A tool for patient safety and staff satisfaction.
By Idrialis Perez-Carter, MS, RN
- Readers will be able to understand the purpose of staff rounding.
- Readers will identify one positive result that can result from having a successful rounding program.
- Readers will identify important measures required to have a successful rounding program
Geriatric psychiatric units are typically populated with patients who have a wide range of mental health diagnoses, including dementia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. This diversity can be challenging for nursing staff as they attempt to meet the needs of both high-functioning and low-functioning patients. In addition, advanced age and complex medication regimens place many of these patients at risk for physical injury from falls. Continue reading
Take advantage of your digital footprint to demonstrate your skills and experience.
By Jaime Hannans, PhD, RN, CNE, and Yosemite Olivo, RN
- Digital identity is the online presence of an individual, including social media presence, profiles and engagement, and any discoverable online content.
- Professional nurses and nursing students should consider what their digital identity says about them.
- A well-developed electronic portfolio can successfully create a positive digital identity by articulating professional goals and experiences, highlighting unique skills sets or achievements, and connecting with other professionals who may lead to new opportunities.
It may be the right thing to do.
If President Trump really wants a healthcare plan that gives him a big win by covering all Americans, reducing insurance costs, and cutting the cost of healthcare, it could be done. And it would be far better than President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). Mr. Trump could push Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) bill that makes Medicare available to everyone. And wouldn’t it be a hoot? A Republican president, House, and Senate would finally make universal access a reality. And why not? A single-payer system offers cost-cutting strategies that have succeeded all over the globe. Continue reading
A look at the research into cognitive impairment
All segments of the international population are living longer, and many will experience dementia. Policymakers are focused on the cost estimates of caring for elders with cognitive impairment. The World Alzheimer Report 2016, from Alzheimer’s Disease International, a global federation of 85 Alzheimer’s associations, highlighted the need to make dementia an international health priority. The numbers in the report are staggering: 47 million people are estimated to be living with dementia worldwide, with the number projected to increase to more than 131 million by 2050. The report recommends that nations develop a plan to address dementia, removing the stigma around it, and protecting the human rights of these individuals. Continue reading
How much do you know about predatory conferences?
By Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, CPPS, FAAN
The predatory journal explosion over the past few years has now infiltrated the conference arena. You should know how to recognize a legitimate conference versus a bogus one. Your time, professional growth goals, and monetary resources are all precious commodities that can be easily exploited by unscrupulous organizers of programs that, on the surface, appear legitimate but are actually a sham.
The moral right and moral enterprise of health care
By Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN
According to the Huffington Post, “A recent survey by the World Economic Forum found that 86 percent of respondents believe we are suffering a global leadership crisis…. The world is in crisis mode and there are few effective leaders to be seen.” One of the gifts of aging is that one has a great deal of hindsight, which improves insight, and gives one just a tad of foresight. All of which leads me to ruminate on leadership, especially in health care. Continue reading
AMERICAN NURSE TODAY asked nurses to share their personal and professional experiences related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Here are a few of their responses. Continue reading