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September 2009 - Volume 4 - Supplement to Periodical Publication 1
pp: 2-12

Editorial


Our image, our patients' safety

Kepshire, Bob

Nursing. 4(1):2, September 2009.

We expect individuals in various professions to look a certain way. How about us, as nurses? Over the past several years, there's been a negative trend in how we look in the workplace. Why has this happened, and what does it say about our profession?

A Man's World


Keeping up appearances

Doucette, Jeff

Nursing. 4(1):12, September 2009.

We'd all like to think of ourselves as professional in our appearance, behavior, and communication, but like any other aspect of our lives, there's always room for improvement. The best way to boost the perceptions of professionalism in your unit is by role modeling these behaviors and providing proactive feedback.


UTIs in elders: Quiet and complex

Colleton, Linda G.

Nursing. 4(1):3-8, September 2009.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common healthcare-acquired infection, but difficult to detect in elders who may present with mental status changes or a fall. Risk factors, causes, and diagnoses are multifaceted, making management challenging.

Pulling it all together: QI, EBP, and research

Hedges, Christine

Nursing. 4(1):9-11, September 2009.

It's likely that you've been exposed to the movement in healthcare known as evidence-based practice (EBP). Medical and healthcare professionals are recognizing the importance of providing care that's based on sound, scientific research evidence and rejecting, or at least questioning, practice according to status quo, ritual, routine, or reliance on the sacred cows of the past.