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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 2006 Vol. 1 Num. 2

Author: Karen Zwerneman, RN, MSN, CCRN

PRECEPTORS MAKE ALL the difference. Without the right preceptor, the transition from classroom to patient’s room can be difficult, but a preceptor who demonstrates how to turn classroom theory into skilled clinical practice can put a new nurse on the path to clinical excellence.

What a preceptor needs
What . . .

November 2006 Vol. 1 Num. 2

Author: Pamela S. Anderson, RN, BSN, CCRN

With this decision tree as your guide, you’ll delegate tasks to assistive personnel with confidence.

October 2006 Vol. 1 Num. 1

Author: Kenneth J. King, RN, BSN

Tired of unproductive staff meetings held at inconvenient times? Had it  up to here with being interrupted when trying to express your opinion? Maybe it’s time to explore alternatives to the traditional in-person meeting. One hospital unit did just that, and their online meeting forum helped them create new protocols in record time.

October 2006 Vol. 1 Num. 1

Author: Nancy Winter, RN, MSN, CNA

CDC recommends annual flu shots for children ages 2 to 4
For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is endorsing yearly flu shots for healthy children ages 2 to 4, as well as their household contacts and out-of-home caregivers.

 Since 2004, the CDC . . .

October 2006 Vol. 1 Num. 1

Author: Haron K. Baranoski, RN, MSN, FAAN

In a new report, the Institute of Medicine concludes that at least 25% of harmful adverse drug events are preventable, and recommends specific preventive actions for nurses and other healthcare workers.

October 2006 Vol. 1 Num. 1

Author: Kathleen A. Mikos, RN, MSN

Serious patient-flow problems call for more than just quick fixes. In some facilities, the culture must be transformed before patient bottlenecks can be banished. Read about one hospital’s system-wide cure for its throughput blues.

October 2006 Vol. 1 Num. 1

Author: Nancy Winter, RN, MSN, CNA

With a shrinking workforce and more complex healthcare, how can nurses raise the bar on clinical excellence? One hospital uses health information technology to improve efficiency and reduce unnecessary errors – and has gained Magnet status in the process.

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