Articles by Ann Crawford, PhD, RN

Caring for adults with impaired physical mobility

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing2016. 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.

Understanding the effects of rheumatoid arthritis

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing2015. 45(11):32-38, November 2015.

Over time, this progressive disorder can severely impair patients' health and quality of life. But with appropriate care, you can help keep them safe and physically active for as long as possible.

Recognizing and managing osteoarthritis

Harris, Helene; Crawford, Ann

Nursing2015. 45(1):36-42, January 2015.

Bone up on the pathophysiology, risk factors, manifestations, and treatment options for this painful condition, which affects up to 70% of Americans ages 55 to 74. Your appropriate assessment, referrals, and interventions can help patients with osteoarthritis lead safe, active, and independent lives.

Hepatitis goes viral

Harris, Helene; Crawford, Ann

Nursing2013. 43(11):38-43, November 2013.

Update your knowledge about five types of viral hepatitis, including how diagnosis, treatment, and nursing care differ depending on the causative pathogen. Reading this article will help prepare you to minimize the risk of serious complications and educate patients about self care.

Thyroid imbalances: Dealing with disorderly conduct

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing2012. 42(11):44-50, November 2012.

Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are complex conditions that affect many body systems, overall metabolism, and fluid and electrolyte balance. Review common thyroid disorders described in this article to help patients get appropriate care and avoid life-threatening complications.

Adrenal cortex disorders: Hormones out of kilter

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing2012. 42(10):32-38, October 2012.

Adrenal cortical hormones affect virtually every body system. By reviewing two complex disorders—adrenal cortical insufficiency (Addison disease) and adrenal cortical hypersecretion (Cushing syndrome)—nurses will be better prepared to recognize the wide-ranging effects on their patients' health and intervene appropriately.

SIADH: Fluid out of balance

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing2012. 42(9):50-58, September 2012.

The syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH) can be fatal if not promptly identified and treated. Refresh your knowledge about how to recognize this disorder, provide appropriate care, and educate patients about their condition.

Fluid and Electrolyte Series Balancing act: Calcium & phosphorus

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing2012. 42(1):36-42, January 2012.

Review the roles of calcium and phosphorus in the body, then follow these guidelines to assess and care for patients experiencing imbalances of these important electrolytes. This is the fourth in a series of articles on fluid and electrolyte balance.

Balancing act: Hypomagnesemia & hypermagnesemia

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing2011. 41(10):52-55, October 2011.

The third article in this series explores how magnesium functions in the body, why imbalances occur, and what nursing interventions are indicated to bring this electrolyte back into line.

Balancing act: Na+ Sodium K+ Potassium

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing2011. 41(7):44-50, July 2011.

An imbalance between these two key electrolytes can be disastrous for your patient. Make sure you can recognize trouble early and intervene appropriately by reading this in-depth review. This is the second in a series of articles on fluids and electrolytes.

I.V. fluids What nurses need to know

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing2011. 41(5):30-38, May 2011.

Refresh your knowledge about I.V. fluids, including how they act in the body and which ones to use (or avoid) in common clinical situations. This is the first in a series of articles on fluid and electrolyte balance.