Life at Work

Managing new nurse fear and anxiety

Simple strategies can help with transition to practice. Takeaways: Many nurses who graduated in 2020 and 2021 (in the midst of the pandemic) found themselves...

Seven steps for having difficult conversations

This simple guide can facilitate interactions. Takeaways: Be open minded when having a difficult conversation. Practice self-reflection to prepare for difficult conversations. Seek to understand...

Nurses rising

Recognizing, elevating, and caring for RNs during a pandemic As we celebrated the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman...

Operationalizing new knowledge, innovations, and improvement

This organization’s infrastructure supports clinical inquiry.  Takeaways: Nursing has the responsibility to provide evidence-based practice that meets patient, family, and community expectations. New knowledge, innovations,...

Violence should not be part of the job

Universal violence precautions in acute care Takeaways: Workplace violence can surprise and overwhelm nurses, leaving them unable to safely provide patient care. A multi-component intervention...

Standardizing handoff communication

An electronic tool helps ensure care continuity and reduces miscommunication. Takeaways: Using a standardized electronic handoff tool improves nurse-to-nurse communication. It ensures care continuity and...

Our journey along the Pathway to Excellence®

A rural community hospital shares its story of designation and re-designation.  Takeaways: Pathway to Excellence® is an evolving process that roadmaps opportunities to enhance nursing...

Navigating the loss and grief of a nurse suicide

With employer support, nurses can help each other after a colleague’s death. Takeaways: The bonds created among nurses make the loss of a colleague difficult...

Septic relationships

In the emergency department, we’re well trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of serious infections—infections that start from an infinitesimally small and undetectable...

A critical Pathway to Excellence® standard

Initiatives promote nurses’ well-being during the pandemic.  Ensuring nurses’ well-being isn’t just a concept for healthcare systems and organizations that have—or want to gain—the Pathway...