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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.

June 2018 Vol. 13 No. 6

How one hospital is taking a stand against the opioid epidemic.

Limited resources for the treatment of patients experiencing opioid withdrawal often results in referral to a rehabilitation center, which may cause treatment delays that lead to overdose death or suicide.
The clinical scale developed by an interprofessional team . . .

June 2018 Vol. 13 No. 6

Advocacy is key to safer communities and workplaces.
By Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Violence knows no boundaries. It spills into our streets, homes, and community centers. It infiltrates our schools, churches, and workplaces. And it must stop.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has long viewed violence . . .

June 2018 Vol. 13 No. 6

Nurse experts identify and respond to changing needs of an aging population.
By Carol J. Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN

What exactly is gerontological nursing? Because of increasing numbers of older adult consumers and today’s evolving healthcare services, the American Nurses Association (ANA) convened an expert workgroup . . .

June 2018 Vol. 13 No. 6

Lives in the balance
By Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

It’s 3 am and you’re called to an apartment complex for a person down. You arrive and find a 22-year-old man you know as a heroin addict and a “frequent flyer.”

It’s the second . . .

May 2018 Vol. 13 No. 5

Real nurses nurture their young.
By Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

My mother once told me that the first half of your life is all about acquiring things—an education, a job, a marriage, home, furniture, children, reputation, success. The second half is all about losing things—parents, jobs . . .

May 2018 Vol. 13 No. 5

Expert panel contributes to an ongoing body of work.
By Sametria McCammon, MSPH, and Ruth Francis, MPH, MCHES

RNs are essentialto establishing and maintaining a well-coordinated health system that focuses on consumer preferences, advances care quality, and maximizes the use of available resources. Care coordination represents one approach where . . .

May 2018 Vol. 13 No. 5

Investing in nurses to achieve global health.
Health should be a recognized universal right. Having an equitable health system should be a universal standard. And having highly skilled nurses recognized for their expertise in providing care and leading efforts to transform a nation’s health and health system should be . . .

April 2018 Vol. 13 No. 4

By Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

“Sleep, gentle sleep that…knits up the raveled sleave of care.” —Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act II, Scene II

As most nurses know,sleep disturbance is a leading cause of hospital complications, including falls and delirium. Studies of humans and other animals show sleep plays . . .

April 2018 Vol. 13 No. 4

Learn how to reduce the risk and what to do if an injury occurs.

Preventing blood and body fluid exposures depends on surveillance, ongoing education, and adherence to a hierarchy of controls, such as personal protective equipment.
The estimated cost of each eye exposure incident is more than $1 . . .

April 2018 Vol. 13 No. 4

Use a tool for consistent, objective, and quantifiable patient assignments.

Patient assignments can lead to dissatisfaction among nursing staff, especially when they’re not consistent, objective, and quantifiable.
Dissatisfaction can create barriers to the adaptability and teamwork that are critical to good patient care.
The patient acuity tool addresses . . .

April 2018 Vol. 13 No. 4

Preventing the dangers of accidental or intentional prescription drug misuse.
By Sharon A. Morgan, MSN, RN, NP-C

One of the take-home lessons of the current opioid epidemic is the imperative to ensure proper medication storage and disposal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between . . .

April 2018 Vol. 13 No. 4

Let’s work together to tackle public health issues. 
With National Nurses Weekcoming soon, we’ll be publicly recognized for our many positive contributions to healthcare at the bedside and beyond. While celebrating and looking back on all that we’ve accomplished, I also encourage you to look ahead to . . .

March 2018 Vol. 13 No. 3

Does healthcare policy effect stress and health?
By Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

Once you’ve decided that early childhood development is one key to a healthy life, you’re forced into a world that’s part neurobiology and psychoneuroendocrinology, part immunology, and part sociology. We know from developmental . . .

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