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July 2010 - Volume 5 - Issue 4
pp: 4-48

Editorial


One-size orientation doesn't fit all

Palatnik, AnneMarie

Nursing Critical Care. 5(4):4, July 2010.

Orientation for new nurses can't be "one size fits all." Understanding different learning styles and generational differences can help you be a better preceptor.

Heart Beats


Who's watching the cardiac monitor? Does it matter?

Thomas, Tamekia L.

Nursing Critical Care. 5(4):5-8, July 2010.

Dedicated cardiac monitor watchers—such as those at the author's facility—are one way hospitals are handling compliance with cardiac monitoring outside the ICU.

Tech Talk


Topics in Progressive Care


Using pain to assess neurologic response

Lower, Judith "Ski"

Nursing Critical Care. 5(4):11-12, July 2010.

This illustrated guide explains various techniques for assessing a patient's neurologic response through painful stimuli, which are used when a patient doesn't respond to verbal stimuli or gentle shaking.

Research Rounds


Nursing Ethics


Is this ethical? You decide

Elchos, Sarah

Nursing Critical Care. 5(4):45-47, July 2010.

Using an ethical decision model in the ICU can open communication and reduce nurses' ethical dilemmas about end-of-life situations. Read about the DECIDE model, which provides an ethical approach to problem-solving and has clear objectives.

Pearls



Pointing new nurses in the right direction

Culleiton, Alicia L.

Nursing Critical Care. 5(4):18-23, July 2010.

An effective preceptor isn't just a great clinician, but someone who can incorporate educational techniques from the classroom to develop a memorable learning experience for new graduate nurses.

Getting ahead with CTA & MRA

Rank, Wendi Pope

Nursing Critical Care. 5(4):30-33, July 2010.

This overview of computed tomography angiography and magnetic resonance angiography explains how these imaging studies are used to evaluate cerebral structures, and how to prepare patients for the test.

Healing paws: Animal-assisted therapy in acute care

Diefenbeck, Cynthia A.; Bouffard, Lynne; Matukaitis, Joanne; More

Nursing Critical Care. 5(4):34-39, July 2010.

More than just animal visits, animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is goal-directed and part of a patient's treatment. Learn about the benefits and risks of AAT, protocols, and how to set up an AAT program.

What is diabulimia?

Ruth-Sahd, Lisa A.; Schneider, Melissa; Haagen, Brigitte

Nursing Critical Care. 5(4):40-44, July 2010.

Skipping insulin as a way of losing weight is common among young women with diabetes—and extremely dangerous. Here's what you need to know.