American Nurse Today Journal – April, 2017 Vol 12 Number 4
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By Lillee Gelinas, Editor-in-Chief
Unprofessional behavior can be disruptive to patient care and team cohesion. Learn how to manage these situations using a practical approach.
Nurses’ essential role in promoting professionalism
By Marilyn Dubree, April Kapu, Michelle Terrell, James W. Pichert, William O. Cooper, Gerald B. Hickson
Knowing how to recognize and address unprofessional behavior helps create a healthy workplace for clinicians and patients.
Understanding medical management of aortic stenosis
By Kelly Haight
When your patient with aortic stenosis isn’t eligible for surgery, medical management and nursing care become the focus for controlling symptoms, optimizing cardiac function, and improving quality of life.
16 Financial terms 101
By Joyce E. Johnson
Are you intimidated by the financial side of nursing? Learn terms that will ease that fear so you can commu- nicate more effectively with finance experts.
19 Karen Bankston: A leader who listens
Karen Bankston, associate dean for clinical practice, partnership, and community engagement in the col- lege of nursing at the University of Cincinnati, leads by following the YWCA motto: “She lifts as she climbs.”
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The 5As model for smoking cessation
By Kimberly Lynch and Diana Bantz
Not all providers assess for smoking or provide adequate follow-up when they do. Implementing the 5As model into this clinical practice improved patient smoking cessation rates. Available at AmericanNurse Today.com/?p=25766.
Managing chronic pain in cancer survivors
By Lauren Carter
Cancer survivors are at high risk for chronic pain. Your thorough assessment is the first step to pinpointing the cause and developing a care plan.
28 Seizing the moment
By Misti Tuppeny
After a craniotomy to treat an intracerebral hematoma, a patient has a seizure. What steps will the rapid response team take to stop the seizure and keep the patient safe?
29 Learn about the top issues facing ANA member nurses, how ANA is working for you, and what ANA is doing to advance nursing. This month’s feature provides a wrap up of a recent ANA conference on quality.
Drugs and devices today
An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals, at AmericanNurseToday.com.
38 Doctoral persistence and balancing competing roles
By Nancy BellucciPursuing a doctorate requires support, a strategic approach to time management, and balance.
39 Nursing my vacation: How being a nurse (almost) ruined my dream vacation
By David Foley
This nurse’s vacation experience may help you relax and enjoy yourself on your next getaway.
43 Laugh, nurse, laugh!
By Kara Theal
Finding humor in your day can bring you closer to your colleagues and minimize stress.
Focus on … Emergency Care
52 Acute pain management in the trauma patient on chronic opiate therapy
By Jennifer Yeager and Kelly D. Rosenberger
A multimodal approach may be the best method for managing acute pain in your patient who’s receiving treatment for opioid addiction.
From Where I Stand
56 Informed consent for foreign-educated health professionals
By Leah Curtin
Legally and ethically, all health professionals should have access to the resources they need to ensure they understand the contracts they sign.
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Health promotion and disease prevention in rural communities
By Diana Niland and Tricia Barbarito
Learn how a critical access hospital in rural West Virginia developed a program to help members of the community reduce its risk of diabetes. Available at AmericanNurseToday.com/?p=25764
American Nurse Today is dedicated to integrating the art and science of nursing. It provides a voice for today’s nurses in all specialties and practice settings. As the official journal of the American Nurses Association, it serves as an important and influential voice for nurses across the country.
The journal is committed to delivering authoritative research translated into practical, evidence-based literature and relevant content to keep nurses up-to-date on best practices, help them maximize patient outcomes, advance their careers, and enhance their professional and personal growth fulfillment.