Delegating without doubts

With this decision tree as your guide, you’ll delegate tasks to assistive personnel with confidence.

Developing shared governance leaders

To obtain Magnet® recognition, hospitals must have structures and processes in place that ensure nurses participate in shared decision making. A shared governance (SG) structure meets this criterion.…

Documentation: You’ve got a lot to lose

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, fraud is “the intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person with the knowledge that the deception could result…

From dream to reality

Appreciative inquiry can give your organization a fresh approach to change. In this affirmative process, everyone’s opinions, thoughts, and ideas count.
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From our readers: Nurses leading from the middle

Nurse leaders are needed at all levels of the organization, especially in “the middle,” which is commonly used to describe mid-level management positions. Middle managers are essential to…
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Issues up close Managing yourself

Learn to manage yourself before you try to lead anyone else. This was an important insight that 120 nurse managers in South Florida shared during interviews with our…

Memory pegging

Forgetting is frustrating. To make memorizing fun, “peg” each item on your to-do list.
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Navigating organizational politics

Editor’s note: At American Nurse Today, we believe every nurse can be a leader. This article is the first in a series by Rose Sherman, founder of the…

New report addresses engagement with consumers

“Engaging Health Care Users: A Framework for Healthy Individuals and Communities,” a report from the American Hospital Association, recommends hospitals become more “activist” in their endeavors to engage…
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Off to school: A guide for nurses

Preparation, organization, and involvement are your keys to success. Going back to school is an exciting—and sometimes scary—endeavor. First, pat yourself on the back: You had the courage…
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The perfect pitch

How many times have you been frustrated by some inefficient aspect of your job? Or wondered why no one has created a shortcut through the mound of paperwork…
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Tme magnetic matrix: Building blocks of Magnet™ hospitals

Even during a nursing shortage, building magnetism into a healthcare environment promotes better patient outcomes, lower mortality rates, and higher patient satisfaction. Although Magnet™ hospitals don’t escape the…

Too young to be a nurse leader?

Marla Johnson began her career on an oncology unit after graduating from a BSN program 4 years ago. She achieved certification and regularly takes charge on the night…

What you need to know about electronic documentation

Electronic health records (EHRs) are here to stay. Beginning January 1, 2014, all public and private healthcare providers were required to adopt and demonstrate “meaningful use” of EHRs…

Why timing is crucial in leadership

For the last 2 years, Karen, the manager of a critical care unit, has been laying the groundwork for her unit to apply for the Beacon Award for…

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