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Brighter days ahead

Marking one year of the pandemic and nurses’ response We generally think of anniversaries as causes for celebration, as is the case of the American...

Pediatric pain management

An individualized, multimodal, and interprofessional approach is key for success. Takeaways: Many pediatric patients experience unnecessary pain because of undertreatment and inadequate pain management after...

Caring during COVID-19

Editor’s note: This is an early release of a web exclusive article for the April 2021 issue of American Nurse Journal. At the bottom of...

How transformational leaders address fear amid COVID-19

You can provide the guidance nurses need. Editor’s note: This is an early release of an article that will appear in the March 2021 issue...

Animal assistants in healthcare

An animal may provide just the benefit patients need. Prepandemic, I had the pleasure of traveling to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a...

Promoting nurse mental health

An urgent call to shift from crisis intervention to long-term prevention Takeaways: Nurses are experiencing an unprecedented amount of burnout, depression, and anxiety. Stressful work...

Understanding bipolar disorder

What is bipolar disorder and why is it so difficult to diagnose? Takeaways Bipolar disorder (BD) frequently is misdiagnosed as depression. Indicators of BD include...

Block the pain: A nursing perspective on an opioid-sparing approach

Understanding types of regional anesthesia helps ensure optimal patient outcomes. Takeaways Regional nerve blocks limit the use of opioids in patients after surgery and are...

Pharmacologic management of type 2 diabetes in older adults

Practical approaches for APRNs. Takeaways: Advanced practice RNs face challenges when managing type 2 diabetes in older adults, who are at high risk for acute...

Maternal hemorrhage in 2020: Is your team ready?

Readiness, recognition, response, and reporting. Takeaways: Implementing a standardized safety bundle can reduce the likelihood of patient harm from hemorrhage. Working as a team...