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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.

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 . . .

October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

The answer may surprise you.
WHAT can you do with a patient who won’t comply with any of your directives? You’ve provided education until you’re blue in the face. You’ve given explanation after explanation to no avail. When can you say “enough is enough” and tell . . .

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

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