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  • Hourly Rounding Improves Patient Care

    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 goals while also organizing our workflow. Hourly rounding, or checking on the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 15, 2014
  • Instituting Controversial Bans on Hiring Smokers

    By Anny Su, BSN, RNApproximately 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 by instituting controversial bans on hiring smokers with the goal of stigmatizing smoking ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on March 25, 2014
  • Healthcare is a Human Right

    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 from a disease that has had a vaccine available for decades. A young woman lay ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on February 10, 2014
  • Identity Theft: Who’s Got Your Number?

    In the wake of the massive data breach at retail giant Target, nurses likely will find patients expressing concerns about identity theft and the safety of their healthcare information.   The threat is real. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 5% of identity theft victims report medical fraud.  In response, FTC in ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on January 21, 2014
  • Take Your Coat Off, Doc, Sit a Spell

    I have a confession to make: I suffer from White Coat Syndrome. My brow sweats, my heart pounds and my blood pressure spikes with each doctor’s office visit. Some call it White Coat Hypertension.  Fortunately, I finally have a doctor who understands this, after seeing another who insisted on prescribing blood pressure medication ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on October 9, 2013
  • Get Your Pink Glove Groove On!

    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 Pink Glove Dance video competition to raise breast cancer awareness. For more ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on August 7, 2013
  • Pulling for Sarah: A Unique Perspective on Lung Transplant Case

    My brother has a lung disorder related to rheumatoid arthritis which may eventually cause him to need a lung transplant. It’s as troubling to write about as it was to hear about a few months ago. Were my brother at the top of the lung transplant list and a judge decided to change the rules and give the next available donor lung to a little girl ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on June 12, 2013
  • Tornado Drives Home Meaning Behind National EMS Week

    I grew up in Kansas City, on both the Kansas and Missouri sides of the state line and smack dab in the middle of Tornado Alley. One of my earliest memories is of my dad, my three older brothers and me scrambling to get out of our station wagon and getting down into a ditch along the side of a highway to try and protect us from a twister ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on May 21, 2013
  • New Jersey APNs and Joint Protocols

    Cross your fingers, New Jersey advanced practice nurses (APNs), because if Senator Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) succeeds in passing his recently introduced S-2354 — the “Consumer Access to Health Care Act,” — you will be able to prescribe medications without joint protocol with a consulting physician. Introduced Nov. 29 into the New Jersey State ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on December 11, 2012
  • The Flu Shot: 101

    If you haven’t been vaccinated for the flu yet, it should be on your weekend to-do list. October is the unofficial start of flu season, and you don’t want to come down with the nasty virus — or have your kids miss school because of it. Only 46% of Americans get the flu shot every year, according to CDC statistics, but there are so many reasons why ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on October 15, 2012
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