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Confronting barriers to improve healthcare literacy and cultural competency in disparate populations

Polster, Debra S.

Nursing2018. 48(12):28-33, December 2018.

Develop the evidence-based, culturally competent skills discussed here to cultivate positive patient- and family-centered nursing care.

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.

Acquired autoimmune thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

Vacca, Vincent M. Jr.

Nursing2019. 49(1):22-29, January 2019.

The most common form of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), this autoimmune disorder affects up to 10,000 people in the US and Europe annually. Unless acquired autoimmune TTP is recognized and treated promptly, mortality approaches 90%.

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.

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.

Prepare for a behavioral interview, then ace it!

LaMaster, Mark A.; Larsen, Ruth A.

Nursing2010. 40(1):8,10, January 2010.

Be confident when you encounter this thoughtprovoking interview by following six key steps.

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.

Solving alarm fatigue with smartphone technology

Short, Kathleen; Chung, You “Jay” Jr.

Nursing2019. 49(1):52-57, January 2019.

How one acute care institution built a better alarm management system to reduce excess telemetry alarm events.

Leaders, managers, and followers: Working in harmony

Valiga, Theresa M.

Nursing2019. 49(1):45-48, January 2019.

Explore how to develop your skills as both a leader and an effective follower in any setting.

Minimal change disease: A case report

Mitchell-Brown, Fay M.; Veisze, Tiernan

Nursing2019. 49(1):32-37, January 2019.

Characterized by damage to the glomeruli, minimal change disease (MCD) is a less common cause of nephrotic syndrome in adults than in children. Early recognition is the key to a good outcome. This article describes nursing assessment, diagnosis, and nursing care for an adult with MCD.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Clinical Rounds

Nursing2019. 49(1):19-21, January 2019.

Nurses concerned about patient safety in their workplaces...American Heart Association releases focused CPR/ECC update...Clostridium difficile spores survive hospital laundering process...and more

Drug News

Nursing2019. 49(1):12-13, January 2019.

First flu treatment approval in 20 years...high number of parents share antibiotics with their children...OTC drugs have little value for treating the common cold... older women with osteopenia benefit from zoledronate...HPV vaccine now available for adults up to age 45

Top 10 tips for coping with short staffing

Laskowski-Jones, Linda; Toulson, Karen

Nursing2007. 37:9, October 2007.

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

Warm water hazard: Sea lice and seabather's eruption

Quail, Myles Thomas

Nursing2019. 49(1):40-43, January 2019.

Teach vacationing patients how to protect themselves from a severe pruritic dermatitis known as seabather's eruption.

Understanding the effects of rheumatoid arthritis

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing2015. 45(11):32-38, November 2015.

Over time, this progressive disorder can severely impair patients' health and quality of life. But with appropriate care, you can help keep them safe and physically active for as long as possible.