Our Readers Respond

April 2016 Vol. 11 No. 4

Author: Claudia Gittens, RN

After reading this article (“Preventing medication errors by empowering patients”), I felt pleased that safety measures have been elevated regarding administering medication to hospital patients. I do agree that efforts made to limit medication errors may be ineffective, unless time is set aside to educate patients about their medications. Hospital . . .

April 2016 Vol. 11 No. 4

Author: Johanne Cadet

I found this article (“Nurse staffing and patient experience outcomes: A close connection”) by Nell Buhlman very interesting and logical. I believe that a patient experience depend very much on the ratio of nurses to patients. As a palliative care nurse, I have witnessed how the care is different when . . .

February 2016 Vol. 11 No. 2

Author: Shannon E. Perry, PhD, RN, FAAN

The article “Human trafficking: Preparing for a unique patient population” by Cheryl Green in the January 2016 issue of the American Nurse Today was very well done; excellent suggestions for identifying the victims and gaining trust. Human trafficking is a worldwide problem but many people do not believe that it . . .

December 2015 Vol. 10 No. 12

Author: Chad Allen, RN

My name is Chad Allen and I am a psychiatric nurse who works with the geriatric population. As a psychiatric nurse, I have seen the geriatric population suffer many ailments, including dementia, depression, pain, and abandonment from family members. The goal with this letter is to promote cultural change by . . .

October 2015 Vol. 10 No. 10

By Donna Greenwood, MSN, RN

I recently wrote a posting related to nurses caring for patients with addictions in response to a Facebook posting exchange. Below is the exchange, followed by my response.

I wish I could honestly say that I have always been the nurse who has taken the . . .

September 2015 Vol. 10 No. 9

 

October 5, 2015
In response to: Understanding the Charge Nurse’s Role in Staffing (September, 2015)
Dear Editor:
The American Nurses Association (ANA) beautifully outlined principles of how to achieve a solid, efficient and effective staffing plan. But how realistic and feasible is this plan when facilities are already working . . .

October 2015 Vol. 10 No. 10

As a graduate nursing student, the article “Releasing our attachments to the past” (September 2015) really inspired me to take a closer look at the responsibilities of our nurse leaders. Healthcare is at a point of massive change, and Dr. Rose Sherman emphasizes ways to let go of “the way . . .

August 2015 Vol. 10 No. 8

More about moral pitfalls

“Conscience, legalism, and the clash of rights” provided an excellent discussion of some of the ethical and moral pitfalls facing nurses and others in the health professions.

Dr. Leah Curtin mentioned that even the military in time of war makes accommodation for conscientious objectors. That is . . .

June 2015 Vol. 10 No. 6

Author: Florence Parker, BSN, RN

In response to “A case study of a managers’ workshop” in the March 2015 issue: I currently work as a staff nurse and for the past 9 years I have worked under several managers. I have seen nurse managers lose touch of guiding staff because of the position expectations, large . . .

June 2015 Vol. 10 No. 6

Author: Kristen Altdoerffer, DNP candidate, CRNP, MSN; Kim Crosby, BSN, RN; Evangeline Dowling, MSN, RN; Emily Emma, BSN, RN; Teresa L. Hagan, BSN, BA, RN; Sarah Hoffman, MSN, MPH, RN-BC; J. Michael Leger, MBA, BSN, RN; Michaela Lewis, BSN, RN, CPN, CPEN; Tonya L. Smith, MSN, RN

Nurses are increasingly furthering their education with graduate degrees in research and clinical practice. From 2012 to 2013 alone, there have been momentous increases in enrollment in DNP, MSN, and PhD programs across the U.S.: 27.4%, 6.7%, and 1.3%, respectively. This trend reflects a national push . . .

March 2015 Vol. 10 No. 3

Dear Editor:

In response to “A case study of a managers’ workshop” March 2015 issue. I currently work as staff nurse and for the past 9 years I have worked under several managers. I have seen Nurse Managers lose touch of guiding staff because of the position expectation, large amounts . . .