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Shared decision making and patient-centered care

Engage patients in healthcare decisions to ensure patient autonomy. Takeaways: Patients should be actively involved in making decisions about their care. Shared decision making is...

A look back—and ahead

Making progress on key priorities. TIME FLIES—especially when you’re engaged in efforts you feel passionate about, working with people who are committed to making a...

Virtual reality: A strategy to improve patient-centered care

Technology can help nurses gain empathy and navigate difficult conversations. Takeaways: Extended reality (virtual, mixed, augmented) technology is rapidly expanding and finding a space in...
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Nurses and assisted suicide

Should nurses have a role in this end-of-life choice? A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, a close friend of mine died. She was in her 80s...

What works: Managing opioid overdose in the community

Takeaways: To help reduce the rise in opioid prescriptions, misuse, and overdose, healthcare professionals must improve their pain management knowledge, decrease opioid prescriptions as...

Must nurses care for migrants?

Basic human rights apply to everyone. THERE SEEMS to be much controversy about giving healthcare to “undocumented” immigrants—or even “documented” ones. In fact, some people...

Whole-person care

Meeting the mental health needs of all is critical. THE WORLD IS HURTING in ways that are visible and, so often, invisible. According to 2017...

Transport teams and patient handoff reports

Patient safety requires complete communication. Takeaways: To protect patients, referring organizations, and transport professionals, a patient care report suitable to the scope of practice of...

Influenza update 2019-2020

Protect yourself and your patients with timely vaccinations. WITH FLU SEASON beginning, your yearly flu shot is more important than ever. The Centers for Disease...

Making and breaking a promise

Is it ever okay to break a promise? IS IT EVER OKAY to break a promise? Generally speaking, no. A promise changes reality by introducing...

Motivational interviewing: A communication best practice

This collaborative approach can influence behavior change and improve healthcare literacy. Takeaways:  Motivational interviewing (MI) is collaborative conversation style that promotes positive health behavior change...

A medication dosage simulation strategy to improve patient safety

Simulation boosts skills and encourages active learning.  Takeaways:  Traditional medication administration dosage testing can be time-consuming, costly, and lack elements of active learning.  Simulation in...

Stop the inhumanity

Advocating for improved conditions and access to healthcare for migrant children and families WE’VE ALL SEEN and heard countless media reports about the deplorable conditions...