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COVID-19’s effects on education

The enormity of this unprecedented, global pandemic cannot be overstated—the COVID-19 virus has sent shockwaves across the globe. No sector of the U.S. economy, no socioeconomic strata, and no human life has been spared...

Occupational infection prevention: Updated recommendations

Be sure practice in your organization aligns with current recommendations. Takeaways: On October 25, 2019 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated various parts of the 1998 guidelines for infection control for occupational health. ...

My world is turned upside down: Nursing students transitioning from traditional face-to-face learning to...

The beginning of the 2020 spring semester may have started like any other semester. Nursing students were acclimating to new courses and new faculty. But upon return from spring break, the world at large...

Dear parents, a health check-in from a school nurse

Dear Parents/Caregivers: These are certainly challenging times filled with uncertainty and concern that are impacting our entire community, and country. The next few weeks will determine if we have had success in slowing the spread...

From your ANA President: Healthcare and COVID-19

ANA advocates to protect nurses and the public. Sometimes external forces require us to change course. I initially wrote an entirely different column leading into Nurses Month. I wanted to pay homage to Florence Nightingale...

CAUTI prevention and urinary catheter maintenance

Take steps to protect patients from infection. Takeaways Indwelling urinary catheters can be the source of both infectious and noninfectious complications. Nurse play a critically important role in preventing CAUTI. Proper maintenance including hygiene, securement...

COVID-19 and The Year of the Nurse and Midwife

In 2019, with the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth pending in May of the following year, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the invaluable contributions of nurses to our international healthcare systems writ...

Nurses and advanced nurse practitioners on the front lines of COVID-19: How do we...

Today, we cannot escape the turmoil of living every moment of every day immersed within the chaos of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), and...

A novel strain of coronavirus: What nurses need to know (Updated)

This rapidly evolving outbreak deserves your full attention. Editor’s note (3/30/20): The COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019) situation is fluid. We encourage readers to refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for updates. According...

The nearness of you: Cheerleading nurses from a distance

I want to let you know I am thinking of you. My bedside nursing years are past. But I shall do my bit by cheering you and all healthcare workers on for all the...

ANA In Brief – ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights celebrates 30...

The ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights has been a leader in healthcare ethics, nursing ethics, bioethics and human rights for 30 years. In collaboration with constituents, the center has tirelessly provided ethical...

ANA In Brief – Coronavirus: What you need to know

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an ongoing outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China. Cases have been identified in multiple countries, including the United States. The American...

COVID-19: Caring for your patients and yourself

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Journal The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve. New cases in the United States have been reported in California, Florida, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and...