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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.

October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

Stay up-to-date with immunization resources this season.
Peak flu season is near, and now is the time to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our patients against the flu and other communicable diseases. In a revised position statement in 2015, the American Nurses Association (ANA) recommends vaccination of . . .

September 2018 Vol. 13 No. 9

Harnessing the power of nurse-led innovation.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) embarked on a journey of innovation as a part of its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. Here are some highlights of the efforts to cultivate and celebrate nurse-led innovation.
 Making nurse hackathon history
The largest-ever nurse hackathon . . .

September 2018 Vol. 13 No. 9

An academic-practice partnership achieves student and staff nurse success.

Developing and sustaining a dedicated education unit (DEU) academic-practice partnership requires collaboration, commitment, and careful planning. 
The benefits of DEUs include positive student learning outcomes, fulfillment and professional advancement of front line staff nurses, increased new graduate retention . . .

September 2018 Vol. 13 No. 9

Bring your full attention to the patient to gain perspective.
“If you cannot get the habit of observation one way or other, you had better give up the [idea of] being a nurse, for it is not your calling, however kind and anxious you may be.” —Florence Nightingale

By Leah . . .

July 2018 Vol. 13 No. 7

Strengthening compassion may help you avoid burnout.
Nurses, we’re told, are fundamentally compassionate people. In fact, nurse burnout could be defined as the loss of compassion. So, it behooves us as nurses to explore what compassion is, how it differs from empathy and sympathy, and how to enhance it . . .

July 2018 Vol. 13 No. 7

Use assessment, education, and support to create informed healthcare consumers.

By Meigan Robb, PhD, RN, and Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF


Changes in technological advances have created both challenges and opportunities for nurses and patients.
A patient’s level of eHealth literacy may reflect his or her ability . . .

June 2018 Vol. 13 No. 6

How one hospital is taking a stand against the opioid epidemic.

Limited resources for the treatment of patients experiencing opioid withdrawal often results in referral to a rehabilitation center, which may cause treatment delays that lead to overdose death or suicide.
The clinical scale developed by an interprofessional team . . .

June 2018 Vol. 13 No. 6

Advocacy is key to safer communities and workplaces.
By Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Violence knows no boundaries. It spills into our streets, homes, and community centers. It infiltrates our schools, churches, and workplaces. And it must stop.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has long viewed violence . . .

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