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20 questions: Evidence-based practice or sacred cow?

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

Nursing2017. 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Despite dramatic advances in healthcare research, many nurses continue to promote outdated nursing practices.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 Read the results of a nationwide survey designed to test nurses' knowledge and beliefs about outdated nursing practices, then update your practice based on the best evidence available.

Recognizing normal pressure hydrocephalus in older adults

Smith, Carolyn E.

Nursing2017. 47(9):26-31, September 2017.

A telltale triad of clues—gait disturbance, cognitive impairment, and urinary incontinence—differentiates normal pressure hydrocephalus from other neurologic diseases affecting older adults. With early detection and treatment, dementia and other complications can be reversed in many patients.

Brush up your professional nursing résumé

Jilk, Erin M.; Crawford, Cecelia L.; Kawar, Lina Najib; More

Nursing2017. 47(10):41-45, October 2017.

A résumé can be a passport to an entry-level nursing position, a promotion, or an advanced nursing position. Here's how to make yours stand out.

Evidence-based approaches to breaking down language barriers

Squires, Allison

Nursing2017. 47(9):34-40, September 2017.

Explore the complexities of language barriers between nurses and patients, including how these barriers affect nursing care and patient outcomes. Then use evidence-based strategies to improve communication and reduce readmissions.

Reminiscence therapy: Finding meaning in memories

Klever, Sandy

Nursing2017. 43(4):36-37, April 2013.

When approaching death, many people want to put their lives in perspective. By encouraging patients to talk about their past, you can improve their self-esteem and help them achieve a sense of fulfillment.

Code blue: Do you know what to do?

Jackson, Janet E.; Grugan, Amy S.

Nursing2017. 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.

Acute hypervolemic hyponatremia: A case report

Thomas, Sarah Beth

Nursing2017. 47(10):53-57, October 2017.

Following a patient history, this article focuses on volume status in acute hyponatremia, particularly the subordinate classifications of isotonic, hypertonic, and hypotonic hyponatremia.

Talking to cancer survivors about dyspareunia and self-management

Chism, Lisa Astalos; Magnan, Morris A.

Nursing2017. 47(10):24-29, October 2017.

Nurses can help female cancer survivors by opening sensitive discussions with them about their sexuality and then addressing their concerns about painful vaginal penetration. Using the assessment tool presented here can help you individualize nursing interventions to improve each patient's quality of life.

Spotlight on Cerebellar Dysfunction in adults

Vacca, Vincent M. Jr.

Nursing2017. 47(10):46-51, October 2017.

Review current understanding of cerebellar function, then follow these guidelines for assessing ataxia and other telltale signs and symptoms of cerebellar dysfunction related to common neurologic disorders such as stroke.

Panniculectomy: Perioperative nursing considerations

Nahabedian, Maurice Y.; Nahabedian, Anissa G.

Nursing2017. 47(10):32-38, October 2017.

Although bariatric surgery often corrects obesity, it can leave patients with an overhanging apron of tissue, or abdominal pannus. Besides causing health problems, it can diminish patients' quality of life. Update your knowledge about caring for patients before, during, and after surgery to remove a large pannus.

Surviving sepsis: A review of the latest guidelines

Miller, Julie

Nursing2017. 44(4):24-30, April 2014.

About one in four people who develop sepsis will die. Screening every potentially infected patient for sepsis and providing the evidence-based interventions presented here is critical to turning the tide on this killer.

Caring for adults with impaired physical mobility

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing2017. 46(12):36-41, December 2016.

Immobility and its complications can cause physical disability and emotional suffering. With appropriate assessment skills, early mobilization efforts, and proper prevention strategies, nurses can help patients avoid complications and optimize their quality of life.

Call to action: How to implement evidence-based nursing practice

Mick, JoAnn

Nursing2017. 47(4):36-43, April 2017.

Implementing evidence-based nursing practice supports nurses in practicing to the full extent of their education and licensure. To ensure high-quality patient care, follow this practical guide to integrate your clinical skill and experience with the best available clinical research evidence.

Bringing home effective nursing care for the homeless

Gerber, Lois

Nursing2017. 43(3):32-38, March 2013.

Despite the obvious challenges, nurses can make a difference in the lives of these vulnerable patients. With a deeper understanding of their problems, nurses can provide support, offer resources, and perform other meaningful interventions.

Preventing in-patient falls: The nurse's pivotal role

Chu, Ruby Z.

Nursing2017. 47(3):24-30, March 2017.

Preventing falls requires a multidisciplinary approach to create a safe patient environment, including a fall prevention program and education for nurses. This article discusses practical, evidence-based interventions that nurses can implement to keep their patients safe.

Motivational interviewing: A journey to improve health

Droppa, Mandy; Lee, Heeyoung

Nursing2017. 44(3):40-45, March 2014.

Apply the motivational interviewing principles and communication skills discussed here to elicit patients' personal reasons for changing unhealthy behaviors, then reinforce their healthier choices.

How informatics nurses use bar code technology to reduce medication errors

Gann, Michael

Nursing2017. 45(3):60-66, March 2015.

Informatics nurses play an increasingly important role in implementing and managing technology that improves patient safety during medication administration. Learn all about this fast-growing career opportunity here.

Skin tears: Best practices for care and prevention

LeBlanc, Kimberly; Baranoski, Sharon

Nursing2017. 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.

Nursing care for the patient with a left ventricular assist device

Chmielinski, April; Koons, Brittany

Nursing2017. 47(5):34-40, May 2017.

In patients with advanced heart failure, LVADs can provide a bridge to heart transplant. This article brings nurses up to speed about these devices and discusses nursing care for patients with an LVAD who are admitted to the hospital.

Chest X-ray interpretation: Not just black and white

Pezzotti, William

Nursing2017. 44(1):40-47, January 2014.

Is your patient's chest X-ray unremarkable, or does it show a life-threatening abnormality? Use this article to gain a basic understanding of chest X-ray interpretation to sharpen your assessment skills, promote patient safety, and optimize care.

Medicinal cannabis: A primer for nurses

Pettinato, Maria

Nursing2017. 47(8):40-46, August 2017.

Over half of all states have legalized at least some forms of medicinal cannabis. Even in states where using medicinal cannabis isn't yet legal, patients may have questions about its use and efficacy. Keep an open mind about the advantages for patients using this innovative therapy as you explore its benefits and drawbacks.

Opening up about postpartum depression

English, Jill

Nursing2017. 43(9):28-29, September 2013.

Recounting her own experience with postpartum depression, a nurse shares insights and lessons learned about this troubling disorder.

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