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Continuing Education
Improving care and outcomes for patients with bladder conditions

Caring for patients after transcatheter aortic valve replacement

Author: Kelly Haight, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, PCCN

  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement for some patients.
  • Understanding TAVR approaches, post-procedure monitoring, and potential complications will help nurses better care for patients undergoing TAVR.

Caring for Patients after Transcatheter Aortic Valve ReplacementCNE Hours: 1.8 [Read More & Take Test]

New CDC guideline for the prevention of surgical site infections

New CDC guideline for the prevention of surgical site infections

By George Allen, PhD, RN, FAPIC, CIC, CNOR
The prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs) continues to be a major goal for health care in both inpatient facilities and ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). As nurses, surgeons, physician assistants, and healthcare technicians work together to care for their surgical patients, they rely on recommendations and guidelines to help them achieve positive outcomes with zero or low rates of SSIs.

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nurse leader communicating with compassion

Leading with kindness

Rose COnstantino, 2016 recipient of ANA's Jessie M. Scott Award, follows the advice of the Dalai Lama: "Be kind whenver possible, and it is always possible."

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Fall prevention safety bundle: Collaboration leads to fewer falls

Fall prevention safety bundle: Collaboration leads to fewer falls

Author: By Natalie A. Abts, MS, and Patricia R. McCartney, PhD, RNC, FAAN By Natalie A. Abts, MS, and Patricia R. McCartney, PBy Natalie A. Abts, MS, and Patricia R. McCartney, PhD, RNC, FAAN
When you participate in the usability process, you provide vital safety information.

  • As part of the science of human factors, usability engineering studies the interactions between people and the systems in which they function.
  • Nurses can contribute to the usability process and patient safety through involvement in device development, procurement, and hazard analysis.
  • Applying human factors heuristics (known standards) to medical device design can help identify potential usability problems that may contribute to adverse events or safety hazards.

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Current Journal
American Nurse's Association Journal: American Nurse Today

American Nurses Association Journal: Table of contents

Current Issue: July, 2017. Volume 1, Number 7

American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is a fresh voice of nursing across America. The journal reaches over 175,000 dedicated nurses in a multitude of specialties and practice settings. Published monthly, six times in print and six times in electronic format, American Nurse Today is a comprehensive, timely, trusted information source that nurses can rely on to:

  • Enhance patient outcomes
  • Develop their professional careers
  • Build their educational foundation of best practices

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Special Reports

2017-2018 Education Guide

Embarking on the path to continuing your education, whether you’re a recently licensed RN or a highly skilled professional with years of experience, begins with the questions you ask yourself.


2018 Education Guide


  • Why do I want to go back to school?
  • What are my goals?
  • How can I afford it?
  • How much time will this take?
  • How will I fit school into my work and family life?

These are questions only you can answer for yourself, but this year’s American Nurse Today 2017/2018 Education Guide, provides you with facts, figures, other nurses’ experiences, and tons of other resources to help you in your journey.

 

comfort Cart One hospital’s journey to improve the patient experience.

How can we make you more comfortable?

August 2017 Vol. 12 No. 8 | Web Exclusive

One hospital’s journey to improve the patient experience. In an effort to improve the state of pain management, nurses in the acute care setting of one hospital developed a plan to supplement traditional pharmacologic treatments with nonpharmacologic interventions. A Comfort Menu and Comfort Cart provide patients with nonpharmacologic pain and comfort interventions.

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comfort Cart One hospital’s journey to improve the patient experience.

Assessing the ethical climate: An environmental scan

August 2017 Vol. 12 No. 8

Find out what some of your colleagues have to say about ethics in nursing

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comfort Cart One hospital’s journey to improve the patient experience.

Rapid Response team in a psychiatric hospital

August 2017 Vol. 12 No. 8

One hospital’s journey to improve the patient experience. In an effort to improve the state of pain management, nurses in the acute care setting of one hospital developed a plan to supplement traditional pharmacologic treatments with nonpharmacologic interventions. A Comfort Menu and Comfort Cart provide patients with nonpharmacologic pain and comfort interventions.

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comfort Cart One hospital’s journey to improve the patient experience.

Global issues are our issues

August 2017 Vol. 12 No. 8

Healthcare quality and access were front and center at the 2017 International Council of Nurses Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Nurses around the world focus on healthcare quality and access.

While a lack of access to health care, widespread poverty and hunger, low literacy, and poor population health may be shrouded in the United States, these challenges are ever-present here and around the world.

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comfort Cart One hospital’s journey to improve the patient experience.

Secrets, lies, and cover-ups

August 2017 Vol. 12 No. 8

When healthcare bills are developed in secret, how do we know what's true? The impact of the new healthcare bill can't be hidden forever.

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cognitive rehearsal

Cognitive rehearsal

August 2018 Vol. 12 No. 8

Author: Joe Longo

With preparation, you can confront bullying and incivility constructively.

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The rewards of nursing in an ambulatory surgery center

The rewards of nursing in an ambulatory surgery center

August 2017 Vol. 12 No. 8
Timothy P. Luckett, CRNFA

  • Working as a nurse in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) requires the ability to take on multiple responsibilities.
  • Success as an RN in an ASC requires knowing when and how to delegate, understanding finances, staying organized, and building relationships with the administration.

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Opening the lines of communication about HPV

Opening the lines of communication about HPV

August 2017 Vol. 12 No. 8

Author: Michelle Speidel, MSN, RN, Ned

When parents resits the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine, be prepared to listen and educate. Vaccines typically bring to mind the series of injections infants and children receive in their first years of life.

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Features

Insights into glucose monitoring for diabetes

Author: Katherine Pereira

Glucose Monitoring has come a long way. Learn how you can help your patients get the most from this technology.

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Practice Matters

In pursuit of a good night's rest

Author: Ruth Francis

Nurses face unique challenges when it comes to sleep. Here are recommendations that just might help.

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A conversation with Representative Lois Capps

Author: Pamela F. Cipriano

With nursing shortages come opportunities to recognize exceptional work, invest in quality staff, and improve systems.

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Editorial

impact on nurses of alarm desensitization

Author: Lillee Gelinas, Editor-in-Chief

Have you become desensitized to alarms? I stepped onto an elevator with three other people, their eyes glued to their phones. Just as the doors were about to close, another passenger ran in behind me, causing a loud alarm to go off. What happened? Was there a problem I didn’t see, or did the doors malfunction? I glanced first at the elevator alarm panel with its flashing red light, and then at the passenger almost caught in the doors.

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