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Initiatives promote nurses’ well-being during the pandemic.  Ensuring nurses’ well-being isn’t just a concept for healthcare systems and organizations that have—or want to gain—the Pathway...
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A new generation of nurses is here

Strategies for working with Generation Z. Takeaways: Generation Z nurses, born between the mid-1990s and 2012, are now entering the workforce and they bring with...
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A nurse’s notes on New Year’s resolutions

It’s the most promising time of the year. A clean slate ahead and a chance for a fresh start. No doubt nurses are making...

A practical approach to disclosing conscientious objection

How to ensure quality patient care while following your moral compass. Takeaways: A foundational value of nursing is to respect the worth and dignity of...
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Above and beyond bed bath

The first time I heard “It’s not in my job description” invoked was during an interaction with a colleague in my very early days...
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ANA advocates for nurses’ health and safety

Collaborating in the new year to address pandemic challenges together As nurses contend with the pandemic and its multi-layered effects into 2021, the American Nurses...
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BEAM: The behavioral evaluation and addiction management team

Shining a light to reduce hospital workplace violence. Takeaways: Healthcare workers are more likely to be victims of serious violence than those working in the...
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Beasts, gods and FaceTime: The anguish of visitor limitations during the COVID-19 pandemic

For the foreseeable future, efforts to minimize human contact will remain in place as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is...

Becoming a nurse investigator

As a board of nursing investigator, you protect patients and the public. Takeaways:  Careers in nursing regulation are a meaningful way to contribute to the...

Black Americans in nursing education

Reflecting on the past and looking toward the future. Takeaways: There is a need for increased Black nursing faculty and students in an effort to...
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Building a staircase to effective staff communication

When any agency asks their employees to complete an employee engagement survey they are likely to see communication at the top of the list...
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Confessions of an accidental eavesdropper 

Thoughts about confidentiality and respect. Takeaways: The design of hospitals means that we frequently overhear private conversations between clinicians and patients. What can these overheard...
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Creating a compelling poster

Use poster presentations to spread the word about your study or project.  Takeaways: Effective posters convey key information and provide presenters with an opportunity to...
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Cross-training: Preparing for disasters beyond the pandemic

A three-phase approach addressed immediate needs and enhanced nurses’ skills and confidence. Editor’s note: This is an early release of a web exclusive article for...
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Documenting dilemmas via email

Use this simple acronym to get results.  Takeaways: When faced with a workplace dilemma, communication is key to achieving resolution. Clear communication requires emotional intelligence. ...
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Emotional intelligence takes practice

Implement the four pillars to reduce burnout. Takeaways: Emotional intelligence (EI) promotes considering our own and others’ emotions before responding to conflict In nursing, can...
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End workplace violence

Charting a path to zero tolerance April 16, 2021, marked a key milestone in the journey to end workplace violence in healthcare, when the Workplace...

Exploring nurse case manager practice

As healthcare delivery evolves, the case manager role expands. Takeaways: Case management is seen as a solution to lack of access to healthcare and limited...
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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...
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In good company: Perspectives on sitting with patients

A quick Google search for “patient sitter jobs” yields 47 million results. A similar search for “registered nurse jobs” produces 454 million results. These...
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Individual nurse liability insurance

Understand your options Takeaways: Nurses are at risk for litigation or state board of nursing action against them. To protect themselves, nurse should learn about...
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Life after retirement

Planning for what lies ahead. Takeaways: According to the American Nurses Association, 500,000 experienced RNs are projected to retire by 2022. Retirement is a major...
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Making New Year’s resolutions? Try these tips from Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™

Many people are eager to turn the page and begin the new year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And, given the added stress on...
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Micro-credentials and badges in healthcare

An opportunity to highlight your skills and experience.  Healthcare evolves continually, and our knowledge base is always expanding. With each new treatment discovered, intervention pioneered,...

Mitigating the threat of lost knowledge

A looming shortage of expert nurses requires strategies to accelerate knowledge transfer. Takeaways: Healthcare organizations are facing the challenge of retaining expert knowledge as the...
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Navigating the loss and grief of a nurse suicide

With employer support, nurses can help each other after a colleague’s death. Takeaways: The bonds created among nurses make the loss of a colleague difficult...
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Nurse fatigue: The silent epidemic

Mitigating this serious threat to health and safety Are you getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period? According to...
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Nurse suicide prevention starts with crisis intervention

Make a plan to protect yourself and your colleagues. Takeaways: An organization-wide anonymous encrypted screening program to detect nurses at risk for suicide is an...
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Nurses and contracts

Understand the basics so you can protect your interests.  Takeaways: Understanding basic contract terminology, potential pitfalls, and the relationships among parties to a contract can...

Nurses rising

Recognizing, elevating, and caring for RNs during a pandemic As we celebrated the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman...
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Nurses struggling on the frontline of COVID-19

Innovation is important in maintaining an open-minded perspective on the frontline of healthcare, particularly in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a practicing...
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Nursing care plan for outpatients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 disease

COVID-19 is associated with a plethora of complications for those who suffer from both mild and severe forms of the disease. Although research is...

Nursing education during a pandemic: Will future nurses be prepared?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing schools across the nation have scrambled to change to remote learning. The rapid change has sparked a concern that...
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Obstetric complications: Debrief the grief

Nurses’ physical and mental health require support after a traumatic event. Editor’s note: This is an early release of a web exclusive article for the...

Promoting nurse mental health

An urgent call to shift from crisis intervention to long-term prevention Takeaways: Nurses are experiencing an unprecedented amount of burnout, depression, and anxiety. Stressful work...
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Quality improvement training: A simplified approach

How a correctional facility engages all staff in QI Takeaways: The purpose of continuous quality improvement (QI) programs is to improve healthcare by identifying problems,...

Radiology nursing: A growing specialty

Find out if you have what it takes to pursue this fast-paced career path. Takeaways:  Radiology nursing is a little-known specialty that’s not always an...

Raising awareness about health disparities: A call to action

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised consciousness about health disparities, institutional racism, and diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI) in the nation. Nurses know these conditions...
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Septic relationships

In the emergency department, we’re well trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of serious infections—infections that start from an infinitesimally small and undetectable...
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Seven steps for having difficult conversations

This simple guide can facilitate interactions. Takeaways: Be open minded when having a difficult conversation. Practice self-reflection to prepare for difficult conversations. Seek to understand...

Social media: New communication platform, but old rules still apply

Stop and think before you post.  Takeaways: · Social media is a powerful double-edged sword capable of providing access to education and also leading to negative...

Standardizing handoff communication

An electronic tool helps ensure care continuity and reduces miscommunication. Takeaways: Using a standardized electronic handoff tool improves nurse-to-nurse communication. It ensures care continuity and...

Starting a nurse-owned business

Follow these tips for success. Takeaways  Nurses have unique skills—critical thinking, prioritizing, organization, and emergency management—appropriate for starting their own businesses.  Business success involves choosing...
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Storytelling: Resilience and influence in minutes

During the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses too often are the last and only person in the room when a patient dies. “To be that person who...

Successful strategies for improving nurse certification rates

Nurses share how they boosted certification in their hospital. Takeaways  American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) specialty certification offers many benefits.  More should be done within...
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Take time to appreciate the importance of what you do

Lessons learned from 1918 d In 1918, the “Spanish flu” killed most people who were infected. Thanks to the efforts of thousands of researchers across...

The BON discipline cascade

Understanding that disciplinary action can be complex helps nurses protect themselves. Takeaways: Nurses facing licensure investigation/discipline must be represented by attorneys with expertise in disciplinary...
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The COVID-19 Journey: one nurse’s story

My name is Samantha and I’m 22-year-old ICU nurse. Many people tell me how accomplished I am for my age—how amazing it is that...
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The Culture of Safety: Huddle and Muddle

The notion of culture of safety implies not merely the absence harm, injury or preventable death, but also the unmeasurable feeling that one is...
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The elevator pitch: A 60-second advocacy tool for nurses

Be prepared when opportunity presents itself. Takeaways: Nurses have a duty to advocate for change and solutions that will benefit individual patients, groups, communities, and...
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The journey of oncology navigation

Nurse navigators help avoid care fragmentation and support shared decision making. Takeaways: Patient navigation aims to increase health equity among patients with cancer and can...
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The Relentless School Nurse: #NursesAreNotOK

The pandemic has disrupted life as we know it, with no specific end in sight, outside of glimmers of hope with vaccines on the...

The Relentless School Nurse: Please SAVE OUR SCHOOLS!

This week my school district announced that four more schools will be closed at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. This devastating news...
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Unplanned and unforeseen unemployment

 Prepare now so you’re not caught off guard.  Takeaways: Most nurses never expect to be terminated from their jobs. Preparing for unexpected job loss can...

Uplifting nurses

Associations respond to member needs in a pandemic. In 2020, what kept me up at night was nurses’ well-being and how they’ve been dealing with...
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Violence should not be part of the job

Universal violence precautions in acute care Takeaways: Workplace violence can surprise and overwhelm nurses, leaving them unable to safely provide patient care. A multi-component intervention...
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Visitor restrictions during COVID-19: ethical considerations

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals across the nation established strict visitor restrictions for all inpatient units, which particularly impacted the pediatric...
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What if you’re the bully?

 Self-awareness and honest feedback can help you make a change. Takeaways: Bullying and incivility are prevalent in the nursing profession, so we each need to...
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What to expect from correctional nursing

Takeaways: Correctional nursing is a growing specialty that’s evolving to meet the needs of incarcerated populations in a variety of settings. People who are...
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Writing clinical articles: A step-by-step guide for nurses

Focus on your audience and narrow your topic.  Editor’s note: Dissemination 101 is a series designed to help nurses share their expertise. To read other...
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Writing for publication: Strategies for success

Follow these tips to improve the chances your article will be published.  Editor’s note: Dissemination 101 is a series designed to help nurses share their...

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