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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...

A growing population

As the number of people over 65 years old continues to grow in the United States, so too is a movement to provide better age-specific care and truly focus on what older adults say...

Advocacy: A lifetime commitment

Leading nurses through crisis, disaster, and everyday practice. Texas Nurses Association (TNA) CEO Cindy Zolnierek, PhD, RN, CAE, started her nursing career at a small rural hospital in northern Michigan, served as a full-time professor,...

Simulation for suicide prevention training

A unique approach to large group training. Takeaways: Twenty veterans die by suicide each day. The preferred method of learning by most adults is simulation. Micro-training learning occurs in several minutes to 1 hour. According to...

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. ...

More meaningful meetings

Preparation and follow-up can keep meetings productive and on track. Takeaways: Careful preparation can contribute to effective meetings. Consider group processes and use leadership approaches when conducting meetings. As nurses move into formal and informal leadership...

Rhabdomyolysis

Quick symptom recognition is key. Takeaways: Rhabdomyolysis is a complex medical condition caused by direct trauma, physical exertion, illness, infection, sepsis, congenital or metabolic abnormalities, prolonged seizures, or drugs. It manifests from rapid destruction of...

Sharps injury prevention

A look at safety 20 years after legislation passes. The year 2020 gives nurses the opportunity to reflect on past successes and opportunities so that we can best plan where to focus efforts ahead. A...

Confronting the fear of missing out

This addictive habit can lead to leader burnout. Takeaways: Fear of missing out (FOMO) can lead to extreme stress and an inability to make commitments. FOMO is a type of anxiety disorder experienced when individuals...

Recognizing and Managing Complications of Acute Myocardial Infarction

Good outcomes require early identification and prompt treatment. Takeaways: Early reperfusion and medical therapy have drastically reduced acute myocardial infarction complications. Despite advanced therapies, complications continue to arise. Nurses play an integral role in prompt...

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...

An overview of neuraxial anesthesia

Understand the basics so you can effectively manage your patients. Takeaways: Neuraxial anesthesia is the administration of medication into the subarachnoid or epidural space to produce anesthesia and analgesia. An understanding of spine anatomy allows...