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Managing The Impact Of Climate Change On Human Health 4340

Check out the news or social media, and you’ll see evidence of climate change causing extreme temperatures and adverse weather events. But climate change’s powerful impact on human health may not be so obvious — unless you work in health care.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 03/06/2023
Advocacy Spotlight: Enforcing Workplace Violence Prevention In Hospitals 4305

This fact sheet is brought to you by the Policy & Government Affairs department at the American Nurses Association - January 2023.

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 01/19/2023
Tips For Talking To Patients About The Updated COVID-19 Booster 4296

NOTE:  COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccine information can change. For the most up-to-date guidelines, please visit the CDC page titled, “ Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters .” People want to put COVID-19 behind them. But while most COVID-related restrictions are gone, the virus is here for the foreseeable future.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 12/19/2022

Not Today, Flu is a collaboration between the American Nurses Association (ANA) and Sanofi . Its goal is to encourage everyone eligible 6 months and older to get their flu shot this upcoming season to help prevent the flu and flu related complications including  cardiovascular events, pneumonia, and hospitalizations. (4) 

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 09/28/2022
7 Ways To Encourage Breast Cancer Screening 4242

It’s no secret that screening can help find breast cancer at an early stage — when the chances for successfully treating the disease are the greatest. Unfortunately, those facts don’t always get passed on to patients, and many are reluctant to participate in breast cancer screening.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 09/28/2022
Help Your Patients Stay Vaccine Current During National Immunization Awareness Month 4207

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of healthcare professionals  to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination.

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 07/21/2022
Infection Control Training: An Ongoing Necessity For Health Care Workers 4160

For nurses, infection control practices are nothing new. Nurses first learn about these policies and procedures in nursing school. And they routinely follow the practices at work. But that doesn’t mean every nurse follows infection control procedures consistently and confidently. The COVID-19 pandemic raised the level of concern for i nfection ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 04/25/2022
Are You Up To Date On Your Shots? 4035

In the last couple of years, you’ve been busy. You’ve probably worked longer hours while juggling more tasks at home. Some routine tasks, like preventive medical appointments and immunizations, may have fallen to the bottom of your to-do list. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 4 in 10 American adults avoided ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 10/11/2021
Catching Up On Healthcare Appointments Missed During (And After) The Pandemic 3986

Times are stressful (to say the least) during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many routine tasks have gotten pushed to the backburner. Nurses are working even longer hours under excruciatingly stressful circumstances. At home, many nurses also have to deal with virtual schooling or daycare closings for their kids. Loved ones who once worked outside of ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 07/06/2021
How To Boost Your Immune System With Wise Choices 3915

DISCLAIMER: The content provided on this webpage is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.  This webpage is for reference only.  Always consult with a qualified health care provider for any questions you may have regarding your health. Now more than ever, there’s a new level of respect for immunity. Your immune system is what keeps ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 03/03/2021
The Impact Of COVID-19 On Nurse Communication With Patients And Families 3810

(Editor's note:  this blog was published in 2020).

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 09/01/2020
Warning Signs Of A Substance Use Disorder In A Nursing Colleague 3807

DISCLAIMER:   The content provided on this webpage is general in nature and does not constitute legal or medical advice.  This webpage is for reference only.   Laws vary by jurisdiction, locality, state, or country; please follow the laws of your specific jurisdiction and consult with an attorney if you have any questions regarding the laws of your ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 08/31/2020
World No Tobacco Day: Nurses Called To Prepare And Fight The Disproportionate Health Risks Of COVID-19 In Smokers 3714

By Joelle T. Fathi, DNP, RN, ARNP, ANP-BC, CTTS, NCTTP Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has shone a spotlight on the egregious reality of risk and racial inequities, particularly in current and former smokers and has amplified the opportunity to address these racial inequities through effective treatment of tobacco use disorder and nicotine ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 06/01/2020
HNHN's Strength Through Resiliency Committee 3650

HNHN's Strength through Resiliency Committee, via the behest of the American Nurses Association's 2019 Membership Assembly, examined, developed, and collected mental health resources for nurses, including those for suicide prevention.  The Strength through Resiliency Committee is comprised of a Work Group and Review Committee, co-chaired ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 04/10/2020
Improving Health Care Access For Survivors Of Sexual Assault 3551

By Nursing@Georgetown One in two women and one in three men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes,  according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Editor's note: these stats were updated 12/7/22). This type of trauma necessitates urgent medical attention from trained sexual ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 12/18/2019
Nursing Innovations In Antibiotic Stewardship 3496

By Elizabeth Monsees Nurses are natural partners in antibiotic stewardship efforts.  Aside from interacting with an array of disciplines and having the privilege to spend time with patients, our daily work promotes appropriate antibiotic use.   Nurses support the process of antibiotic optimization through a number of clinical practices such as: ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 10/28/2019
Stay Safe Winter Weather Strategies 2705

How to prevent and handle 5 winter weather dangers. The approach of the holidays and the onset of winter bring a lot to look forward to. However, it’s important to be prepared safety-wise for colder weather. Although some winter injuries may involve bad luck (like a slip on ice), there are tactics you can use to keep yourself, your family, and your ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 12/11/2018
Alcohol Free Holidays For Baby And Me 2548

It’s the holiday season. Time for family, friend, and co-worker get-togethers. Time for shopping wrapping, and giving gifts. Time for holiday traditions. Maybe there will be some traveling.  For many people, alcohol is a part of the holidays…a cup of eggnog at the company party, a glass of wine to relax after a long day of shopping, a new year’s toast ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 11/20/2018
The Hospital Preparedness Program: Supporting Emergency Preparedness For The U.S. Health Care Delivery System 2196

By Melissa Harvey, Director of the Hospital Preparedness Program  With the nation still recovering from Hurricane Florence and wildfires in the west, it is critical that the U.S. health care system be ready. Fortunately, The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) prepares the health care system to save lives during emergencies and disasters. ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 10/04/2018
September Is FASD Awareness Month - Fetal Alcohol What? 2135

Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, APRN, Owner/Manager, FASDx Services LLC and Board of Director member, Alaska Center for FASDs, Anchorage, AK Beth Kelsey, EdD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP, Director of Publications, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health Catherine Ruhl, MS, CNM, Director, Women’s Health Programs, Association of ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 09/26/2018
Prevent Distracted Driving 2054

Why distracted driving is a problem — and what you can do to prevent it.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 09/17/2018
Nurse Abuse — Why It Happens & How To Stop It 1911

Cynthia Coleman, RN, and Donna M. Fountain, PhD, RN share their experiences of workplace violence against nurses.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 08/14/2018
Political Activism For Nurses 1733

Use Your Role as a Nurse to Get Engaged in Your Community and Beyond. Three of ANA’s advocacy experts share their tips for getting involved, even when you’re crunched for time.  (Editor's note:  This blog was published in 2018.  Janet Haebler, John Richter, and Matthew Fittings are no longer with government affairs at ANA.)  

Added by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) Blog Safety 06/28/2018
Ways Nurses – And Their Employers – Can Fight Nurse Fatigue 879

ANA’s Senior Policy Advisor Ruth Francis, MPH, MCHES, explains why nurse fatigue is a dangerous issue for nurses and what we can do about it.   

Added by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) Blog Safety 12/22/2017
Infection Control Practices Protect Patients – And Nurses 800

Preventing the spread of infection within a hospital takes a concerted team effort in which nurses are critical. “Nurses are at every level of patient care, whether within an institution, community, or home.  It’s the nurse who is the patient advocate, educator, and facilitator of care. They’re the individuals who are most likely to ensure patient ...

Added by Aieda Solomon Blog Safety 11/13/2017
Protect Nurses With Optimal Staffing 759

ANA’s Senior Policy Advisor, Sharon Morgan, explains the impact staffing has on nurse and patient safety.  

Added by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) Blog Safety 10/27/2017
Don’t Get Stuck: Learn How To Prevent Sharps Injuries 687

ANA’s Senior Policy Advisor Ruth Francis, MPH, MCHES, shares strategies for keeping nurses safe from sharps.  

Added by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) Blog Safety 10/11/2017
Don’t Let Yourself – Or Others – Get Bullied At Work 495

Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, explains how nurses can foster collegial relationships with one another, move past incivility and bullying, and promote healthy work environments.   

Added by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) Blog Safety 09/06/2017
The Importance Of Safe Patient Handling And Mobility For Nurses 46

 Over the course of a year, 35,800 nurse workdays are lost due to musculoskeletal injury, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and according to Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation's HealthyNurse Survey , 31% of respondents felt they were at significant risk at their current employer for lifting/repositioning heavy objects, including patients. ...

Added by Aieda Solomon Blog Safety 06/14/2017
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ - Sun Safety Tips For Nurses 44

Nurses understand the dangers of spending too much time in the sun and many of us practice sun safety measures to protect against skin cancer, but protecting against skin cancer is a topic that should stay top of mind. Check out these Sun Safety Tips for Nurses. According to American Nurses Association’s 2014 Health Risk Appraisal, 88 percent of us wear ...

Added by Aieda Solomon Blog Safety 06/05/2017

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‍   mental health discrimination ‍ I am so sorry that this happened, it sounds very difficult.  You may find this website on Nurse Suicide Prevention/Resilience helpful:  . If you have concerns that your rights are being or have been violated in the workplace, or that yo...
Because I asked for help for suicidal thoughts:

Suicide prevention in nursing.  One big problem is that nurses and other healthcare professionals cannot go the seek healthcare when they are feeling depressed and suicidal without risking their license, their job, their identity as a nurse or any other job.

I went though a very dark depression, a one time...
emdanuco ‍ Thank you for your kind comments.  Please see ANA's Nurse Suicide Prevention/Resilience website at and the Well-Being Initiative just for nurses at
I love the title healthy nurse healthy nation. I have been away from bedside since 2014 but I still remember the level of stress I felt taking care of the sick and the dying in Oncology. Now, I am on different level of stress in transplant. Since the pandemic I most worried for my friends and colleague in the frontlines. It is hard to do self care when you are too b...