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Articles by Elizabeth Heavey, PhD, RN, CNM

Rising US pregnancy-related deaths

Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 52(8):36-39, August 2022.

The US is the only developed country in the world with rising maternal mortality. This article discusses factors that contribute to this rise, disparities in maternal mortality, and steps nurses can take to help reverse this worsening trend.

Hepatitis A takes hold in the community

Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 50(7):24-28, July 2020.

In 2016, large outbreaks of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection began to occur among high-risk individuals, including those with a history of drug use and those experiencing homelessness. This article focuses on HAV infection among high-risk individuals in the community, including those experiencing homelessness.

Limiting FODMAP consumption for patients with IBS

Heavey, Elizabeth; Daniel, Eileen

Nursing. 48(11):54-57, November 2018.

Teach patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) how a diet low in specific fermentable substances can help them reduce symptoms.

Therapeutic approaches for suicidal adolescents

Rajamohan, Santhiny; Sharkey, Patricia L.; Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 48(9):32-38, September 2018.

Suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death among children and adolescents, and nurses are often the first to interact with vulnerable young people with suicidal ideation. Explore this issue with a focus on risk assessment, therapeutic interventions, and evidence-based recommendations for successful outcomes.

Female adolescents and sexual health: “I think I'm okay, but am I?”

Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 48(5):34-41, May 2018.

As trusted healthcare professionals, nurses can facilitate open communication and provide accurate sexual health information for female adolescents. Stay current on best practices and professional guidelines for care, as presented here in a case study, to optimize care for these patients.

Nurse's guide to primary amebic meningoencephalitis

Peterson, Kathleen; Barbel, Paula; Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 48(4):42-45, April 2018.

This rare but highly lethal infection of the central nervous system is transmitted in water contaminated with the Naegleria fowleri ameba. Children are especially vulnerable. Learn to recognize suspicious neurologic signs and symptoms in patients with a recent history of swimming in untreated warm water.

Responding to reviewers

Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 47(4):49-51, April 2017.

You've submitted your first article for publication and the peer reviewers have asked for some changes. Here's how to respond appropriately and professionally to boost your manuscript's chances of acceptance.

Caring for hospitalized patients with celiac disease

Heavey, Elizabeth; Stoltman, Joan

Nursing. 46(11):50-55, November 2016.

Because patients with this genetic autoimmune disorder experience debilitating signs and symptoms after exposure to even a tiny amount of gluten, keeping them safe during a hospital stay is a complex challenge.

Lead poisoning: When an entire community is exposed

Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 46(9):28-33, September 2016.

A change in water supply in Flint, Michigan, that caused high levels of lead in tapwater is just one well-publicized example of this ongoing threat. Find out how to pinpoint lead exposure in your community, implement appropriate screening and interventions, and identify racial and economic disparities that affect a patient's risk.

When the cord comes first: Umbilical cord prolapse

Maher, Mary Dahl; Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 45(7):53-56, July 2015.

This rare obstetric emergency is potentially fatal to the infant. Be prepared to intervene immediately and work collaboratively with the healthcare team to help the infant survive.

Placental abruption: Are we going to lose them both?

Heavey, Elizabeth; Maher, Mary Dahl

Nursing. 45(5):54-59, May 2015.

Placental abruption, or detachment of the placenta from the uterine wall before delivery, can result in severe frank or concealed hemorrhage. This article describes the nurse's role in caring for a woman experiencing a severe placental abruption threatening the lives of mother and infant alike.

Screening nurses for tuberculosis

Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 45(1):60-64, January 2015.

Nurses who keep up to date on the latest guidelines for testing and treatment can safeguard their own health and prevent TB transmission to coworkers, family, and vulnerable patients.

Professional perspectives on planned home births

Maher, Mary Dahl; Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 44(9):61-63, September 2014.

Explore the pros and cons of giving birth at home instead of a healthcare facility so you can help women make an informed choice about where to give birth.

Female refugees: Sensitive care needed

Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 44(5):28-34, May 2014.

At risk for PTSD, these vulnerable patients require a gentle and caring approach, extra time, and appropriate screening. Follow these guidelines to identify and address the physical and emotional consequences of sexual violence and other war-related trauma.

Open wide: Oral health in primary care

Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 44(3):59-62, March 2014.

Drill down to these detailed teaching tips for patients across the lifespan to help prevent a host of problems related to poor oral health.

Obesity in pregnancy: Deliver sensitive care

Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 41(10):42-50, October 2011.

Women who are obese face a high risk of problems before, during, and after pregnancy. They're also more likely to experience insensitivity and prejudice from healthcare professionals. Review the health risks facing mother and baby, then take steps to provide both the clinical care and psychological support patients need for a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery.

Caring for an adult with Down syndrome

Heavey, Elizabeth; Peterson-Sweeney, Kathy

Nursing. 40(6):53-56, June 2010.

Many people with Down syndrome live into their 40s and beyond. Explore healthcare issues facing them as they mature and age so you can provide optimal care for the patient and family.