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…

A Capital idea?

What’s the correct way to use the word “Nurse”? When should a lower case “n” be used? Or should the…

A new sense of gratitude

In 2021, giving thanks is different.  In November, Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to stop and reflect on the people…
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A season of thanks

Expressing gratitude is good for you. AS I REFLECT on the Thanksgiving season, I think about how thankful I am…

A summer of learning

The period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is a special time—a stretch of (ideally) sunny days when school is out and vacation…

Advantages of a nursing shortage

Since the day I became a nurse, it seems there’s been a nursing shortage. No matter where you practice, everybody talks…
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Arrivederci, Dr. Cipriano

All of us at HealthCom Media are extremely fortunate to have worked closely with American Nurse Today’s founding Editor-in-Chief Pam…

Better focus in a too-busy world

Are you doing multiple things? Thumbing through this month’s edition of American Nurse Today while watching television? Listening to a colleague while…

Beyond the tip of the iceberg

For decades, nurses have been attempting to demonstrate their value in promoting high-quality, patient-centered care in terms everyone understands. Florence…

Breath at the belly

Mindfulness training can help nurses, patients, and loved ones cope with loss, grief, and suffering.

COVID-19 care innovations worth keeping

Bright spots for the new year

COVID-19 care innovations worth keeping. We’ve lived through three waves of COVID-19 and learned from each one. New ways to…

Characteristics of nursing excellence

What’s behind Magnet®-recognized organizations? By Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, CPPS, FAAN I’ve learned a lot through the years about the characteristics…
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Climate change and health

We’re not the only species being impacted.  Tina M. Marrelli My husband and I have been involved in Sea Turtle…
Critical Caring

Critical Caring

The importance of nursing to patient well-being is a time honored concept, but often difficult to measure. If it were…
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Do salary surveys matter?

Research shows that hospitals with better nurse staffing and work environments have better outcomes. For you, that means less burnout, more job satisfaction, and less desire to quit your job. But how does your salary fit in? Researchers are trying to understand how salary, work environment, and staffing levels work together to influence nurse-related outcomes.

Dress code

Dress codes matter!

October’s article “What works: Implementing an evidence-based nursing dress code to enhance professional image” (http://goo.gl/z0frxu) got me thinking about dress…
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I always loved taking care of patients. It was fun, exciting, intellectually stimulating, and rewarding. To this day, I remember…


To achieve higher quality of care and help transform our healthcare system, we need to don our customized tool belts, get to work, and be willing to abandon the outdated methods of the past.

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…

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…

Fraud alert

The predatory journal explosion over the past few years has now infiltrated the conference arena. You should know how to recognize a legitimate conference versus a bogus one. Your time, professional growth goals, and monetary resources are all precious commodities that can be easily exploited by unscrupulous organizers of programs that, on the surface, appear legitimate but are actually a sham.

Unifying our approach to bullying, incivility, and violence

From #MeToo to #UsToo

Unifying our approach to bullying, incivility, and violence  Lillee Gelinas How long have we been talking about the chronic problem…

From dream to reality

Appreciative inquiry can give your organization a fresh approach to change. In this affirmative process, everyone’s opinions, thoughts, and ideas count.

Future forward: I am data

It’s always exciting to see nursing and nursing practice on the national stage at events like the ANA 2015 Quality…

Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report

Good for you, good for the profession The recently released National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, The Future…
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Genomics and precision health

Looking into the future At the June 2021 American Nurses Association (ANA) Membership Assembly, we discussed an important topic that…
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Gifts that keep on giving

December turns our hearts and minds to the holiday season. We juggle work time and family demands to prepare for…

Guns and nurses

The ambush shootings in downtown Dallas last July, which killed five police officers and wounded seven other people, cast a spotlight…
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Handle with care

In 2005, the State of Texas passed the first safe patient handling law. SB 1525 became effective January 1, 2006.…
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How dirty is your cellphone?

You wash your hands…maybe you should clean your phone PATIENT SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK is March 10-16, 2019. Are you aware…

Improving health care with systems thinking

We strive to reach the theoretical goal of perfect patient care. But is defect-free health care possible? Or are avoidable deaths from preventable…
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Introducing the new voice of nurses

Welcome to the premier issue of American Nurse Today—the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the new…

It’s alarming – Nurse Fatigue

Have you become desensitized to alarms? I stepped onto an elevator with three other people, their eyes glued to their…

Layoffs: Is the sky really falling?

The last several months of economic upheaval bring back memories of the 1980s and 1990s when many organizations reduced their…
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Listening as a caring competency

Effective listening can make you a better nurse. WHAT DOES IT MEAN to be fully present when listening to someone…

Magnetic moments

The 2015 American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) National Magnet Conference® was held in October, but I have no doubt that…

Meaningful use is a workforce issue

As you’re probably aware, meaningful use refers to use of electronic health record (EHR) technology to improve the quality and…

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…
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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…

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…

Parting gifts

Our time in this life is perhaps the most important gift we enjoy.

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…
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Patient Safety Awareness Week

Shining a light on a public health crisis Each year, an important event is nationally recognized but frequently overshadowed by…
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Promoting clinician well-being

Staying emotionally healthy is important to personal and patient safety. Takeaways:  Burnout affects more than half of nurses, physicians, and…
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Ready for what’s next?

Find the job you don’t have yet.  Lillee Gelinas As healthcare evolves, so do nursing roles. In many ways, the…
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Ringing in the new year

New look for American Nurse Today, new ANA leadership ANOTHER YEAR has gone by, and new excitement is afoot. From new…

Sacred cow round-up

Evidence-based nursing practice obliges us to embrace innovation and let go of our sacred cows.

Save a life-wash your hands

Did you grow up with your mother insisting you wash your hands? She was right! As nurses, we all know…

Second thoughts about second thoughts

Step back to discover what we’ve learned.  Lillee Gelinas I’ll never forget March 12, 2020. That’s when the pandemic became…

Seeing Red

American Heart Month is a time to celebrate the wealth of information that if acted on, can help prevent cardiovascular disease.

Shared calling: Then and now

May is a wonderful month, with so many celebrations to enjoy and share, including Mother’s Day, National Nurses Week, Florence…

Shhhhhh! Quiet zone

Nurses play a significant role in helping patients to get the sleep they need.

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Shortage solutions

ANA, partners develop detailed road map for better staffing.  News headlines about the nurse staffing shortage portray an extreme event…

SiCKO – A call to action

In 1991, the American Nurses Association published its Nursing Agenda for Health Care Reform, which gained the support of 76…

Size matters—or does it?

In sports, we often hear the saying “Size matters.” Usually, it means the bigger and stronger athlete triumphs. But sometimes, the smaller…
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Sparking change in nursing

Successful change requires new skills and levels of understanding. I recently spent an invigorating day with several nurses and clinical…

Special and unique: You

Using a unique nurse identifier recognizes your contributions to quality patient care. Intelligent systems surround us. They include automated robotic…
Evidence Based practice

Stop the slide

Drifting back to old practices endangers the profession.  Before COVID-19, healthcare and nursing performance were moving in the right direction.…

Superbugs trump wonder drugs

Our grandparents’ generation first witnessed the wonders of antimicrobial agents. These drugs saved millions of lives and rendered harmless a…

Telling our story

The public needs a better understanding of what nurses do, so tell your story.

How do you handle a bullying doctor?

Temper tantrums at work

How do you handle a bullying doctor?  Most nurses have witnessed or been the victims of doctor bullying. I know…

The disappearing inpatient

As hospital admissions shrink, nursing jobs are shiftingto other areas, such as outpatient offices, clinics, postacute facilities, and home care.

The elusive cure

Supporting breast cancer research and screening can help us get another step closer to curing this disease.

Nursing Shortage

The nursing shortage

This one is different  We all talk about the nursing shortage. In fact, we’ve been experiencing it for decades. However,…

The pressure is on

Pressure ulcers are painful, life-threatening, and expensive —with medical costs of up to $11 billion annually in the United States.…

The voice of the consumer

This month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) begin reporting patient experience data from its Hospital Consumer Assessment of…
Time for change

Tide of change

Report calls on nursing to confront and eradicate racism.  Racism: “Assaults on the human spirit in the form of biases,…
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Tomorrow’s Hope

Twice a year, I meet with the new graduates in my hospital and am encouraged by their expectations and their…
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Vital and invaluable

Recognizing nurses’ service during Nurses Month. Ernest J. Grant May marks Nurses Month, a time to offer RNs nationwide well-deserved…
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Walk a mile in a nurse’s shoes

Redefining the physician–nurse relationship.  Traditionally, physician–nurse relationships have been viewed as superior–subordinate. Despite clinical work environment advances that demonstrate teamwork…
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What #MeToo means for nurses

The #MeToo movement has taken the world by storm, and many say it’s been a long time coming. The New York Times revelation last fall seemed shocking at the time—famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct in what appeared to be an alleged pattern of psychological manipulation and strategic harassment spanning decades. Apparently, some victims were paid for their silence. Most reactions I heard about the “Weinstein phenomena” from news reporters and colleagues agreed about one key point: It was wrong.

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What does an RN look like?

What nurses can learn from the uniforms and ceremonies of other healthcare professions. “WHAT DOES AN RN LOOK LIKE?”When I…
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What I learned during the 2017 hurricane season

I watched with great pain the damage, and for many the devastation, created by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. I was reliving August 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina destroyed my hometown and changed normalcy for my family forever. Twenty-six of my New Orleans family members—stripped of incomes, homes, schools, familiar medical and dental services, normal daily schedules, and social networks—called our Southlake, TX, home their home for many months.

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…

When it’s my time to die

Failing to make our end-of-life wishes known to others can deny us and our loved ones important choices.

Work/life balance? Yes, please!

The young nurses now entering our profession have a lot to teach us veterans about the value of balancing work and home life.

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