunities in 2021. 2020 is finally over! It was a meaningful year because we had the opportunity to...
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Mentoring for cultural awareness

Make a commitment to self-awareness. According to the American Nurses Association (ANA) definition, mentoring is a one-to-one, long-term relationship between a novice and an experienced...

My brain is on overload… How about yours?

The antidote to the overworked brain. Lately, I find myself regularly and voluntarily distracted and not because I’m multitask­ing. I’m being “multi-informed” through a bombardment...

Blink…and our world changed

How to manage and stay healthy in uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic has much of the world in lockdown right now. You go to work and...

Joy stealing: Stopping happiness thieves

Learn how to deal with coworkers who take the joy out of work. THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION (ANA) and my state organization, the Texas Nurses...

Editorial: Presidential leadership

Lessons and insights for the profession from ANA’s past presidents OVER the course of my career, I’ve had the privilege of interacting with the best...

Feeling overwhelmed?

Try replacing busyness with critical habits. I DON’T THINK the title of the song “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer” is accurate. Your days, like mine,...

Advanced practice nurses: Show your spirit

Declare the importance of your independence. WE CELEBRATE American Independence Day on July 4 every year. Fireworks, parades, carnivals, concerts, and baseball games are just...

Asleep on the job

A professional wake-up call NURSES dedicate their lives to helping others. Most of us say the profession is rewarding and fulfilling, with many sources of...