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Reader reaction: Leaders’ role in stopping workplace violence

Dear Editor, After reading the article "Leaders' Role in Stopping Workplace Violence" in the September 2020 issue, I am in agreeance with the author for highlighting the need for a safer working environment and felt...

How to recruit and retain volunteers for your professional organization

Communication, respect, and appreciation are key. Takeaways: The benefits of joining a professional nursing organization include having a voice about issues that impact healthcare, networking, and professional development. Successful organizations must have a network of...

Nursing fiction?

Imagine the year is 2030... Casey, a Complex Labor and Delivery nurse, notices that her patient, a young mother, rarely makes eye contact while holding her new infant son. Instead, she spends hours on Facebook...

An upstanding approach to address bullying in nursing

Learn how to become more comfortable with speaking up. Takeaways: The harmful impact of incivility, bullying, and other forms of workplace aggressions on nurse and patient outcomes should serve as a resounding call to action...

Leaders’ role in stopping workplace violence

Develop a sustainable plan that includes support and follow-up. Takeaways: The key to a successful workplace violence prevention program begins at the top with strong policies endorsed by executive leadership. The creation of a multidisciplinary...

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...

America’s dark secret

Words about equality, friendship, and peace must be accompanied by action. In a country with a history of great oratory, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stands out. His spellbinding 1963 I Have a Dream speech...

How to address racial injustice in the workplace and community

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Concerned RN Subject: I want to make a difference I am a white frontline nurse in a medium-sized, full-service hospital. I am profoundly moved by the injustices I see occurring to...

The power of small acts of kindness

I was at a gas station when an elderly woman asked me if I could help her because she made an “oopsie”. In an attempt to refill her windshield washer fluid, she had managed...

Healthy conflict management starts at the top

Nurse leaders must model standards of behavior. When Ann O’Sullivan, MSN, RN, CNE, NE-BC, ANEF, provides conflict management training for nurses, she discovers that even the most educated nurses can have trouble with effective communication....

The Radical Nurses Collective storytelling circle on nursing solidarity

What an honor, to join with nursing colleagues from across the country and contribute to the first Nursing Solidarity Story Circle on 6/11/2020! The Radical Nurses Collective joined forces with Dr. Jason Magabo Perez...

COVID and racism: Tipping points for change in 2020

We’re halfway through the year, and 2020 has become one that no one will forget. For months now, we’ve had to bear witness to global suffering and death as a result of COVID-19. Individuals,...