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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.

Keeping up-to-date with diabetes care and education

Funnell, Martha M.; Freehill, Karein

Nursing2018. 48(10):22-29, October 2018.

The American Diabetes Association publishes standards of care that are updated annually by a panel of experts. This article describes evidence-based approaches to care and education for adults with diabetes and highlights revisions in the 2018 Standards of Care that are relevant to nurses and patients with type 2 diabetes.

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.

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.

Giving your patient a voice with a tracheostomy speaking valve

Bier, Jacqueline; Hazarian, Leon; McCabe, Donna; More

Nursing2004. 34:16-18, October 2004.

Small but powerful, a speaking valve can improve your patient's well-being. Here's how to use one safely.

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.

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.

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.

The C. difficile puzzle: Putting it all together

Chapman, Christie; Foley, Catherine

Nursing2018. 48(11):34-40, November 2018.

Nurses have an important role in the submission of appropriate stool specimens for C. difficile infection (CDI) testing. By conducting focused patient assessments, nurses can help reduce the risk of CDI overdiagnosis and potentially harmful overtreatment.

Enhanced recovery after cardiac surgery program to improve patient outcomes

McConnell, Gina; Woltz, Patricia; Bradford, William T.; More

Nursing2018. 48(11):24-31, November 2018.

Follow the journey to implementing a cardiac-specific enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program in a community-based health system.

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.

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.

Infection prevention and control core practices: A roadmap for nursing practice

Carrico, Ruth M.; Garrett, Hudson; Balcom, Dawn; More

Nursing2018. 48(8):22-28, August 2018.

Learn about a new set of core practices focusing on infection prevention and control. These eight practices should be embedded into every aspect of nursing care and every nurse's professional development plan.

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.

Hepatitis goes viral

Harris, Helene; Crawford, Ann

Nursing2013. 43(11):38-43, November 2013.

Update your knowledge about five types of viral hepatitis, including how diagnosis, treatment, and nursing care differ depending on the causative pathogen. Reading this article will help prepare you to minimize the risk of serious complications and educate patients about self care.

Evaluating competence and confidence using simulation technology

Kiernan, Llynne C.

Nursing2018. 48(10):45-52, October 2018.

To examine the role of simulation training in educating nurses and reducing clinical errors, the author describes a research project designed to determine the effectiveness of deliberate practice and simulation technology.

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.

New Drugs 2018, part 3

Hussar, Daniel A.

Nursing2018. 48(10):32-43, October 2018.

Learn about select drugs recently approved by the FDA, including 3 new antibacterial drugs, 14 antineoplastic drugs, and 4 drugs indicated for rare disorders.

Therapeutic approaches for suicidal adolescents

Rajamohan, Santhiny; Sharkey, Patricia L.; Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing2018. 48(9):32-38, September 2018.

Suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death among children and adolescents, and nurses are often the first to interact with vulnerable young people with suicidal ideation. Explore this issue with a focus on risk assessment, therapeutic interventions, and evidence-based recommendations for successful outcomes.

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.

Female adolescents and sexual health: “I think I'm okay, but am I?”

Heavey, Elizabeth

Nursing. 48(5):34-41, May 2018.

As trusted healthcare professionals, nurses can facilitate open communication and provide accurate sexual health information for female adolescents. Stay current on best practices and professional guidelines for care, as presented here in a case study, to optimize care for these patients.

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.

What's new in nutrition for adults with diabetes?

Nwankwo, Robin; Funnell, Martha

Nursing2016. 46(3):28-33, March 2016.

Patients with diabetes often get conflicting advice on how to plan meals in order to reach their glycemic targets and weight goals. Implement these evidence-based guidelines to set them on the path to personalized nutrition.

Clara Barton: Angel of the battlefield

Strickler, Jeff

Nursing. 48(3):43-45, March 2018.

In the second installment of a new series, learn about Clara Barton's inspiring contributions to nursing during the Civil War and her role as the founder of the American Red Cross.

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.

Understanding acute pancreatitis

Krenzer, Maureen E.

Nursing2016. 46(8):34-40, August 2016.

Although common, acute pancreatitis is potentially life-threatening. Prompt assessment, appropriate nursing interventions, and patient teaching can help your patients recover fully and avoid complications.

Best practices for engaging patients with dementia

Volland, Jennifer; Fisher, Anna

Nursing2014. 44(11):44-50, November 2014.

The Montessori method, often used with children, can be adapted to engage adults with dementia by stimulating them with activities that use fine motor skills and build self-esteem. Besides facilitating this intervention, nurses can teach it to family members, reducing their isolation and improving patient engagement.

Make the connections: Become an online educator

Dorin, Michelle D.

Nursing2009. 39:12-13, January 2009.

If you've ever considered becoming an online nursing instructor, plug into this real-life advice.

Sepsis alert: Avoiding the shock

POWERS, KELLY A.; BURCHELL, PATRICIA L.

Nursing2010. 40(4):34-38, April 2010.

Sepsis kills. Your rapid response and aggressive care can help prevent shock and turn the tide for a critically ill patient.

Reducing the risks of infiltration and extravasation

Rosenthal, Kelli

Nursing2007. 37:4,6-8, October 2007.

Follow our guide to prevent these painful and disabling conditions that can occur as complications of I.V. therapy.

Frostbite: Don't be left out in the cold

Laskowski-Jones, Linda; Jones, Lawrence J.

Nursing. 48(2):26-33, February 2018.

Frostbite poses risks to people living, working, playing, or traveling in cold climates. Knowing how to recognize and intervene to competently treat frostbite is key to the best possible outcomes. Update your knowledge of prehospital and hospital management of patients with frostbite and use the prevention strategies discussed here in patient teaching.

Assessing and managing asthma: A Global Initiative for Asthma Update

Pruitt, Bill; Lawson, Robin

Nursing2011. 41(5):46-52, May 2011.

Make sure your interventions and patient education are on the mark by reviewing the latest evidence-based guidelines for asthma care.

Caleb's story

Thress, Shelly R.

Nursing2018. 48(10):56-57, October 2018.

One critically ill infant's surprising experience profoundly influences this nurse's perspective on supporting families through end-of-life decisions.

Traumatic hypovolemic shock: Halt the downward spiral

Strickler, Jeff

Nursing2010. 40(10):34-39, October 2010.

When minutes count, be prepared to rapidly assess a patient's deteriorating condition and intervene before it spirals out of control.

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.

Managing patients with severe traumatic brain injury

Lump, Devon

Nursing2014. 44(3):30-37, March 2014.

By understanding TBI and how to reduce the risk of secondary brain injury, you can help your patient survive with the best possible outcome.

Bleeding in pregnancy: What's the diagnosis?

Hoyt, Gina

Nursing2006. 36(5):16-18, April 2006.

Placenta previa and abruptio placentae can threaten the life of mother and fetus. Learn the key differences and how they affect your plan of care.

Improving health literacy in patients with diabetes

Watts, Sharon A.; Stevenson, Carl; Adams, Margaret

Nursing2017. 47(1):24-31, January 2017.

Health literacy means how well someone can obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information to make appropriate health decisions. It's a stronger predictor of health status than income or education level. Brush up on how to assess and improve health literacy to help patients with diabetes stay healthy.

Enhancing communication skills with additional language acquisition

Lundgren, Laura

Nursing2018. 48(11):43-45, November 2018.

Communicating with non-English-speaking patients can strengthen nurse-patient relationships and prevent errors. This article explores why nurses should pursue additional language skills and discusses how to get started.

How oral medications affect wound healing

Levine, Jeffrey M.

Nursing. 48(3):34-40, March 2018.

Although surprisingly few oral medications have been shown to directly aid healing, some have potential benefits that are under investigation. This article describes oral drugs that may help build new tissue and speed wound healing as well as medications that can impair healing.

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