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December 2015 - Volume 45 - Issue 12
pp: 8-72

EDITORIAL


LETTERS


DRUG NEWS


Drug News

Nursing. 45(12):12-13, December 2015.

Combination drug reduces agitation in patients with Alzheimer disease...new atypical antipsychotic drug approved for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder...e-pillboxes improve adherence to TB therapy...ED visits for pediatric overdoses declining

ETHICAL PROBLEMS


Ethical Problems

Salladay, Susan A.

Nursing. 45(12):14-15, December 2015.

What's too much information for the children of a patient with cancer?...backlash after questioning a prescription...uncomfortable with an invitation to a patient's funeral

TIME CRITICAL


TRANSITIONS: Issues in palliative and end-of-life care


LEARNING CURVE


TECH NOTES


CLINICAL ROUNDS


Clinical Rounds

Nursing. 45(12):27-29, December 2015.

The IOM identifies an urgent need to decrease diagnostic errors...ICU admission for older adults with pneumonia saves lives...more evidence that 12-hour shifts are associated with nurse burnout...and more

STUDENT VOICES


PATIENT SAFETY


CLINICAL QUERIES


MEDICATION ERRORS


Medication Errors

Cohen, Michael R.

Nursing. 45(12):72, December 2015.

Beware the similar navy blue syringes of Relistor and generic enoxaparin...Brintellix and Brilinta cause name confusion...unnecessary numbering leads to dosage errors


Head-to-toe: Organizing your baseline patient physical assessment

Haugh, Kathy Henley

Nursing. 45(12):58-61, December 2015.

Follow this generic framework to complete a baseline head-to-toe physical assessment in the first hour of your shift—and do it effectively and efficiently.

CE Connection


Leptomeningeal metastases: What nurses need to know

Schweisguth, Diane

Nursing. 45(12):30-36, December 2015.

Although this aggressive complication of cancer has a very poor prognosis, an early diagnosis can help provide patients with timely and appropriate treatment and nursing care to improve outcomes.

New drugs 2015, part 4

Hussar, Daniel A.

Nursing. 45(12):38-46, December 2015.

Learn about 16 drugs recently approved by the FDA, including two drugs approved for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the only first-line oral medication for Gaucher disease type 1, and nine antineoplastic drugs.

SHARING


PATIENT EDUCATION SERIES


NEW HORIZONS


The ethics of peer review: What to know before saying “yes”

Siedlecki, Sandra L.

Nursing. 45(12):51-54, December 2015.

Ideally, the review process produces an unbiased evaluation of a person's performance or work. This article delves into the ethical principles supporting peer reviews, the responsibilities of nurses who serve as peer reviewers, and ethical pitfalls they need to avoid.


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