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October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

Effective listening can make you a better nurse.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN to be fully present when listening to someone or trying to observe his or her behavior? A student asked me that question, saying that listening and observing during an emergency is really tough, especially with all the activity . . .

September 2018 Vol. 13 No. 9

More research and awareness are needed.
The recent sudden deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and TV host Anthony Bourdain have propelled the topic of suicide into the headlines. These two celebrities were well-known, seemingly happy people with wealth, popularity, and social status who often were seen in public . . .

August 2018 Vol. 13 No. 8

Reflections from a day on the hill.
On June 21, 2018, 277 nurses from 45 states unified their voices into one and “took the hill.” I was one of them. Ten of us practicing in Texas plus one student nurse formed the Texas Nurses Association delegation. We visited the offices . . .

July 2018 Vol. 13 No. 7

Nurses, providers, and pharmacists collaborate to improve patient safety.
By Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, CPPS, FAAN

Patient safety is critical to quality care. Since the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report, To Err is Human, 15 years ago, most patient safety efforts have concentrated on acute-care . . .

June 2018 Vol. 13 No. 6

It’s not okay, and it is a big deal.
By Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, CPPS, FAAN

“Personal boundary violation is not part of our job description. That statement is powerful because boundary setting is a part of our job. I believe that if we fail to establish and maintain . . .

May 2018 Vol. 13 No. 5

Successful change requires new skills and levels of understanding.
I recently spent an invigorating day with several nurses and clinical leaders from a diverse group of hospitals in the Los Angeles area who assembled at a roundtable called “Transforming Performance System Wide: Spark a Change Reaction.” Sharing similar challenges (such . . .

April 2018 Vol. 13 No. 4

The global community stands together to honor nursing’s important role.
Every year, someone asks, “Why single out nurses for a weeklong celebration? Every profession should be celebrated.” Usually a debate ensues with opinions and past experiences getting plenty of airtime. At the end of the day, rarely is anyone . . .

March 2018 Vol. 13 No. 3

Shining a light on a public health crisis
Each year, an important event is nationally recognized but frequently overshadowed by our busy lives: Patient Safety Awareness Week. Seven days are devoted to increase awareness about patient safety in the eyes of all healthcare professionals and the public. This year, patient . . .

February 2018 Vol. 13 No. 2

The #MeToo movement has taken the world by storm, and many say it’s been a long time coming. The New York Times revelation last fall seemed shocking at the time—famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct in what appeared to be an alleged pattern of psychological manipulation and strategic harassment spanning decades. Apparently, some victims were paid for their silence. Most reactions I heard about the “Weinstein phenomena” from news reporters and colleagues agreed about one key point: It was wrong.

December 2017 Vol. 12 No. 12

Research shows that hospitals with better nurse staffing and work environments have better outcomes. For you, that means less burnout, more job satisfaction, and less desire to quit your job. But how does your salary fit in? Researchers are trying to understand how salary, work environment, and staffing levels work together to influence nurse-related outcomes.

November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

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.

October 2017 Vol. 12 No. 10

I watched with great pain the damage, and for many the devastation, created by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. I was reliving August 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina destroyed my hometown and changed normalcy for my family forever. Twenty-six of my New Orleans family members—stripped of incomes, homes, schools, familiar medical and dental services, normal daily schedules, and social networks—called our Southlake, TX, home their home for many months.

September 2017 Vol. 12 No. 9

What’s behind Magnet®-recognized organizations?

By Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, CPPS, FAAN

I’ve learned a lot through the years about the characteristics of healthcare organizations whose nursing excellence is evident, even palpable. As I sat in the 2016 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference® and connected . . .

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