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Revising a clinical ladder program to increase nurse participation

A community hospital recognizes a need and builds a program to meet it. Takeaways: To recruit and retain a strong, competent nursing workforce, healthcare organizations must provide programs that support new nurses, beginning with onboarding...

We Are Nurses!

School nurse Jenna Palmisano posted this YouTube video to comfort her students and other children who may be confused or fearful of personal protective equipment (PPE). Jenna was gracious enough to share her innovative...

Nurses Month during a time of crisis

When the ANA Enterprise began planning the Year of the Nurse, including expanding the traditional National Nurses Week to a month-long celebration, we didn’t anticipate the different world we’re living and working in today. As...

I was never meant to be a nurse at six feet apart

In my almost 40 years of experience as a registered nurse, I could never have imagined nurses encouraged and required to care for our patients and their families in the way that is being...

How to choose your first nursing job wisely

Interview tool helps nurses find the right fit. Takeaways: Asking the right questions can help ensure you choose a positive practice environment A positive work environment is critical to a smooth transition into professional practice. As...

Advocating for protections

Self-care also critical during COVID-19 pandemic. We’re living and working in tumultuous times since coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) took hold in communities across the nation. As I write this well in advance of publication, nurses...

Developing leaders: A shared responsibility

Take on challenges, seek support. We have the opportunity to speak to new and novice nurses about professional development several times a year. Inevitably, when we ask them their definition of professional development, we get...

5 steps to interim manager success

Turn a challenge into an opportunity. Takeaways: The interim nurse manager role can be extremely complex and challenging but is crucial for department stability, leadership continuity, patient safety, and quality care. Transitioning from peer to...

Home care safety

Takeaways: Home care is unique, placing nurses and other healthcare professionals in patients’ homes and personal space, and doesn’t include typical healthcare organization requirements. Home care safety can be divided into three responsibilities: workers’...

In Conversation with nurse coach, Eileen Gavin

Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Relentless School Nurse – In Conversation with Eileen Gavin, the Nurse Coach. My friendship with Eileen began in 2015 when I was a Johnson & Johnson School...
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Understanding taxes as a travel nurse

It’s April, which means that tax season is upon us. If you’re like me, filing for taxes has been the last thing on your mind given the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, but fortunately,...
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New Nursing needed for COVID-19: Making “Old Nursing” history

Many clinical nurses are struggling with very tough challenges as they work to treat patients with COVID-19: shortages of masks, personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators, shortages of staff, shortages even of hospital rooms...
COVID-19 messaging

Bringing credible COVID-19 messages to the community because all health care is local

The messaging about COVID-19 was not reaching my school community and I was growing more and more concerned. There were first-hand reports of birthday celebrations, group gatherings, and a seeming lack of understanding of...