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Learning from mistakes

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Sonya Wood-Johnson, MSN, RN, PCCN; Suzanna Ho, MSN, RN; and Melanie Rainford, MSN, RN-BC, ACNS-BC

Today’s healthcare organizations need to improve patient safety, which includes effectively communicating information to . . .

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Bringing nursing orientation back to life

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Stephanie A. Walton, MSN, RN, and Deb Sitter, MA, BSN, BSM, RN-BC

Our hospital systems’ journey to obtain Magnet® recognition led to an excellent opportunity: the chance . . .

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Career Sphere

Becoming a wound and ostomy nurse

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Jennifer J. Brokaw, RN, WCC, OMS, DWC®

People sometimes ask how I can tolerate my work, but I love being a wound . . .

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Leading the Way

Look inward and lead

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

At first, Faith’s excited to be selected as director of critical care, but after . . .

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Special Reports

American Nurse Today: 2017 Education Guide

Education is a valuable tool for advancing your nursing career.

This special guide explains how to choose the right educational option for you, how to become a nurse educator or an advanced practice nurse, and how to land your dream job after completing your additional education.

Read the 2017 Education Guide Nurses.


Duke Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Health Coach Professional Training prepares nurses for rewarding career option.

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Health coaches can be highly effective in helping patients make needed changes. For example, a systematic review published in 2014 in Patient Education and Counseling found that health coaching improves the management of chronic diseases as well as improves lifestyle habits such as increased physical activity and weight management.

Studies focused on integrative health coaching also have found significant improvements in patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Given these results, it’s not surprising that...

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How to ease conflict and experience greater harmony at work

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Maude McGill, PhD, MSN, RN-BC

Jeanette manages to beat traffic, clock-in on time, and begin her day. Everything is . . .

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How to recognize and intervene for pediatric sepsis

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Melanie L. Cardona, MSN, RN, CPEN

A life-threatening, life-altering emergency, sepsis can have catastrophic effects. When the condition progresses . . .

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Leading the Way

Seizing opportunities for positive change

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Susan Trossman, RN

A summer job changed Christopher Otto’s career path—and ultimately his life—igniting a . . .

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Practice Matters

Nurse advocacy and the power of the public’s trust

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Like many of you, I celebrated the news that, for the 15th year in a . . .

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Quiz Time

Which diagnostic biomarker is detectable in the urine within 12 hours after renal tubular cells are injured?
a. Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin
b. Cystatin C
c. Tissue inhibitor metalloproteinase-2
d. Glomerular filtration rate

Answer to Quiz Time: c. Tissue inhibitor metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP-2) appears in the urine within 12 hours after renal tubular cells are injured from ischemia or sepsis. In one study, urinary TIMP-2 testing showed certain patients had seven times the risk of developing acute kidney injury.

Learn more by reading the continuing nursing education article “Acute kidney injury: Causes, phases, and early detection.”

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