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Featured Article: A Nurse's Guide to "The Future of Nursing" Report
The Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” is a blueprint for how nursing must transform to successfully meet the challenges of 21st century health care, from practice to policy. The document presents a detailed strategy for accomplishing this feat. This guide presents an easy-to-read summary of the report’s four key messages and eight action-oriented recommendations.
What Is Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing?
Evidence-based practice (EBP) enhances the art of nursing by using scientific procedures to improve patient outcomes and minimize costs. It integrates evidence from research with clinical expertise and patients’ values to guide nursing decisions. Rather than continuing “nursing as usual,” nurses who engage in EBP think critically about current practices and procedures, questioning them in order to improve them.
Top 5 Fears Nurses Have About Returning to School
Earning a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in nursing can open up new career opportunities and help you keep up with changes in the health care industry. But doing so can be a major undertaking, so it’s normal for nurses to have fears about how it will affect their jobs and their lives. Here are a few common fears nurses have about pursuing their education and how to overcome them.
Holistic Nursing: Alternative Care as a Specialty Practice
Alternative health care is on the rise in the United States, and some nurses are embracing a practice that incorporates a mind-and-body approach to patient care. While alternative treatment as an element of nursing practice is a trend that has yet to gain significant public recognition, the idea that health care can involve more than just treating symptoms as they appear is gaining traction.
Nursing Informatics: Leveraging Technology for Better Care
One of the biggest buzzwords in nursing today is informatics, a result of the increasing use of technology in all aspects of health care. In a general sense, nursing informatics involves marshalling and organizing technological resources and data to support and promote evidence-based, efficient, and effective care. The American Nursing Association defines it as “the specialty that integrates nursing science with multiple information management and analytical sciences to identify, define, manage, and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice.”
5 Nursing Trends to Watch
Nursing is always changing—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. It’s helpful to step back once in a while and look at of some of the biggest developments in the field to know what’s ahead so you can be prepared to face new challenges and continue to thrive in your nursing career.
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