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Practice Matters

How we practice nursing impacts our patients, individual nurses, and the profession as a whole. These articles cover everything from healthcare policy and nursing’s political voice to diversity, patient education, workplace violence, and more.

September 2019 Vol. 14 No. 9

Simulation boosts skills and encourages active learning. 

Traditional medication administration dosage testing can be time-consuming, costly, and lack elements of active learning. 
Simulation in nurse education provides authentic clinical situations in a safe environment.  
A medication dosage simulation project has shown positive outcomes. 

Medication dosage calculation proficiency is . . .

August 2019 Vol. 14 No. 8

New resources to protect RNs from workplace violence

THE American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Health Risk Appraisal in 2016 indicated that 25% of nurses had been physically assaulted by a patient or patient’s family member and 9% were concerned for their personal safety at work. Realizing that nurse assaults . . .

August 2019 Vol. 14 No. 8

ANA offers guidance to help address a national and global epidemic.
ON MY WAY INTO WORK at the burn center early in my career, I’d often worry about the pain my patients were going to experience while I performed their wound care. I knew those interventions were necessary to . . .

July 2019 Vol. 14 No. 7

Use your critical-thinking skills to assess industry-funded research. 

What should you know about industry and marketing and how it might influence your practice? How can you find unbiased information?  
Industry and nursing
Most of the research and legislative efforts around healthcare industry marketing have focused on the relationship . . .

July 2019 Vol. 14 No. 7

Leaders can advocate for changes to reduce ED boarding and crowding.
IN SEPTEMBER 2012, in Update 2 to the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals, The Joint Commission published revisions to Leadership (LD) Standard LD.04.03.11 (the patient flow standard). The revision, which went into effect January 1, 2014 . . .

July 2019 Vol. 14 No. 7

Let’s all work together to solve this workplace hazard.

FOR DECADES, many nurses did not speak openly about incivility and bullying in healthcare. If we did, we limited its scope and didn’t call out the different types of bullying relationships. Or we fell back on the familiar refrain . . .

June 2019 Vol. 14 No. 6

Reinforcing hospice’s valuable services after disturbing court case


IN 2018, Jessica Love, a nursing supervisor for one of the largest hospice providers in North Texas, pleaded guilty of a healthcare fraud scheme that included fatally overdosing patients for profit. She testified that the “purported medical services for which . . .

June 2019 Vol. 14 No. 6

Raising the profile of nursing to improve health and healthcare here and globally

BY NOW I’m sure many in the nursing community know that for the 17th year in a row the public ranked nursing as the most trusted profession in an annual Gallup poll. That acknowledgment is absolutely . . .

June 2019 Vol. 14 No. 6

Making the evidence-based method a standard of care builds nurse confidence and improves patient education 

The teach-back method is an evidence-based intervention, but it’s poorly utilized in current nursing practice. 
Gaps in nurse knowledge may be why teach-back isn’t routinely used. 
Effective interpersonal . . .

May 2019 Vol. 14 No. 5

Know the warning signs and stay calm.


WHETHER you’re a certified nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, or nurse practitioner, you’ll likely deal with patients who are feeling pain, have lost their independence, or are experiencing stress and anxiety—and they will sometimes lose control of . . .

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