Nurse turnover: Understand it, reduce it

What can employers do to increase nurse retention? Takeaways: Because of the stress involved in nursing, many healthcare organizations have high rates of nurse turnover. The cost of nurse turnover can have a huge impact...

Creating a healthy working environment is every nurse’s responsibility

How clinical faculty and practicing clinicians can collaborate to help students learn professionalism. Takeaways: Professionalism creates the foundation for civil and healthy work environments. According to the American Nurses Association, a healthy work environment is...

What works: Assessing and addressing care management education and competency

Onboarding program designed to reduce turnover, increase morale, and improve care. Takeaways: Challenges faced within care management at Beaumont Health’s eight acute-care campuses included navigating within the complexities of the payer and healthcare systems and...

Dialing down drama at work

Model the behavior you want to see in your staff. Takeaways: The average staff member spends 2.5 hours a day distracted by dramatic coworkers. Workplace drama erodes trust and contributes to a lack of psychological...

Developing leaders: A shared responsibility

Take on challenges, seek support. We have the opportunity to speak to new and novice nurses about professional development several times a year. Inevitably, when we ask them their definition of professional development, we get...

5 steps to interim manager success

Turn a challenge into an opportunity. Takeaways: The interim nurse manager role can be extremely complex and challenging but is crucial for department stability, leadership continuity, patient safety, and quality care. Transitioning from peer to...
COVID-19 cell

American Nurse Journal welcomes Dr. Patricia Davidson, Dean and Professor of Nursing, Johns Hopkins...

The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife during COVID-19 We are in a time none of us could have expected. At the beginning of 2020, I had high hopes for celebrating the Year of...
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Strategies for improving the nurse work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic

I will never forget the first time I called a code blue for a patient under my direct care as a critical care nurse in an adult medical-surgical ICU over a decade ago. I remember...
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Promoting patient safety in interprofessional teams

Across the United States and around the world, interprofessional healthcare teams with nurses at their center have stepped up and banded together to tackle one of the biggest crises modern society has ever faced—the...
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Too much work and not enough time: Suggestions for the harried professional

Nurses are typically busy people, and the COVID-19 pandemic has added to our burdens. In many cases, we are home schooling children, and our significant others may be laid off from work, which creates...
COVID-19 mental health

Easing the psychological impact of COVID-19 for nurses

Nurses are at the forefront of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, providing life-saving care for affected patients. Psychological distress can be significant for nurses and other healthcare workers who provide direct care for...
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Our safety is your safety

When I texted my daughter’s best friend (who is like a daughter to me), I discovered that she was given only two masks for an entire week as an emergency department nurse. “Don’t worry,”...

Incivility and bullying of new graduates

Together we can bring about change. Bullying and incivility are all too common in nursing and continue to drive new graduates from the profession. Although great strides have been made in providing support to new...