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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.

April 2018 Vol. 13 No. 4

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

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.
Takeaways:

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

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 . . .

March 2018 Vol. 13 No. 3

Take the time to protect your eyes from pathogens.
Takeaways:

Nurses sustain the largest percentage of blood and body fluid exposures (BBFE) in acute-care settings in the United States.
From 50% to 60% of splashes that touch unprotected skin are blood or body fluids visibly contaminated with blood; 83 . . .

March 2018 Vol. 13 No. 3

Nursing teamwork addresses admission, discharge, and transfer workloads.
Takeaways:

Multiple simultaneous admissions, discharges, and transfers can create complexity and heavy workloads in acute-care facilities.
To ensure patient safety and reduce nurse burnout, nurses must receive support during periods of increased workload.
An admission, discharge, transfer team can help improve . . .

February 2018 Vol. 13 No. 2

Your involvement in safety programs and device evaluation and selection protects everyone.
Takeaways:

Increases in incidence of diabetes can result in increasing incidence of sharps injuries for nurses delivering care.
Insulin needles are the most frequent needle type causing needlestick injuries in healthcare.
When injecting patients with insulin, evaluate best . . .

February 2018 Vol. 13 No. 2

What we know…and how long we’ve known it
By Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

Why do some people stay healthy, while others get sick? Over the last 5 decades, it’s become alarmingly clear that the determinants of health are rooted in where people live in the . . .

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