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Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN 5
ANA's own Ruth Francis ‍ will be keynoting at the 2020 ASPHP National SPHM Education Event in San Diego CA.  This event takes place form March 2-5, 2020.  Learn more here  https://www.asphpevents.com/Registration.aspx  !
ChristiM 41790 ChristiM Dec '19
Looks like a great event!
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) 6130
Have you witnessed bullying amongst your co-workers? Share your stories of how you and your organization effectively deal with bullying below.
TxRN89 44497 TxRN89 Dec '19
I so much agree that great leadership sets the stage for less bullying and overall better morale.  The difficulty ...
abbyeed 40465 abbyeed Dec '19
I used to work underneath a unit director and she would pass a lot of her work on me. Then when there was something ...
Spots 39997 Spots Dec '19
I never saw bullying as bad as at my current work place.  People would tell you to keep your mouth shut because you ...
mok 18786 mok Dec '19
I love the idea, articulated by Dr, Ellen Martin, of emphasizing and driving supportive team work. The example ...
There is a very seasoned nurse on my unit who is very demeaning to nurses who are new to the unit. I have brought it up a ...
rnscholar 28595 rnscholar Dec '19
Amy J DON ‍ when I was in nursing school many years ago, I remember the instructors talking about how nurses "eat ...
rnscholar 28595 rnscholar Dec '19
I totally agree Dr Charlotte C. Cabello ‍ that the culture of an organization starts with the leadership! ...
Unfortunately, the organization that I work for needs to promote anti-bullying  better. There is no way of ...
I have seen bullying between nursing staff. It should not be an issue, considering that we are in the healthcare ...
Amy J DON 44616 Amy J DON Dec '19
I've been in nursing over 25 years. I had a speaker on communication compare working with nurses to crabs in a crab ...
Whitedm72 38287
I am curious, I currently work on a cardiac step down unit / medical telemetry and recently have been faced with having to float to ICU. The staff on my unit is being told we would have the easy patients, none of the staff on my unit has had any ...
Whitedm72 Jun '19
wennau 44352 wennau Nov '19
I work in a Cardio/Pulmonary unit and we are not required to float to a higher level of care unit, which would be ICU.  ...
rnscholar 28595 rnscholar Nov '19
Sonia Bailey, BSN, RN ‍ I really like your idea of using evidence to make our case.  It is hard to do sometimes, but it ...
rnscholar 28595 rnscholar Nov '19
Wow!  That sounds like an uncomfortable situation Whitedm72 ‍ .  Patients are in ICU because they have the very ...
I am faced with the same problem now. I work in a hospital with no step-down unit. The floor I work on is the stroke unit ...
Edmond Bless 35267
We as nurses are the front line, and because of that, we catch all of the patients' complain first hand. 
Imagine a lot of them have shared their problems; it will all accumulate in our minds and mix with our own personal battles.
What can ...
Edmond Bless Sep '19
I have read your response  Miss Stephanie, thank you for your valuable insights. Well Appreciated. 
Surely, I ...
StephANNIE 40913 StephANNIE Sep '19
Hi Edmund Bless, 

    Yes, I agree we as ‘frontline’ caregivers, we do hear and receive at times resistance from the ...
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) 6130
As we start the #EndNurseAbuse challenge, this week focuses on how employers can create a safer work environment for nurses. 

Day 1 focuses on screening new hires. Do you think the hiring process can be improved upon to prevent ...
To add to this conversation, are registered nurses in your state required to have a periodic criminal history ...
Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN 5
  Baptist Health Care ‍  in Pensacola, FL has started their own Civility Challenge entitled "Acts of Kindness".  Civility promotion, compliments, giveaways, and spreading positive energy all play a role in their unique ...
Mary Ellen Levine,

The Acts of Kindness challenge at Baptist Health Care is my organization's idea and ...
Mrs Mary Ellen Levine, MSN/Ed, RN ‍ I love that your employer recognizes the extra efforts made by staff.  I hope we ...
Melevine 7066 Melevine Aug '18
Hi,

I am employed in hospice.  Where I work we have two initiatives. One is a "Heart of Hospice" card, that when ...
Mrs Sheena D Pracyk, RN 2917
Hi Everyone, 

I had a discussion this weekend on various issues surrounding digital devices and one of the topics that was at the top of the list was driving with your smart phone.

Wondered how many of us use the phone while driving?

If you ...
I do talk on the phone during my commute to work. I use bluetooth so I am not holding the phone in my hand and both hands ...
Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN 5
Nurses, how are you getting to and from work safely in extreme weather?  Are 4-wheel drive "chauffeurs" available, do you spend the night in a nearby hotel, are you eligible to telecommute?  Let us know!  Here at ANA, many positions are ...
On a few occasions I have actually had to stay at the hospital. This was when I was on call for the cath lab. 
Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN 5
Drowsy driving is an issue for many nurses and nursing students, whether it's late nights, early mornings, or something in between.  ANA's Health Risk Appraisal, that ran from 2013-2106, found that 12% of the respondents reported ...
I had this issue when I used to take call in the cath lab. If I felt I couldn't keep my eyes open, I would call someone and ...
I've tried the AC on full blast or opening a window for some "fresh" air.
I can't do the audio-books as the spoken ...
Carol Gutierrez ‍ I'm glad to hear that everything was okay! I don't even have kids and I feel like I don't sleep ...
This happened to me while driving home after working a night shift!! I fell asleep driving on a side road. I felt the ...
I heard NPR segment with Dr. Meir Kryger from Yale driving home last night!  He suggested a cup of coffee ...
My mom ususally turns the AC on super high to help her keep awake. She was a phsycian and would work long hours.  On ...
Valerie Tiu 112
Flu shots yay or nay? Do your institutions want you to get flu shots? I've only worked in one hospital where we have to have flu shots or else we have to wear masks from Jaunary till April. Any thoughts on this?
Valerie Tiu Sep '17
At my hospital we either have to get the flu shot, or sign a declination form. If you sign the form you have to wear a ...
A lot of the information you all are adding to the post is very interesting. I never had a flu shot until I started ...
Pam Black 1481 Pam Black Oct '17
Respecting my patient and families wishes for their healthcare plan is extremely important to me--even if i don't ...
 In the hospital setting that I work in  in Northwest Washington state those who choose not to be vaccinated must ...
Flu shots are mandatory in my organization.documented contraindication from you provider is reviewed by ...
The efficacy of the influenza vaccine is highly questionable. The adverse effects are pretty clear - some of which ...
Considering the flu shot has found to be only 30 to 40 % effective, if it wasn't required by my job I would skip it. Last ...
Wearing masks because you don't get a vaccine is possibly putting people in panic mode and I feel ridiculous, as an ...
We usually start mid-september then run till dec. 1 before people need to start wearing masks. I'm a flu shot ...
Our employees are mandated to either receive the flu shot or decline and wear a mask through the entire flu season in ...

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