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The Essence of Nursing, Part 2

Readers

The essence of nursing, in our readers’ words

Promoting health and easing suffering—these goals lie at the heart of the essence of nursing. Given the many demands of nursing—call lights, phone calls, alarms, questions, and more—we can easily lose sight of that...
Pressure ulcers

Choosing a support surface to prevent pressure ulcers

Nurses in various settings and practices must navigate the complex process of preventing and treating pressure ulcers. Support surfaces play a pivotal role in this process; clinicians use them to redistribute pressure, reduce shearing...
ICU

Implementing a mobility program for ICU patients

More than 5 million patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) every year, with survival rates approaching 80%. But when they leave the ICU, many patients experience muscle weakness from bed rest and...
Cariing

A culture of caring is a culture of curing

N ursing has a powerful positive impact on patients’ lives. Because of its intimate nature, as exemplified by the essence of nursing, nurses can make the most significant contribution to patients’ experiences, safety, and...
Rounding

The value of purposeful rounding

Purposeful rounding is a proactive, systematic, nurse-driven, evidence-based intervention that helps us anticipate and address patient needs. When applied to nursing, rounding often is described as “hourly” or “purposeful.” We prefer the latter term,...
hand-hygiene

Boosting the success of a hand-hygiene campaign

For nearly two centuries, we’ve had evidence that hand hygiene reduces healthcare-associated infections. Yet many healthcare organizations still struggle to improve compliance with hand-hygiene guidelines. Like many other facilities, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in...
missed care

Promoting early student engagement and proactive prevention of missed nursing care

The difficult transition from student nurse to new nurse can lead to nursing errors, including missed care and untoward patient consequences. Defined as an error of omission, missed care may go by other names—nursing...
falls-prevention

Tailoring falls-prevention interventions to each patient

Falls result from an unsafe environment or known risk factors that haven’t been addressed. Although most patient falls are preventable, falls are the top-reported adverse events in hospitals. A leading cause of injury in...
Essence

Responding to the demand for more “Essence of Nursing”

It’s a pleasure to bring you part 2 of “The Essence of Nursing: Advancing the Art and Science of Patient Care, Quality, and Safety.” We’ve had an overwhelming response to part 1, published in...
nutrition care

Six steps to optimal nutrition care

Did you know: patients diagnosed with malnutrition stay in the hospital three times long­er than other patients? surgical patients with malnutrition are four times more likely to develop pressure ulcers? nurses are the healthcare pro­fessionals...
patients moving

Get your patients moving— now!

center {display:none;}To keep patients on the move, healthcare professionals need to make planned mobility a priority intervention. Progressive mobility (also known as early mobilization) starts slowly and moves the patient toward more range-of-motion exercises, longer...
essence of nursing

The Essence of Nursing

This supplement was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Hill-Rom. Content of this supplement was developed independently of the sponsor and all articles have undergone peer review according to American Nurse Today standards. Click here to download a printable...
essence of nursing

The essence of nursing

center {display:none;} In health care today, technological advances grab headlines while clinicians’ documentation duties mount almost daily. Is basic nursing care receding into the background? Recently, American Nurse Today’s Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) had a spirited...