Professional Development

Any nurse can do it: Sustaining change when volunteering overseas

Arriving back in Ethiopia for the third time after having left only four months earlier, I had many questions. Had the Ethiopian nurses managed to retain the knowledge and continue the hygiene project I...

Committee work: A nurse’s secret to survival during “go live”

When it comes to computerized documentation, change is inevitable. Even if your organization has converted to electronic health records (EHRs), you’ll still have frequent updates and occasionally the system can break down. Of course, any...

How to avoid biased thinking

Jessica, a Millennial (Generation Y) nurse working on a medical-surgical unit, recently completed her first year of practice. Ralph, her manager, is pleased with her transition and believes she’s making good progress toward becoming...
nursing education

Back to school: Tips on advancing your nursing education

As professional opportunities for registered nurses (RN) expand, so do expectations about nursing education. Employers today are seeking nurses who can translate the latest scientific evidence into practice, provide culturally sensitive care, and demonstrate...

Using your GIFTS to protect your nursing license

My new client, Karen, sits across from me, looking scared. She cries as she tells me the state nursing board has received a complaint about her and she has been fired. I can tell...

Why quitting is hard

Kate Sheldon is the director of acute care services in a medical center that’s part of a larger system. She recently completed her doctorate and is ready to move into a chief nursing officer...
patient satisfaction

Collective genius as a tool for engagement and improvement

When bedside caregivers are engaged in their work, patient outcomes are improved, the patient experience is enhanced, and staff satisfaction is high. Most nursing managers and leaders I have worked with over the past...

A 5-step plan for expanding your network with Facebook

Even if you are one of the millions of people who use Facebook to connect to others, you may not realize how friending colleagues on Facebook can expand your professional network. There are nurses,...

What works: Physician and nurse rounding improves patient satisfaction

In 2013, a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) included the concept of value-based purchasing, a payment method where providers are held accountable for the quality and cost...

Creating high-performance interprofessional teams

Kate Summer, a nurse case manager on a telemetry unit, is leading an initiative to reduce the 30-day readmission rate of older patients with heart failure. She knows from experience that more effective communication...

Connecting leadership at the bedside to improvement

Now more than ever, the U.S. healthcare industry realizes that public scrutiny, payer analysis, and heightened government oversight are shining a laser-beam focus on patient outcomes that result from clinical quality and patient safety...

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 and post them to social networks, we communicate in 140-character...

Travel nursing, anyone?

If you’ve been working as a nurse for more than a minute, chances are you’ve heard the term travel nurse or worked with one. But while you may be aware of travel nursing, you...