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Wound Care 101

Cox, Jill

Nursing. 49(10):32-39, October 2019.

The clinical nurse may be the first caregiver to assess changes in a patient's skin and initiate wound care. This article provides practical guidelines that any nurse can implement to support wound healing and improve patient care.

Preventing in-patient falls: The nurse's pivotal role

Chu, Ruby Z.

Nursing. 47(3):24-30, March 2017.

Preventing falls requires a multidisciplinary approach to create a safe patient environment, including a fall prevention program and education for nurses. This article discusses practical, evidence-based interventions that nurses can implement to keep their patients safe.

Caring for critically ill patients with COVID-19

Leaton, Mary Beth; Ospina, Kristin

Nursing. 51(4):24-31, April 2021.

Learn how one medical facility incorporated key clinical principles to manage the first surge of patients with COVID-19.

Top 10 tips for coping with short staffing

Laskowski-Jones, Linda; Toulson, Karen

Nursing. 37:9, Fall 2007.

Everyone faces short staffing from time to time. Here are some practical tips to help you cope.

Cannabis dabbing: An emerging trend

Mullins, Mary Frances

Nursing. 51(5):46-50, 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.

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

Ignatavicius, Donna D.

Nursing. 51(5):34-41, 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.

Stay out of court with proper documentation

Austin, Sally

Nursing. 41(4):24-29, April 2011.

Besides undermining patient safety, inaccurate or incomplete documentation can land you in court if you're ever charged with nursing negligence. Avoid legal problems by always following these practical, best-practice guidelines.

The Magnet site visit: Your time to shine

Conerly, Caroline; Thornhill, Lisa

Nursing. 40(1):36-37, January 2010.

Use this nuts-and-bolts guide to prepare for a Magnet site visit, then reap the rewards of your hard work.

Motivational interviewing: A journey to improve health

Droppa, Mandy; Lee, Heeyoung

Nursing. 44(3):40-45, March 2014.

Apply the motivational interviewing principles and communication skills discussed here to elicit patients' personal reasons for changing unhealthy behaviors, then reinforce their healthier choices.

Rapid response teams: What's the latest?

Jackson, Shirley A.

Nursing. 47(12):34-41, December 2017.

For nearly 25 years, rapid response teams (RRTs) have been assessing and managing patients who experience acute clinical deterioration. Update your knowledge about nurses' vital role in the team, a new role for families activating an RRT, and end-of-life concerns.

Chronic venous insufficiency: A review for nurses

Berti-Hearn, Linda; Elliott, Brenda

Nursing. 49(12):24-30, December 2019.

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a potentially debilitating disorder associated with serious complications such as lower extremity venous ulcers. This article reviews the incidence and pathophysiology of CVI, nursing assessment, diagnosis and interventions, and patient education needed to manage the disease and prevent complications.

Reducing the risks of infiltration and extravasation

Rosenthal, Kelli

Nursing. 37:4,6-8, Fall 2007.

Follow our guide to prevent these painful and disabling conditions that can occur as complications of I.V. therapy.

The case for full practice authority

Holmes, Olivia; Kinsey-Weathers, Shanieka

Nursing. 46(3):51-54, March 2016.

APRNs are perfectly positioned to help meet the primary care needs of millions of Americans—but only if they have full practice authority.

Anorexia nervosa in adolescents: An overview

Peterson, Kathleen; Fuller, Rebecca

Nursing. 49(10):24-30, October 2019.

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder that is difficult to treat, and relapse is common. Here, explore management strategies and nursing interventions for adolescents diagnosed with AN.

The hazards and benefits of social media use in adolescents

Rajamohan, Santhiny; Bennett, Erin; Tedone, Deborah

Nursing. 49(11):52-56, November 2019.

Social media can act as a catalyst to negative attitudes and behaviors in adolescents, but its positive effects are also well documented. This article reviews the current evidence and explores the benefits and drawbacks of social media use by teenagers.

Migraine in adults: A head start

Vacca, Vincent M. Jr.

Nursing. 49(5):22-29, May 2019.

Migraine is a severe, chronic, and disabling disorder that presents significant challenges due to its unpredictable onset, episodic pattern, intensity, and duration. Explore these tools to identify potential triggers of migraine in adults and prevent or manage attacks.

Code blue: Do you know what to do?

Jackson, Janet E.; Grugan, Amy S.

Nursing. 45(5):34-39, May 2015.

Although nurses in hospitals are required to have basic life support training, they may have few opportunities to practice these skills before needing to perform them in a crisis. Make sure your skills are current by reviewing appropriate actions and interventions nurses and other clinicians must perform during a code blue.

Understanding acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding in adults

Pezzotti, William

Nursing. 50(5):24-29, May 2020.

Acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) is common in both acute and primary care settings. This article discusses the assessment and management of adults with acute UGIB, including medication options and nursing interventions.

Mapping the human genome: Implications for practice

Quigley, Patricia

Nursing. 45(9):26-34, September 2015.

Regardless of practice area, nurses are now responsible for developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by the genomic era. Use this update to keep your patients safe and personalize their drug therapy.

Skin tears: Best practices for care and prevention

LeBlanc, Kimberly; Baranoski, Sharon

Nursing. 44(5):36-46, May 2014.

Until recently, skin tears have received scant attention, even though they may be more prevalent than pressure ulcers. Now's the time to update your knowledge about assessing, treating, and preventing these painful and often debilitating wounds according to new standards and recommendations issued by the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel.

“High reliability” in healthcare

Kemper, Carol; Boyle, Diane K.

Nursing. :3-7, July 2009.

What if your unit had no medication errors in over 150 days? What if no incidents causing patient harm had occurred in over 3 years? A unit functioning at this level can be described as highly reliable, meaning that although high-risk processes are performed day after day, there are very few errors. How can you help lead your organization to high reliability?

Local anesthetic systemic toxicity: What nurses should know

Schneider, Melissa A.; Howard, Katrina A.

Nursing. 51(4):42-46, April 2021.

Though mostly safe, using local or regional anesthetics for pain management may carry serious risks such as local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST). In this article, the authors explain how to recognize signs and symptoms of LAST and intervene appropriately.

Assessing patients for suicide risk

Valente, Sharon M.

Nursing. 40(5):36-40, May 2010.

Update your knowledge about suicide, including how to identify those at high risk and what to say and do to prevent a tragedy.

Showing the way with gracious leadership

Kroning, Maureen; Carey, Adrienne; Crawford-Rosso, Sophie

Nursing. 50(4):47-49, April 2020.

Consider how gracious leaders prioritize employee relationships in ways that promote optimal outcomes for patients and the healthcare organization.

Recognizing normal pressure hydrocephalus in older adults

Smith, Carolyn E.

Nursing. 47(9):26-31, September 2017.

A telltale triad of clues—gait disturbance, cognitive impairment, and urinary incontinence—differentiates normal pressure hydrocephalus from other neurologic diseases affecting older adults. With early detection and treatment, dementia and other complications can be reversed in many patients.

A nurse's guide to electroconvulsive therapy

Cita, Beth

Nursing. 42(10):41-44, October 2012.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is now an accepted treatment for certain psychiatric disorders. This article explains how and why ECT is performed, and what nurses need to know to provide competent and compassionate patient care.

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

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

Nursing. 51(5):52-57, 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.