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Continuing Education
Improving care and outcomes for patients with bladder conditions

Improving care and outcomes for patients with bladder conditions

Author: Jenna M. Norton, MPH; Tom Pruski, RN; Kimberly Konkel, MSW; Sam Marullo, PhD; and Tamara G. Bavendam, MD

  • Bladder conditions are common, costly, and hidden.
  • With adequate information, individuals can participate in self-care for treatment and prevention.
  • Nurses serve important roles in their professional and social roles, encouraging individuals with bladder conditions to come out of hiding and seek help.

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Practice Matters
Is there a right to medical care?

Is there a right to medical care?

Author: By Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN
Bridging gaps through familiarity, kindness, and acceptance. To even begin to answer the question—“Is there a right to medical care?” - one must first define a “right.” Legal rights, such as entitlements guaranteed by law to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way, are both determined and limited by legal jurisdiction. Human rights, on the other hand, involve just claims to the fulfillment of a universal human need.

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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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Trends in Patient Safety
3 ways clinical nurses can mitigate device safety hazards

3 ways clinical nurses can mitigate device safety hazards

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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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.

 

Career Sphere
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From the bedside to the boardroom: Are you ready to serve?

July 2017 Vol. 12 No. 7

Author: Connie Mullinix, PhD, MBA, MPH, RN; AnnMarie Lee Walton, PhD, MPH, RN, OCN, CHES; and Diana Ruiz, DNP, RN, APHN, CCTM, CWOCN, NE-BC

You may not realize it, but you probably already have the kills and know-how to serve on a board. Learn how t oput that knowledge to action.

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Features
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Secondary hyperparathyroidism in chronic kidney disease

July 2017 Vol. 12 No. 7

Author: Vivian Gasu, MSN, RN-BC, FNP-C, and Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN

Learn how to recognize this condition early so patients receive prompt treatment to relieve pain and discomfort.

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Mind/Body/Spirit
promoting nursing student health

Faculty role in promoting nursing student health

July 2017 Vol. 12 No. 7

Author: Kristy S. Chunta, PhD, RN, ACNS, BC

When you take care of yourself, you model healthy behavior for your students that may benefit them throughout their careers.

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Leading the Way
Fpcusing on the quadruple aim of health care

Focusing on the quadruple aim of health care

July 2017 Vol. 12 No. 7

Author: Kenneth Longbrake, MSN, RN, CPEN

Using surveys and information sharing, this inpatient unit serves to meet the fourth aim of healthcare delivery - improving the employee experience.

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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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American Nurses Association on the Frontline: Find Joy in VolunteeringAdvantages of altruism

Volunteering has positive impact on nurses’ well-being.
By Susan Trossman, RN
It’s been said that it’s better to give than to receive. While it may be difficult to say that one truly edges out the other, research shows there are health benefits associated with altruism.
Nurses also agree that volunteering has a positive payoff when it comes to their overall well-being, although that’s not what ultimately drives them to help. What follows are some of their experiences and perspectives on volunteering and its rewards.

This month features Finding Joy in Volunteering.

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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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