Practice Matters

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

Author: Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

I read the following case study online; although I have shortened it considerably, here is the gist of it:
“I made the worst medication error today and feel horrible about it. I want to quit from sadness and embarrassment. I’ve been a nurse for about 10 months. I have . . .

February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 2

Author: Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

The idea of the common good is an ancient concept, going all the way back to Aristotle, Plato, and Cicero. What exactly is it? The contemporary ethicist John Rawls put it this way: the common good requires “certain general conditions that are…equally to everyone’s advantage.” Newsweek columnist Robert . . .

February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 2

Author: Yana Dilman, BSN, RN, PCCN, and Faye Gardner, DNP, MSN, RN, CWCN

Over the public-announcement system at our inner-city, 500-bed hospital you hear, “Code Green, Main 5, Room 506.” That’s probably not a code you’ve heard before. A Code Green tells the team that an agitated individual needs help de-escalating. It sets into motion a rapid . . .

January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1

Author: Melissa Schwartz Beck, PhD, RNC-OB; Cheryl Elhammoumi, MSN, RN, CCRN; and Jitka Virag, PhD

Many of us make assumptions based on a person’s appearance, behavior, our personal experiences, and what we believe that person might be thinking. But sometimes, we hear someone say something completely unexpected, causing us to reevaluate our opinion of that person. “Oops, I didn’t think about that!”

In . . .

January 2017 Vol. 12 No. 1

Author: Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

John C. Calhoun, seventh Vice President of the United States, said, “The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.” This seems to . . .

December 2016 Vol. 11 No. 12

Author: Donna T. Darcy, MA, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN, CNE, and Diane Morris, MS, RN, CNN

Mary Kean* is a 62-year-old woman who has had hypertension for the last 30 years. She has not taken her medicine routinely because, as she tells her physician, it’s very expensive and she doesn’t feel sick. She also doesn’t adhere to a low-sodium diet . . .

December 2016 Vol. 11 No. 12

Author: Patricia Quigley, PhD, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP

You know from your experience that some patients will choose not to call for help before getting up from a bed, chair, or toilet, even though you orient them to the reason to call for help and how to use the call light to do so. When admitted to the . . .