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Hourly Rounding Improves Patient Care
April 15, 2014 7:46 AM by Guest Blogger
By Lauren Petrillo, MSN, RN-BC As nurses, we are charged with the responsibility of ensuring patient safety and improving patient satisfaction. Although at first it may seem like another task to add to the list, hourly rounding can help us achieve these Read More...
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Instituting Controversial Bans on Hiring Smokers
March 25, 2014 6:28 PM by Guest Blogger
By Anny Su, BSN, RN Approximately 45.3 million people smoke in the U. S. (CDC, 2008) Many of these smokers seek employment in healthcare institutions. Within the past 6 years, healthcare institutions have stepped up to challenge this unhealthy behavior Read More...
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Healthcare is a Human Right
February 10, 2014 9:56 AM by Chuck Holt
This post is written by Mbettie Worrell, BA, BSN, RN, a graduate student in the Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia. Consider these scenarios: A six-year-old girl is found dying Read More...
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Get Your Pink Glove Groove On!
August 7, 2013 11:55 AM by Chuck Holt
From funny skits breaking into sillier dance routines to hundreds of very carefully and cleverly choreographed productions, nurses from all corners of the U.S., Canada — and this year Panama as well — are submitting their videos for Medline's third annual Read More...
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What's Your Story?
July 25, 2011 11:15 AM by Chuck Holt
Great ideas come in many forms. And sometimes great ideas are forms. Take for example, the idea for a "Stages of Surgery" form brought to our attention by its creator, Kevin Visitacion, BSN, RN, an OR nurse in Chicago. The aim of the form is to keep patients Read More...
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‘Happy Nurse' Game Launches for Nurses Week
May 9, 2011 1:42 PM by Chuck Holt
It's official. Nursing, the Internet and wireless technology are now inextricably intertwined - even when it comes to de-stressing, as evidenced by the new mobile app from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future called the "Happy Nurse" Read More...
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Does Your Résumé Say 'Non-Smoker'?
April 27, 2011 7:39 AM by Valerie Newitt
"Smokers Need Not Apply." That sign was theoretically hoisted by the human resources department at St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley one year ago. The network consists of five hospitals and some 7,000 employees serving Read More...
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Wanna Laugh? Check Out Bloopers from Medical Records
October 4, 2010 10:47 AM by Valerie Newitt
Exploring the Web for inspirational quotations pertinent to nurses, I tripped across Medi-Smart which listed, instead, "funny quotes from medical records." The site states, "The following quotes were taken from actual medical records dictated by physicians." Read More...
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PTSD Through a Child's Eyes
July 14, 2010 10:20 AM by Gail Guterl
It's been all over the news for a week now. Veterans of war no longer have to prove a specific event led to their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In his announcement of the change in Veterans Administration policy, President Barack Obama said, Read More...
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Assisted Suicide: What If It Were Me?
June 23, 2010 12:26 PM by Chuck Holt
I recently edited a compelling article on physician-assisted suicide (PAS) written by Lisa Siminski, BSN, RN, CHPN, staff nurse, St. Luke's Hospice House, Bethlehem, PA. In her report on PAS , Siminski points out straight away that the American Nurses Read More...
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Surviving the Tragedy
April 15, 2010 10:24 AM by Gail Guterl
I'm anxious to see what nurses think of the May/June ADVANCE Online Book Club selection Josie's Story: A Mother's Inspiring Crusade to Make Medical Care Safe by Sorrel King. While the book is about the strength of human resolve - detailing how one family Read More...
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iPad Innovation?
February 15, 2010 2:37 PM by Luke Cowles
Unless you've been living under a rock the last two weeks, you know that Apple unveiled its newest gadget, the iPad, a tablet-sized companion piece to the iPhone. Five minutes after the unveiling, everyone in healthcare began debating its crossover capability. Read More...
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Faith & Community: A Nursing Natural
January 13, 2010 11:49 AM by Chuck Holt
Nursing’s ranking as the most trusted profession in America the past 8 years in Gallup’s annual Honesty & Ethics poll is testament to the reverence with which the public holds the caring profession. It’s a sentiment nurses return each day when they Read More...
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Uncle Sam Wants YOU to Stay Healthy
September 2, 2009 4:04 PM by Chuck Holt
Here's kudos to our federal government for its efforts to spread the word about the prevention, treatment and containment of the novel 2009 H1N1 influenza virus as we head into the fall flu season. From three federal agencies teaming on a series of televised Read More...
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Reporting From NBNA—Promoting AIDS Testing
August 7, 2009 10:10 AM by Robin Hocevar
AIDS seemed to be a hot topic Wednesday at the National Black Nurses Association Convention in Toronto. The last full day of the conference commenced with a spirited skit that raised awareness about how nurses can best encourage testing and navigate sensitive Read More...
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