February 2009 Vol. 4 No. 2

2008 state legislative wrap-up

Legislatively, 2008 was a good year for nursing. In many states, safe nurse staffing laws, mandatory overtime restrictions, and safe patient-handling legislation got the thumbs-up.
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Absolute Neutrophil Count

For a patient with cancer, the absolute neutrophil count (ANC) is a crucial lab value. Are you familiar with the two methods for calculating it?

Getting serious about going global

More nurses are working abroad to help vulnerable populations in crisis. An expert gives advice to help ensure that the rewards of a global mission outweigh the risks…

Managing acute decompensated heart failure

Patients with stable chronic heart failure may suddenly start decompensating. Do you know how to recognize this condition and help avert organ failure?

No peeking allowed

Electronic health records give healthcare providers faster, more efficient access to patient information. Experts hope to make the data less vulnerable to security breaches.
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Occupational stress

All work environments have the potential to cause stressful situations, but are healthcare settings particularly demanding? According to a 2008 report by the National Institute of Occupational Safety…

Seeing Red

American Heart Month is a time to celebrate the wealth of information that if acted on, can help prevent cardiovascular disease.
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The many merits of mentoring

Have you ever felt unsure about your next career step or just needed advice from a more seasoned professional? Natalie Murphy, co-author of this article, felt that way…
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What I’m hearing about competence

As ANA president, I have the privilege of representing RNs, the nursing profession, and the ANA in many local, state, regional, national, and international settings. Those responsibilities have…

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