January 2011 Vol. 6 No. 1

After the earthquake: Volunteer nursing in Haiti

This month marks the 1-year
anniversary of the devastating Haiti earthquake. The author describes her volunteer disaster-relief experience
in that country, which changed her perspective on life.

Astute assessment prevents paralysis

What seems like a simple pulled muscle to a shipping clerk turns out to be cauda equina syndrome, a potentially paralyzing injury that warrants immediate surgery.

Challenge to CPR

In the Jan. 27 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Gust H. Bardy, MD, suggests the value of…

Color awareness: A must for patient assessment

Color “blindness” may help minimize social and economic disparities, but can impede accurate patient assessment. The author explains why nurses should practice color awareness and tells how to adapt skin inspection for dark-skinned patients.

Do you know which vaccines are recommended for special populations?

Pregnant and postpartum women, immunocompromised
children, and persons at high risk for flu-related complications have special immunization needs. Part of ANA’s Bringing
Immunity to Every Community campaign, this handout
explains how to help ensure that these vulnerable populations are protected.

Editorial

To achieve higher quality of care and help transform our healthcare system, we need to don our customized tool belts, get to work, and be willing to abandon the outdated methods of the past.

Environment, health and safety

The latest report from the President’s Cancer Panel was the first to link environmental causes with cancer. It found the country is largely unprotected from preventable exposures because of incomplete and outdated regulations.

FDA approves head lice treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Natroba (spinosad) Topical Suspension 0.9% for the treatment of head lice in…

February is American Heart Month

Heart disease has probably already touched you or someone you know. Make it your mission to fight heart disease and…

From Your ANA President

The recently launched Initiative on the Future of Nursing seeks to address the challenges facing the nursing profession and to improve healthcare quality and delivery. It’s time for all nurses to get involved in the effort and become part of the change.

Global nursing excellence shines at ANCC’s National Magnet Conference

Last October’s conference honored 40 newly designated and 64 redesignated Magnet organizations, announced the 2010 Magnet Prize recipient, honored Magnet Prize Honors winners, and recognized individual nurse leaders for their outstanding service and contributions.

Grasping the all-important concept of risk

To fulfill your responsibility toward evidence-based practice, you need to understand statistical techniques. In the first article in our new “Spotlight on Statistics” series, the authors demystify the concept of risk and describe how it helps you apply evidence to your practice.

Headlines from the Hill

The Republicans now control the House of Representatives. No matter what policy objectives either party tries to enact, ANA will continue to ensure that the voice of nursing is heard in Congress.

Issues up close

Adult immunization rates in the United States are well below national public health goals. Find out what steps you can take to raise disease awareness and boost vaccine coverage.

Metronidazole recall announced

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA is voluntarily recalling Metronidazole Tablets USP, 250mg, lot…

New falls prevention guidelines released

The American Geriatrics Society and British Geriatrics Society have released “Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons.”…

Nurse-sensitive indicators: Integral to the Magnet journey

To help earn Magnet designation, Children’s National Medical Center established TPN and lipid error elimination as a unit-based nurse-sensitive indicator. Its implementation improved
patient-care outcomes, enhanced nurses’ pride, and led to an environment of inquiry.

Radiation therapy 101

Radiation therapy 101

More than half of cancer patients get radiation therapy. This
article gives a basic overview of this potentially life-saving treatment, discusses nursing interventions for radiation patients, and tells you what you need to know to provide education and emotional support to patients and their families.

Waltzing through the behavioral job interview

More employers are using
behavioral interviews to learn not just what applicants can do but who they really are and whether they’d enhance or detract from an existing team’s potential to achieve optimal
patient outcomes.

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