Improving health literacy in patients with diabetes

Watts, Sharon A.; Stevenson, Carl; Adams, Margaret

Nursing . 47(1):24-31, January 2017.

Health literacy means how well someone can obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information to make appropriate health decisions. It's a stronger predictor of health status than income or education level. Brush up on how to assess and improve health literacy to help patients with diabetes stay healthy.

The mystery of vulvodynia: Can it be solved?

Harrison, Helen E.

Nursing . 47(1):34-38, January 2017.

This pain syndrome, characterized by persistent vulvar pain without an identifiable cause, can significantly impact a woman's health and her intimate relationships. By being aware of the signs and symptoms, as well as the physical and psychological effects, nurses can help patients get the treatment and education they need to manage this difficult disorder.

20 questions: Evidence-based practice or sacred cow?

Miller, Julie; Hayes, Denise Drummond; Carey, Katherine W.

Nursing . 45(8):46-55, August 2015.

Despite dramatic advances in healthcare research, many nurses continue to promote outdated nursing practices. Grounded in tradition rather than science, these “sacred cows” are ineffective, unnecessary, and sometimes dangerous. Read the results of a nationwide survey designed to test nurses' knowledge and beliefs about outdated nursing practices, then update your practice based on the best evidence available.

Escape the vape: Health hazards of the latest nicotine craze

Huey, Sally; Granitto, Margaret

Nursing . 47(1):46-51, January 2017.

Young people who experiment with e-cigarettes may become addicted to nicotine in adulthood. But some see these products as a helpful tool for tobacco users who wish to stop smoking. This article presents the latest evidence about these controversial products and reviews current federal regulations governing their sale and marketing.

Code blue: Do you know what to do?

Jackson, Janet E.; Grugan, Amy S.

Nursing . 45(5):34-39, May 2015.

Although nurses in hospitals are required to have basic life support training, they may have few opportunities to practice these skills before needing to perform them in a crisis. Make sure your skills are current by reviewing appropriate actions and interventions nurses and other clinicians must perform during a code blue.

Managing alcohol withdrawal in hospitalized patients

Elliott, Dolores Y.; Geyer, Christopher; Lionetti, Thomas; More

Nursing . 42(4):22-30, April 2012.

As many as one in five patients admitted to a hospital has an alcohol use disorder, but identifying them isn't always easy. Review the latest guidelines for assessing these patients, recognizing signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and intervening to keep them safe.

Update: 2015 AHA BLS and ACLS guidelines

Craig-Brangan, Karen Jean; Day, Mary Patricia

Nursing . 46(2):40-45, February 2016.

Advanced cardiovascular life support spans the spectrum of care from basic life support to post-cardiac arrest care. Become familiar with these recently revised guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care in adults.

Blood management: Best-practice transfusion strategies

Tolich, Deborah J.; Blackmur, Sheila; Stahorsky, Ken; More

Nursing . 43(1):40-47, January 2013.

Adopting blood management practices can lower both the risks and costs associated with unnecessary blood transfusions. Learn about patient-centered strategies and techniques that improve patient outcomes by reducing, eliminating, or optimizing the use of blood transfusions to treat anemia.

Skin tears: Best practices for care and prevention

LeBlanc, Kimberly; Baranoski, Sharon

Nursing . 44(5):36-46, May 2014.

Until recently, skin tears have received scant attention, even though they may be more prevalent than pressure ulcers. Now's the time to update your knowledge about assessing, treating, and preventing these painful and often debilitating wounds according to new standards and recommendations issued by the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel.

Autologous microvascular breast reconstruction: Postoperative strategies to improve outcomes

Nahabedian, Maurice Y.; Nahabedian, Anissa G.

Nursing . 46(12):26-34, December 2016.

After total mastectomy, breast reconstruction can improve body image and enhance self-esteem. Exceptional nursing care after autologous microvascular breast reconstruction, as described here, can boost the odds of successful outcomes for these patients.