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Recognizing subtle signs and symptoms of pediatric cancer

Barbel, Paula; Peterson, Kathleen

Nursing2015. 45(4):30-37, April 2015.

Even though cancer is rare in children and adolescents, it's the leading cause of disease-related deaths among Americans ages 1 to 19. Refresh your knowledge of the elusive signs and symptoms of cancer because early diagnosis and treatment can save young lives.

Migraine in adults: A head start

Vacca, Vincent M. Jr.

Nursing2019. 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.

Increasing cultural competence with LGBTQ patients

Margolies, Liz; Brown, Carlton G.

Nursing2019. 49(6):34-40, June 2019.

Many nurses lack basic education about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) patient care. Review this article for insights and strategies that can help nurses recognize health disparities affecting LGBTQ patients, encourage patients to disclose sexual orientation and gender identity to healthcare professionals, and work with LGBTQ patients to improve outcomes.

Caring for a patient after CABG surgery


Nursing2004. 34(7):48-49, July 2004.

Did your patient undergo cardiac bypass during CABG surgery—or not? The answer guides your postoperative nursing care. Here's what you need to know.

How to provide transcutaneous pacing

Craig, Karen

Nursing2006. 36:22-23, April 2006.

Learn how temporary noninvasive cardiac pacing can protect your patient until normal conduction is restored or he receives a transvenous pacemaker.

Evolution of the national opioid crisis

Morland, Rebecca

Nursing2019. 49(5):51-56, May 2019.

Opioid use disorder, addiction, and overdose have become a public health crisis. This article explores the evolution of substance abuse in the US and provides an update on initiatives aimed at reining in the opioid epidemic.

Stay out of court with proper documentation

Austin, Sally

Nursing2011. 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.

How to recognize caffeine overdose

Carreon, Christian “CJ”; Parsh, Bridget

Nursing2019. 49(4):52-55, April 2019.

Although caffeine is the most widely consumed stimulant in the world, many users are unaware that consuming it in extremely high amounts can be toxic. This article examines how nurses can recognize the signs and symptoms of caffeine overdose and educate patients about the dangers of excessive consumption.

An introduction to critical thinking

Johanson, Linda

Nursing2019. 49(6):42-43, June 2019.

After a brief interaction with a nursing student, this nurse educator saw the wisdom of using critical thinking when teaching critical thinking.

Healthcare coverage in the US and Japan: A comparison

Ruggles, Bernadette Martin; Xiong, Amy; Kyle, Brittany

Nursing2019. 49(4):56-60, April 2019.

How does healthcare coverage in the US compare with the Japanese system? This thought-provoking discussion reviews the pros and cons of both approaches.

Interventions for children with reactive attachment disorder

Vega, Heather; Cole, Kimberly; Hill, Kenneth

Nursing2019. 49(6):50-55, June 2019.

Characterized by aggressive or violent behaviors, reactive attachment disorder (RAD) affects children who have been repeatedly exposed to traumatic experiences. This article examines the underlying causes of RAD and introduces an evidence-based therapy that supports formation of healthy relationships.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement

Karycki, Melody K.

Nursing2019. 49(6):24-31, June 2019.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is indicated in some patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not candidates for surgery. This article explores when TAVR may be preferred over surgical aortic valve replacement and reviews perioperative nursing care.

Code blue: Do you know what to do?

Jackson, Janet E.; Grugan, Amy S.

Nursing2015. 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.

Update: 2017/2018 AHA BLS, ACLS, and PALS guidelines

Craig-Brangan, Karen Jean; Day, Mary Patricia

Nursing2019. 49(2):46-49, February 2019.

The authors highlight key changes in the current guidelines and discuss how to integrate them into practice.

Elder abuse: Screening, intervention, and prevention

Stark, Sharon

Nursing2012. 42(10):24-29, October 2012.

Signs and symptoms of elder abuse are often mistaken for those of normal aging or declining health. This article details how to assess for abuse and discusses what nurses should do if they know or suspect an older adult is a victim.

New Drugs 2019, part 2

Hussar, Daniel A.

Nursing2019. 49(5):32-41, May 2019.

This article reviews eight recently marketed drugs, including the first nonopioid approved to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal and the first therapeutic angiotensin II product indicated to raise BP in adults with septic or other distributive shock.

12-lead ECGs part II: Identifying common abnormalities

Goldich, Guy

Nursing2014. 44(9):30-36, September 2014.

Nurses who can independently interpret a 12-lead ECG can anticipate and prepare for emergency care their patients may need. Review this practical guide to recognizing abnormal ECGs, which builds on last month's article about assessing normal findings.

I.V. fluids What nurses need to know

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing2011. 41(5):30-38, May 2011.

Refresh your knowledge about I.V. fluids, including how they act in the body and which ones to use (or avoid) in common clinical situations. This is the first in a series of articles on fluid and electrolyte balance.