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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Prediabetes: A wake-up call

Rariden, Christina

Nursing2019. 49(4):38-44, April 2019.

Affecting 84 million adults in the US, prediabetes continues to be a national and worldwide health concern. Make sure you are up to date on current standards and recommendations by reading this comprehensive review.



Nursing2004. 34(8):50-53, August 2004.

Try this practical, step-by-step approach to demystify oxygenation, ventilation, and acid-base balance values.

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.

20 questions: Evidence-based practice or sacred cow?

Miller, Julie; Hayes, Denise Drummond; Carey, Katherine W.

Nursing2015. 45(8):46-55, August 2015.

Despite dramatic advances in healthcare research, many nurses continue to promote outdated nursing practices. Grounded in tradition rather than science, these “sacred cows” are ineffective, unnecessary, and sometimes dangerous. Read the results of a nationwide survey designed to test nurses' knowledge and beliefs about outdated nursing practices, then update your practice based on the best evidence available.

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.

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.