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.

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…

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…

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…

FDA advises women with breast impants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says women with breast implants may have a “very small, but increased risk” of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALC). The FDA…

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 patients 4 years and older. Read more at…

FDA looks to improve medical device review process

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to implement changes in 2011 designed to improve review of medical devices. Read more at http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm240418.htm.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Metronidazole recall announced

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA is voluntarily recalling Metronidazole Tablets USP, 250mg, lot 312566, expiration date 05/2012 because “underweight” tablets may…

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,…
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…

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…

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