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.

May 2017 Vol. 12 No. 5

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

Seriously, facts aren’t opinions…and all opinions are not equal. In today’s world of alternate facts and zealous individualism, it may help to clarify a few things. For example, my sister Louise, a newly minted director of nursing, called me outraged that a new graduate contradicted the chief . . .

April 2017 Vol. 12 No. 4

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

Divina Gunito* was the first in her family to graduate from college, and now it was her turn to help her loved ones. She decided to emigrate to the United States, where she would work as a registered nurse and send money home so her siblings could also go to . . .

April 2017 Vol. 12 No. 4

Author: Diana Niland, APRN, FNP-C, WCC, and Tricia Barbarito, RN

Key takeaways

Diabetes and risk of diabetes is high nationwide, especially within rural communities with limited access to care.
Group Lifestyle Balance programs offer opportunities to educate community participants about lifestyle changes to reduce their risks for diabetes.

 
As healthcare professionals, nurses focus on preventing disease and reducing the . . .

March 2017 Vol. 12 No. 3

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

I read the following case study online; although I have shortened it considerably, here is the gist of it:
“I made the worst medication error today and feel horrible about it. I want to quit from sadness and embarrassment. I’ve been a nurse for about 10 months. I have . . .

February 2017 Vol. 12 No. 2

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

The idea of the common good is an ancient concept, going all the way back to Aristotle, Plato, and Cicero. What exactly is it? The contemporary ethicist John Rawls put it this way: the common good requires “certain general conditions that are…equally to everyone’s advantage.” Newsweek columnist Robert . . .