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Managing pain in seriously ill patients with substance use disorders

Managing pain can be challenging in patients with serious illnesses and a history of substance use disorder (SUD). The authors review evidence-based nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions for pain control and discuss strategies for risk mitigation in patients with SUD.

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Nursing perspectives from an Italian ICU

These authors were among the first nurses to confront the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Here they recount their experiences caring for patients who flooded into an Italian ICU and explain how their facility successfully managed the surge.

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Unmasking misunderstandings: Strategies for better communication with patients

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.

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