July 2011 Vol. 6 No. 7
Learn how one hospital improved communication between nurses and intubated patients through the use of an algorithm,
new communication devices, and a focused communications course for nurses.
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.
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 get healthy.
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 they choose to live.
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 outsmart these pathogens.
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.
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.
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 help enhance your patient’s quality of life. Besides disrupting lives, this illness can reduce life expectancy significantly.