January 2010 Vol. 5 No. 1

2009 H1N1 Flu – Situation Update

Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators…

Drug approval for breast cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Tykerb (lapatinib) in combination with Femara (letrozole) to treat hormone positive and…

Environment, health, & safety

Is widespread triclosan use leading to microbial resistance? ANA urges nurses to take a cautionary approach toward using triclosan-containing products at home.

Feel more relaxed with restorative yoga

Not your garden-variety yoga, restorative yoga uses props to help its practitioners reconnect with their inner being and overcome chronic stress, mental sluggishness, and stiff joints.

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HAART and its effects on the heart

Many patients with HIV/AIDS are doing well on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Yet HAART can increase cardiovascular risks by reducing high-density lipoprotein levels, raising triglyceride levels, and causing insulin resistance.

Headlines from the Hill

ANA supports two Congressional bills that would improve patient safety and protect RNs from debilitating injuries caused by manual patient lifting/

How to deliver bad news

Healthcare providers often must give bad news to patients and families. Doing this in a direct, concise, compassionate way is a skill that equired practice.

Issues up close

Nurses in the Department, Veterans Administration, Federal Nurses Association (FedNA), and other groups are collaborating to make sue the healthcare needs of active-duty military personnel and veterans are met.

Jump-start your job search

Out of work? Don’t let a challenging economy and difficult job market get you down. The author’s tips can job search into high gear.

Letters to the Editor

A wrenching decision As a nursing student, I’ve been present on several occasions when a patient has coded. So your…

Patient Nutrition

Do you routinely talk to patient’s about nutrition and their health? Please click here to participate in a very short…

Play your way to better health

Health-oriented electronic games promote physical and mental fitness and help people manage their illnesses, reduce stress, and improve brain function.

Reversing opioid-induced respiratory depression

For a patient receiving high-dose opioids, frequent monitoring of the sedation level and quick intervention when that level increases stops respiratory depression from claiming another victim.

RWJF Gallup Survey Finds 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. But these opinion leaders—including insurance, corporate, health services, government and industry thought leaders as well as university faculty—see significant barriers that prevent nurses from fully participating as leaders in health and health care.

We’re almost there

With Congress on the brink of authorizing substantially more money to train advance practice nurses, we’re coming ever closer to gaining equal footing with primary-care physicians.

When a hospital dies

What happens when a nurse's work environment ceases to exist? The author describes how a hospital's closure forced both staff and patients to cope with their greif and loss.

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