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The Essence of Nursing, Part 2

The essence of nursing, in our readers’ words

Promoting health and easing suffering—these goals lie at the heart of the essence of nursing. Given the many demands of nursing—call lights, phone calls,...

Choosing a support surface to prevent pressure ulcers

Nurses in various settings and practices must navigate the complex process of preventing and treating pressure ulcers. Support surfaces play a pivotal role in...

Implementing a mobility program for ICU patients

More than 5 million patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) every year, with survival rates approaching 80%. But when they leave the...

A culture of caring is a culture of curing

N ursing has a powerful positive impact on patients’ lives. Because of its intimate nature, as exemplified by the essence of nursing, nurses can...

The value of purposeful rounding

Purposeful rounding is a proactive, systematic, nurse-driven, evidence-based intervention that helps us anticipate and address patient needs. When applied to nursing, rounding often is...

Boosting the success of a hand-hygiene campaign

For nearly two centuries, we’ve had evidence that hand hygiene reduces healthcare-associated infections. Yet many healthcare organizations still struggle to improve compliance with hand-hygiene...

Promoting early student engagement and proactive prevention of missed nursing care

The difficult transition from student nurse to new nurse can lead to nursing errors, including missed care and untoward patient consequences. Defined as an...

Tailoring falls-prevention interventions to each patient

Falls result from an unsafe environment or known risk factors that haven’t been addressed. Although most patient falls are preventable, falls are the top-reported...

Responding to the demand for more “Essence of Nursing”

It’s a pleasure to bring you part 2 of “The Essence of Nursing: Advancing the Art and Science of Patient Care, Quality, and Safety.”...

Six steps to optimal nutrition care

Did you know: patients diagnosed with malnutrition stay in the hospital three times long­er than other patients? surgical patients with malnutrition are four times...