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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...
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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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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...

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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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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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...

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...

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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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,...
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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...

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...
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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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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...