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From trauma to post traumatic growth

My 94-year old grandfather told me a story of a mentor from his church. She was a nurse during the 1918 influenza pandemic that infected nearly 500 million people, killing 50 million globally. She...

Nurse innovators welcome here

Have you ever imagined how nursing or healthcare could be improved? Do you have a concept in the works that you need support to launch? If so, consider applying for the 2021 ANA Innovation...

November elections: Empowering nurses for political advocacy

American nurses were among those who marched and led the fight for women to gain the right to vote 100 years ago. This year, as we celebrate passage of the 19th Amendment, signed into...

ANA survey finds PPE shortages persist, reuse practices rise

The American Nurses Association (ANA) released new findings from a nationwide COVID-19 survey that indicate personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages persist and reuse practices for single-use PPE are on the rise, despite a lack...

Health disparities and end of life

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Concerned RN Subject: Creating change  I’m a community health nurse and have personally witnessed how health disparities manifest in advance care planning and end-of-life discussions in Black communities. Is it within...

Changing with the times

Specialty nurses adapt and deliver care during the pandemic. As the world has shifted during the pandemic, so have specialty nursing practices—from rethinking how care is delivered to personal protective equipment (PPE) use. Additionally, nurses...

Healthcare’s role in environmental sustainability

RNs are needed to guide efforts. Takeaways: The healthcare industry contributes to solid waste production, greenhouse gasses, and climate change. Healthcare workers are obligated to ensure patient safety while practicing environmental stewardship. Waste reduction in the...

School nursing—Always student-centered

Leading and innovating on the frontlines of the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic challenges school nurses to continue providing health services when schools are closed and as they re-open. During this health crisis, school nurses are...

How to recruit and retain volunteers for your professional organization

Communication, respect, and appreciation are key. Takeaways: The benefits of joining a professional nursing organization include having a voice about issues that impact healthcare, networking, and professional development. Successful organizations must have a network of...

Embracing digital minimalism

Reduce technology use to reduce anxiety and increase productivity. Takeaways: Technology can make us more productive, but it’s also distracting and cause stress and anxiety. Changing your relationship with digital devices requires a mindset change...

The power of self-care: An ENERGY model to combat clinician burnout

It’s more important than ever for nurses to take care of themselves. Takeaways: Clinicians are experiencing alarming rates of burnout. Self-care is essential to maintaining a healthy relationship with oneself and others. The ENERGY model...

Flu vaccination and COVID-19

Educate your patients about the importance of protection.   Currently, development of a COVID-19 vaccine is a work in progress with no fixed date for availability. This means it’s especially important that all Americans be vaccinated...

Using audit and feedback to improve compliance with evidence-based practices

Take a strategic approach to prevent lost opportunities for improvement. Takeaways: Audit and feedback strategies are routinely implemented in clinical practice as a way to monitor compliance with various practices; however, they’re not always...