Practice Matters

How we practice nursing impacts our patients, individual nurses, and the profession as a whole. These articles cover everything from healthcare policy and nursing’s political voice to diversity, patient education, workplace violence, and more.

January 2018 Vol. 13 No. 1

Lessons learned from EPINet®. 

From 2012 to 2016, injuries from disposable syringes make up 28.1% of  needlesticks; of those, 19.5% are from insulin syringes.
Nearly 95% of all injuries from insulin syringes occurred to nurses, and more than 90% of those occurred in patient or exam rooms . . .

January 2018 Vol. 13 No. 1

You should feel safe at work.
By Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

Nurses—everyone, in fact—have a right to a workplace free of harassment, but that’s too often not the case. A few years ago, I was asked to do some consulting about harassment in the workplace . . .

December 2017 Vol. 12 No. 12

The last iteration of repealing and replacing Obamacare has gone down in failure because of Republicans appalled by cost and Democrats obsessed with numbers of Americans without access. I think repeal and replace keeps coming up because the narrative never changes. What Congress needs is a new way of thinking—a whack on the side of the head.

December 2017 Vol. 12 No. 12

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim is to improve population health, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce per-capita spending. The Quad­ruple Aim adds the goal of improving healthcare pro­viders’ work life. This holiday season, “gift” yourself with self-care techniques to ensure the best care for patients and families and to promote effective interprofessional work environments.

December 2017 Vol. 12 No. 12

This effort requires everyone’s support.
“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger,’’ so proposed German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche back in the 19th century and reiterated since then by countless others when facing adversity. Having to relentlessly confront moral dilemmas and other stressors without institutional support and effective . . .

November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

A tool for patient safety and staff satisfaction.
By Idrialis Perez-Carter, MS, RN


Readers will be able to understand the purpose of staff rounding.
Readers will identify one positive result that can result from having a successful rounding program.
Readers will identify important measures required to have a . . .

November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

If President Trump really wants a healthcare plan that gives him a big win by covering all Americans, reducing insurance costs, and cutting the cost of healthcare, it could be done. And it would be far better than President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). Mr. Trump could push Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) bill that makes Medi­care available to everyone. And wouldn’t it be a hoot? A Republican president, House, and Senate would finally make universal access a reality. And why not? A single-payer system offers cost-cutting strategies that have succeeded all over the globe.

November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

Know the risks of handling many commonly administered drugs. 
WARFARIN, OXYTOCIN, CLONAZEPAM—registered nurses administer millions of these drugs daily with little awareness that they are hazardous, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH). Interestingly, not all hazardous . . .

October 2017 Vol. 12 No. 10

According to the Huffington Post, “A recent survey by the World Economic Forum found that 86 percent of respondents believe we are suffering a global leadership crisis…. The world is in crisis mode and there are few effective leaders to be seen.” One of the gifts of aging is that one has a great deal of hindsight, which improves insight, and gives one just a tad of foresight. All of which leads me to ruminate on leadership, especially in health care.

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