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.

November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

Know the risks of handling many commonly administered drugs. 
WARFARIN, OXYTOCIN, CLONAZEPAM—registered nurses administer millions of these drugs daily with little awareness that they are hazardous, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH). Interestingly, not all hazardous . . .

November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

Data and care quality go hand in hand.
By Kimberly S. Glassman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Nurses, as the largest group of healthcare professionals, are key to quality and safety and to ensuring the best patient outcomes. To make informed practice decisions, nurses need access to aggregate data about . . .

October 2017 Vol. 12 No. 10

According to the Huffington Post, “A recent survey by the World Economic Forum found that 86 percent of respondents believe we are suffering a global leadership crisis…. The world is in crisis mode and there are few effective leaders to be seen.” One of the gifts of aging is that one has a great deal of hindsight, which improves insight, and gives one just a tad of foresight. All of which leads me to ruminate on leadership, especially in health care.

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 . . .

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