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Mentoring in the age of new nursing

My first job in nursing was on a medical oncology floor where there was a lot of bullying. I was a new nurse so I didn’t know that bullying among nurses is common. I...

High physician suicide rates: Nursing interventions

How can physicians give patients the care and compassion they don’t receive themselves?  Every year 300-400 physicians commit suicide. In her poignant TEDMED talk Dr. Pamela Wible discusses her book, “Physician Suicide Letters Answered”...

Three of the biggest challenges nurses face today and one critical solution

Synopsis: Some of the biggest challenges we face as nurses today include: Rapidly expanding knowledge and changing practices Growing deficits in nursing staff and educators Increasing workplace violence and hazards. While all these challenges are...

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...

Nurse suicide: Prevention and grief management

Addressing suicide when it occurs and assessing for risk are key to prevention. Takeaways Nurses are at higher risk of suicide than the general population. Grief after the death of a colleague by suicide can...

Workplace violence prevention legislation passes in U.S. Houseadvisors

The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309) in November 2019. This legislation will require...
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Mentorship and collegiality

With all the recent conversations about ethics, mentorship has gained more prominence as the way professionals ought to interact with one another—and that includes all levels of the profession, from those with an associate...

2020: The Year of the Nurse lifts off

When the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 2020 would be designated The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, enthusiasm rippled throughout the global nursing community. Coinciding with the 200th birth anniversary of...

A practical approach to disclosing conscientious objection

How to ensure quality patient care while following your moral compass. Takeaways: A foundational value of nursing is to respect the worth and dignity of all patients. Nurses also are expected to extend the same...

American Nurse welcomes top nursing influencer, Keith Carlson

The power of the nurse citizen As most of us are well aware, nurses have been named year after year in the annual Gallup poll as the most trustworthy and honest professionals in the United...

Video surveillance and nursing workforce safety

This strategy can benefit both nurses and patients. Takeaways: Patient-engaged video surveillance is a reliable method to accurately determine the incidence of patient aggression and violence on the nursing workforce for those under surveillance. Trained...
4 steps to repairing a toxic culture

4 steps to repairing a toxic culture

Psychological safety, shared vision, staff ownership, and success celebration Takeaways: Signs of a toxic culture include: gossip and negativity, high absenteeism and turnover, bullying and incivility, leadership distrust, lack of transparency, unreported errors, lack of teamwork. ...

Grief management after a nurse’s death

Creating a workplace bereavement plan. Takeaways: When a nurse dies the team grieves. Developing a bereavement team and protocol will support the organization through the grieving process after a colleague dies. Providing adequate support during...