Life at Work

Finding Your First Travel Nursing Assignment

So you’ve done the research and decided that you want to give travel nursing a try. Great! The next step is to find your first assignment. This can seem like a daunting task, but...

What works: Equitable nurse-patient assignments using a workload tool

One unit’s experience developing and implementing a process change. Nurses on a 36-bed medical/surgical telemetry unit in a metropolitan hospital expressed frustration with their nursing workload. Many of them felt that the time needed to...

ANA In Brief: February 2020 Frontline

Nurses declared most honest, ethical for 18 years straight The American Nurses Association (ANA) con-gratulates nurses for maintaining the #1 spot in Gallup’s annual Most Honest and Ethical Professions Poll for the 18th consecutive year....

Three of the biggest challenges nurses face today and one critical solution

Synopsis: Some of the biggest challenges we face as nurses today include: Rapidly expanding knowledge and changing practices Growing deficits in nursing staff and educators Increasing workplace violence and hazards. While all these challenges are...

Developing a mentor program to improve support and retention

A medical intensive care unit implements mentorship to ease the transition from novice to practicing nurse. Takeaways: After orientation is complete, newly hired nurses seek additional support from their peers. Mentorship programs can effectively support...

ANA enterprise and foundation news: February 2020

We can't do it alone When the ANA Enterprise launched Healthy Nurse, Healthy NationTM (HNHN) with the goal of transforming the health of the nation by improving the health of the nation’s registered nurses, it...

Ethics of bedside arraignments

To: Ethics inbox  From: Concerned RN Subject: Bedside arraignments I am a medical-surgical nurse and admitted a patient to my unit who was arrested and injured during the commission of an alleged crime. The hospital allowed a...

Innovating better patient care

While the idea of innovation can conjure images of high-tech gadgets and artificial intelligence, more often innovation is a result of changes in approach or philosophy that allow nurses to make an even greater...

7 tips for eliminating the ‘no time’ writing excuse

An oft-cited excuse for not writing is, “I don’t have the time.” (I confess to using it myself on more than one occasion.) The reality is that, as a friend once told me, “How...

Interview with Clove shoes – footwear designed for nurses

The American Nurse team is delighted to have had an opportunity to speak with Joe Ammon, the founder and CEO of Clove, a footwear company specializing in shoes for nurses like Tamara, his wife,...

Engaging and advocating

Election year offers opportunities to influence. Nurses make a difference. Those four words succinctly and accurately capture what our profession is all about and what each and every one of us is capable of achieving....

Leading the way to professional well-being

Report provides a road map for change. Takeaways: A recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine estimates that between 35% and 54% of U.S. nurses and providers, across all clinical disciplines...

Caring counts

Preventing suicide among nurses. Deaths by suicide affect people of every profession but are especially relevant for nurses, who frequently take care of others at the risk of their own physical and mental health. In...