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Research 101: Descriptive statistics

Use these tools to analyze data vital to practice-improvement projects.


  • Nurses at every level should be able to understand and apply basic statistical analyses related to performance improvement projects.
  • Measures of central tendency (such as mean) and variability (such as standard deviation) are fairly common and easy to use.

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Research 101: Forest plots

Patient care decisions must be made based on the current best evidence, and nurses critically appraise many kinds of research designs and their associated statistical analyses to determine what they know about a clinical issue. Learning commonly used terms is important in helping nurses understand research and how to use it in everyday clinical decision-making. (See Words to know.) Read more

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Differentiating research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement

Research, evidence-based practice (EBP), and quality improvement support the three main goals of the Magnet Recognition Program®and the Magnet Model component of new knowledge, innovation, and improvements. The three main goals of the Magnet Recognition Program are to: 1) Promote quality in a setting that supports professional practice 2) Identify excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients or residents 2) Disseminate best practices in nursing services. Read more

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A 5-step plan for expanding your network with Facebook

Even if you are one of the millions of people who use Facebook to connect to others, you may not realize how friending colleagues on Facebook can expand your professional network. There are nurses, just a click away, who can answer your questions and mentor you from afar. In my transition from staff nurse to doctorally prepared educator, I have used Facebook to maintain and build my own professional network by friending nursing organizations such as the American Nurses Association and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing. I see how Facebook friending keeps me, my staff nurse colleagues, and my medical/surgical students current and connected. Yet, the articles I read in the nursing literature focus more on the inappropriate usage of Facebook. Rather than scaring nurses off Facebook, this article highlights the professional advantages of liking a variety of colleagues. Read more

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Social media missteps could put your nursing license at risk

Learn the rules and what to do if you make a mistake.


  • For nurses, social media use has daily applications in their personal and professional lives, facilitating conversations with colleagues about best practices and advancing healthcare.
  • Inappropriate use of social media can create legal problems for nurses, including job termination, malpractice claims, and disciplinary action from boards of nursing (BON), which could negatively impact their nursing license and career.

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From the Ethics Inbox: When a nurse’s privacy is breached by social media

To: Ethics Advisory Board

From: Concerned nursing professor

Subject: Patients recording nurses

What protects nursing staff and students when a patient livestreams nursing care on Facebook? Should patients ever be permitted to photograph or record nurses while they are working and post it on social media? Read more

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Novel ethics champion programs

Three pediatric hospitals share tips for success.


  • Ethics champion programs can connect nurses with the ethical foundations of nursing practice and promote moral agency in clinical care.
  • Three pediatric hospitals describe how ethics champion programs can create unit-based ethics champions to provide hospital-wide support and education to address moral distress, deepen moral sensitivity, increase ethical competence, and connect colleagues to available ethics resources.

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Situational awareness and the Nursing Code of Ethics

Solving ethical dilemmas requires a thoughtful process.


  • Ethical dilemmas are a common occurrence in nursing, often resulting in moral distress.
  • Situational awareness is as a useful method to guide nurses in exploring ethical dilemmas to better identify appropriate actions and responses.

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Advice for millennial nurses

How do you become a great leader in a multigenerational workplace?


  • Millennials who strive to be leaders must embrace rules of engagement, read leadership books, make a plan to improve, and seek guidance from other generations on personal growth.
  • Become the leader you wanted your superior to be by assessing your emotional intelligence and self-awareness of core values.

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