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ANA on the Frontline

January 2018 Vol. 13 No. 1

By Janet Haebler, MSN, RN, and Matthew Fitting, MPS

Advocacy means leveraging one’s position to support, protect, or speak out for the rights and interests of others. Long before the American Nurses Association (ANA) defined nursing as including advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations, the . . .

December 2017 Vol. 12 No. 12

I am an RN in a small community hospital. Last month, I admitted a young woman who had suffered a head injury resulting from an assault. The patient only spoke Spanish and her male companion insisted on interpreting for her. The young woman had no family present, and her companion offered to consent to her treatment, although he was not related.

December 2017 Vol. 12 No. 12

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has launched the #EndNurseAbuse initiative to increase awareness of the serious problem of physical and verbal abuse against nurses. ANA partnered with Alex Wubbels, RN, a Utah Nurses Association (UNA) member, to encourage individuals to stand with nurses and pledge to:

SUPPORT zero tolerance policies . . .

December 2017 Vol. 12 No. 12

President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency on Oct. 26. Nurses see the devastating impact of the opioid crisis every day. And because of their profession and passion to advocate for their patients, nurses are uniquely positioned to lead the way on finding solutions to alleviate the . . .

December 2017 Vol. 12 No. 12

For nurses and patients experiencing stress and stress-related emotions, such as anxiety, worry, fear, anger, insomnia, or acute or chronic pain, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may provide effective relief.

Also known as “Tapping,” EFT is a self-administered healing technique that reduces or eliminates negative symptoms and emotions. EFT . . .

December 2017 Vol. 12 No. 12

In July, the American Nurses Association (ANA) hosted its first in-person Sharps Injury (SI) Prevention Stakeholder meeting. Experts, advocates, specialists, and frontline nurses from varied backgrounds with global renown convened to discuss the state of sharps injuries and needlesticks in U.S. health care. With hepatitis C infections and associated comorbidities, including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and coinfection with hepatitis B, HIV or multidrug resistant organisms, at an all-time high, especially among baby boomers, renewing focus and making concerted efforts to reduce sharps injuries and bloodborne and infectious disease exposures is time critical.

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