April 2010 Vol. 5 No. 4

2009 Pharmaceutical Grow

IMS Health reports a 5.1% growth in 2009 U.S. sales of pharmaceuticals, to $300.3 billion, compared to a 1.8% growth…

ANA urges nurses to volunteer before disaster strikes

In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake on Jan. 12, many nurses felt the urgent need to jump on a plane and hit the ground in Haiti to help treat and comfort the survivors, but were not sure how to go about it.

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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…

Breastfeeding saves money

According to an abstract published by the journal Pediatrics, if 90% of families would breastfeed infants exclusively for 6 months,…

Celebrate National Nurses Week

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

Differences among physicians, risk managers in admitting errors

Differences in attitudes among physicians and risk managers about revealing medical errors to patients may diminish the effectiveness of such disclosures, according to a new study published in the March 2010 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

FDA approves losartan generic

On April 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic versions of two drugs used for the…

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…

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…

Food in the fight against cancer: The evidence on cancer-related anorexia

Among the many treatments and supportive interventions for cancer, nurses and patients must not overlook a foundation of health—good nutrition. A proper diet during cancer treatment and beyond is essential for patients to feel better, have the strength needed to fight the disease, and maintain wellness.

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…

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. 22 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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…
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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…

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 opinion leaders say nurses should have more influence.

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 genomics.

Pediatric choking mortality

Although pediatric foreign body obstruction occurs infrequently, the mortality rate is surprisingly high — 3.4% according to a study published…

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 health risks in adults too often are overlooked by both family members and healthcare professionals.

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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,…

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 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 and engaged workforce.

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.

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, sippy cups, and other children’s dishware, as well as from sports 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 you in a work-related confrontation, and you have to forgive them for that…”

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