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The perils of perfectionism in nursing

Don’t let perfectionism derail your leadership career. Takeaways: Perfectionism is a weakness masquerading as a strength. A perfectionist approach can cause even the best and brightest people to feel unmotivated, devalued, dependent, disempowered, frustrated, and...

Shared decision making and patient-centered care

Engage patients in healthcare decisions to ensure patient autonomy. Takeaways: Patients should be actively involved in making decisions about their care. Shared decision making is a process by which nurses help patients make informed healthcare...

American Nurse welcomes “America’s Favorite Nurse,” Nurse Alice

What does year of the nurses mean for nurses? The World Health Organization (WHO) designation of 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife is a major accolade and win for nurses...
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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)...

Supporting patients with end-of-life conversations

To: Ethics inbox From: Widowed nurse Subject: Medical aid in dying I’m an operating room RN who has worked in a hospital environment for over 25 years. Five years ago, my husband died from pancreatic cancer....

Understanding a Father’s Perspective of Perinatal Death

A new study from northeastern Colombia focuses on a matter that is often overlooked: What do fathers go through after experiencing a perinatal death? Because the mothers are given such a heavy focus after...

Take the chance

Jeannine Rivet’s legacy developed one leap of faith at a time. JEANNINE RIVET, MPH, BSN, RN, FAAN, retired executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, has built her career on taking risks, trusting her instincts, and...
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Schwartz Rounds: Self-care at its finest

Compassionate care supports patients and caregivers. Takeaways: Compassionate care promotes hope in patients and supports caregivers. Schwartz Rounds® provide a structured forum for members of the interprofessional healthcare team (clinical and nonclinical) to share their...

Jewish nurse who treated Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect ‘didn’t see evil’

Ari Mahler, a Jewish nurse who treated suspected Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers when he was brought to Allegheny General Hospital with multiple wounds, is sharing his side of the story. In a Facebook post...
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Compassion: A nurse’s primary virtue

Strengthening compassion may help you avoid burnout. Nurses, we’re told, are fundamentally compassionate people. In fact, nurse burnout could be defined as the loss of compassion. So, it behooves us as nurses to explore what...
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From the Ethics Box: Right to Try

Q: My patient is terminally ill. There may be a treatment, but it isn’t FDA approved. Do patients have a right to try investigational treatments, and what are the ethical implications of administering potentially harmful...
Leading with kindness in nursing

Leading with kindness

As this nurse leader explains, communicating with compassion is always the best option. Interview by Apryl Motley “Be kind whenever possible, and it is always possible.” For Rose Constantino, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN, FACFE, the 2016 recipient...
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Mindful Listening

Tip 4 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today This exercise is designed to open your ears to sound in a non-judgmental way, and indeed to train your mind to be less swayed by...