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September 2019 Vol. 14 No. 9

Lessons and insights for the profession from ANA’s past presidents

OVER the course of my career, I’ve had the privilege of interacting with the best and brightest in our profession. The session I moderated at the June American Nurses Association (ANA) Membership Assembly in Washington, DC, now moves . . .

August 2019 Vol. 14 No. 8

Try replacing busyness with critical habits.
I DON’T THINK the title of the song “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer” is accurate. Your days, like mine, may be hazy and crazy, but certainly not lazy. We can all relate to the busy life. Most of us live in . . .

July 2019 Vol. 14 No. 7

Declare the importance of your independence.
WE CELEBRATE American Independence Day on July 4 every year. Fireworks, parades, carnivals, concerts, and baseball games are just a few of the events commonly associated with the day. If you work on the holiday, you’ll find that most organizations still recognize the . . .

June 2019 Vol. 14 No. 6

A professional wake-up call

NURSES dedicate their lives to helping others. Most of us say the profession is rewarding and fulfilling, with many sources of satisfaction gained through the different roles we perform day in and day out: caregiver, educator, interpreter, planner, coordinator, and motivator, just to name a . . .

May 2019 Vol. 14 No. 5

We know what to do, but we don’t always do it.


WITH the launch of American Nurse Today’s new monthly section on infection prevention, I want to highlight the pivotal role nurses play in preventing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). A recent report in Infection Control & Hospital . . .

April 2019 Vol. 14 No. 4

Staying emotionally healthy is important to personal and patient safety.

Burnout affects more than half of nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers. 
To reduce risks of burnout, the National Academy of Medicine launched the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience. 
Clinician health requires breaking down the stigma . . .

March 2019 Vol. 14 No. 3

You wash your hands…maybe you should clean your phone
PATIENT SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK is March 10-16, 2019. Are you aware of these facts?

Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for over 251,000 lives lost annually.
Healthcare-acquired infections . . .

February 2019 Vol. 14 No. 2

Defining the value of nursing
AS PART OF OUR NURSING PRACTICE, we engage in critical thinking, prioritize patient needs, communicate with other members of the interprofessional healthcare team, and coordinate and document patient care. All of this day-to-day activity to keep patients safe may be invisible to patients . . .

January 2019 Vol. 14 No. 1

New look for American Nurse Today, new ANA leadership
ANOTHER YEAR has gone by, and new excitement is afoot. From new section titles in American Nurse Today to new American Nurses Association (ANA) leadership, 2019 brings changes that reflect nurses’ needs.
New look: American Nurse Today
The Mind/Body/Spirit . . .

December 2018 Vol. 13 No. 12

What nurses can learn from the uniforms and ceremonies of other healthcare professions.
“WHAT DOES AN RN LOOK LIKE?”When I was asked that question by a student, I didn’t immediately answer because describing an RN today in terms a nonclinician understands is difficult. I’ve talked about dress . . .

November 2018 Vol. 13 No. 11

Expressing gratitude is good for you.
AS I REFLECT on the Thanksgiving season, I think about how thankful I am for my many nursing colleagues and their constant contributions to outstanding nursing education and practice. I’m also thankful that I chose nursing as my profession more than 35 years . . .

October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

Effective listening can make you a better nurse.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN to be fully present when listening to someone or trying to observe his or her behavior? A student asked me that question, saying that listening and observing during an emergency is really tough, especially with all the activity . . .

September 2018 Vol. 13 No. 9

More research and awareness are needed.
The recent sudden deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and TV host Anthony Bourdain have propelled the topic of suicide into the headlines. These two celebrities were well-known, seemingly happy people with wealth, popularity, and social status who often were seen in public . . .

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