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  • Updated:   6/21/2022
  • Contains:  6 items
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Cause to Pause: Preventing medication errors with high-risk opioids

Sassatelli, Elizabeth H.

Nursing. 52(6):26-30, June 2022.

Preventable medication errors cause nearly 9,000 deaths annually. This article uses a case study to examine how the “cause to pause” safety strategy can help prevent medication errors.

Evidence-based practice knowledge, attitudes, practices, and barriers

Crable, Jane; Highfield, Martha E. Farrar; Patmon, Frances

Nursing. 51(9):58-65, September 2021.

This study assessed nurses' knowledge, attitudes, practices, and perceived barriers related to evidence-based practice (EBP). Nurses reported highly positive attitudes toward EBP, and relatively strong EBP knowledge and practices, but they also identified several barriers.

Creating a pronation therapy team: One hospital's journey

Holtz, Louella

Nursing. 51(7):58-61, July 2021.

Prone positioning is recommended for patients with COVID-19 who develop acute respiratory distress syndrome. This article describes the creation, operation, and evolution of a pronation therapy team at one Veterans Affairs facility.

Determining the level of evidence: Nonexperimental research designs

Glasofer, Amy; Townsend, Ann B.

Nursing. 51(2):62-65, February 2021.

This three-part series supports and describes evidence-based practice. The second installment focuses on the appraisal of nonexperimental research.

Determining the level of evidence: Experimental research appraisal

Glasofer, Amy; Townsend, Ann B.

Nursing. 51(1):60-63, January 2021.

In the first of a three-part series, the authors provide guidelines for appraising research evidence based on quality, quantity, and consistency.

Unmasking misunderstandings: Strategies for better communication with patients

Kilgore, Bradley; Harriger, Cassandra; Gaeta, Laura; More

Nursing. 51(1):56-59, January 2021.

Near-universal use of face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic can interfere with a nurse's ability to communicate clearly with patients and colleagues. Learn about sources of communication breakdowns and consider these real-life scenarios that illustrate strategies for overcoming barriers.