July 2016 Vol. 11 No. 7

A kinder, gentler workplace

According to an analysis in the May 2016 issue of BMJ, medical errors in U.S. healthcare facilities are incredibly common and are…

A summer of learning

The period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is a special time—a stretch of (ideally) sunny days when school is out and vacation…

FDA approvals—July 11-12, 2016

On July 12, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xiidra (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) for the treatment of signs and…

Frailty syndrome: A weakly addressed problem

Fran Covington, age 82, has a history of cardiovascular disease, chronic diastolic heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She lives at…

Helping patients who harm themselves

Why would someone deliberately hurt herself? The notion might seem odd—but as a nurse, you may encounter patients with signs of selfinjury (also called cutting,…

High stakes in the U.S. House and Senate

While the 2016 presidential campaign continues to dominate headlines, the outcome of critical races in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate could dramatically…

Reducing readmissions in in COPD patients

A preventable and treatable lung disorder of adults, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common causes of hospitalizations and readmissions. It affects 15 million…

Smoothing your transition from RN to NP

Transitioning to the nurse practitioner (NP) role is exciting—but it can also be stressful. Fortunately, taking certain steps can make it smoother. I’m a…

The will to live – and living well

Groucho Marx said, “Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.” When we mentioned this to a friend of ours, he retorted, “Yes—and life…

Urinary tract symptoms in nurses

Lower urinary tract symptoms are a “significant issue” among female nurses, according to a systematic review published in the Journal…

Zika virus: Dispelling the myths

Since its emergence, Zika virus has been a source of concern and confusion for many people worldwide, particularly in today’s era of instant…

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