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December 2015 - Volume 115 - Issue 12
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CE: Inside an Ebola Treatment Unit: A Nurse's Report

Wilson, Deborah

AJN, American Journal of Nursing. 115(12):28-38, December 2015.

Original Research: Implementation of an Early Mobility Program in an ICU

Fraser, Danielle; Spiva, LeeAnna; Forman, Wendy; More

AJN, American Journal of Nursing. 115(12):49-58, December 2015.

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Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:54
AJN The American Journal of Nursing December 2015, Volume 115, Issue 12;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the December issue of the American Journal of Nursing. This month’s cover features nurse Elie Kasindi Kabululu caring for a patient at Centre Médical Evangélique in Nyankunde, Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. Our first CE, “Inside an Ebola Treatment Unit: A Nurse’s Report,” describes the author’s experiences working with MSF at an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia for five weeks, outlines the practices and teams involved, and aims to convey a sense of what it’s like to work during an Ebola outbreak and to put a human face on this devastating epidemic. Our second CE, “Incorporating Acupressure into Nursing Practice,” discusses potential clinical indications for the use of acupressure, describes the technique, explains how to evaluate patient outcomes, and suggests how future research into this integrative intervention might be improved. In “Cultivating Quality: Original Research: Implementation of an Early Mobility Program in an ICU,” the authors recount how an early mobilization program at a community hospital contributed to fewer delirium days and improvements in patient outcomes, sedation levels, and functional status. Finally, “iNurse: Nurses and the Migration to Electronic Health Records” presents the challenges and benefits of using electronic health records and provides tips for adapting to EHR systems. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.