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Political advocacy: A passion for shaping health care and our practice

We are engaged in a high-stakes profession—serving on the frontlines as essential players throughout our patients’ healthcare journeys, and invariably the first and last lines of defense for them and their families. However, the stakes can be equally high...

The critical role of nurses in promoting immunization for adults

Children aren’t the only ones who need vaccines. Older adults and those with chronic health conditions are particularly at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases. Yet immunization coverage levels for U.S. adults are low, leaving many vulnerable to illness, hospitalization, and deaths...
career options for nurse educators

Incorporating the consumer voice to advance health policy

“Even in an age of hype, calling something ‘the blockbuster drug of the century’ grabs our attention. In this case, the ‘drug’ is actually a concept—patient activation and engagement—that should have formed the heart...

Exploring health policy: Federal Register rules, regulations, and notices

  Government health policy has an impact on nearly every aspect of healthcare delivery. It drives payment methodology, influences the quality of the care that is delivered, and affects the day-to-day operations of healthcare systems....

Leading through failure

I have served as a nurse corps officer in the United States Air Force for 27 years. One of my most useful leadership lessons came from understanding the value of failure. This sounds like...
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Ten tips for transitioning from home care nurse to nurse manager

Sarah made the transition from inpatient hospital nurse to home care (HC) nurse 6 years ago. She enjoys her practice and likes helping the patients and families whose cases she manages. Her performance evaluations...