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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.

July 2017 Vol. 12 No. 7

Author: By Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

Bridging gaps through familiarity, kindness, and acceptance

To even begin to answer the question—“Is there a right to medical care?”—one must first define a “right.” Legal rights, such as entitlements guaranteed by law to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way, are both determined . . .

June 2017 Vol. 12 No. 6

Author: Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

Here, in the United States, a lot has been happening lately; the kinds of things that represent some of the worst problems that beset our world—ISIS, Syria, North Korea, people who shoot schoolchildren for no discernable reason, and others who kill someone just to put it on Facebook. It . . .

June 2017 Vol. 12 No. 6

Author: Colleen M. Morley, MSN, RN, CMCN, ACM

Key takeways

– Communication across the continuum of care is more than “just read my notes.”
– Consistent communication is key to safe, effective patient care.
– Interdisciplinary care team communication breaks down the silos that exist and focuses on patient-centered

Hospitals face tremendous challenges to stay viable and continue to serve . . .

May 2017 Vol. 12 No. 5

Author: Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

Seriously, facts aren’t opinions…and all opinions are not equal. In today’s world of alternate facts and zealous individualism, it may help to clarify a few things. For example, my sister Louise, a newly minted director of nursing, called me outraged that a new graduate contradicted the chief . . .

May 2017 Vol. 12 No. 5

Author: Ellen Fineout-Overholt, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, and Zhaomin He, PhD

Patient care decisions must be made based on the current best evidence, and nurses critically appraise many kinds of research designs and their associated statistical analyses to determine what they know about a clinical issue. Learning commonly used terms is important in helping nurses understand research and how to use . . .

April 2017 Vol. 12 No. 4

Author: Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

Divina Gunito* was the first in her family to graduate from college, and now it was her turn to help her loved ones. She decided to emigrate to the United States, where she would work as a registered nurse and send money home so her siblings could also go to . . .

April 2017 Vol. 12 No. 4

Author: Diana Niland, APRN, FNP-C, WCC, and Tricia Barbarito, RN

Key takeaways

Diabetes and risk of diabetes is high nationwide, especially within rural communities with limited access to care.
Group Lifestyle Balance programs offer opportunities to educate community participants about lifestyle changes to reduce their risks for diabetes.

As healthcare professionals, nurses focus on preventing disease and reducing the . . .

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