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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.

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 . . .

November 2018 Vol. 13 No. 11

And why it’s time that they embraced the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
A FEW YEARS AGO, I was doing some work in Australia and took a few days off to visit the capital city, Canberra. I discovered that their two houses of Parliament, the Senate and the . . .

November 2018 Vol. 13 No. 11

RNs, as a whole, are a satisfied group.
We’re satisfied with the nursing care we provide our patients.
We’re satisfied with our salaries (most have received raises in the last year).
We’re satisfied with our coworkers, although some of us continue to be bullied.
And we’re . . .

October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

What role do we play in mitigating or exacerbating difficult situations?

Challenging patient encounters threaten the quality of life of those involved and are likely to lead to responses that negatively impact patient care.
As nurses, we can promote positive interactions by empathizing with patients, all of whom are . . .

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