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Karen Schmidt, RN, is a freelance writer.

How process upgrades aid ICU patient experience

By | 2021-05-07T17:28:50-04:00 November 16th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Katie Mapula, RN Process improvement measures are making a difference in ICU patient experience.  In hospitals such as Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, nurses are leading the way. “This has already transformed ICU care and it’s becoming the standard of care,” said Katie Mapula, MSN, RN, CCRN, a quality improvement manager

Nurse leaders share top leadership principles

By | 2016-03-29T15:33:24-04:00 April 25th, 2016|

Nurses at every level of leadership — from unit charge nurses to systemwide chief nursing officers — substantially impact not only patient outcomes and satisfaction scores, but also the attitudes and diligence exhibited by the staff they lead. Here, three nurse leaders discuss a top principle they use in their leadership role. Clear communication

Nurses assist patients with diabetic wound management at home

By | 2022-03-25T11:01:22-04:00 December 14th, 2015|

Rose Villar, RN With their high risk for chronic wounds, patients with diabetes, need to remain vigilant in monitoring their skin integrity. Rose Villar, BSN, RN, WCC, said. “It’s all about attitude for diabetic patients to have good education and strong wound care management on their own,” she said. At the outpatient clinic where Villar