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The right path

"If you know, you know", a quote that still rings true, to this same girl who idealized the vision of becoming a nurse at the age of 6. I recall watching my mom prance...

Supporting nurses: Coping with emotional stress

I want to thank you for printing the article that supports nurses and our emotional health. I have been a nurse for 35 years. I remember working during the scary HIV/AIDS outbreak. I wish...

Reader reaction: COVID-19 safety

It was with some surprise I read the column "Practice Matters" from Dr. Grant, our ANA president, in the October edition of American Nurse. He wrote about reinforcing safe practices with COVID. For someone...

Reader reaction: Leaders’ role in stopping workplace violence

Dear Editor, After reading the article "Leaders' Role in Stopping Workplace Violence" in the September 2020 issue, I am in agreeance with the author for highlighting the need for a safer working environment and felt...

Elephant in the room

When there is an elephant in the room, introduce it… Those who watch the news, particularly CNN, have seen the COVID-19 ticker that often appears on the right-hand side of the television screen during programming....

Care during the COVID-19 pandemic: Recognizing nurses

The article "Care during the Pandemic" in the September 2020 issue discusses about this recent COVID-19 pandemic. The author did a great job by showing nurse caring attitudes during COVID-19, and how they had...

Compact licensure is a critical response to the pandemic crisis

A nurse who graduated from an accredited nursing school and then passed the national nurse certification exam cannot immediately or seamlessly practice across all 50 US states and territories. Jurisdictional red tape prevents this...

It’s time to put a nurse in the White House

The U.S. nursing workforce is nearly 4 mm strong, considered the front line trusted face consumers see in in a complicated system when at their worst. It’s fair to say many Americans are sick...

Hourly rounding policy

Dear Editor, Over the past ten years, new policies supporting "hourly rounding" were implemented in the inpatient setting and transitioned into nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. The goal is to improve the patient's perception of...

COVID-19 messaging

Many nurses have now been on the shifting frontlines of the COVID-19 response for five months, following the virus from hotspot to hotspot. I have gained a true respect and appreciation for the tenacity...

Let’s call her Carol

It was my first year as a nurse in a suburban Intensive Care unit. I worked the night shift and had an elderly female patient that was very ill with cancer, I don’t remember...

Some call it the next step: My first year as manager

Yes! That was my answer when I was offered the position. I was motivated, applied for it, interviewed, negotiated, and then received a formal offer. This was the next step I was looking for:...

I was never meant to be a nurse at six feet apart

In my almost 40 years of experience as a registered nurse, I could never have imagined nurses encouraged and required to care for our patients and their families in the way that is being...