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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 2019 Vol. 14 No. 4

Others may not notice your courtesy, but they will notice your rudeness.


EVERYTHING has changed over the years. Technology, populations, human behavior, even bacteria and viruses have changed, but time hasn’t changed at all. Time simply marches on one moment at a time until we finally run out . . .

April 2019 Vol. 14 No. 4

This program enhances confidence.

The Neurosurgery Mentorship Program at New York Presbyterian–Columbia University Irving Medical Center pairs novice nurses with experienced nurses to improve clinical confidence and satisfaction and reduce attrition. 
During the 6-month program mentors and mentees collaborate monthly to discuss topics related to the clinical . . .

April 2019 Vol. 14 No. 4

Nurses have a role to play in assessing, educating, intervening, and advocating.

Whether a history of mental illness caused a specific shooting or that a psychiatric evaluation might prevent shootings is a complicated issue. 
Whether an individual with a mental illness should have a firearm is a controversial, debatable . . .

March 2019 Vol. 14 No. 3

Improve outcomes, promote trust, and keep patients safe.

Creating meaningful, compassionate connections with patients can improve outcomes, promote trust, and help patients feel safe while their hospitalized.
Effective communication happens when we listen carefully to patients, treat them with courtesy and respect, and share information in a way that . . .

February 2019 Vol. 14 No. 2

Know the current standards.
IF YOU PREPARE medications to meet unique patient needs, stop and ensure you are up to speed on United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards to help ensure patients receive quality medications that are free of contaminants.

In the United States, millions of medications are compounded (prepared) each . . .

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 . . .

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