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November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

In the November issue of American Nurse Today, you’ll find the results to our 2017 nursing trends and salary survey. We got so much good information that we’re going to have to share it with you in two parts (the second article will appear in December). In this issue, the focus is on salaries, benefits, education, and what nurses like and don’t like about their jobs. Other articles in this issue cover topics like cognitive impairment in the elderly (that’s the CNE this month), situational awareness, mental health emergencies, and descriptive statistics. And in ANA on the Frontline, you can read about how your nursing colleagues handled hurricanes and wildfires across the country.

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Genetics in the clinical setting

Genetics in the clinical setting

Author: Susan Montgomery, BSN, OCN, GCN

The central dogma of biology (deoxyribonucleic acid [DNA] to ribonucleic acid [RNA] to protein) was first described in 1957, before the current average-aged 50-year-old nurse was born. And it wasn’t until 2008 that genetics was considered essential to nursing education, when most experienced nurses were already at least 45. In other words, many nurses have minimal genetics education and may not feel comfortable incorporating genetics assessment and implications into a patient care plan.

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Nurses rise to disaster challenges

Nurses rise to disaster challenges

Author: Susan Trossman, RN

This content is for Digital Access and Print Plus subscribers only.

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Hazardous drugs, a safety blind spot

Hazardous drugs, a safety blind spot

Author: Sharon Morgan, MSN, RN, NP-C; Shawn Becker, MS, BSN; and Loredana Jinga, MPH, BSN

Know the risks of handling many commonly administered drugs. 
WARFARIN, OXYTOCIN, CLONAZEPAM—registered nurses administer millions of these drugs daily with little awareness that they …

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Healthy schedules, healthy nurses

Healthy schedules, healthy nurses

Author: By Alvin D. Jeffery, PhD, RN; Cindy Borum, MSN, RN; and Jane Englebright, PhD, RN

Fatigue is common among shift-work nurses, and longer shifts and overtime are associated with increased patient errors and undesirable nurse health outcomes. Consistent with the American Nurses Association’s 2017 focus on the healthy nurse, one of the best ways for a workplace to promote nurse health is with its scheduling practices.

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Supporting novice nurses in a float pool

Supporting novice nurses in a float pool

Author: By Cheryl Muffley, MSN, RN-BC and Suzanne Heath, MS, BSN, RN-BC

As the nursing profession strives to advance care delivery, it’s faced with many challenges, including adequately educating nurses and effectively managing staffing and retention issues. We need new, innovative solutions to effectively deal with these challenges. Christiana Care Health System (CCHS) developed a unique medical nurse float pool to support medical nursing units by decreasing overtime costs and managing unpredictable staffing needs.

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Fraud alert

Fraud alert

Author: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, CPPS, FAAN

The predatory journal explosion over the past few years has now infiltrated the conference arena. You should know how to recognize a legitimate conference versus a bogus one. Your time, professional growth goals, and monetary resources are all precious commodities that can be easily exploited by unscrupulous organizers of programs that, on the surface, appear legitimate but are actually a sham.

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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.

  • 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.

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