April 2010 Vol. 5 No. 4

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AMERICAN NURSE TODAY WINS TWO ASHPE AWARDS

American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA), today announced that its June 2009 cover, Autism Today, has been named “Best Cover” by the…
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Beyond a box of chocolates

Often, patients and families express their gratitude for a special nurse’s outstanding care with spoken thanks or heartfelt commendations written to a nursing supervisor. Some even offer a…

Celebrate National Nurses Week

ANA has selected “Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow” as this year’s theme for National Nurses Week

FDA approves new device for asthma

On April 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first medical device that uses radiofrequency energy to treat severe and persistent asthma in adults. The Alair…

FDA clears STERIS system

On April 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the STERIS System 1E Liquid Chemical Sterilant Processing System. The device is used to process reusable heat-sensitive devices…

FDA orders recall of Baxter infusion pumps

On May 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has ordered Baxter Healthcare Corp. to recall and destroy all of its Colleague Volumetric Infusion…

Genetic/Genomic Competency Center

The Genetic/Genomic Competency Center (G2C2, http://www.g-2-c-2.org/) is a new free online resource created to help educators teach the next generation of nurses and physician assistants about genetics and…

Hospital-acquired infections mortalities, costs

Two common conditions caused by hospital-acquired infections killed 48,000 people and ramped up health care costs by $8.1 billion in 2006 alone, according to a study released Feb.…

IOM calls for reduced sodium intake in U.S.

Access “Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States,” a report from the Institute of Medicine at “http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Strategies-to-Reduce-Sodium-Intake-in-the-United-States.aspx”. It’s estimated that reductions in sodium could prevent more…
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My First Day in the ED

Note: This article was written before Kenneth graduated from nursing school. My first experience in an emergency department (ED) setting happened last week at Frankfort Regional Medical Center…

National poll- Nurses should have more influence

From reducing medical errors to increasing the quality of care to promoting wellness to improving efficiency and reducing costs, a new survey finds that an overwhelming majority of…

New boxed warning for propylthiouracil

On April 21, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the addition of a boxed warning to the label for propylthiouracil. The warning includes reports of severe liver…

New online resource: Genetic/Genomic Competency Center

The Genetic/Genomic Competency Center (G2C2, http://www.g-2-c-2.org/) is a new free online resource created to help educators teach the next generation of nurses and physician assistants about genetics and…

Ozone-depleting inhalers to be phased out

On April 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that seven metered-dose inhalers used for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will gradually be removed from the…

Promoting nonhazardous alcohol use by older adults

Roughly half of adults ages 65 and older drink alcohol. Although experts continue to debate the possible health benefits of alcohol when consumed in minimal daily amounts, alcohol’s…
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Reflection

Hair, she mused looking at her reflection, What is it really? Just dead cells growing out of one’s head. Yet, she had spent countless hours caring for it,…

Soap and water wins again

Washing your hands with soap and water instead of alcohol-based rubs is more effective for removing Clostridium difficile spores from the hands according to a study in Infection…

The Nurse Executive’s Coaching Manual

With the incredibly changing and challenging environment of health care, today’s nurse leaders are required more than ever to consistently think about developing others and sustaining a committed…

The tyranny of insecurity

Once upon a time (or two or three), I worked for an insecure boss. I’m sure most of you have unfortunate tales of your own.

To make health care better, I would…

To make health care better, I would… …mandate every patient have a primary RN who knows the patient’s past health history, socioeconomic status, health risks, medications, and potential…

Victory on BPA ban in baby bottles, dishware

On March 3 the Washington State House overwhelmingly passed the “Safe Baby Bottle Act” (SSB 6248), a bill to eliminate the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles,…

Whistleblowing Texas Style

Eeyore’s Gloomy Little Instruction Book contains this sage advice: “No matter how good your friends are, and no matter how right you are, they may not stand behind…

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