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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
  • 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
  • Using Fish Skin to Heal Human Wounds

    I live in South Florida very near to the Gulf of Mexico, but I’m not exactly an avid fisherman -- although most everyone I know has a good fish story to tell. And while what I’m about to say may sound like another one of those, it is not: There’s a new treatment option for the millions of people out there suffering from chronic wounds -- ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on November 7, 2013
  • 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
  • Nurses Can't Seem to Escape Being Honest & Trustworthy

    As most everyone knows by now, nurses have for several years been ranked the ''Most Trusted Profession'' in an annual Gallup survey of Americans. But now a new study reveals nurses are also very good at assessing the quality of care delivered in the hospital units in which they work.  In short, it turns out nurses are not only trustworthy ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on October 9, 2012
  • Don't Miss a Step: What Every Nurse Can Do to Help Stop C.diff

    It all started with a missed step. The bottom step of a stairway at my brother's house that is, which my mom completely missed one morning about 18 months ago causing her to land funny and break her left ankle.  At 75, and having fought a 30-year battle with rheumatoid arthritis, the injury took on added significance. Painful rehab ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on June 4, 2012
  • Every Step of the Way: A Nurse's Cancer Diary - Entry 12

    Nancy Cohen, BSN, RN, has graciously shared her personal journal, in which she writes about doing battle with cancer for the second time in her life. This is the 12th installment of a weekly blog that will enable readers to join her on the journey. Entry 12: Hair Loss as a Family Event December 3, 2011 My sister-in-law, a very compassionate ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 23, 2012
  • Is My Passion for My Job Killing Me?

    I thoroughly enjoy editing articles. Whether written by a trio of PhDs, a CNO, a staff nurse writing for her first time, a freelance journalist or another ADVANCE editor, I just can't let a sentence be until it sounds right in my head.  A long-time telecommuter, I've often turned away from my computer after a long day to find my house has ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) on April 19, 2012
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