Best Practices
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Recruitment of nurses is critical to maintaining staffing requirements; however, retaining nurses is equally important. There are many reasons why nurses leave their jobs.

Advocacy
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The stigma around mental health is such a difficult topic. I hesitated to take on the challenge of writing this article because, despite being a mental health professional for over 20 years, I still struggle with not being biased myself.

Advocacy
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Workplace violence that occurred during the pandemic is not a new issue as it has been increasing in numbers since 2016. The pandemic, however, increased the number of instances of workplace violence due in part to two conditions that needed to be maintained for safety in the work environment: isolation and decreased ability to communicate to the healthcare team.

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Although the social post was tongue-in-cheek, the national evidence of short-staffed departments across the country is evident. Nurses, social workers, therapists, advanced practice providers, etc. are leaving in droves for a better opportunities.

Care Coordination
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BY RAJITHA BOMMAKANTI, BSN, RN-CCM Case managers are an integral part of the healthcare team. Their roles are crucial in preventing readmissions and coordinating services for patients and their families. During the COVID-19 pandemic, inadequate resources in the community, overloaded caseloads and intensive care units being at maximum capacity have put…

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BY DR. MERCEDES WILLIAMS, DBH, MPH/ID, LMSW, CCM Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) initiation in 2010, case management has continued to evolve. State case managers are support coordinators in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) arena. I/DD are disorders that present at birth, specifically before the age of 18. These…

Mental Health
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BY LYNNE BECKER, MSPH, AND HANNAH BURGESS, MPH MENTAL HEALTH IN NUMBERS One in every 5 U.S adults experiences mental illness. One in every 20 U.S adults experiences serious mental illness. Nineteen percent of these individuals are managing anxiety disorders, and 8% of them are struggling with depression. However, in 2020, only…

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BY BUSHRA HASSAN, MBA, RD, LDN Food insecurity is an issue plaguing America that has only increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Nutrition Journal, nearly 15% of U.S. households—and almost 18% of households with children—reported food insecurity early in the COVID-19 pandemic (https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s12937-021-00732-2.pdf). Before the pandemic, approximately…

Health Improvement
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BY YVONNE STOLWORTHY, MSN, RN Approximately 6 million Americans have heart failure (HF). More than 25% of patients readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after discharge are HF patients (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6952725/). By 2030, the cost of medical care for HF patients is estimated to be about $53 billion. Almost a decade…

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