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Add an NP to improve ER patient QT

Add an NP to improve ER patient QT

Crowded, busy emergency rooms may find their patient loads alleviated by the addition of just one nurse practitioner to general hospital staff, according to a new study by the Loyola University Health System.

Health care workers at risk

Health care workers at risk

According to a recent study done by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, researchers are now doing their best to implement safety measures for nurses when administering toxic drugs, such as chemotherapy.

Study finds more hospital-related infection due to burned-out nurses

Study finds more hospital-related infection due to burned-out nurses

Two kinds of hospital-acquired infections—catheter-associated urinary tract infections and surgical site infections—have been on the rise, according to a new study.

The Take Pride Campaign: Introducing Our Winners!

The Take Pride Campaign: Introducing Our Winners!

In our winter 2012 issue, we called for submissions to our first ever Take Pride Campaign, an effort to recognize those places of employment that went above and beyond regarding encouraging diversity; recruiting and retaining minorities; and creating a cooperative, inclusive work environment.

Give Me Dignity

Give Me Dignity

They say you never really know a person until you walk a mile in their shoes. But who has time to try on someone else’s Crocs when you have a demanding patient load, you’re flying through the day in an efficient groove, or you have a personal problem on your mind? Yet, every patient is entitled to equitable, dignified treatment. Perhaps you, like the author of this piece, have seen instances where a patient’s dignity was compromised. She shared her story with us, and now we’re sharing it with you, in hopes that it might spark a conversation and a second thought when it comes to preserving patient dignity.

Correctional Facility Nursing

Correctional Facility Nursing

A misunderstood and little-known nursing specialty that can offer surprising opportunities to give back while also growing in the profession

The Soft Skills of Nursing

The Soft Skills of Nursing

Nursing encompasses more than technical knowledge—but how can nurses cultivate and encourage those intangible skills?

Nursing as an Art and a Science

Nursing as an Art and a Science

Nursing requires clinical skills, of course, but there are other more intrinsic abilities all nurses (should) possess. Can these intangibles be taught? One nursing professor takes a philosophical, even poetic, look at infusing nursing education with the virtues of the profession.

Structural Inequality and Diversity in Nursing

Structural Inequality and Diversity in Nursing

What’s the status of diversity and discrimination in nursing today? One Doctor of Education student turned her focus on research in the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, to analyze how far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to go

Racism in the Nursing Workplace Still a Persistent Problem

Have you ever been passed over for a promotion because of your race or ethnicity, even though you met all other qualifications for the job?

Hospital’s Decision to Honor Racist Demand Ignites Controversy

What should a hospital do when a bigoted patient insists that no people of color be involved in his or her care? Do you stand firmly by your anti-discrimination policy and ignore the racist request?

Is Working the Late Shift Hazardous to Your Health?

Hospital nurses working the late shift may have a greater risk of developing heart disease because of the strain placed on the heart from working at night when it would otherwise be resting, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association’s Journal Circulation.

Healing from the Bitter Pill of Incivility

Healing from the Bitter Pill of Incivility

Bullying has captured national attention lately, as “youthful teasing” escalates to pervasive, malicious, even dangerous levels. Yet, if only bullying stopped at high school. Nursing schools, hospitals, and private practices may not see schoolyard taunts, but incivility in the workplace certainly exists. Many minority nurses and other health professionals still experience various forms of prejudice at the workplace—not just from patients but each other. Here an expert on workplace bullying explores some examples and describes how nurses and schools of nursing can foster a more civil workplace.

Licensing Board Complaints and Investigations: What Every Nurse Should Know

Licensing Board Complaints and Investigations: What Every Nurse Should Know

Though you're probably aware of the legal troubles nurses sometimes face, no one starts a day on the hospital
floor braced for a legal showdown. But these things happen to the best of nurses. Hopefully, your career will be nothing but smooth sailing, but you should still prepare yourself with knowledge. Lawyer and former Texas Board of Nursing counselor Phong P. Phan offers an introduction to the process and some do's and don'ts for nurses.

Danger on the Job: Nurses Speak Out Against Hospital Violence

Danger on the Job: Nurses Speak Out Against Hospital Violence

Nurses are implementing measures to protect themselves at work. With a patient's most stressful days being a nurse's everyday, pressure is bound to build up. Hospitals and health care institutions around the country are increasing their security for everyone's safety.

Wounded by Words

Racist comments from patients can hurt. Why do so many health care workplaces expect nurses of color to accept such abuse as “just part of the job?”

Combating Bias in the Nursing Workplace

Whether it’s racist remarks from patients, problems with culturally insensitive co-workers or being passed up for a promotion because of your race or gender, the key is to stay cool and know your rights.

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