New Guidelines for Safe Use of Smart Infusion Pumps
Ensure you and your organization are taking action to avoid errors associated with smart infusion pumps by reviewing and implementing guidelines from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Error-reducing strategies include clinical workflow and interoperability with the EHR.
Nocturnal Eye Masks Reduce Pain in Cardiac Surgery Patients
Consider implementing a simple, low-cost strategy for improving sleep in patients who have undergone cardiac surgery — a nocturnal eye mask, which a study finds effective in improving sleep quality and reducing perceived pain.
Optimize Communication Even If Patient May Be Asleep
In a podcast, ICU patients share stories of what happened when their treating clinicians incorrectly thought they were asleep. Patients may be awake but not able to communicate; be sure to keep your practice patient-centered.
Participate in Nursing Research Studies
Shape the future of nursing and clinical practice by participating in research studies. Current studies include ethics training, use of kangaroo mother care in the neonatal ICU and critical care nurses’ perceptions of hypotension in ICU patients.
Don’t miss the opportunity to recognize and thank your fellow certified nurses on March 19. Celebrate their ongoing dedication to excellence and lifelong learning with new ideas and free downloadable Certified Nurses Day resources.Access Resources
A report from three major organizations – and endorsed by AACN – provides guidance on how nursing and finance can collaborate to promote optimal allocation of nursing resources. Consider whether your interactions with finance staff could be more effective.Read Report
Consider commenting on proposed position statements from the ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board: One on ethical use of restraints and another on professional responsibility for promoting ethical practice environments.Comment Now
Each of us must take responsibility and foster a healthy work environment.
Bonnette Novak, Clinical Account Manager
by H. Hof, R. Knueppel