Social media missteps could put your nursing license at risk

Social media missteps could put your nursing license at risk

Learn the rules and what to do if you make a mistake. Takeaways: For nurses, social media use has daily applications in their personal and professional lives, facilitating conversations with colleagues about best practices and advancing healthcare. Inappropriate use of social media can create legal problems for nurses, including job termination, malpractice claims, and disciplinary action from boards of nursing (BON), which could negatively impact their nursing license and career. By Melanie L. Balestra, NP, Esq Without a doubt, social…

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Human Trafficking: Global Epidemic, Local Crisis

Human Trafficking: Global Epidemic, Local Crisis

Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity that occurs when a trafficker lures victims with false promises, or uses force, fraud or coercion to strong-arm them into engaging in commercial sex acts or laboring against their will.   *By downloading this eBook, you are opting in to receiving information from Healthcom Media and Affiliates. The details, including your email address/mobile number, may be used to keep you informed about future products and services. The post Human Trafficking: Global Epidemic, Local…

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Building programs to reduce sharps injuries from insulin injection

Building programs to reduce sharps injuries from insulin injection

Your involvement in safety programs and device evaluation and selection protects everyone. Takeaways: Increases in incidence of diabetes can result in increasing incidence of sharps injuries for nurses delivering care. Insulin needles are the most frequent needle type causing needlestick injuries in healthcare. When injecting patients with insulin, evaluate best and safest options for delivery including syringes and/or pens with safety features, as well as appropriate sharps disposal containers. By Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH, and Ginger B. Parker,…

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Landing a clinical practicum preceptor

Landing a clinical practicum preceptor

Preparation and perseverance will help you find the right preceptor and site. Takeaways: Before beginning your preceptor search, know your school and specialty requirements for clinical preceptors. Perseverance is key to a successful preceptor search. By Ginny Moore, DNP, WHNP-BC, and Sharon Fleming, DNP, PNP-PC Janie Dee’s excitement at being accepted into a nurse practitioner (NP) program is fading. She needs to find a preceptor for her clinical practicums, but after several calls to local agencies, she’s received no responses….

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Test-taking tips

Test-taking tips

Use your critical thinking skills to ace your next exam. Takeaways: The key to successful test taking is accurately identifying what the question is asking. Carefully read the entire question. Nursing test questions give you all the information you need to know to find the answer the question. By Debra A. Hrelic, PhD, RNC Test taking is a skill, whether you’re a student currently enrolled in a nursing program or have just recently returned to school after several years in…

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Is your job a risk to your health?

Is your job a risk to your health?

By Susan M. Priano, PhD, RN Nurses employed in U.S. hospitals are at risk for poor health outcomes due to unhealthy lifestyles and their work environment. Ranked by the public as the most trusted professionals and numbering 3.6 million nationwide, RNs have the power to effect behavior change as role models by practicing healthy lifestyles while improving their own health. Yet, a study of 2,730 hospital nurses from the American Nurses Association (ANA) Health Risk Appraisal (HRA), surveyed from October…

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Advancing nurses’ roles in care coordination

Advancing nurses’ roles in care coordination

By Elizabeth Moore Traditionally, care coordination has been a central role for nurses, who are key to ensuring patients’ multidimensional needs are being met at the bedside, as they transition from one care setting to the next, and as they live their lives in the community. Opportunities for nurses to lead and innovate within care coordination are flourishing—although challenges remain. That said, in declaring 2018 as a Year of Advocacy, the American Nurses Association (ANA) and nurse experts are committed…

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Caring for patients with special needs—Share your stories

Caring for patients with special needs—Share your stories

This month, I’m going to be paying attention to nursing and patients with special needs, with an emphasis on developmental and intellectual disorders. I’ve found some articles I’d like to share with all of you, and I’ve interviewed a nurse who’s the director and co-founder of a center for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Most of all, though, I’d like to share your stories. I have no doubt that your colleagues will have a lot to learn…

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From the Ethics Box: Right to Try

From the Ethics Box: Right to Try

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