ANA Insights

July 2017 Vol. 12 No. 7

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 . . .

July 2017 Vol. 12 No. 7

Author: Marilyn Dubree, MSN, RN, NE-BC; April Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC; Michelle Terrell, MSN, CPNP-AC; James W. Pichert, PhD; William O. Cooper, MD, MPH; and Gerald B. Hickson, MD

Consider this scenario: Over the past 12 months, Pat, an RN, has participated in two Awareness conversations with a peer member of the Professionalism Committee, but reports about unsafe and disrespectful behavior continue, including: 1) She refused to assist a team member turn a patient safely. 2) She didn’t . . .

June 2017 Vol. 12 No. 6

Author: Sylvain Trepanier, DNP, RN, CENP

Nursing practice is at the heart of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program, so nurses must be able to articulate their value contribution. Nursing budgets and daily staffing decisions are integral to hospital VBP because they influence patient outcomes, patient safety, and patient . . .

June 2017 Vol. 12 No. 6

Author: Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

Here, in the United States, a lot has been happening lately; the kinds of things that represent some of the worst problems that beset our world—ISIS, Syria, North Korea, people who shoot schoolchildren for no discernable reason, and others who kill someone just to put it on Facebook. It . . .

June 2017 Vol. 12 No. 6

Author: Colleen M. Morley, MSN, RN, CMCN, ACM

Key takeways

– Communication across the continuum of care is more than “just read my notes.”
– Consistent communication is key to safe, effective patient care.
– Interdisciplinary care team communication breaks down the silos that exist and focuses on patient-centered

Hospitals face tremendous challenges to stay viable and continue to serve . . .