July 2011 Vol. 6 No. 7

Environment, health, & safety

With the growing reuse of single-use medical devices, ANA supports improvements in end-of-use product management and research on ethical and safety issues related to these devices.

FDA approves Boostrix for older people

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Boostrix vaccine to prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis in people 65 years and older. Read more.

FDA warns against Evital

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to take the emergency birth control medicine labeled as Evital, which may not be safe or effective…

From Your ANA President

It’s time for nurses to take their own advice so they can model good health practices. ANA’s “Healthy Nurse” program motivates nurses and offers resources to help them…

Headlines from the Hill

ANA CEO “stars” with actress Jessica Alba in the fight against toxic chemicals.

Healing the wounds: Quantum nursing V

Quantum nursing demands that nurses honor each person’s humanity, promote independence and autonomy, and offer the opportunity for individuals to redefine for themselves who they are and how…

Issues up close – Fighting the invisible

MRSA, Clostridium difficile, and newly emerging “superbugs” are penetrating deeper into both healthcare and community settings. We need to use critical-thinking skills and rigorous infection control practices to…

New report on health information exchange released

“Secrets of HIE Success Revealed: Lessons from the Leaders,” a report released by the National eHealth Collaborative, features 12 case studies of mature health information exchange (HIE) organizations.…

NICHE announces October leadership training

NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) has announced the October 2011 Leadership Training Program (LTP). The LTP trains a team of hospital staff to begin the process…


Kudos for Dr. Cipriano   I love Pam Cipriano’s editorials. She cites interesting historical nuggets to enlighten us in the present. In her May column (“Making history: When…
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Professional social networking for nurses

WHEN MY GRANDPARENTS were children, they communicated in person or by letter. In my parents’ generation, the telephone became popular. Today, much of our communication takes place through…

Research consent forms still too complex

A study of 124 consent forms used in HIV network trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health found that the average readability was 9.2 grade level, with…

Simple steps to improve your retirement readiness

PERHAPS, like many nurses, you’ve become quite business savvy over the past few years. Increasing numbers of nurses are responsible for creating unit budgets, forecasting expenses, and calculating cost effectiveness. Yet…

Smoking and mental illness

The July 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine has a thoughtful essay, “Smoking and Mental Illness — Breaking the Link” that dispels myths that contribute…

Spotting trouble after spinal surgery

The rapid response team makes all the right moves when a patient experiences neck swelling and difficulty swallowing after an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.

Stroke in pregnancy on the rise

A study published by Stroke found that the number of strokes in pregnant women has risen, especially for those in the postpartum period. Read more.

Therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest

Until recently, the outlook for patients who remained comatose after cardiac arrest was dire. But therapeutic hypothermia is turning the tide. Learn the facts about this life-saving approach.
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Tracheostomy care: An evidence-based guide

To promote positive outcomes in patients with trach tubes, nurses need to stay up-to-date on best practices and develop and maintain the necessary skills.

What you need to know about bipolar disorder

Extreme mood and behavior swings, disrupted lives, reduced life expectancy, obstacles to getting help—these are among the effects of bipolar disorder. When you understand this condition, you can…

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