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    Staff engagement within a culture of ownership and accountability makes the difference between successfully achieving and sustaining organizational outcomes. As healthcare organizations respond to the external pressures of rapidly evolving complexity and increasingly demanding regulation, the impact of organizational culture emerges as a critical element for organizational success. Key factors for successfully creating and sustaining a culture of nursing excellence include providing support for accountable,… Read more…

  • Fear of the low: What you need to know about hypoglycemia

    Approximately 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Especially with the diabetes rate rising yearly, you’re likely to care for many patients with this disorder. Of those diagnosed with diabetes, 80% take diabetes medication (oral drugs, insulin, or both). Hypoglycemia is one of the most feared complications of such diabetes treatments—feared by both patients and healthcare providers alike. Common in hospital… Read more…

  • Become a successful preceptor

    Novice nurses anxiously enter the workplace on their first day, nervously approaching the unit desk to ask for their preceptor, who will play a key role in their transition to the unit. New nurses acclimate themselves to the unit, role, and staff with guidance from the preceptor. The goal of the preceptor is to provide valuable teaching and learning experiences and to role model safe… Read more…

  • Achieving a work-life balance

    Almost everyone agrees that achieving a work-life balance is a good thing. Without it, we risk long-term negative effects on our physical and mental health, our relationships, and our work performance. But many nurses have a hard time achieving this balance due to job demands, erratic work schedules, or inability to say no when someone asks for help. The challenges of stress and burnout Stress… Read more…

  • Managing knee osteoarthritis in older adults

    A degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis (OA) is marked by cartilage erosion, osteophyte formation, joint hypertrophy, and subchondral sclerosis. A leading cause of disability in older adults, it affects more than 30% of American older than age 65. It’s more prevalent in women than men. Overall risk rises with age. About 80% of people with OA of the knee report movement limitations, and 25% have difficulty… Read more…

  • Evaluating the neurologic status of unconscious patients

    neurologic status of unconscious patientsAssessing the neurologic status of unconscious or comatose patients can be a challenge because they can’t cooperate actively with your examination. But once you become proficient in performing this exam, you’ll be able to detect early significant changes in a patient’s condition—in some cases, even before these show up on more advanced diagnostic tests. Subtle changes in findings may indicate the need for further testing.… Read more…

  • Transitions and transformation

    pamela cipriano phd rn ana presidentA thank-you to Marla Weston.  The indelible mark left behind by a transformation­al leader is as unique as a fingerprint. Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, who stepped down as chief executive officer (CEO) of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Enterprise on January 1, has indeed been a visionary, transformational leader. Over the past 8-plus years, she helped ANA weather turbulent times and courageously pursued… Read more…

  • How to ACE your remote video Interview

    ace remote video interview antFollow these guidelines to make a good impression. By Mary E. Fortier, EdD, RN, CNL In many ways, remote video interviews, using programs like Skype, are no different than interviewing in person. You want to be prepared, present yourself professionally, and follow up appropriately. However, when interviewing remotely, the first 5 to 10 minutes may be the most influential for the recruiter or search committee… Read more…

  • Welcome to nursing!

    By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor of American Nurse Today The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) just released a free booklet—NCSBN Welcomes You to the Nursing Profession—for newly licensed nurses. The goal of the booklet, which is being offered in celebration of NCSBN’s 40th anniversary, is to help new nurses understand nursing regulation and the work of their Board of Nursing. And the… Read more…

  • Avoiding career derailers

    avoid nurse career derailersBy Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN Accepting the gift of feedback can lead to transformative change. Key Takeaways - Nurse retention is closely linked to the relationship staff have with managers. - Avoiding career derailers is critical to leadership success. - The most effective leaders are coachable and see feedback as a gift. Kendra is director of a large critical care unit that’s… Read more…

  • Splash safety—Protecting your eyes, Part I

    splash safety protect eye antTake the time to protect your eyes from pathogens. Takeaways: Nurses sustain the largest percentage of blood and body fluid exposures (BBFE) in acute-care settings in the United States. From 50% to 60% of splashes that touch unprotected skin are blood or body fluids visibly contaminated with blood; 83.4% occur to the nurse’s face and 66.7% occur to their eyes. Of those nurses reporting any… Read more…

  • Two sides to the opioid crisis

    Anne Fuqua, a former nurse, recently shared her opioid crisis story in the Washington Post. But it’s not the story you might be expecting to hear. Anne isn’t suffering from addiction. Instead, she suffers from pain and spasms caused by dystonia. Anne can’t take many of the medications typically prescribed for her condition, but, for reasons her doctor can’t explain, she does respond well to… Read more…

  • Comparing Pathway to Excellence® and Magnet Recognition® Programs

    compare pathway excellence magnet recognition program antTwo roads to nurse engagement and quality outcomes. Takeaways: Magnet recognizes healthcare organizations for quality outcomes, patient care and nursing excellence, and innovations in professional practice Pathway emphasizes supportive practice environments, including a established shared-governance structure that values nurses’ contributions in everyday decisions, especially those that affect their clinical practice and well-being. By Christine Pabico, MSN, RN, NE-BC, and Rebecca Graystone, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC… Read more…

  • The imperative of humble leadership

    imperative humble leadership antBy Donna Grande, MGA Empower your team through shared responsibility. In this world of social media, where people focus on self-promotion, it seems odd to address the issue of humility. But humble leadership is imperative in today’s world. Humble leaders are critical for creating environments that enable diversity of thought and ideas. They create space for others to contribute by demonstrating acts of humility, empowering… Read more…

  • The Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity

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  • Stopping acute upper-GI bleeds

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  • Autism spectrum disorder: Questions answered

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  • Opioids vs non-opioids: Which are better?

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  • Team assist: Manage nurse burnout and improve care quality

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