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Can nursing meet the 80/2020 goal?

Progress is slow but steady as RNs head back to school to get their BSN. By Janet Boivin, BSN, RN Will 80% of RNs hold a bachelor of…

Caring and advocating for school children

When we think about RN staffing issues, most of us immediately think about these issues in the context of hospitals or long-term care facilities. There is another, less…
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Effective transitions

ANA, nurse leaders support RN residency programs. Although most new nurses are excited when they finally begin their careers, their enthusiasm can be dampened by worries about keeping…

Flawed Ruling

ANA, nurses work to limit impact of Nationl Labor Relations Board decision on charge nurses.
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From your ANA President

This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of a group of federal programs that have helped shape the face of nursing and health care. In 1964, U.S. lawmakers…
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From your ANA President

Registered nurses spend a great deal of their time working. A full-time nurse may spend in the neighborhood of 59,000 hours on the job, if not more, in…

How to achieve success in quality improvement

To achieve sustained improvement in patient outcomes, create a work environment that promotes a commitment to excellence and examine NDNQI data on your organization’s current performance level.

Issues up close

Enduring and evolving: Code of Ethics for Nurses

NEJM study finds low RN staffing increases mortality

According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, RN staffing that falls below targeted levels was associated with increased mortality. Read more at http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1001025.

Number of RN smokers declines

According to a study in JAMA, the number of RNs who smoke significantly declined from 2003 to 2010-2011 (from 11% to 7%, a 36% decline.) The 2010-2011 survey…

Positive RN staffing reduces stroke mortality

The ratio of RNs on the weekends affects mortality outcomes after stroke, according to a study in PLOS Medicine. Patients admitted to a unit with 1.5 nurses/ten beds…

RNs stay close to home after graduation

More than half (52.5%) of newly licensed RNs in 15 states work within 40 miles of where they attended high school according to a study in Health Affairs.…

Shedding light on a deep, dark secret

There’s a Deep, Dark Secret in nursing that most of us know and few of us acknowledge: RNs are the last people to look after their own healthcare…

Smoothing your transition from RN to NP

Transitioning to the nurse practitioner (NP) role is exciting—but it can also be stressful. Fortunately, taking certain steps can make it smoother. I’m a family NP (FNP), board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing…
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Take Note – March 2008

Updated guidelines on end-of-life care To improve the quality of palliative end-of-life care, the American College of Physicians has revised its guidelines. According to the new recommendations, clinicians…

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