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Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation™ Year One Highlights

On May 1, 2017, ANA Enterprise launched a bold initiative—Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Grand Challenge—to transform the health of our nation by first improving the health of its 4 million RNs. In just...
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National Council Issues Report on Psychiatric Shortage

Medical Directors' Report Recommends Training More Psychiatrists and Expanding Tele-psychiatry. The New National Council Medical Director Institute Makes Sweeping Recommendations to Combat a Shortage of Psychiatrists as Patient Loads Increase. Washington, DC, March 28, 2017 -...

Special report – War on Pain: Resources for additional information

The organizations, websites, guidelines, and publications below are excellent resources for readers seeking more information on pain, pain management, and closely related topics. Organizations and websites Veterans Health Administration www.va.gov/PAINMANAGEMENT/index.asp This website aims to promote effective pain management...

Special report – War on Pain: Multimodal and multidisciplinary therapy for pain management

By Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA; Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH; and Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN An important initial step in pain management is setting goals, which differ...

Special report – War on Pain: Pain management across the military continuum

By Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA; Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; and Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH In the military healthcare system, the need for aggressive management of acute pain associated with combat injuries and...

Special report – War on Pain: Understanding pain and pain mechanisms

By Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA; Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; and Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN Pain is a significant challenge both for those who experience it and those who treat it. A...
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Improving pain care for combat injured soldiers and veterans

By Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN Advances in battlefield trauma management have significantly improved survival among military personnel injured in the current Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, compared to soldiers wounded in previous wars. Yet soldiers...

Innovations in patient-monitoring systems

With Bluetooth devices, system interfaces, and other high-tech advances, clinicians can make more accurate and timely treatment decisions.

Pulse oximetry: An essential tool for the busy med-surg nurse

Pulse oximetry helps med-surg nurses meet the challenge of caring for the greater numbers of acutely ill patients they're seeing.

Why continuous pulse oximetry monitoring is a must in critical care

Continuous pulse oximetry monitoring immediately alerts clinicians to hypoxemia in unstable critically ill patients, so they can intervene before tissue hyposia sets in.

Improving how we use and respond to clinical alarms

Nuisance alarms, false alarms, and hard-to-identify alarms can imperil patient safety. The author describes ways to manage clinical alarms more efficiently.

How integrated information systems will change health care

Integrated and interoperable information systems mean patient data entered by one healthcare provider can be shared by provciders across the entire care continuum.

Get on board the technology express

“Technology: No place for wimps!” —Scott Adams, “Dilbert” cartoonist Technology surrounds us, supports us, and sometimes smothers us. It is indeed no place for wimps. Fortunately, nurses aren’t wimps. We’re accustomed to taking charge, doing whatever...