American Nurse Today

American Nurse Today is the official publication of the American Nurses Association.

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 2, February

2017 ANA Annual Conference: Presenters Focus on Innovation, Culture, and Resilience
Health care is transforming, and the ANA Annual Conference provides tools for registered nurses to prepare for and lead the transformation. Attendees will walk away equipped with fresh ideas, effective strategies, and practical resources such as:...
Choosing Your Political Battles: Pick Wisely to Ensure Leadership Success
MARY (*), A NEW MANAGER in the operating room, prides herself on being a strong advocate for her staff, quickly acting on every issue with which she's presented. So she's a little surprised when her leader-mentor Susan tells her that she's developing...
Clinical Humility: A Humbled Patient Care: When We Practice Clinical Humility, We Remove the Illusion of Medical Omnipotence
THERE'S A STORY that goes something like this: An elderly man falls down a flight of stairs at home. In the emergency department, he's found to have four broken ribs, a pneumohemothorax that requires two chest tubes, and a large gash on his forehead...
Dedicated to Helping People through Nursing Research
We do things because we want them to matter--to make a difference. That's why the American Nurses Foundation began the Nursing Research Grant (NRG) Program more than 60 years ago--to support nurses who are making a difference in defining quality care....
Effective Bag-Valve-Mask Ventilation Saves Lives: Simple Techniques Help You Ensure Proper Ventilation of Patients in Respiratory Distress or Respiratory Arrest
ROBERT WALKER (*), your patient in the postanesthesia care unit, is recovering from laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The anesthesia provider tells you that the patient's history is unremarkable and surgery went well. When you speak to Mr. Walker, he's...
How Do We Manage in Uncertain Times? Stay Focused on Our Values, Strategic Plan, and Advocacy
AS THE EARLY MONTHS of a new political landscape unfold, there are many concerns about the future direction of health care and other issues important to registered nurses. This constant shifting of the ground beneath us is unsettling at the very least....
Inside Surgical Smoke Nurse-Led Program Aims to Remove This Threat to RNs, Patients
When Brenda Ulmer, MN, RN, CNOR, worked in the operating room (OR) full time, she was aware of the seemingly fleeting smoke that was produced during certain surgical procedures, but didn't link it to how she felt at the end of the day. It wasn't...
Leaving against Medical Advice
To: Ethics From: A concerned patient Subject: Trapped Importance: High Iam the new mother of a beautiful baby boy who was born in a large, city hospital in the Midwest. After delivery, I developed minor complications and my physicians wanted...
Lung Cancer: Not Just a Smoker's Disease: Although Lung Cancer Is Inextricably Linked to Smoking, about 25% of Lung Cancers Occur in Never-Smokers
JILL SMITH, a 58-year-old wait ress in a local bar, comes to the clinic complaining of shortness of breath and a persistent cough for the last month. She reports she has lost 10 lbs recently, even though her eating habits (including a high meat intake...
Making Sense of the Confusing Alphabet Soup of Credentials: Using Educational, Professional, and Legal Titles Appropriately Promotes the Profession-And You
Imagine this scenario: A state senator, after reviewing a letter from a constituent supporting her bill to remove practice barriers for nurses, asks the nursing organization's lobbyist, "Is this person a nurse?" These credentials followed the letter-writer's...
Opioid Overdose: Quick Action and Patient Education Can Save Lives
WHEN TOM SMITH (*) finds his mother Mary, age 59, extremely sleepy and difficult to awaken, he calls 911. The emergency medical technician (EMT) notes a prescription bottle labeled oxycodone IR (immediate release) 30 mg. While she's in the ambulance,...
PhD or DNP? Defining the Path to Your Career Destination: Learn How to Choose the Degree That's Right for You
Have you been toying with the idea of earning a doctoral degree in nursing? Maybe you want to pursue a career in research, teaching, or advanced practice and you know that another degree can help you achieve those goals. You may, however, not know...
Robotic Nurses: No Substitute for Real RNs
FOR THE PAST DECADE, care innovation has exploded with new tools and technology. Keeping up with all of the new devices and gadgets available to ease caregiver burden and increase safety is hard. One machine that's gaining a lot of attention and investment...
Sharps Injuries: Where We Stand Today: We Can't Afford to Be Complacent about Sharps Safety
NEEDLESTICKS and other sharps-related exposures to bloodborne pathogens (including HIV, hepatitis B virus [HBV] and hepatitis C virus) continue to pose a significant occupational risk for healthcare workers. Largely preventable, these injuries are...
The Ethic of Responsibility
THE IDEA of the common good is an ancient concept, going all the way back to Aristotle, Plato, and Cicero. What exactly is it? The contemporary ethicist John Rawls put it this way: the common good requires "certain general conditions that are... equally...
Transparency and Accountability in Nurse Staffing: Keeping the Public Informed about Staffing Benefits Patients
ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSPARENCY and accountability have come to represent efforts to measure and hold providers responsible for their actions through accessible and often comparative channels. Along with performance-based payment programs, both the Department...
Welcome to the 115th Congress
The 2016 election cycle brought in a new U.S. President and Congress, along with a continued Republican majority in both chambers. The ANA congratulates the candidates elected who have proven to be advocates for a stronger healthcare system and improved...
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