February 2013 Vol. 8 No. 2

Dangers of the 12-hour shift

Rose Sherman has a thoughtful blog on nursing’s “third rail”—the 12-hour shift. In the blog, she notes that although nurses like 12-hour shifts, they create a patient safety…

Do no harm

Our editor-in-chief tackles the issue of mandatory flu vaccination.

FDA approves new silicone breast implant

On Feb. 20, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Gel Filled Breast Implant for augmentation in women at…

FDA approves Pomalyst for advanced multiple myeloma

On Feb. 8, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pomalyst (pomalidomide) to treat patients with multiple myeloma whose disease has progressed after being treated with…
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From our readers: Nurses leading from the middle

Nurse leaders are needed at all levels of the organization, especially in “the middle,” which is commonly used to describe mid-level management positions. Middle managers are essential to…
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From our readers…Value all your skills

Anyone who’s been a nurse for more than 10 years will agree with me: you can make big leaps from specialty to specialty and sometimes leave a skill…

New report addresses engagement with consumers

“Engaging Health Care Users: A Framework for Healthy Individuals and Communities,” a report from the American Hospital Association, recommends hospitals become more “activist” in their endeavors to engage…

No drugs down the drain

You can use the questions and answers below when teaching patients about proper medication disposal. Question: Why should I clean out my medicine cabinet? Answer: It’s good to…
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Perfecting your acid-base balancing act

When it comes to acids and bases, the difference between life and death is balance. The body’s acid-base balance depends on some delicately balanced chemical reactions. The hydrogen…
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Quiz Time

Which of the following are not sources of standards of care? a. Institutional policies and procedures. b. State nurse practice act c. Published standards for specialties d. Online…
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Readers Respond

Consider a career in clinical research Thank you so much for the Ness, et al. article “Consider a career in clinical research” in the November 2012 issue of…

Television show highlights 1950s nurse midwives

“Call the Midwife,” a television show on PBS, shows nurse midwives as positive influences in 1950s London. The show is sponsored by the American College of Nurse Midwives.…

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