Following your Path

When you became a nurse, you probably envisioned a certain career path. Are you still on that path and is it still where you want to be? Or have you been diverted and you want to resume the journey? These articles will inspire and instruct you in how to create the career you want.

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February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 2

Author: Kim S. Hitchings, MSN, RN, NEA-BC; Tonya Kemp, RN; Sharon Kromer, BSN, RN; Barbara Labriola, MS, RN, CMSRN; and Lori Yesenofski, MSN, RN, CCRN

Since the Magnet® Vision was published in 2008, it has inspired actions by nurses at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH), a Magnet-recognized academic community hospital located in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2011, when LVH received its third Magnet designation, we dissected the vision statement to stimulate goals to help LVH continue . . .

December 2016 Vol. 11 No. 12

Author: Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, CRRN, APRN, FAAN, and Michelle Miller, JD, RN

Registered nurses (RNs) with physical disabilities experience discrimination in the workplace. Researchers have found that nurses with disabilities often leave the nursing profession because they feel discriminated against or they fear they will jeopardize patient safety. However, there are no documented incidents of patient injury related specifically to a nurse . . .

November 2016 Vol. 11 No. 11

Author: Vickie Hughes, DSN, MSN, RN, CNS

Thirty years ago, Brigadier General Sarah Wells began the tradition of gathering nurses together to place flowers on the graves of nurses who served in the U.S. military and are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. This biannual tradition continues today.

Wells served as Air Force Nurse Corps Chief from . . .

October 2016 Vol. 11 No. 10

Author: Cynda Hylton Rushton PhD, RN, FAAN

Moral distress occurs when one recognizes one’s moral responsibility in a situation; evaluates the various courses of action; and identifies, in accordance with one’s beliefs, the morally correct decision—but is then prevented from following through.
The literature is replete with the mounting evidence of the incidence and . . .

August 2016 Vol. 11 No. 8

Author: Armi S. Earlam, DNP, MPA, BSN, RN, CWOCN

Lean and Six Sigma are well-established quality improvement tools. Combining the two creates a synergistic effect, boosting effectiveness. In the hospital where I work, we used Lean Six Sigma to reduce hospital acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU) by 60%. In this article, I answer common questions related to these tools . . .

July 2016 Vol. 11 No. 7

Author: Fidelindo Lim, DNP, CCRN, and Justin O’Leary, MA, BSN, RN

Groucho Marx said, “Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.” When we mentioned this to a friend of ours, he retorted, “Yes—and life is the chief cause of death!”

In writing this reflection, we revisited the existential question: What is life? More specifically, what do we do with life . . .

June 2016 Vol. 11 No. 6

Author: Vickie Hughes, DSN, MSN, RN, CNS

One of the most painful experiences for any parent is the death of a child. The family is deeply affected by the loss, and the extended “family” of co-workers, neighbors, and community are also affected. However, not many organizational leaders, including those in health care, are prepared for the . . .

March 2016 Vol. 11 No. 3

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

EVA, a professional practice coordinator, and her team of clinical educators are thrilled to learn that their abstract on an iLead in Nursing initiative (Innovation in LEadership and ADministration in Nursing and Health Care Systems) has been accepted for a concurrent session presentation at the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference . . .

April 2016 Vol. 11 No. 4

Author: Linda Johanson, EdD, MS, RN, CNE

It’s still dark outside our tiny pup tent, and the air feels humid after the sudden torrential downpour the evening before. The melodies of unusual songbirds welcome the morning to this remote village medical clinic in rural Uganda, where our U.S. team of volunteer healthcare professionals has come . . .

March 2016 Vol. 11 No. 3

Author: Kim Horvath, BSN, RN

If you’ve ever floated,  you know the experience can be challenging at times. Wherever you work, you may sometimes feel you don’t have enough hours in the day to complete all your tasks, especially when working in clinical situations less familiar to you.
To float effectively and efficiently . . .

February 2016 Vol. 11 No. 2

Author: By Vickie Hughes, DSN, MSN, RN, CNS

I have served as a nurse corps officer in the United States Air Force for 27 years. One of my most useful leadership lessons came from understanding the value of failure. This sounds like a totally crazy idea, but knowing how to fail well and, more importantly, using that failure . . .

January 2016 Vol. 11 No. 1

Author: Tina M. Marrelli, MSN, RN, MA, FAAN

Sarah made the transition from inpatient hospital nurse to home care (HC) nurse 6 years ago. She enjoys her practice and likes helping the patients and families whose cases she manages. Her performance evaluations have been very good.

When her HC organization posts a job opening for nurse manager, Sarah . . .