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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.

March 2019 Vol. 14 No. 3

Improve outcomes, promote trust, and keep patients safe.

Creating meaningful, compassionate connections with patients can improve outcomes, promote trust, and help patients feel safe while their hospitalized.
Effective communication happens when we listen carefully to patients, treat them with courtesy and respect, and share information in a way that . . .

February 2019 Vol. 14 No. 2

Know the current standards.
IF YOU PREPARE medications to meet unique patient needs, stop and ensure you are up to speed on United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards to help ensure patients receive quality medications that are free of contaminants.

In the United States, millions of medications are compounded (prepared) each . . .

February 2019 Vol. 14 No. 2

Try a mock survey to ensure patient safety.
PRESIDENT Calvin Coolidge once said, “The chief business of the American people is business,” but that was decades ago. Now, the chief business of American business has expanded to include the production of safe goods and services—and you can add to . . .

December 2018 Vol. 13 No. 12

Proper primary and secondary securement can reduce complications, increase patient comfort, and save money.

Millions of peripheral IVs and central venous catheters are inserted every year.
Securement choices include several types of tape, transparent dressings, sutures, engineered securement devices (ESDs), subcutaneous ESDs, and medical cyanoacrylate tissue adhesives.
Decisions related . . .

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 . . .

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