Workplace Management

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....

Wound dehiscence

Detect and report warning signs to save lives. Takeaways: Dehiscence of abdominal surgical wounds is a medical emergency and requires immediate action to reduce further complications. Knowing who is at risk and the early signs...

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...

What’s in a name? Everything!

Outdated jargon undermines nurse practitioner role. Nurse practitioners (NPs) expand care delivery to address exploding patient demand, mitigate physician shortages, and enhance the effectiveness of interprofessional teams. However, the words used to describe these healthcare...

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...

Moral space

Understanding the problems of living and dying. A number of years ago, I was caring for a woman who had acute leukemia. She was being given one of the new, experimental che­mo­therapeutic agents. She was...

Key components for optimal staffing

New principles help make this complex goal attainable. Nurse staffing is essential to the delivery of safe, quality healthcare in every practice setting. Nurses have a unique knowledge and understanding of how to respond to...

Strangulation: A silent but deadly form of intimate partner violence

Awareness and assessment are keys to getting victims the help they need. Takeaways: The effects of strangulation can be delayed. Nonfatal strangulation victims are at increased risk for homicide after the first incident. Accurate assessment...

Social Media as a Format for Nursing Activism

Nurses tell your stories! We have a unique perspective, an uncanny ability to simultaneously view the world through both a magnifying glass and a wide-angle lens. This belief is what prompted me to start...

Summary of updates to guidelines for managing severe TBI in children

The American Journal of Critical Care has published an article that highlights the most important updates featured in the third edition of the guidelines for the management of pediatric severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Read...

Cybersecurity awareness

How to protect yourself, your coworkers, and your patients. Takeaways: Healthcare data breaches reached record levels in April 2019, with 44 attacks affecting nearly 687,000 people. Security breaches can lead to serious consequences, including complete...