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Monday, April 8, 2019

​Did you know Nursing Management once went by a different name? Starting with our first issue in 1970, we published our journal under the name Supervisor Nurse for about a decade until the journal's staff, led at the time by Editor Leah Curtin, decided to make a change. 

Here is a look back to our September 1981 issue (Volume 12, Issue 9), the first issue published under our current name. 

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In an editorial on the decision, Curtin said readers had repeatedly requested the change due to changes in nursing management that were taking place at that time.

"Yesterday's nurses had 'bosses,' and those bosses were nursing supervisors," Curtin wrote. "Today's nurses are more educated and independent. They know, better than anyone else, how to perform their functions. They don't want or need bosses, but they do want and need the support, guidance and direction that results from good management practice."

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The full issue is available online to our subscribers here.

Check back with our blog or on social media as we celebrate our 50th volume by highlighting entire issues or specific content from our archives throughout 2019.  

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Monday, December 17, 2018

While the winter holiday season tends to be associated with joy, it can also trigger heightened levels of stress, anxiety, and depression for some.

In our latest Pathway to Excellence® column, titled "An Investment in Staff Well-Being," author Leigh Hume, MN, RN, shines a light on the importance of investing in strategies to help nurses cope with high levels of work-related stress and optimize their well-being, which can, in turn, have a positive effect on patient safety. Keeping work stress in check and fostering overall well-being can help contain or prevent the "holiday blues" in some cases. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out this article—the latest in our series of columns in collaboration with the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Pathway to Excellence Program.

Further, consider these 10 holiday health and safety tips from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention for yourself, your team, and your patients. This guide covers the basics, such as practicing proper hand hygiene, avoiding smoking, handling and preparing food safely, keeping an extra watchful eye on the kids, and being as active as possible. See the CDC's guide for more details.

Nursing Management wishes our readers a happy, healthy holiday season. Need to catch up on 2018 articles before the end of the year? You can read our latest published content here. Also keep an eye out for our Best of 2018 collection, coming soon!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

For nurse leaders in search of current research and perspectives on a wide range of patient care considerations, look no further than Nursing Management’s new Safety Solutions special. As part of our November issue, the annual Safety Solutions guide features the latest on topics ranging from mental health and informatics to medication administration and staffing. Here’s a quick look at this year’s coverage.

Mental health was the focus of the continuing-education feature “Suicide risk assessment and prevention.” This article discusses the importance of ensuring that your nursing team is adequately trained in patient suicide risk assessment and appropriate follow-up prevention, and offers concrete steps you and your staff members can take to reduce the risk of patient suicide attempts.  

Our Informatics article, written by Nursing Management Editorial Board member Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, explores clinical decision support tools that can help clinicians by taking over routine tasks, warning of potential problems, or providing suggestions for the clinical team and patient to consider. We highlight infection control with “Changing practice, saving lives,” which describes one neurosurgical ICU unit’s project to achieve a sustained decrease in catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Medicine administration takes center stage in “Blame: What does it looks like?” This article uses a medication error case study to distinguish between blame and accountability.
Infusion and monitoring topics are also included. “Vascular access: HD patients’ perceived knowledge and practices” reports on a study evaluating patients’ awareness of complications linked with tunneled central venous catheters and their interrelated practices. “Factors associated with falls among hospital inpatients” presents a mixed-methods study, which concluded that most impatient falls can be eliminated or significantly reduced if nursing staff members adhere to high-reliability organization principles.

“Cultural considerations for hepatitis B vaccination compliance” focuses on communication by recounting one hospital’s initiative to increase hepatitis B vaccine administration rates within its Orthodox Jewish patient population. The topic of staffing rounds out the issue in “Hospital staffing technology: Hazard and opportunity risks,” which considers the risks and mitigation strategies associated with deploying a web-based staffing application across an integrated multi-hospital system.

The full issue can be viewed online here.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Attendees, speakers, and organizers gathered September 24-28 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the 39th annual Nursing Management Congress. Brett Culp, a filmmaker whose nonprofit organization The Rising Heroes Project produces documentaries on uplifting, real-life stories to inspire personal growth, highlighted the week on Wednesday morning with a keynote address on leadership. Speaking to about 1,000 nurse leaders, Culp centered his address around what it takes to be a leader and supplemented his message by sharing the inspiring stories of his film subjects.

Activities got underway at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort with a number of pre-conference workshops before Elizabeth Angelo kicked off the conference Tuesday night with an opening session that explored tools for building personal and professional resilience.

Along with dozens of breakout sessions across Wednesday and Thursday, Congress included four additional general sessions. Conference Chairperson Pamela Hunt, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, opened Thursday with a session on the daily work of the nurse leader and the impact of nurse leaders' decisions on patients. Linda Laskowski Jones, editor-in-chief of the Nursing2018 journal, presented a unique session on Friday morning that highlighted leadership lessons we can learn from the behaviors and social hierarchy of wolves, and Linda Stimmel simulated a real trial to demonstrate the pressures and pitfalls of a deposition and trial of a nurse. Faith Brennan Roberts wrapped up the event with a closing presentation that examined the evolutionary process of a nurse from student to practitioner to leader and explored why we do the things we do through the metaphoric use of a Northeastern folktale about a crab bucket.

Congress planners held a ceremony to recognize the winner of the 2018 Richard Hader Visionary Leader Award, Dr. Lori Colineri, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, a CNO who has worked to transform the work environment and improve outcomes for patients and families at hospitals in RWJ Barnabas Health's Southern Region. Organizers also announced this year's NM Congress Poster Award winners. Christie Muza, MSN, RN, CEN, and Kathleen Flinn of UPMC took the contest's top spot with their project, "Overcoming Nurse manager Overload—Building a Resilient Nurse Manager." Lori Parrot and Crista Shronk of Cook Children's Medical Center were the runners-up with their poster, titled, "I'm a New Nurse Manager, Now What?"

We're thrilled to announce that Nursing Management Congress2019 will take place October 15-19 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans! A special thanks to our attendees, speakers, and planners, as well as to Disney and the hotel staff at Coronado Springs for allowing us to host another great conference.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Over the past few years, healthcare reform laced with economic unrest may have brought us the feeling that there's something bad looming. And the election process may have accentuated these fears. It doesn't matter if you voted for or against the President-elect, the change that will occur with a new President will affect all of us. And this gives us anxiety about the unknown. The change may be positive or negative – whichever, it's still looming.


I just read an article posted on Fierce Healthcare, which gives us further reason to be anxious. We should prepare for a potential recession that will impact hospitals with even more fiscal uncertainty than is happening now. We're in the middle of healthcare reimbursement changes that result in hospitals and other healthcare organizations sitting on shifting fiscal sand. The future of Obamacare is uncertain and now we have a possible recession to add to the financial unpredictability.


Hospitals will be challenged to deliver low-cost, high-quality care with good outcomes. Being fiscally conservative, tightening belts, and making do with less will be the norm. As nurse leaders, we'll be stretched to care for our patients with fewer resources and less staff. It sounds gloomy, but this new reality may push the nursing profession even more toward creativity and innovation. Our usual care models will be challenged and our processes will require greater efficiency. Nurses have always risen to the challenge and we'll be proactive in creating the best care environment for our patients.


Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Senior Director, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

Nursing Management Editorial Board Member