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How Nurses Can Protect Themselves as They Work to Save Others

The pitfalls of compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, moral distress, and burnout are widespread in the clinical world. “Day in and day out, [nurses] are faced with trying to establish a relationship with individuals who are facing some of the worst things that you can possibly imagine,” said Georgetown University faculty Meg Carman. “This is the worst day, at the worst point in their life, and nurses are the ones who need to be there and be strong.” With ongoing research and better-informed workplaces, nurses can continue to make these relationships safer — for themselves and their patients.

Give and Take: A Nurse’s Role in Organ Transplantation

Almost 95 percent of Americans support organ donation, yet only half of adults in the U.S. are officially registered as donors. Why is that? Nurse Practitioners have the unique opportunity to address barriers through patient education and support.

How Does Race Impact Childbirth Outcomes?

According to a 2014 Center for Reproductive Rights report, a woman living in sub-Saharan Africa has an equal or better chance of surviving childbirth than a black woman living in certain parts of Mississippi. Experts believe persistent poverty, chronic stress and lack of access to health care providers are some of the factors that explain the problem.

Addressing the Unique Physical and Nutritional Needs of Bedside Clinicians

Many people choose a career in direct patient care to make a positive change in the lives of underserved, impaired, vulnerable, and still-recovering populations. However, being responsible for the healing of others shouldn’t mean overlooking the care of the caregivers.

A Deeper Understanding of Palliative Care

According to a review published in the New England Journal of Medicine, seven in 10 Americans feel “not at all knowledgeable” about the meaning of palliative care. While palliative care, end of life care, and hospice care all seek to relieve suffering, each field has unique value to add to a patient’s experience in the care continuum.

Sleeping Well in the Digital Age

Between smartphones, computer monitors, TVs, and tablets, excessive screen time is the new normal. Nursing@Georgetown created the following infographic to illustrate why it’s important to reduce your screen time before going to sleep. Read on to learn more.