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Flu vaccination and COVID-19

Educate your patients about the importance of protection.   Currently, development of a COVID-19 vaccine is a work in progress with no fixed date for availability. This means it’s especially important that all Americans be vaccinated...

Using audit and feedback to improve compliance with evidence-based practices

Take a strategic approach to prevent lost opportunities for improvement. Takeaways: Audit and feedback strategies are routinely implemented in clinical practice as a way to monitor compliance with various practices; however, they’re not always...

Proper use of N95 respirators

Follow doffing, re-donning, extended use, and reuse best practices to reduce risks. Hospitals and clinics have experienced severe personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages since the COVID-19 pandemic began, requiring them to be strategic in optimizing...

Strategies for time-sensitive medications

An evidence-based project improved medication administration timeliness.  Takeaways: Timely administration of time-sensitive medications (within 30 minutes before or after the scheduled dose) can help prevent complications and prolonged hospitalizations. Some nurses feel that the 30-minute...

America’s dark secret

Words about equality, friendship, and peace must be accompanied by action. In a country with a history of great oratory, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stands out. His spellbinding 1963 I Have a Dream speech...

What’s new in SPHM

ANA’s revised safe patient handling and mobility standards are coming soon. Much has happened since 2013 when the American Nurses Association (ANA) led a workgroup that developed the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National...

Ethics in a pandemic

Decision-making during a healthcare crisis. In a severe pandemic of an infectious disease, healthcare organizations will face a surge in demand for care to large numbers of very sick people in the context of a...
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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...
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Seven values that ensure a good life

According to Spanish philosopher Sergio Munoz “… In every religion, in every country, in every region at every time, there are some basic principles. We all know what good is, what correct is, what...

2019 ANA Innovation Award winners update

Nurse-led innovation continues to unfold. The American Nurses Association (ANA) Innovation Awards, powered by support from BD, highlight, recognize, and celebrate exemplary nurse-led innovation that improves patient safety and outcomes. Here’s an update from the...

What works: Equitable nurse-patient assignments using a workload tool

One unit’s experience developing and implementing a process change. Takeaways: Implementation of a workload tool can promote equitable workloads and improve perceived nurse satisfaction. Continuous collaboration within the multi-levels of leadership and bedside nurses is...

Moral space

Understanding the problems of living and dying. A number of years ago, I was caring for a woman who had acute leukemia. She was being given one of the new, experimental che­mo­therapeutic agents. She was...

Key components for optimal staffing

New principles help make this complex goal attainable. Nurse staffing is essential to the delivery of safe, quality healthcare in every practice setting. Nurses have a unique knowledge and understanding of how to respond to...