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Mentors: Learning from experts and expert teams

Travel your career path with a guide. This month, American Nurse Journal announces the 2020 All-Pro Nursing Team winners. It’s exciting to hear about the attributes, projects, and skills that make a nursing team stand...

March madness

It’s that time again. “March Madness” is an expression that’s been linked to basketball since 1908, but March also has been associated with another kind of madness. Beginning in the mid-1900s, people began using...

What’s in a name? Everything!

Outdated jargon undermines nurse practitioner role. Nurse practitioners (NPs) expand care delivery to address exploding patient demand, mitigate physician shortages, and enhance the effectiveness of interprofessional teams. However, the words used to describe these healthcare...

Year of the Nurse 2020: How will you celebrate?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. You’ll see a lot of programs, social media,...

Joy stealing: Stopping happiness thieves

Learn how to deal with coworkers who take the joy out of work. THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION (ANA) and my state organization, the Texas Nurses Association, give me inspiration and practical ideas I use every...

Editorial: Presidential leadership

Lessons and insights for the profession from ANA’s past presidents OVER the course of my career, I’ve had the privilege of interacting with the best and brightest in our profession. The session I moderated at...

Feeling overwhelmed?

Try replacing busyness with critical habits. I DON’T THINK the title of the song “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer” is accurate. Your days, like mine, may be hazy and crazy, but certainly not lazy. We...

Advanced practice nurses: Show your spirit

Declare the importance of your independence. WE CELEBRATE American Independence Day on July 4 every year. Fireworks, parades, carnivals, concerts, and baseball games are just a few of the events commonly associated with the day....

Asleep on the job

A professional wake-up call NURSES dedicate their lives to helping others. Most of us say the profession is rewarding and fulfilling, with many sources of satisfaction gained through the different roles we perform day in...

Infection prevention reality

We know what to do, but we don’t always do it.   WITH the launch of American Nurse Today’s new monthly section on infection prevention, I want to highlight the pivotal role nurses play in preventing...
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Promoting clinician well-being

Staying emotionally healthy is important to personal and patient safety. Takeaways:  Burnout affects more than half of nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers.  To reduce risks of burnout, the National Academy of Medicine launched the...
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How dirty is your cellphone?

You wash your hands…maybe you should clean your phone PATIENT SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK is March 10-16, 2019. Are you aware of these facts? Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the...
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Nursing care: The quest to eliminate preventable harm

Defining the value of nursing AS PART OF OUR NURSING PRACTICE, we engage in critical thinking, prioritize patient needs, communicate with other members of the interprofessional healthcare team, and coordinate and document patient care. All...