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February 2012 - Volume 42 - Issue 2
pp: 6-72

EDITORIAL


LETTERS


ETHICAL PROBLEMS


INSPIRING CHANGE


LEGAL QUESTIONS


MEDICATION ERRORS


MEDICATION ERRORS

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 42(2):16, February 2012.

Liquid medication label error...acetaminophen formulation change could harm kids...dangerous clutter...CMS revises the “30-minute rule”...don't confuse Plavix and Pradaxa

DEVICE SAFETY


DRUG NEWS


DRUG NEWS

Nursing. 42(2):21, February 2012.

Thiopurines increase skin cancer risk...four drugs most often send older adults to the ED...SSRIs decrease repetitive behaviors in adults with autism spectrum disorders

CLINICAL ROUNDS


Clinical Rounds

Nursing. 42(2):23-25, February 2012.

Is the nursing shortage easing?...simple test reveals consciousness in patients diagnosed as vegetative...pneumonia risk surprisingly high after cardiac surgery...and more

I.V. ROUNDS


CONTROLLING PAIN


CLINICAL QUERIES


ACTION STAT



Culturally competent care: Are we there yet?

Kersey-Matusiak, Gloria

Nursing. 42(2):49-52, February 2012.

Becoming culturally competent requires continuous self-evaluation, skill development, and education about culturally diverse groups. A deeper understanding of this concept will help you lessen healthcare disparities among your patients.

Finding Personal Freedom in Nursing

Abernathy, Rhonda G.; Kautz, Donald D.

Nursing. 42(2):59-61, February 2012.

By making these four “agreements” with yourself, you can develop an inspirational code that will enhance your personal and professional development.

CE Connection


Using anticoagulants to steer clear of clots

Pezzotti, William; Freuler, Melissa

Nursing. 42(2):26-34, February 2012.

After reviewing the complex physiology of coagulation, refresh your knowledge of anticoagulants and their reversal agents, nursing care guidelines for patients on various anticoagulant types, and essential education for patients and their families.

Early warning systems: The next level of rapid response

Duncan, Kathy D.; McMullan, Christine; Mills, Barbara M.

Nursing. 42(2):38-44, February 2012.

Learn how one medical center developed an early warning scoring system that activates the rapid response team even faster, before a patient's condition deteriorates dramatically. Find out how implementing this new, improved system can reduce cardiac arrests in both adult and pediatric patients.

SHARING


PROFESSIONAL GROWTH


Wake up to better PowerPoint presentations

Lim, Fidelindo A.

Nursing. 42(2):46-48, February 2012.

PowerPoint presentations gone wrong can leave audiences perplexed and, even worse, bored. Follow these simple strategies to make your presentations more engaging and memorable.

Patient Education Series


ISSUES IN NURSING


Don't abandon the “second victims” of medical errors

Smetzer, Judy

Nursing. 42(2):54-58, February 2012.

Nurses can sustain lasting psychological harm when patients in their care are injured because someone made a mistake. Use these strategies to give colleagues involved in serious medical errors the support they need to learn, heal, and help prevent similar errors in the future.


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