Life at Work

Relax…

“Relax” is sometimes easier to say than to do. As an ED nurse I have managed to elicit anger and frustration from patients and coworkers with this single word—it was as though I were...

First pandemic and second thoughts

“Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.” — Victor Frankl Excited about landing my first job as a nurse (AT), I texted a friend of mine about it. Immediately, I was praised for...

More nurses are at the table

Pilot initiative shows significant growth in board service. During difficult times, the roles nurses play on the frontline of healthcare are at the forefront of the public’s awareness. Their clinical expertise is essential in daily...

What’s new in SPHM

ANA’s revised safe patient handling and mobility standards are coming soon. Much has happened since 2013 when the American Nurses Association (ANA) led a workgroup that developed the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National...

Promoting civility in the workplace

To: Ethics Inbox    From: An ANA member Subject: Bullying and incivility Bullying and incivility are rampant on my nursing unit. My manager doesn’t address the situation, which contributes to an unhealthy work environment. Things escalated recently...

Into the community

Beyond being trusted by the public for their roles in hospitals, ambulatory clinics, schools, and other settings, nurses have a long track record of using their expertise and passion to strengthen the health and...

Ethics and global health outreach programs

Plan ahead to ensure a successful and respectful experience. Takeaways: Embarking on a global health trip includes both logistical and ethical considerations. Preparation before a global health trip will help ensure you work within your...

7 tips nurses should know about safe patient handling

Following this advice can help protect you and your patients. Takeaways: “Safe patient handling and mobility” is the catch phrase all nurses need to know, not only to foster health in the lives of their...

Dispelling common myths about ANCC’s Pathway to Excellence®

Is this program the right fit for your organization? Takeaways: Pathway to Excellence frequently asked questions are answered. Common myths are dispelled. The framework to benefit all healthcare organizations (regardless of size, type, or setting)...

Top mental health apps for nurses

Whether you personally struggle with mental health concerns, or your patients are, your phone can be a valuable tool in the efforts to work through anxiety and stress. To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month...

Revising a clinical ladder program to increase nurse participation

A community hospital recognizes a need and builds a program to meet it. Takeaways: To recruit and retain a strong, competent nursing workforce, healthcare organizations must provide programs that support new nurses, beginning with onboarding...

How to choose your first nursing job wisely

Interview tool helps nurses find the right fit. Takeaways: Asking the right questions can help ensure you choose a positive practice environment A positive work environment is critical to a smooth transition into professional practice. As...

Advocating for protections

Self-care also critical during COVID-19 pandemic. We’re living and working in tumultuous times since coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) took hold in communities across the nation. As I write this well in advance of publication, nurses...