The second full week of 2015 puts the spotlight on some serious topics in nursing. Compassionate care is the goal for Sheila Davis as she teaches nurses in Africa to speak gently. Leaving work at work and disconnecting in an increasingly connected world is just one of the challenges facing advanced practice nurses. And the push for nurses on hospital boards ramps up for the American Nurses Foundation. Read more about these stories in Nursing News Trending Now.
If Lauren Spinasanto’s story was made into a movie, it would have that devastating scene when you are sure she won’t make it – followed by a sequence where she picks herself up, gets back in the game and comes out as a champion.
From an early age, Lauren found herself heading in the direction of becoming a nurse. When she was younger, she helped care for her ailing great-grandparents. She’d also seen other family members struggle with medical issues and always tried to lend a hand.
In an increasingly complex healthcare landscape, healthcare leaders are exploring solutions for improving patient outcomes and efficiency while managing costs. Many are taking a closer look at person and family centered care, an evolving approach for nurses and other clinicians to streamline and improve care by engaging patients and their families as partners in the care process.
Person and Family Centered Care, published by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, explores this approach to caregiving with insight from authors Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN and Mary K. Walton, MSN, MBE, RN.
Military service can involve occupational health risks as severe as those one might experience from being a part of a hazmat team. Yet many patients with military backgrounds do not notify medical professionals of their service.
Linda Schwartz, DrPH, MSN, RN, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), says nurses can play a critical role in identifying veterans’ health risks that may be associated with wars and other military deployments. READ MORE
Many nurses spend much of their time worrying about the wellness of others and forget to monitor their own personal health. American Heart Month – February – is the perfect time to start paying attention to your personal health and take proactive steps to decrease your chances of developing heart disease.
The New Year is the perfect time to reflect upon our careers and identify resolutions to make improvements or significant life changes. While it is healthy to identify these goals for ourselves and strive for improvement, unfortunately many people don’t succeed. Reasons for failure could be that the resolutions or goals are ambiguous, the timeframes for achieving the goals are not practical, or keeping track of success along the way to achieving the goal is hard to measure. READ MORE
Every woman is at risk for breast cancer, and men are not immune either. Michelle Pry Isacson, MSN, WHNP-BC, APN, maternal-child nursing and informatics instructor at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Addison, Ill., provides the following proactive tips to monitor breast health and help reduce your risk of breast cancer. READ MORE
The right app can reduce the risk of errors, or make patient education easier. It can help increase your productivity or even lift your spirits on a tough day. We asked our faculty, staff and Facebook® followers for their favorite nursing apps. Here’s some of what we heard: READ MORE