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Mentorship and collegiality

With all the recent conversations about ethics, mentorship has gained more prominence as the way professionals ought to interact with one another—and that includes all levels of the profession, from those with an associate...
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Nurse and antimicrobial stewardship: Efforts are underway to address the looming crisis

Everyone knows the bad news: Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is common. The good news is that healthcare providers, public health organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health...

A look back—and ahead

Making progress on key priorities. TIME FLIES—especially when you’re engaged in efforts you feel passionate about, working with people who are committed to making a difference, and enjoying yourself along the way. For the past...

Virtual reality: A strategy to improve patient-centered care

Technology can help nurses gain empathy and navigate difficult conversations. Takeaways: Extended reality (virtual, mixed, augmented) technology is rapidly expanding and finding a space in healthcare professional education. The positive impact of these technologies are...

Rights and undocumented people

Legal rights, human rights—and claiming a right. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, legal rights, human rights, and claiming a right are all different matters, whether you’re undocumented or not. The easy definition of an undocumented person...
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Improving patient outcomes and organizational financial health

The safe patient handling and mobility connection. AS A NURSE, you play a pivotal leadership role in promoting a culture of safety for your patients and your coworkers. Patient harm events—such as pressure injuries (PIs)...
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Nurses and assisted suicide

Should nurses have a role in this end-of-life choice? A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, a close friend of mine died. She was in her 80s and had a serious but not imminently terminal problem—and she...

Supporting each other

American Nurses Foundation helps us tell our stories. ONE MORNING not too long ago, I turned on the radio and heard two former intensive care unit staff nurses, now nurse educators, talking about their work....

What works: Managing opioid overdose in the community

Takeaways: To help reduce the rise in opioid prescriptions, misuse, and overdose, healthcare professionals must improve their pain management knowledge, decrease opioid prescriptions as appropriate, and provide patients with the education and resources they...

Must nurses care for migrants?

Basic human rights apply to everyone. THERE SEEMS to be much controversy about giving healthcare to “undocumented” immigrants—or even “documented” ones. In fact, some people believe that anyone who doesn’t have health insurance has no...

Whole-person care

Meeting the mental health needs of all is critical. THE WORLD IS HURTING in ways that are visible and, so often, invisible. According to 2017 federal data, an estimated 46.6 million U.S. adults (nearly 19%)...

Transport teams and patient handoff reports

Patient safety requires complete communication. Takeaways: To protect patients, referring organizations, and transport professionals, a patient care report suitable to the scope of practice of the transport professional is required. Little information on patient reports...

Influenza update 2019-2020

Protect yourself and your patients with timely vaccinations. WITH FLU SEASON beginning, your yearly flu shot is more important than ever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over 6 months...