Life at Work

A critical Pathway to Excellence® standard

Initiatives promote nurses’ well-being during the pandemic.  Ensuring nurses’ well-being isn’t just a concept for healthcare systems and organizations that…
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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…
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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…

Becoming a nurse investigator

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

Digital dissemination platforms

Use social media and news sites to promptly share your scholarly work.   Takeaways Social media platforms and news outlets contribute…
Documenting Dilemmas

Documenting dilemmas via email

Use this simple acronym to get results.  Takeaways: When faced with a workplace dilemma, communication is key to achieving resolution.…

Embrace the power of virtual

Use technology to support bedside nurses, increase care access, and expand education. The big experiment of providing services via virtual…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…

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…
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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…

Nurses rising

Recognizing, elevating, and caring for RNs during a pandemic As we celebrated the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President…

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,…
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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…

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.…

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…

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…
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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…
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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…

Uplifting nurses

Associations respond to member needs in a pandemic. In 2020, what kept me up at night was nurses’ well-being and…
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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…
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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,…

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