Life at Work

To err is human: A personal perspective on preventing falls

To err is human. These words keep dancing around in my mind as I sit here as a family member rather than a nurse. I am in a haze of uncertainty and grief as...

Rheumatology nursing

A career path that can leave a lasting impression. Takeaways: Nurses have a variety of career options in range of care settings, including rheumatology nursing in ambulatory care. Rheumatology nursing is a rewarding career that...

Reader reaction: Leaders’ role in stopping workplace violence

Dear Editor, After reading the article "Leaders' Role in Stopping Workplace Violence" in the September 2020 issue, I am in agreeance with the author for highlighting the need for a safer working environment and felt...

Appreciative inquiry: Building teamwork and leadership

An effective tool for improving patient care. Takeaways: Appreciative inquiry focuses on acknowledging strengths and values of individuals and organizations while understanding, accepting, and searching for positive meanings. It’s effective at building teamwork that’s geared...

Elephant in the room

When there is an elephant in the room, introduce it… Those who watch the news, particularly CNN, have seen the COVID-19 ticker that often appears on the right-hand side of the television screen during programming....

Care during the COVID-19 pandemic: Recognizing nurses

The article "Care during the Pandemic" in the September 2020 issue discusses about this recent COVID-19 pandemic. The author did a great job by showing nurse caring attitudes during COVID-19, and how they had...

Compact licensure is a critical response to the pandemic crisis

A nurse who graduated from an accredited nursing school and then passed the national nurse certification exam cannot immediately or seamlessly practice across all 50 US states and territories. Jurisdictional red tape prevents this...

American Nurse Journal welcomes Penn Nursing Director of Innovation, Marion Leary

Nurse Hackathons: Creating Solutions To Problems We See Everyday When you see a problem in the health or healthcare setting who do you think will solves those? When COVID-19 hit in March 2020 we watched as...

A late night message, “Robin, I have one child left. What should we do...

I received this text message in the early morning hours during one of my many sleepless nights grappling with how to safely reopen school. Nelba, the mom who asked this question, is from Sandy...

ANA survey finds PPE shortages persist, reuse practices rise

The American Nurses Association (ANA) released new findings from a nationwide COVID-19 survey that indicate personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages persist and reuse practices for single-use PPE are on the rise, despite a lack...

Changing with the times

Specialty nurses adapt and deliver care during the pandemic. As the world has shifted during the pandemic, so have specialty nursing practices—from rethinking how care is delivered to personal protective equipment (PPE) use. Additionally, nurses...

“It Hurt My Heart”

It Hurt My Heart—The Heartbreaks of an ER Nurse is a compilation of my 40 years experience as an ER nurse and the lasting impact it had on me, even after retirement. The profession...

Hourly rounding policy

Dear Editor, Over the past ten years, new policies supporting "hourly rounding" were implemented in the inpatient setting and transitioned into nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. The goal is to improve the patient's perception of...