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Ketamine becomes more popular for off-label use, but caution still exists – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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Ketamine becomes more popular for off-label use, but caution still exists – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889

Patients in the ICU might have another alternative for pain control and sedation, in the form of a drug approved as an anesthetic nearly 50 years ago.

Ketamine is being used more regularly as an option over opioids to control pain and sedate patients, according to a news release from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses that highlights a recent study on administration of the drug in the ICU.

Off-label use of ketamine in clinical settings has seen significant increases because of concerns regarding dependence and respiratory depression linked to traditional sedatives, including opioids and benzodiazepines.

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Younger nurses eye education and training to boost salaries – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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Younger nurses eye education and training to boost salaries – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889

More than half of Generation X and nearly 80% of millennial nurses plan to pursue education and training to boost salary potential, according to Nurse.com’s salary report.

The survey reflects responses from 4,520 RNs from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Salary is the most important aspect of job satisfaction, according to 72% of all nurses surveyed.

Younger nurses’ emphasis on education and training comes as no surprise, said Connie Zak, DNP, MBA, FNP-BC, associate dean for online programs at the school of nursing at Purdue University Global.

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ANCC Board of Directors Appoints Individuals to Three ANCC Commissions – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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ANCC Board of Directors Appoints Individuals to Three ANCC Commissions – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889

The ANCC Board of Directors recently appointed the following individuals to the Commission on Accreditation, the Commission on Magnet Recognition® and the Commission on Pathway to Excellence®. The purpose of the ANCC commissions is to govern the activities of each respective ANCC program. New Commissioners’ terms are set to begin January 2019.

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Changing nursing specialties might be metamorphosis your career needs – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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Changing nursing specialties might be metamorphosis your career needs – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889

Mariann had a horrific awareness that she picked the wrong specialty.

Seven years of post-college education and interminable anesthesiology training had morphed into brutal 12-hour, in-house OB shifts, when she often gave more than a dozen epidurals. She envisioned a joyless future as she watched the other women in her anesthesia group who were 20 years older and still working long hospital hours.

Mariann decided no amount of money justified this lifestyle. And she had grown dissatisfied with anesthesia practice itself — long hours of boredom, punctuated by minutes of crisis when a patient tried to die on her. No matter the cost, she had to change specialties.

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Our popular continuing education courses will keep you on the right path! – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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Our popular continuing education courses will keep you on the right path! – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889

Continuing education benefits both nurses and patients. The wide range of CE courses available at Nurse.com by OnCourse Learning equip nurses with the latest knowledge and information to help them keep their skills fresh and stay aware of cutting-edge trends in patient care.

We work hard to provide top-notch courses authored by leading healthcare experts, covering everything from pediatrics and pain management to anesthesia and geriatric health.

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How good are your communication skills? – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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How good are your communication skills? – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889

As nurse leaders, we must communicate effectively on the first try. We don’t want our staff members asking themselves, “What did she say?”

When I started my first nursing leadership role, my dad gave me a little gift for my new office — a small desk sign with a message that read: “I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”

Over the years, some staff members would read it and smile as if trying to decide if it was supposed to be confusing, funny or both, while others would comment on its message. As I moved the sign from desk to desk and job to job throughout my career, it served as a reminder of my dad and the importance of good communication skills, especially in healthcare, where what is meant, how it’s said and how it’s heard can have a big impact.

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Clinicians can lead the shift to value-based care – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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Clinicians can lead the shift to value-based care – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889

Clinicians are the face of healthcare. We interface with patients, care for them, engage their families and we are a go-to resource in day-to-day treatment. This makes us great patient advocates as we partner with patients and families in their care.

As healthcare shifts to value-based practices, nurses are well positioned to lead the charge in creating better patient outcomes without placing undue strain on the system. One solution lies in optimizing care coordination.

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Discover the latest approaches in critical care nursing – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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Discover the latest approaches in critical care nursing – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889

From pain management and alarm fatigue to connecting with patient families, Critical Care Nursing Trends You Should Know, is a digital edition that provides you with essential tips and information on the specialty.

You won’t want to miss this exclusive edition — featuring articles on important topics, including moral distress — an issue that can have major impacts on a nurse’s health and career as he or she struggles to reconcile his or her own moral beliefs with that of patients’ families.

The issue provides results of the Nurse.com critical care nurse survey where nurses share what they like most about working in critical care, whether they would recommend the specialty to colleagues and more.

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ANA Board of Directors Appoints Jones as Vice President – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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ANA Board of Directors Appoints Jones as Vice President – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889

The American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors announced today that Faith M. Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has been appointed vice president of the board effective January 1, 2019. She will assume the role when current Vice President Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, becomes ANA President. Dr. Grant was elected in June and will be the first man to serve as president of the association.

Consistent with ANA’s Bylaws and ANA board policies, the board solicited nominations to fill the vacancy for the remaining one-year term of the vice president. Jones currently serves as director-at-large on the ANA board until December 31, 2018 and will then serve as vice president for one year, with her term ending December 31, 2019.

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Adaptation is key as Generation Z enters workforce – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care.

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Adaptation is key as Generation Z enters workforce – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889

Time to stop saying there is complexity in the workforce with four generations working together. We soon will have five!

In my last blog, I discussed some basic information about Generational Theory and Generation Z. In part two, we are going to dig into some of the real differences between generations, specifically between Generation Z and millennials.

What age group makes up each generation? There is some variability depending on the source, however, I will side with academics and less with media on defining the groups.

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