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High stakes in the U.S. House and Senate

While the 2016 presidential campaign continues to dominate headlines, the outcome of critical races in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate could dramatically alter Washington’s political landscape. Through...

Zika virus: Dispelling the myths

Since its emergence, Zika virus has been a source of concern and confusion for many people worldwide, particularly in today’s era of instant messaging and misinformation. However, because...

Stepping up to prevent antibiotic resistance, manage emerging diseases

Since microorganisms were first linked to infectious diseases centuries ago, scientists and healthcare practitioners have been waging a war to stop the spread of pathogens that lead to potentially...

Exploring health policy: Federal Register rules, regulations, and notices

  Government health policy has an impact on nearly every aspect of healthcare delivery. It drives payment methodology, influences the quality of the care that...

At CHI, nurse board leadership is embedded in the culture

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a nonprofit, faith-based health system, has a longstanding commitment to nurse leadership in the boardroom. Based in Englewood, Colorado, CHI is one of the nation’s largest healthcare...

Antimicrobial stewardship and you

The World Health Organization estimates that by 2050, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will cause as many as 10 million deaths globally. Not only does AMR lead to increased mortality; it also lengthens...

Making a difference for patients through culturally congruent care

Regardless of the healthcare setting, a registered nurse (RN) in 2016 is likely to encounter patients with culturally diverse beliefs and practices about health,...

Attaining a culturally congruent practice

Patient-centered, holistic care is something that nurses are taught about early and are expected to strive for every day. Yet we can’t truly practice...

ANA sharps injury prevention stakeholder group

Continued efforts by ANA to enhance healthcare worker safety resulted in the formation of a sharps injury stakeholder’s group in 2015. The group meets...
safe patient handling standards

Charting a path forward: Results and recommendations from ANA’s SPHM environmental scan

  OCCUPATIONAL INJURY associated with manual patient handling continues to plague healthcare workers, particularly nurses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the combined injury rate among registered...
Nurse fatigue

Let’s work together to solve long hours and nurse fatigue

NURSE FATIGUE may seem inevitable in many healthcare environments, with a portion of registered nurses (RNs) consistently working past their normal shifts—jeopardizing their own health and potentially crossing...
work place safety

Slips, trips, and falls: Not just for patients

REGISTERED NURSES (RNs) are diligent in assessing a patient’s risk for falls and implementing proper fall prevention protocol and policies. But did you know that slips, trips,...
policy development

Power for positive change

ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS to nursing is not being involved in decisions about policies affecting the profession and patients. Advocacy is a cornerstone of nursing; yet...