April 2007 Vol. 2 Num. 4

Are you an ABG ace?

Can you interpret arterial blood gas (ABG) values with confidence? To find out, test yourself with the case studies in this article.

Derailing potentially deadly dehydration

When a dehydrated patient falls into a stupor and her vital signs head south, a rapid response team can help unit nurses stabilize her quickly – and avoid the semmingly inevitable.

Fine-tuning your feeding-tube insertion skills - American Nurse

Fine-tuning your feeding-tube insertion skills

Even if you’re accustomed to inserting feeding tubes, the procedure can cause complications. The authors provide safety guidelines to help you make feeding-tube insertion safer.

Handling with care: The bariatric patient

Technological advances, special equipment, and screening algorithms help healthcare facilities and nurses meet the needs of bariatric patients while reducing worker injury.

How to recognize and respond to hypovolemic shock

How to recognize and respond to hypovolemic shock

Fluid loss…poor tissue perfusion…oxygen deprivation…acidosis…multisystem organ failure. Unless interrupted, the scary chain of events in hypovolemic shock leads to death. Learn how to hault this perilous process with early assessment and masterful management.

Improving the care of stroke patients

Is your facility doing enough to help stroke patients survive and regain functional independence? Find out how a national evidence-based initiative helps hospitals deliver better stroke care.

Kick the cigarette habit!

A smoking cessation instructor helps you ditch cigarettes forever. Find out which cessation method suits you best, ways to cope with cigarette cravings, and how to get back on the wagon if you relapse.

Letters to the Editor – April 2007

Provocative cover art? Although I’m impressed with the overall quality of your publication, the cover of your February issue (“Heart…

Plan a career, not just a job

Through focused soul-searching, you can create a more fulfilling and enriching career. The author tells how to brainstorm to find the nursing career that really floats your boat.

Staffing though Web-based open-shift bidding

If you’re a nurse-manager who continually struggles to fill open shifts, find out how online shift-bidding technology can boost staffing efficiency, decrease costs, and enhance nurses’ satisfaction and retention.

The environment and the nurse

We are hearing much talk about the unseasonably warm weather in some areas and extreme conditions in others. Frequently, we…

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