Editorial

October 2017 Vol. 12 No. 10

Nurses’ values and skills shine in times of crisis.
By Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, CPPS, FAAN

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 . . .

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 . . .

February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 2

Author: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN

For the past decade, care innovation has exploded with new tools and technology. Keeping up with all of the new devices and gadgets available to ease caregiver burden and increase safety is hard. One machine that’s gaining a lot of attention and investment lately is the robotic nurse, also . . .

January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1

Author: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN

The ambush shootings in downtown Dallas last July, which killed five police officers and wounded seven other people, cast a spotlight on gun violence yet again. This and other recent incidents give us an opportunity to talk about the impact of gun violence on nurses and their workplaces. Ironically, ANA . . .

December 2016 Vol. 11 No. 12

Author: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN

Prescription drug abuse and diversion is a silent epidemic touching thousands of lives and tearing apart families all across America. For my family, it’s personal. Reading about it is one thing, experiencing it is another.

Many of us are guardians for aging parents and know firsthand the challenging issues . . .

November 2016 Vol. 11 No. 11

Author: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN

In sports, we often hear the saying “Size matters.” Usually, it means the bigger and stronger athlete triumphs. But sometimes, the smaller and seemingly weaker one may have the advantage and ultimately prevail to win the game or race.
Does “Size matters” mean anything in nursing? In every hospital, nursing . . .

October 2016 Vol. 11 No. 10

Author: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN

I’ve seen it, you’ve seen it — the pace of change has ramped up exponentially. The leaps to new ideas that drive the need for new behaviors are happening all around us. Whether it’s a new app or a new way to learn, we have to adapt to . . .