Safety

Adventures in virtual meetings

Tired of unproductive staff meetings held at inconvenient times? Had it  up to here with being interrupted when trying to express your opinion? Maybe it’s time to explore alternatives to the traditional in-person meeting. One hospital unit did just that, and their online meeting forum helped them create new protocols in record time.

Are 12-hour shifts safe?

Is working 12 consecutive hours in a fast-paced, high stress, physically and mentally demanding environment a good idea? Click here…

Dangers of the 12-hour shift

Rose Sherman has a thoughtful blog on nursing’s “third rail”—the 12-hour shift. In the blog, she notes that although nurses…

Environment, health & safety

In the market for new scrubs or uniforms? Before you buy, read this column to learn about the environmental implications of nursing attire.

Environment, health, & safety

Is widespread triclosan use leading to microbial resistance? ANA urges nurses to take a cautionary approach toward using triclosan-containing products at home.

environmental wellness

Environmental wellness

Pay attention to your environment—it can affect your body, mind, and spirit. Takeaways:  Increasing awareness of your surroundings can improve…
Examing nurse comfort eating

Examining nurse comfort eating

Many years ago I found myself standing in the frozen food section flirting with the prospect of buying a mouth-watering…
safe staffing healthcare

From Your ANA President

HAVING WORKED in an emergency department for more than 20 years, I know what it’s like to have to think…

Health, safety, & wellness

A sneak peek at the new Implementation Guide to the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Interprofessional National Standards

ISMP releases IV push meds guidelines

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has released new safe practice guidelines for adult IV push medications. Read more.

Issues up close

Healthcare worker and patient safety: The inextricable link

Issues up close

ANA has joined the Partnership for Patients to improve patient safety.

Keys, please

Discusses the problem of when it’s unsafe for an older person to drive.

No drugs down the drain

You can use the questions and answers below when teaching patients about proper medication disposal. Question: Why should I clean…

Nurse fatigue: Short on sleep, short on safety

Shift work, organizational barriers, and nurse preferences continue to challenge nurse wellness. Takeaways: Shift work—including long shifts, rotating shifts, double…

OSHA launches new safety website

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has launched its Worker Safety in Hospitals website, which include many resources to…

OSHA takes new steps to protect nurses

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has released inspection guidance that targets musculoskeletal disorders related to patient or resident…

Our “knowing-doing” gap

Something as simple and low – tech as the checklist can help healthcare providers close the knowing – doing gap.

Protect yourself and your patients with vaccination

Why is immunization so crucial for nurses? Which vaccinations should all nurses get? Find out with this educational handout focusing on national efforts to reduce vaccine-preventable disease through ANA’s Bringing Immunity to Every Community campaign.

Pyelonephritis

Pyelonephritis

Early identification results in a positive outcome.     Candance Walker* is a 28-year-old woman who arrives in a wheelchair in the…
Safe sharps disposal in the home

Safe sharps disposal in the home

Nurses can easily dispose of sharps in the hospital, but it’s not so easy for patients at home. Learn how you can educate patients to keep them safe and the environment healthy.

Safe staffing saves lives

ANA’s “Safe Staffing Saves Lives” campaign fights for safe nurse staffing legislation.

Save a life-wash your hands

Did you grow up with your mother insisting you wash your hands? She was right! As nurses, we all know…

Seizing the moment

Horace Gunner,* a 65-year-old man with hypertension and type 2 diabetes, is admitted to the hospital after a fall at…

Should codeine be phased out?

An editorial in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association, raises concerns about a genetic variation and adverse effects…

Take Note – Sept/Oct 2009

Patients lose when nurse staffing is insufficient Heavy workloads and insufficient staffing affect patient care, according to about 2,000 nurses…
power-of-perspective

The power of perspective

Christine Pacini wants nurses’ expertise to drive change. Takeaways: When frontline nurses feel empowered to lead, patient outcomes improve, work…

Victory on BPA ban in baby bottles, dishware

On March 3 the Washington State House overwhelmingly passed the “Safe Baby Bottle Act” (SSB 6248), a bill to eliminate the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles, sippy cups, and other children’s dishware, as well as from sports bottles.

Your choice but staff’s voice

It’s common for those who see demonstrations of mechanical patient-lift equipment to praise them as excellent tools.But when it comes…

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