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.

September 2017 Vol. 12 No. 9

The impact of lying on individuals and society.
By Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

While human history is rife with evidence of lying, never has lying been writ so large as it is today. This is, indeed, the season for crafty and seasoned liars! What’s so amazing is . . .

August 2017 Vol. 12 No. 8

The impact of the new healthcare bill can’t be hidden forever.
By Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

As Newton observed, for every action in nature there’s an equal and opposite reaction. So too with laws that are hastily written and enacted. The Senate healthcare bill was developed . . .

August 2017 Vol. 12 No. 8

One hospital’s journey to improve the patient experience.


  • In an effort to improve the state of pain management, nurses in the acute care setting of one hospital developed a plan to supplement traditional pharmacologic treatments with nonpharmacologic interventions.
  • A Comfort Menu and Comfort Cart provide patients with nonpharmacologic pain and comfort interventions.

By Ashleigh Anderson, BSN, RN, PCCN, and Amanda Swedhin, BSN, RN, CMSRN

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July 2017 Vol. 12 No. 7

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

Bridging gaps through familiarity, kindness, and acceptance

To even begin to answer the question—“Is there a right to medical care?”—one must first define a “right.” Legal rights, such as entitlements guaranteed by law to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way, are both determined . . .

June 2017 Vol. 12 No. 6

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

Here, in the United States, a lot has been happening lately; the kinds of things that represent some of the worst problems that beset our world—ISIS, Syria, North Korea, people who shoot schoolchildren for no discernable reason, and others who kill someone just to put it on Facebook. It . . .

June 2017 Vol. 12 No. 6

Author: Colleen M. Morley, MSN, RN, CMCN, ACM

Key takeways

– Communication across the continuum of care is more than “just read my notes.”
– Consistent communication is key to safe, effective patient care.
– Interdisciplinary care team communication breaks down the silos that exist and focuses on patient-centered

Hospitals face tremendous challenges to stay viable and continue to serve . . .