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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.

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.

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.

Combating compassion fatigue

Perregrini, Michelle

Nursing2019. 49(2):50-54, February 2019.

Explore practical strategies that can help nurses recognize compassion fatigue, take steps to combat it, and support coworkers who may also be struggling with it.

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.

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.

Epidural analgesia: What nurses need to know

Sawhney, Mona

Nursing2012. 42(8):36-41, August 2012.

Refresh your knowledge of epidural analgesia and review current standards of care. This comprehensive overview covers safely administering epidural analgesia to manage certain types of acute and chronic pain, achieving optimal pain control, and identifying and managing adverse reactions or complications.

Assisted suicide: Unraveling a complex issue


Nursing2005. 35(4):48-52, April 2005.

If a terminally ill patient asked you to help her die, what would you do? Consider the moral and legal implications discussed here, then share your opinions with us.

Body dysmorphic disorder: The drive for perfection

Perkins, Amanda

Nursing2019. 49(3):28-33, March 2019.

People with this body image disorder spend a great deal of time focusing on their perceived physical flaws. Time spent on negative thoughts can significantly interfere with their quality of life. This article discusses the nurse's role in assessing the disorder and helping patients cope.

Are you ready to move into critical care?

Cottrell, Damon; Kendall, Stephanie M.

Nursing2010. 40(1):20-21, January 2010.

Consider the personal rewards of critical care nursing, then find out how to plunge into this demanding and in-demand field.

Caring for patients with chronic hepatitis C infection

Chaney, Amanda

Nursing2019. 49(3):36-42, March 2019.

Thanks to breakthroughs in drug therapy, many patients with HCV infection can now be cured. This update reviews the pathophysiology of chronic HCV infection, new treatment options, and education for patients with chronic HCV infection.

Diabetes: Setting and achieving glycemic goals

Faminu, Femi

Nursing2019. 49(3):49-54, March 2019.

Initiate these nursing strategies to help patients set and meet glycemic goals and manage their own therapy.

Servant leadership: A model for emerging nurse leaders

Fahlberg, Beth; Toomey, Robert

Nursing2016. 46(10):49-52, October 2016.

Leadership doesn't have to be all about power or prestige. A servant leader makes a conscious choice to lead through service to others. Find out about this new approach to leadership and how you can achieve it in your practice.

Incorporating the latest pediatric nutrition support guidelines into clinical practice

Irving, Sharon Y.; Guenter, Peggi; Mehta, Nilesh M.

Nursing2019. 49(2):38-44, February 2019.

Learn how the 2017 Guidelines supplement clinician knowledge and inform best practices for nutrition therapy in critically ill children.

Holding the line against workplace violence

Toon, Molly F.; Weaver, Christy; Frasier, Nora; More

Nursing2019. 49(3):61-63, March 2019.

Violent patient interactions are not “just part of the job.” This article discusses the reasons for this common misperception and interventions that help protect healthcare professionals from violent encounters.

Policy and politics: Why nurses should get involved

Oestberg, Fredrik

Nursing2012. 42(12):46-49, December 2012.

By knowing how the political system works and what strategies can influence policy, any nurse can become an advocate at the local, state, or federal level. Here's what you can do.

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.

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.

New Drugs 2019, part 1

Hussar, Daniel A.

Nursing2019. 49(2):28-36, February 2019.

This article reviews seven drugs recently approved by the FDA, including two antidiabetic medications, a new combination medication for patients with cystic fibrosis, and the first gene therapy that targets a disease caused by mutations in a specific gene.

Asthma 101: Teaching children to use metered dose inhalers

Chike-Harris, Katherine E.; Kinyon-Munch, Kathryn

Nursing2019. 49(3):56-60, March 2019.

Assess for these common usage errors and teach children to use pressurized metered-dose inhalers correctly.