American Nurse Today Journal – July, 2017 Vol 12 Number 7
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By Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief
With nursing shortages come opportunities to recognize exceptional work, invest in quality staff, and improve systems.
By Katherine Pereira
Glucose monitoring has come a long way. Learn how you can help your patients get the most from this technology.
By Jenna M. Norton, Tom Pruski, Kimberly Konkel, Sam Marullo, and Tamara G. Bavendam
Nursing care is critical to ensuring patients get the treatment they need to treat bladder conditions – in both healthcare and community settings.
By Vivian Gasu and Fidelindo Lim
Learn how to recognize this condition early so patients receive prompt treatment to relieve pain and discomfort.
24 Rapid Response
By Mary Ann House-Fancher
Rapid deterioration requires a rapid response.
By Andrea Bearded and Beth Kelsey
Using the modified 5As framework, Dave’s nurse helps him develop an effective plan to lose weight.
An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.
By Pamela F. Cipriano
Former U.S. Representative Lois Capps, a long-time school nurse before seeking office, provides insights on how nurses can get involved in healthcare policy.
By Ruth Francis
Nurses face unique challenges when it comes to sleep. Here are recommendations that just might help.
56 From Where I Stand
By Leah Curtin
If we all agree that medical care is a human right, shouldn’t it also be a legal right?
A round-up of clinical and practice news and alerts.
35 Learn about the top issues facing ANA member nurses, how ANA is working for you, and what ANA is doing to advance nursing. This month features a report on the Membership Assembly.
From the bedside to the boardroom: Are you ready to serve?
By Connie Mullinix, AnnMarie Lee Walton, and Diana Ruiz
You may not realize it, but you probably already have the skills and know-how to serve on a board. Learn how to put that knowledge into action.
By Marilyn Dubree, April Kapu, Michelle Terrell, James W. Pichert, William O. Cooper, Gerald B. Hickson
When a pattern of unprofessional behavior becomes apparent, it’s time to develop an accountability plan.
By April Motley
Barbara Jones Warren, recipient of ANA’s 2016 Hildegard Peplau Award, believes shared decision making is the cornerstone to teaching nurses and caring for patients..
By Kenneth Longbrake
Using surveys and information sharing, this inpatient unit strives to meet the fourth aim of healthcare delivery – improving the employee experience.
By Kristy S. Chunta
When you take care of yourself, you model healthy behavior for your students that may benefit them throughout their careers.
By Natalie Abts and Patricia R. McCartney
You have a role to play when it comes to device safety during product development, procurement, and hazard analysis.
50 Leading patient safety efforts (infographic)
Learn more about a valuable resource – “Leading a Culture of Safety: A Blueprint for Success.”
By Marty Pond
By developing a fall prevention bundle, this hospital in Syracuse, NY, has reduced annual patient falls by 30%.
Continuing your education, whether you’re a newly licensed RN or have years of experience, gives you the opportunity to expand your horizons.
In this year’s education guide, you’ll find advice, resources, and tools to help you choose the eduational path that best meets your specific needs. You’ll learn about accelerated programs that help you complete your education quickly, online options that give you the flexiblility to take care of personal responsibilities, and much more.
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The journal is committed to delivering authoritative research translated into practical, evidence-based literature and relevant content to keep nurses up-to-date on best practices, help them maximize patient outcomes, advance their careers, and enhance their professional and personal growth fulfillment.
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