There's not enough talk with suicidal patients in the emergency department about handguns, pistols, shotguns, and rifles. Guns are a public health issue, but ED nurses often "think someone else should ask about firearms."
It takes more than excellent clinical skills to rise to the role of nurse leader. Two new programs in Tennessee and New York aim to train the next generation of nurses who are ready to push themselves forward.
In the second part of our roundtable discussion, three nurse leaders discuss strategies for dealing with overwhelmed staff, the importance of risk-taking, and the need to expand the scope of advance practice nurses and nurse practitioners.
In nursing, as in football, teamwork matters. Safety huddles at the start of a shift allow nurses to strategize as a team before executing patient care. One hospital that's adopted the practice has already scored a national quality award.