Here are some of the latest thoughts from our journal editors ~ enjoy!
- In Forging the future of nursing, Linda Laskowski-Jones MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN, FAWM writes: “We're at a historic crossroad as nurses. We must awaken as a profession and grasp the unparalleled opportunity to move forward in the same direction if we want our rightful place at the table. This means committing to ongoing education, actively engaging in dialog and decision making, and finally resolving the debate over entry-level educational requirements.”
- In Taking responsibility for our practice, Elizabeth M. Thompson MSN, RN, CNOR shares her thoughts on relating the theme of this year’s AORN Congress “Freedom to be” to perioperative nursing practice. She also uses a clinical example to help define the terms responsibility and accountability.
- Kathryn Murphy DNS, APRN comments on The importance of cultural competence in the March/April editorial of Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! She reminds us that to be culturally competent nurses, we must remember knowledge (of cultures in your service area), attitude (avoid making assumptions and be aware of your own prejudices) and skills (learn new communication skills to simplify language).
- In Food for thought about our most frequently used anticoagulants, AnneMarie Palatnik MSN, RN, APN-BC writes about the challenges of caring for patients on warfarin and heparin and reminds us to “Follow the protocols that have been put into place in your organization, and remember that these protocols are there to keep your patients safe.”
- Suzanne K. Powell MBA, RN, CCM, CPHQ writes “…although many consumers are not clear what a "case manager" is and does, a case manager holds the promise of support and help during their experience in a complex, scary, and ever-changing healthcare environment.” Read more about case management professionalism in her editorial A Rose by Any other Name.
Thanks for reading!