March 2014 - Volume 9 - Issue 2
pp: 4-48


The nurse as the patient

Nursing Critical Care . 9(2):4, March 2014.

What happens when the nurse is the patient? Don't ignore warning signs that your own health needs attention because if you're in pain, even with friends in the business, you could have to wait for appointments, prescriptions, precertification, and follow-up visits – just like your patients.

Heart Beats

Research Rounds

The impact of quality bundles

Whelchel, Catherine; Berg, Lisa; Brown, Annette; More

Nursing Critical Care . 9(2):11-14, March 2014.

Read how a study examines if patients feel they receive better care and if nurses think their workflow improves when a set of nursing practices are performed in a bundle.

Tech Talk


Patent foramen ovale and strokes

Smith, Carolyn E.

Nursing Critical Care . 9(2):23-26, March 2014.

When a foramen ovale, a small opening with a flaplike valve between the right and left atria, hasn't closed by age 2 about 25 percent of the people with this condition can have migraines, sudden temporary blindness, stroke, vertigo and paralysis.

Shhh! Too much hospital noise slows recovery

Lim, Fidelindo A.

Nursing Critical Care . 9(2):43-47, March 2014.

Monotonous call bells, oscillating conversations, and clanking equipment disturb patients' rest, especially in the ICU and operating rooms. But besides being irritating, excessive noise causes sleep deprivation, which can lead to hypertension, an increase in cardiovascular disease, impaired immune function, attention and memory deficits, depression and even death.