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Special Reports

April 2019 Vol. 14 No. 4

Learn the truth about safe administration.
Many myths abound about I.V. push medications. To dispel these myths and outline evidence-based standards of practice, American Nurse Today interviewed Elizabeth Campbell, MSN, RN, CRNI, past president of the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) New England Chapter and a clinical scholar at . . .

April 2019 Vol. 14 No. 4

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) made several recommendations related to the safe administration of I.V. medications based on the results of its survey and has published a compilation of best practices. The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) standards also address I.V. push administration.

Here is checklist of . . .

April 2019 Vol. 14 No. 4

System-wide, evidence-based practice is the solution.
The 2018 Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) survey uncovered many concerns about how nurses are diluting I.V. push medications. A common unsafe practice is unnecessary dilution of adult I.V. push medications. Another issue is dilution or reconstitution of I . . .

April 2019 Vol. 14 No. 4

Experts weigh in on what nurses need to know
New evidence raises concerns about how nurses are preparing and administering I.V. push medications. A 2018 survey published by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) revealed that practitioners are frequently using unsafe practices.

The 2018 survey is a follow . . .

November 2018 Vol. 13 No. 11

On May 1, 2017, ANA Enterprise launched a bold initiative—Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Grand Challenge—to transform the health of our nation by first improving the health of its 4 million RNs. In just over a year, more than 25,000 individuals and 350 partner organizations have joined . . .

Career Watch 2018

Use responses to behavioral interview questions to highlight your skills and knowledge.
By Deborah Lindell, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF, and Debra Hagler, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN

Communicating effectively in an interview is key to getting the professional nursing job you want. Prospective employers ask different . . .

December 2017 Vol. 12 No. 12

By Meaghan O’Keeffe, BSN, RN

In June 2017, American Nurse Today conducted a survey to measure trends in nursing. With almost 6,000 respondents, we collected valuable data related to workforce demographics, salary and benefits, and job satisfaction.

But the work of nursing has many more complex facets than . . .

November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

What would you get if you took a snapshot of nursing? To answer that question, American Nurse Today surveyed thousands of nurses to examine a variety of nursing trends. The goal of the survey was not just to collect salary data, but also to unearth valuable information about what keeps . . .

September 2017 Vol. 12 No. 9

How to build a case that creates improved patient outcomes.
By Janet Boivin, BSN, RN

In this new, unpredictable healthcare universe, chief nursing officers (CNOs) and chief financial officers (CFOs) are jettisoning preconceived notions of their individual roles and finding innovative ways to work together to create better outcomes.

One . . .

November 2016 Vol. 11 No. 11

Author: Angela Dubuc, MSN, RN as told to Janet Boivin, BSN, RN

In 2014, a multidisciplinary task force at Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) in Lewiston created a fall-reduction program flexible enough to be customized to each unit’s medical specialty. The team chose the fall-prevention toolkit from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as the best-practice guide . . .

September 2016 Vol. 11 No. 9

Author: Meaghan O’Keeffe, BSN, RN

In the healthcare arena, change happens at a rapid pace. Healthcare leaders face the continual challenge of delivering high-quality patient care while managing costs. A growing body of evidence shows that patient acuity-driven staffing is an effective way to optimize nurse staffing to improve patient outcomes and promote . . .

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