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Department: DRUG NEWS

Drug News

May 2021

No link found between beta-blockers and depression...many clinicians do not follow guidelines for prescribing osteoporosis drugs...FDA approves first drug for fatal genetic disorder...some benign prostatic hyperplasia medications increase cardiac risk

Department: CLINICAL ROUNDS

Clinical Rounds

May 2021

Tranquil settings ease staff stress...new universal definition and classifications proposed for heart failure...prostate cancer rates rising as PSA screening drops...and more

Feature: NCPD Connection

How social determinants of health affect COVID-19-related morbidity and mortality

Pecoraro, Kathleen A.

May 2021

The conditions under which people live and work and how those conditions affect health are known as social determinants of health. This article examines how disparities of wealth, opportunity, and other societal resources have influenced morbidity and mortality in minority people of color during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Preparing for the new nursing licensure exam: The next-generation NCLEX

Ignatavicius, Donna D.

May 2021

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing is changing its licensure exam to focus on a clinical judgment model. This article describes the current National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX), the shift in focus from the nursing process to clinical judgment, and the intended emphasis of the next-generation NCLEX.

Feature: Sharing

How an indomitable spirit drove an improbable recovery

Laskowski-Jones, Linda

May 2021

Our editor-in-chief shares her experience with a patient whose long-shot journey to recovery was powered by great nursing care and the patient's own will to live.

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Cannabis dabbing: An emerging trend

Mullins, Mary Frances

May 2021

Cannabis dabbing is the recreational use of extremely concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychotropic cannabinoid derived from the marijuana plant. In this article, the author details the significant health and legal risks associated with dabbing and discusses how nurses can educate patients.

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Nasal cannula or high-flow oxygen for patients with COPD in acute respiratory distress?

Tasota, Frederick J.; Kress, Terri L.; Conlin, Tiffany L.; More

May 2021

The authors address a common nursing misconception regarding the administration of high-flow oxygen via non-rebreather mask instead of low-flow oxygen via nasal cannula in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who are in acute respiratory distress.

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