mental health

A critical Pathway to Excellence® standard

Initiatives promote nurses’ well-being during the pandemic.  Ensuring nurses’ well-being isn’t just a concept for healthcare systems and organizations that have—or want to gain—the Pathway to Excellence® designation.…

Anticholinergics: Adverse effects

Anticholinergics, widely used in clinical practice for an extensive range of diseases, exert effects on circulation, respiration, alertness, and vision by blocking the action of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter)…
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Anxiety in primary care: A primer for APRNs

Learn about the symptoms and treatment options, and cultivate a referral network.  Takeaways: Anxiety disorders commonly present in primary care settings, and advanced practice RNs (APRNs) will benefit…

Are school nurses OK?

We are certainly in extraordinary times, as exemplified by this “Public Advisory” issued from the Washington Education Association. The message specifically speaks to the well-being of the state’s…

Benzodiazepines

Providers prescribe benzodiazepines (BZDs)—also known as anxiolytics, hypnotics, muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants, and amnestic medications—to manage several symptoms and conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, sedation, muscle spasms, agitation,…
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Beyond the Pandemic: Be your own nurse

Relieve stress with a self-care plan. Editor’s note: To read other articles in the Beyond the Pandemic series, click here. Takeaways: Lack of resources and the necessary isolation…

Deafblindness and health advocacy

Patients with moderate-to-severe visual and hearing impairments (deafblindness) need their nurses to understand their needs and provide safe care. Nurses have fundamental knowledge about caring for patients with…

Deliberate leadership during COVID-19

Three strategies nurse leaders can use Fear, resilience, unprecedented, unknown. These are just a few words now circling our vocabulary with the onset of COVID-19. In a short…
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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…
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Emotional wellness

Learn how to manage stress for a healthy life. Takeaways: A little stress is good for the body and mind to grow and build resilience, but without good…

Ending stigma

From your ANA President: Mental health support is vital for nurses to thrive. If a flood or fire were to hit a community, RNs would spring into action,…

Lean on me

Taking care of nurses’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing nurses to their limits. The American Nurses Association (ANA) spoke with Tari Dilks,…
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Managing mental health emergencies in the ED

Safety and continuity are key to successful care. By Jessica L. Dzubak, RN Takeaways: The most important consideration when caring for this special population is ensuring, first and…

Mass shootings, mental health, and nursing

The day after the horrific mass shooting incident at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I began my undergraduate nursing lecture with a piece on mass shootings. I…

Moral distress and end-of-life care

The power of dignity-conserving care to promote nurse and patient well-being Takeaways: When providing end-of-life care, nurses face ethical dilemmas related to the dying process and the relief…

My brain is on overload… How about yours?

The antidote to the overworked brain. Lately, I find myself regularly and voluntarily distracted and not because I’m multitask­ing. I’m being “multi-informed” through a bombardment of information coming…
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Nurse fatigue: The silent epidemic

Are you getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period? According to ANA Enterprise’s new Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation® survey results, 40% of…

Nurses rising

Recognizing, elevating, and caring for RNs during a pandemic As we celebrated the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman and person of…
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Nurses struggling on the frontline of COVID-19

Innovation is important in maintaining an open-minded perspective on the frontline of healthcare, particularly in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a practicing ICU nurse, I know…
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Pathway to Excellence®: A framework to combat PTSD

This resource helps organizations create a positive practice environment. Takeaways: Workplace stress has an alarming impact on nurse well-being. Pathway to Excellence framework can serve as a framework…

Perinatal bereavement

Whether a baby dies from miscarriage, stillbirth, or after birth, families experience grief. How medical professionals respond during this vulnerable time will affect families for the rest of…
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Prayer: Proselytizing or providing comfort?

The omnipotent yet invisible coronavirus causing COVID-19 is bringing the world to its knees (to use an interesting metaphor). It is forcing many to face fears, frailty, disconnection,…

Project ECHO and the geriatric healthcare workforce

Project ECHO is a collaborative learning model that connects rural clinicians with an interprofessional team of specialists via videoconferencing. The American Nurses Association reports that many factors influence…

Strabismus and mental health

In a recent JAMA Ophthalmology article, Lee and colleagues’ retrospective chart review found that children with strabismus (a disorder in which the eyes do not line up in…

Study: Specific benevolence brings happiness

Pursuing concrete, specific goals of benevolence, such as making someone smile or increasing recycling, instead of following similar but more abstract goals, such as making someone happy, is…

The posttraumatic nurse

Focus on growth rather than disorder. The last several years have been tough as a result of the pandemic, social unrest, retention issues, burnout, and overwhelming exhaustion. Patients…

Top mental health apps for nurses

Whether you personally struggle with mental health concerns, or your patients are, your phone can be a valuable tool in the efforts to work through anxiety and stress.…

Uplifting nurses

Associations respond to member needs in a pandemic. In 2020, what kept me up at night was nurses’ well-being and how they’ve been dealing with the impact of…

Whole-person care

Meeting the mental health needs of all is critical. (more…)

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