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When and how to use restraints

Few things cause as much angst for a nurse as placing a patient in a restraint, who may feel his or her personal freedom...

Keeping a grasp on patient safety

In any organization, keeping both patients and caregivers safe during patient mobilization is a priority. As patient advocates, nurses share responsibility for maintaining optimal...

Assessing and documenting patient restraint incidents

Restraining a patient is considered a high-risk intervention by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, The Joint Commission (TJC), and various state regulatory...

Enclosure bed: A protective and calming restraint

An enclosure bed can be used as part of a patient’s plan of care to prevent falls and provide a safer environment. This specialty...

Developing a quality framework for annual nursing competencies

Patients expect safe, high-quality care when they enter a healthcare facility, and healthcare facilities pride themselves on the care they provide. With so much...

Using mobile technology to engage nursing staff

I’ve seen plenty of changes during my 30 years in nursing and healthcare settings. I’ve also experienced many different work environments.  In some hospitals,...

Evolution or revolution? Smartphone use in nursing practice

Since smartphones were introduced in 2002, a communications revolution has taken place. We talk on our smartphones, we text on them, we take pictures...

Best practices for integrating technology into nurse communication processes

Communication within a hospital, health system, or clinic is profoundly important. When it breaks down, clinical outcomes may be affected directly. According to The...

Cancer survivorship

Cancer survivorship refers to the entire process of living with, through, and beyond cancer. A person is considered a cancer survivor from the time...

Teach-back essentials for cancer survivors

Patients who are cancer survivors may require education on a wide variety of topics, from nutrition to long-term follow-up needs. It’s vital that nurses ensure...

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