Happy Nurse Practitioner Week!

NP-week.pngMany of you know I still practice on the weekends as a nurse practitioner for Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital and I’m adjunct faculty for Drexel University in Philadelphia. I am currently teaching a course on using evidence in practice and this week is focused on using change theory to implement evidence. Change – one of the hardest things for us to do. We become stuck in doing things the way they have always been done. All you have to do is look at your current practice setting and see others who resist change. Courage and perseverance are the necessary ingredients to implement change. How many of us really have the so-called “right stuff” to make changes in our own practice settings? 

As I look back on our nurse practitioner profession, I am amazed at the courage and perseverance it took for Drs. Loretta Ford and Henry Silver to step out of the so-called “healthcare norm” and decide there needed to be a better way to provide care. A nurse and a physician worked together to change practice. They did not do this for recognition. Rather, they did it to improve access to quality care for those who were in need. They implemented change in a healthcare system by using courage and perseverance.

Why did you become a nurse? Why have many of you gone on to be advanced practice nurses? Were you afraid of making a change? When I think about why I became a nurse practitioner, it was because I saw an opportunity to connect the art and science of nursing and medicine in my own practice to improve patient care. I am sure many of you have a similar story.

This is Nurse Practitioner Week and I want to thank each of my NP colleagues for the work you do each day. You emulate what Drs. Ford and Silver did over 50 years ago; you meet each day with courage and perseverance to implement change and improve patient outcomes one patient at a time.
 
Sincerely,
 
Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, FAAN
Chief Nurse, Wolters Kluwer, Health Learning, Research & Practice
Adjunct Faculty, Drexel University
Nurse Practitioner, Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital
Posted: 11/13/2017 2:05:21 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: Beautiful Colors

Lippincott NursingCenter.com is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is October’s nurse story, “Beautiful Colors.” 

Beautiful Colors
Leeann Vidt, R.N. supervisor
Oakmont Center for Nursing
 
beautiful-colors_october-2017.jpgAs all life must come to an end, some families find it difficult to face emotionally. I observe them looking scared to talk with or touch a dying loved one, so I will often enter the room, sit on the bed, and take the patient’s hand in mine, then I will ask them if they think the fall leaves are beautiful with all those wonderful colors. They always answer, yes, and look at me puzzled. I then tell them that those leaves are actually dying and that something so beautiful should not be feared. I tell them the greatest gift to give their loved one is loving memories. I ask starter questions, such as what their favorite vacation or holiday spent together was. As they answer with smiles across their lips, I quietly exit the room and close the door. Nothing warms my heart like hearing the laughter behind that door. And then after the patient passes, I am thanked for making the passage from this life a better memory for them. I tell them that their loved one left within a circle of love, just as they had lived.

This is why I love nursing. To be able to help someone change such a scary situation into a sweet memory, makes those difficult, stressed shifts well worth my nursing cap.

To see all 2016-2017 stories or to share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit http://lippincottsolutions.com/inspirednurses.  Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.
 
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Posted: 10/29/2017 7:53:23 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: I’m Just Like You

Lippincott NursingCenter.com is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is September’s nurse story, “I’m Just Like You.”
 
September-2017.jpgI’m Just Like You
Angela Townsend, BSN, RN
Home Health
 
When I was 17, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It was at that moment when I decided to become a nurse. I've found that my own personal experience having a chronic illness has not only increased my understanding and passion for teaching others with diabetes, it has allowed me an empathy towards my patients that I never thought possible. I teach my patients about their illnesses and let them know, "hey, I have to do this too." It has made my experience as a nurse in an ever-changing world of medicine, so much more rewarding!
 
To see all 2016-2017 stories or to share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit http://lippincottsolutions.com/inspirednurses.  Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.

 
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Posted: 9/27/2017 8:01:04 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 1 comments

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Clinical Nurse Specialist Week 2017

Posted: 8/29/2017 10:24:19 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 3 comments

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Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: A Better Life

Lippincott NursingCenter.com is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is August’s nurse story, “A Better Life.”
 
A Better Life
Helene Vossos, DNP, PMHNP-BC, ANP
Stewart Marchman ACT Behavioral Services
 
August-2017.jpgAs nurses, we must recognize how vulnerable mental health patients often feel, which can impact their access to mental health services.
 
As a mental health nurse, I participated in an "Open Access Model" to "walk in" appointments in an outpatient clinic that improved access to mental health services from 54% up to 94%. Many of our inpatient, outpatient, home health care and homeless patients lack communication skills and resources, and all nurses can help make a difference when coordinating their care. As a case study, we talk about Miguel, who is a 32-year-old immigrant from Puerto Rico, homeless in Florida, has a history of schizophrenia and is a new resident. He came to the states by boat, "for a better life." His history includes three previous self-inflicted stabbings to his abdomen and chest when he was out of medication and when "the voices were loud and commanding."
 
Historically Miguel was in contact with emergency department nurses, medical-surgical nurses, OR nurses, case manager nurses, mental health nurses and nurse practitioners for the past three years. All of these nurses are "mental health nurses" by proxy, as they all touched his life, saving him and helping him to maintain stability and get the health care services he needs by providing "walk-in" status during open-access for mental health services, and have provided a translator as well as additional assistance in maintaining appropriate medication and continuing outpatient services. Nurses save lives in all ways of collaboration, caring and research translated into clinical practice!
 
To see all 2016-2017 stories or to share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit http://lippincottsolutions.com/inspirednurses.  Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.

 
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Posted: 8/28/2017 9:31:48 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: Meant to be a Nurse

Lippincott NursingCenter.com is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is July's nurse story, “Meant to be a Nurse.” 
 
Meant to be a Nurse
Adriana Pirez, BSN, RN
Saint Luke's Cornwall Hospital, Medical/Surgical Unit
 
July-2017.pngAll my life I've wanted to be a nurse. The inspiration was in my family, as my aunt Mercedes was the nurse coordinator for a private hospital in my native country of Uruguay. She married a doctor and one of their sons became a doctor too.

On Sunday's when we would gather at grandma's house, as a little girl, I remember hearing conversations about new drugs in the market to fight illnesses, and many stories my cousin would tell about his experiences as a new doctor doing an internship in a local hospital ED. I was mesmerized by their stories, their intelligence and mostly for their love and dedication to their professions. It took me a long time as a woman, a mother, and a wife, in my forties to realize that that dream of being a vocational nurse could be possible here in the U.S. So, after working for years in different hospitals as a unit secretary and a registrar for the Emergency Department, I enrolled in a nursing program at my local community college.

Finally, after so many struggles, lack of support and discrimination from some professors for me speaking with an accent and being different, I maintained a positive attitude, and transferred to a new nursing program in a prestigious Christian College in Rockland County, NY. In 2013, I graduated with honors. It wasn’t always easy, but I would do it all over again – nine years, three colleges and a huge debt in student loans.
Today, I work in my local hospital, the one where the nurses in that ED inspired me even more. I love the smiles on my patients when they see me coming on my second day of my shifts. Their smiles and their trust in my care is the greatest support I can get, knowing that nursing is in my heart and in my Christian soul, and that I was truly meant to be a nurse.

To see all 2016-2017 stories or to share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit http://lippincottsolutions.com/inspirednurses.  Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.
 
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Posted: 7/29/2017 6:01:23 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 2 comments

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Summer Reading for Nurses

summer-reading-for-nurses.pngSummer is a great time to catch up on reading - the days are longer, some of us take some time off from work, and things seem to slow down a bit. If you're like me, you've got a list of reading recommendations from friends and colleagues that you've been planning to read "someday." Well, as I prepare for a little beach time, I'm organizing and prioritizing my reading list. Have you read any of these titles? Or are any on your to-read list? 


For students and new nurses transitioning to practice...

Anatomy of a Super Nurse: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming Nursey
Kati Kleber, BSN, RN, CCRN
This is a revised version of Becoming Nursey: From Code Blues to Code Browns, How to Care for Your Patients and Yourself, which I’ve read several times. I look forward to catching up on the new additions that Kleber added to this must-read for students and new nurses. 

Intensive Care; The Story of a Nurse
Echo Heron
As a new RN in the ICU, I can remember reading this book and its sequel, Condition Critical; The Story of a Nurse Continues, many times! These true stories that are recounted in this book shed a light on what is happening every day in the lives of nurses and the patients we care for. 
 

For inspiration...

Reflections on Nursing
American Journal of Nursing
These personal accounts from actual nurses are inspiring and demonstrate the true work that nurses do every day. Reading these stories will help you remember why you became a nurse. 

Nightingale's Vision: Advancing the Nursing Profession Beyond 2020
Sue Johnson, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Just released, this book features a look at the status of each recommendation from the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing report. As “an essential reference to guide nurses in the advancement of their profession in the next decade and beyond,” it sounds like a must-read for all of us. 

 

Strictly for pleasure...

My Sister’s Keeper
Jodi Picoult
This one is recommended by a nurse friend, and while I remember being interested when this movie was released, I never did see it. Picoult is the author of 28 novels, and I am planning on picking up this one, and maybe a few others, soon.

Firefly Lane
Kristin Hannah
This is my favorite book and I’ve read it several times – and I will be bringing it along on my vacation again! A tale of friendship – and its ups and downs – that may remind you of some relationships in your own life. There is a sequel, Fly Away, that you’ll want to check out too!

What other books do you recommend? 
 
Posted: 7/23/2017 11:44:02 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 2 comments

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Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: Hair and Hospice

Lippincott NursingCenter.com is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is June’s nurse story, “Hair and Hospice.” Enjoy!
 
Hair and Hospice
Marcy Hof, RN
Hilton Head Hospital

hair-and-hospice.pngThirty-two years ago when I was 21, I got my cosmetology license and began working in a salon. My father had been diagnosed with malignant melanoma and went from hospital to hospital for different treatments and a clinical trial. It was at that time that I realized how valuable nurses are to the world, and how many different aspects of nursing there are. When my dad got to the point where he needed hospice care, I was the only one who could lift him or clean him up. He would tell people to go away and let me help them because I was stronger than my mom and sister. It was only after he passed away that I went to nursing school. I have been an RN for 24 years and today my daughter is in nursing school too! My father would have been so proud!! It is a very rewarding, frustrating, sad, and interesting career that I am glad I pursued!
 
To see all 2016-2017 stories or to share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit http://lippincottsolutions.com/inspirednurses.  Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.
 
 
 

 

Posted: 6/22/2017 8:02:15 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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20 Years of Lippincott NursingCenter [Video]

LNC-20th-Ann-logoThis month, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lippincott NursingCenter! In June of 1997, the website formerly known as AJNOnline became Lippincott’s NursingCenter.com. This look back at our evolution has been eye-opening [credit to the Internet Archive, Wayback Machine]. As a clinical editor on the NursingCenter team since 2002, there is much that I’d forgotten, as well as some previous features that are now inspiring me with new ideas!

Originally launched in 1993 with grant funding from the Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Nursing, NursingCenter.com was one of the very first Internet sites devoted exclusively to nursing. The site began as AJNNet, an electronic bulletin board system (BBS) for delivering continuing education to nurses in medically under-served areas. In January 1995, the BBS evolved into a full website called AJNOnline, the first website to deliver full-text nursing journals (including full-text versions of the American Journal of Nursing and The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.)

In June of 1997, the site was renamed Lippincott's NursingCenter with more journals and continuing education offerings than any other nursing site. As more even more nursing resources and references were added, the site was completely redesigned and relaunched several times, always with the goal to be the most comprehensive online nursing portal. In April 2000, NursingCenter merged with SpringNet, Springhouse Corporation's award-winning website.

After several more iterations and redesigns, we’ve come to be known as Lippincott NursingCenter. Today, NursingCenter.com continues to expand, offering a growing library of cutting-edge original content to help nurses and students on their professional journeys.

Please join me on a little video journey through our history!
 
 

Twenty years ago, when the web was just in its infancy, Lippincott NursingCenter emerged as a premier online resource for nurses. Our authoritative content, created by nurses for nurses, continues to set us apart as an online nursing resource. We are proud of our exclusive content – enewsletters, nursing tip cards and mnemonics, infographics, and blog – that keeps nurses up-to-date clinically and professionally. And our portfolio of resources has grown to include over 6,000 peer reviewed articles from over 70 trusted Lippincott journals and more than 1,900 continuing education activities. Thank you for being a valuable member of our nursing community. 
 
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Posted: 6/9/2017 7:20:31 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: Through the Stomach to the Heart

Lippincott NursingCenter.com is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. These stories are filled with heroic tales created by nurses, for nurses, and were chosen from hundreds of submissions from nurses around the United States. These nurse storytellers are compassionate, informative, and inspiring – we hope you enjoy them!

To kick this off, we are beginning with May’s nurse story, “Through the Stomach to the Heart.” Read the full story below.

Through the Stomach to the Heart
Simone Cheong, Magnet Project Coordinator
West Kendall Baptist Hospital

In a previous role working on an inpatient medical-surgical unit, I had an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference in the life of one patient. We had been caring for a patient who had worked for a cruise line and had become very ill, requiring prolonged hospitalization and medical therapy before being released to return home. He was from India and had no family or friends.

through-the-stomach-to-the-heart.pngThe staff explained that the patient was not eating and was losing weight. His mood was also depressed. The physical ailment included wound healing, and with insufficient nutrients, the body is slowed in its healing process. Although the dieticians tried their best to make accommodations, he was still not eating well, so I took it upon myself to go to a local Indian grocery store and buy some Indian food items. With the physician's permission, I proceeded to cook and provide him with Indian meals and snacks. The patient was thankful and overwhelmed with emotion, and over the course of his hospitalization, he began eating better, improving his nutritional intake along with his mood as well. He was subsequently released after several weeks. 

Over the years, the patient has called back to the nursing unit asking to thank me again and give me updates on his health status. That is what nursing is all about. Going above and beyond to meet the needs of the patient.

Through your strength, courage, and compassion, these stories will help to illustrate just how crucial nursing is to optimal patient care and the art of healing. Help pay it forward and inspire others on just what it means to be a nurse.

To see all 2016-2017 stories or to share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit http://lippincottsolutions.com/inspirednurses. Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.
 
Posted: 5/26/2017 11:28:47 AM by Cara Deming | with 0 comments

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