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  • Change is good: A new nurse action plan

    As a nurse manager, one of your challenges is to lead the change process for your staff. And, while new procedures and practices need to be assimilated by your experienced staff members as they arise, your new nurses experience the greatest number of changes every day as they transition to service from preceptorship.

    Unfortunately, by and large, people are programmed not to change. New staff members may think that the skills learned in nursing school or in a previous position will map directly to your workplace, and they will tend to fall back on the way things were done before. You, on the other hand, need them to adapt quickly, putting behaviors learned in nursing orientation to work. In other words, you need them to change.

    Try using the action plan below to help identify specific areas to address. It will give you the framework you both need to keep improving and changing.

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  • Improving the image of nursing

    Every nurse can play a part in elevating the public perception of the nursing profession. The table below shows you how email, evidence-based research, reasonable work schedules, a diverse workforce, preceptorships, interprofessional communication skills, and name tags can promote the professional image of nursing. This table was adapted from the HCPro book, The Image of Nursing, by Shelley Cohen, RN, MS, CEN and Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN.

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  • Evidence-based practice vs. nursing research

    Judging by the number of people who search our site for an explanation of the relationship of evidence-based practice to nursing research, I thought that you might appreciate the following visual "cheat sheet" of these two important concepts. Both evidence-based practice and nursing research are vital parts of the journey to designation as an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program(r) organization.

    Visit our nursing blog to see the cheat sheet. 

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  • Evidence-based practice and nursing research: Avoiding confusion

    The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) requires hospitals to have evidence-based practice embedded in the culture of the organization. In the documentation, hospitals must demonstrate that nurses evaluate and use published research in all aspects of clinical and operational processes.

    The ANCC also expects nurses to conduct research projects and that knowledge from these projects will be shared with nurses within and outside the organization.

    Although the two requirements have the potential for overlapping concepts in the minds of many nurses, evidence-based practice and research projects are distinctly different—and, if the differences are not recognized, it is possible for an organization's documentation to fail to adequately explain how it meets both requirements.

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  • New tool: Lifting injuries data sheet

    Nurses are at greater risk than firefighters. In 2013 your nursing staff faced a 15% greater chance of spine injury than firefighters.

    Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics Table 18 posted on for the final tabulated 2013 rates of musculoskeletal injuries for full-time workers, compared by occupation.  Firefighters—who lug heavy ladders, people, and equipment daily—had a rate of 232 per 10,000. For nursing staff, the total was 264 per 10,000 full-time RNs and nursing assistants. A spine injury can end a career in the blink of an eye.

    For more info on this issue and links to other resources, go to the Nurse Manager blog, here.

    Visit to download the free tool and find other great resources for nurse leaders.

  • Ben Franklin's advice to nurse preceptors

    Tell me and I forget.
    Teach me and I remember.
    Involve me and I learn.

    How do you provide preceptees with constructive advice or feedback? Do you tell them what they did wrong and spell out how to correct it? Or do you encourage them to use critical-thinking skills to truly ingrain a personal understanding of ways to improve their practice?


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  • Nursing Peer Review, Second Edition: A Practical, Nonpunitive Approach to Case Review

    Nursing Peer Review, Second Edition: A Practical, Nonpunitive Approach to Case Review

    A comprehensive guide for establishing a formal case-based nursing peer review program, including all the tools and procedures organizations need to build and manage a structure to conduct systematic evaluation of clinical care.

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