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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.

December 2018 Vol. 13 No. 12

Looking back on ANA’s work and presidency.
THE PRESIDENCY of the American Nurses Association (ANA) is one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding roles in American nursing. It has been my privilege to serve ANA and the registered nurses of this country for the past 4½ years. Starting . . .

December 2018 Vol. 13 No. 12

Is the complexity of nurse staffing compatible with the blunt force of a law?
FEW can doubt that nursing administration knows a great deal more about safe staffing than it did before the 1980s. In fact, so many medical, nursing, and administrative journals have published so much on safe nurse . . .

November 2018 Vol. 13 No. 11

And why it’s time that they embraced the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
A FEW YEARS AGO, I was doing some work in Australia and took a few days off to visit the capital city, Canberra. I discovered that their two houses of Parliament, the Senate and the . . .

November 2018 Vol. 13 No. 11

RNs, as a whole, are a satisfied group.
We’re satisfied with the nursing care we provide our patients.
We’re satisfied with our salaries (most have received raises in the last year).
We’re satisfied with our coworkers, although some of us continue to be bullied.
And we’re . . .

October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

What role do we play in mitigating or exacerbating difficult situations?
Takeaways:

Challenging patient encounters threaten the quality of life of those involved and are likely to lead to responses that negatively impact patient care.
As nurses, we can promote positive interactions by empathizing with patients, all of whom are . . .

October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

The answer may surprise you.
WHAT can you do with a patient who won’t comply with any of your directives? You’ve provided education until you’re blue in the face. You’ve given explanation after explanation to no avail. When can you say “enough is enough” and tell . . .

October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

Stay up-to-date with immunization resources this season.
Peak flu season is near, and now is the time to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our patients against the flu and other communicable diseases. In a revised position statement in 2015, the American Nurses Association (ANA) recommends vaccination of . . .

September 2018 Vol. 13 No. 9

Harnessing the power of nurse-led innovation.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) embarked on a journey of innovation as a part of its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. Here are some highlights of the efforts to cultivate and celebrate nurse-led innovation.
 Making nurse hackathon history
The largest-ever nurse hackathon . . .

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