Change maker

Dori Healey is passionate about patient safety, public service, and volunteering. President-elect for American Nurses Association (ANA)-Idaho, Dori Healey, MSN-RN, MBA-HA, CPPS, takes every opportunity to advance the…

Create better communications

Communicating assertively is a learned skill. Use the “look, think, and act” model to evaluate and improve your communication skills.

Develop millennial leaders with generation collaboration

Takeaways: Generation collaboration is essential for the future growth of the nursing profession. Millennials are interested in pursuing leadership roles and believe that nurses should pursue executive healthcare…
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Do you need a business card?

If you’ve been wondering whether you should have a business card, or if you’ve decided to get a business card but you’re not sure what to do next,…

Do you need a business card?

The author’s answers to five questions will tell you why you need a card and how to use it effectively.
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Dress codes matter!

October’s article “What works: Implementing an evidence-based nursing dress code to enhance professional image” ( got me thinking about dress codes and how important this topic is to…

E-mail etiquette

17 tips on how to – and how not to – use e-mail for professional communication.

How to get your article published

Many of us have a secret desire to see our ideas in print—to be viewed as a thought leader or a recognized subject matter expert. So what stops…
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How to leave a job gracefully

I was diligent. I completed my tasks on time. And I took on extra assignments and shifts. My boss was so impressed that he gave me a generous…
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Knowing when and how to leave your job

When you know it’s time to leave, keep it professional. Takeaways: Signs of workplace discontent include stress, negativity, cultural disconnect, work life imbalance, and lack of challenge. Leaving…
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Networking for nurses

Sherry stands nervously in the doorway, watching several dozen people chat each other up. The sound of her heartbeat threatens to drown out the conversational din. For the…

Nurses’ essential role in supporting professionalism

Key takeaways – Most nurses behave professionally and ethically. – A tiered approach to intervention when unprofessional behavior occurs offers the opportunity for self-directed, nonpunitive change that prevents…
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Presenting yourself professionally

What do your first 12 words, your first 12 steps, and your top and bottom 12″ say about you? Find out how the “rule of 12” can help…

Professionals, pyramids, and Peter Pan

If only it were this simple: Nurses get 8 hours of sleep every night, perfect work schedules are in place with all shifts filled by competent staff, and there’s…

Promoting professionalism through awareness

This is the third in a series of articles on promoting professionalism. Consider this scenario: Over the past 28 months, clinical colleagues have reported the following about your…

RNs offer creative solutions to healthcare challenges

Creativity reigned at the second annual NursePitch™, a collaboration between the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc. (HIMSS) and sponsored by…
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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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The power of one voice

Dizziness, profuse sweating, a gnawing sensation in the pit of your stomach. Are these symptoms of the latest virus? No—they’re classic indications of glossophobia, or fear of public…
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Voice mail etiquette

For any professional, voice mail (VM) is no longer optional; it’s necessary. How you use VM can work for or against you. The tips below can help you…

Voice mail etiquette

Don’t get tripped up by voice-mail missteps. Find out how to use voice mail to enhance your professional image.

What you can learn from failure

Editor’s note: At American Nurse Today, we believe every nurse can be a leader. Rose Sherman, founder of the Emerging RN Leader blog (, contributes articles on a…
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Why you need an electronic professional portfolio

You can think of an electronic professional portfolio as being similar to an electronic health record. An electronic health record captures all the clinical conditions and interventions over…

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