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What works: Equitable nurse-patient assignments using a workload tool

One unit’s experience developing and implementing a process change. Nurses on a 36-bed medical/surgical telemetry unit in a metropolitan hospital expressed frustration with their nursing...

Developing a mentor program to improve support and retention

A medical intensive care unit implements mentorship to ease the transition from novice to practicing nurse. Takeaways: After orientation is complete, newly hired nurses seek...

Engaging and advocating

Election year offers opportunities to influence. Nurses make a difference. Those four words succinctly and accurately capture what our profession is all about and what...

Moral space

Understanding the problems of living and dying. A number of years ago, I was caring for a woman who had acute leukemia. She was being...

Key components for optimal staffing

New principles help make this complex goal attainable. Nurse staffing is essential to the delivery of safe, quality healthcare in every practice setting. Nurses have...

Shared decision making and patient-centered care

Engage patients in healthcare decisions to ensure patient autonomy. Takeaways: Patients should be actively involved in making decisions about their care. Shared decision making is...

A look back—and ahead

Making progress on key priorities. TIME FLIES—especially when you’re engaged in efforts you feel passionate about, working with people who are committed to making a...

Virtual reality: A strategy to improve patient-centered care

Technology can help nurses gain empathy and navigate difficult conversations. Takeaways: Extended reality (virtual, mixed, augmented) technology is rapidly expanding and finding a space in...
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Nurses and assisted suicide

Should nurses have a role in this end-of-life choice? A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, a close friend of mine died. She was in her 80s...

What works: Managing opioid overdose in the community

Takeaways: To help reduce the rise in opioid prescriptions, misuse, and overdose, healthcare professionals must improve their pain management knowledge, decrease opioid prescriptions as...

Must nurses care for migrants?

Basic human rights apply to everyone. THERE SEEMS to be much controversy about giving healthcare to “undocumented” immigrants—or even “documented” ones. In fact, some people...

Whole-person care

Meeting the mental health needs of all is critical. THE WORLD IS HURTING in ways that are visible and, so often, invisible. According to 2017...

Transport teams and patient handoff reports

Patient safety requires complete communication. Takeaways: To protect patients, referring organizations, and transport professionals, a patient care report suitable to the scope of practice of...