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COVID-19’s effects on education

The enormity of this unprecedented, global pandemic cannot be overstated—the COVID-19 virus has sent shockwaves across the globe. No sector of the U.S. economy, no socioeconomic strata, and no human life has been spared...

Advocacy: A lifetime commitment

Leading nurses through crisis, disaster, and everyday practice. Texas Nurses Association (TNA) CEO Cindy Zolnierek, PhD, RN, CAE, started her nursing career at a small rural hospital in northern Michigan, served as a full-time professor,...

Occupational infection prevention: Updated recommendations

Be sure practice in your organization aligns with current recommendations. Takeaways: On October 25, 2019 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated various parts of the 1998 guidelines for infection control for occupational health. ...

More meaningful meetings

Preparation and follow-up can keep meetings productive and on track. Takeaways: Careful preparation can contribute to effective meetings. Consider group processes and use leadership approaches when conducting meetings. As nurses move into formal and informal leadership...

My world is turned upside down: Nursing students transitioning from traditional face-to-face learning to...

The beginning of the 2020 spring semester may have started like any other semester. Nursing students were acclimating to new courses and new faculty. But upon return from spring break, the world at large...

Recognizing and Managing Complications of Acute Myocardial Infarction

Good outcomes require early identification and prompt treatment. Takeaways: Early reperfusion and medical therapy have drastically reduced acute myocardial infarction complications. Despite advanced therapies, complications continue to arise. Nurses play an integral role in prompt...

From your ANA President: Healthcare and COVID-19

ANA advocates to protect nurses and the public. Sometimes external forces require us to change course. I initially wrote an entirely different column leading into Nurses Month. I wanted to pay homage to Florence Nightingale...

CAUTI prevention and urinary catheter maintenance

Take steps to protect patients from infection. Takeaways Indwelling urinary catheters can be the source of both infectious and noninfectious complications. Nurse play a critically important role in preventing CAUTI. Proper maintenance including hygiene, securement...

An overview of neuraxial anesthesia

Understand the basics so you can effectively manage your patients. Takeaways: Neuraxial anesthesia is the administration of medication into the subarachnoid or epidural space to produce anesthesia and analgesia. An understanding of spine anatomy allows...

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome explained

Learn how to identify this frequently misdiagnosed condition. Takeaways: Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a growing but poorly understood healthcare concern within the rising number of chronic, habitual cannabis users in the United States. Cannabinoid hyperemesis...

Mentors: Learning from experts and expert teams

Travel your career path with a guide. This month, American Nurse Journal announces the 2020 All-Pro Nursing Team winners. It’s exciting to hear about the attributes, projects, and skills that make a nursing team stand...

Nurses and advanced nurse practitioners on the front lines of COVID-19: How do we...

Today, we cannot escape the turmoil of living every moment of every day immersed within the chaos of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), and...

Influence in healthcare

Control is ubiquitous in life and is becoming more of an issue in healthcare. Traditionally, the mental health system was based on behavior control but the physical healthcare system was less so. Today the...