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Nursing2018® salary and benefits survey report

Nursing2017. 48(1):18-24, January 2018.

How does your compensation stack up against that of other nurses with similar professional credentials, education, and experience? Check out the results from our nationwide survey and see how they compare with findings from a similar survey conducted in 2011.

Rapid response teams: What's the latest?

Jackson, Shirley A.

Nursing2017. 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.

A closer look at lower extremity peripheral arterial disease

Berti-Hearn, Linda; Elliott, Brenda

Nursing2017. 48(1):34-41, January 2018.

Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, is a lifelong, progressive disorder that affects primarily the lower extremities. Reviewing current information about PAD, including management guidelines and evidence-based nursing care, can help you advise patients about slowing its progression and managing symptoms.

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.

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Despite dramatic advances in healthcare research, many nurses continue to promote outdated nursing practices.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 Read the results of a nationwide survey designed to test nurses' knowledge and beliefs about outdated nursing practices, then update your practice based on the best evidence available.

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.

Managing panhypopituitarism in adults

Mitchell-Brown, Fay; Stephens-DiLeo, Rose

Nursing2017. 47(12):26-31, December 2017.

Known as the “master gland,” the pituitary controls or influences multiple body functions. Panhypopituitarism, which involves deficiencies in all anterior pituitary gland hormones, leads to multiple signs and symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Teach patients the importance of replacing deficient hormones to reduce the risk of infection, hospitalization, and even death.

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

Chu, Ruby Z.

Nursing2017. 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.

Mapping the human genome: Implications for practice

Quigley, Patricia

Nursing2015. 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.

Motivational interviewing: A journey to improve health

Droppa, Mandy; Lee, Heeyoung

Nursing2014. 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.

Escape the vape: Health hazards of the latest nicotine craze

Huey, Sally; Granitto, Margaret

Nursing2017. 47(1):46-51, January 2017.

Young people who experiment with e-cigarettes may become addicted to nicotine in adulthood. But some see these products as a helpful tool for tobacco users who wish to stop smoking. This article presents the latest evidence about these controversial products and reviews current federal regulations governing their sale and marketing.

Caring for adults with impaired physical mobility

Crawford, Ann; Harris, Helene

Nursing2016. 46(12):36-41, December 2016.

Immobility and its complications can cause physical disability and emotional suffering. With appropriate assessment skills, early mobilization efforts, and proper prevention strategies, nurses can help patients avoid complications and optimize their quality of life.

Evidence-based safe practice guidelines for I.V. push medications

Shastay, Ann D.

Nursing2016. 46(10):38-44, October 2016.

To help keep patients safe and prevent medication errors, make sure you're following best practices for the preparation, labeling, and administration of I.V. push medications. These guidelines were developed at a major national summit of 56 experts in I.V. therapy.

Evidence-based approaches to breaking down language barriers

Squires, Allison

Nursing2017. 47(9):34-40, September 2017.

Explore the complexities of language barriers between nurses and patients, including how these barriers affect nursing care and patient outcomes. Then use evidence-based strategies to improve communication and reduce readmissions.

Call to action: How to implement evidence-based nursing practice

Mick, JoAnn

Nursing2017. 47(4):36-43, April 2017.

Implementing evidence-based nursing practice supports nurses in practicing to the full extent of their education and licensure. To ensure high-quality patient care, follow this practical guide to integrate your clinical skill and experience with the best available clinical research evidence.

How informatics nurses use bar code technology to reduce medication errors

Gann, Michael

Nursing2015. 45(3):60-66, March 2015.

Informatics nurses play an increasingly important role in implementing and managing technology that improves patient safety during medication administration. Learn all about this fast-growing career opportunity here.

Update: 2015 AHA BLS and ACLS guidelines

Craig-Brangan, Karen Jean; Day, Mary Patricia

Nursing2016. 46(2):40-45, February 2016.

Advanced cardiovascular life support spans the spectrum of care from basic life support to post-cardiac arrest care. Become familiar with these recently revised guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care in adults.

Skin tears: Best practices for care and prevention

LeBlanc, Kimberly; Baranoski, Sharon

Nursing2014. 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.

Chest X-ray interpretation: Not just black and white

Pezzotti, William

Nursing2014. 44(1):40-47, January 2014.

Is your patient's chest X-ray unremarkable, or does it show a life-threatening abnormality? Use this article to gain a basic understanding of chest X-ray interpretation to sharpen your assessment skills, promote patient safety, and optimize care.

New-onset atrial fibrillation: What's the significance?

Floyd, Cynthia; Hayes, Denise Drummond

Nursing2016. 46(1):24-29, January 2016.

To optimize care delivery and outcomes for patients with AF, update your understanding of this serious and very common dysrhythmia and be prepared to help them avoid serious complications.

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