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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 . . .

August 2017 Vol. 12 No. 8

Have you become desensitized to alarms?

I stepped onto an elevator with three other people, their eyes glued to their phones. Just as the doors were about to close, another passenger ran in behind me, causing a loud alarm to go off. What happened? Was there a problem I didn . . .

July 2017 Vol. 12 No. 7

Author: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN

Since the day I became a nurse, it seems there’s been a nursing shortage. No matter where you practice, everybody talks about it. Is it because we never seem to be able to fill all of our patient care, academic, teaching, or research needs? Perhaps. The reason may change . . .

June 2017 Vol. 12 No. 6

Author: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN

A newly graduated nurse asked me how she could avoid the “job stupid stuff,” as she called it. She wanted to know what actions might hurt her career long-term, such as what happened to a friend who posted a patient’s picture on Facebook and lost her job (and . . .

May 2017 Vol. 12 No. 5

Author: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN

If only it were this simple: Nurses get 8 hours of sleep every night, perfect work schedules are in place with all shifts filled by competent staff, and there’s a super pill that eliminates fatigue, burnout, and unprofessional behavior. But simple it’s not; health care is much more . . .

April 2017 Vol. 12 No. 4

Author: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN

I’m excited to see the focus on professionalism that will be featured in this and upcoming issues of American Nurse Today. You’ll see articles written by a team that includes Gerald B. Hickson, MD, one of the world’s leading experts on disruptive behavior and its connection to . . .

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN

Are you doing multiple things? Thumbing through this month’s edition of American Nurse Today while watching television? Listening to a colleague while writing care notes? You may believe doing two things at once is more productive. Some friends and family members believe that multitasking is the sign of special . . .

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