June 2007 Vol. 2 Num. 6

Create better communications

Communicating assertively is a learned skill. Use the “look, think, and act” model to evaluate and improve your communication skills.

support nurse

Do you remember when?

It’s time for new nursing graduates to join your work environment. Will you be a supportive colleague of their entry…

Exploring massage therapy as a career option

A nurse-turned-massage therapist found that hands-on interaction with massage clients reconnected her to one of the most fulfilling aspects of nursing – contact through caring, noninvasive touch.

Five credit card traps that can sink you

Anyone who uses credit cards (and who doesn’t) should read this article to learn about universal default and other credit pitfalls that can endager your financial future.

Getting a grip on GERD

Most patients manage the heartburn, nausea, and belching of gastroesophegeal reflux disease with lifestyle changes and medications. But some may experience a dangerous symptom cluster that warns of more serious problems.

Letters to the Editor – June 2007

Float or be fired? The February article “Protecting yourself from malpractice claims” states, “Don’t accept assignments if you’re not sure…

PA catheter controversy

Standard of care in the ICU – or object of overuse, abuse, and misuse? The authors explain why they believe PA catheter use may harm more critically ill patients than it helps.

Safe lifting: The assessment imperative

If you lift or transfer patients, make “Assess first, lift later” your motto. Find out which critical patient and ergonomic factors you must evaluate before starting any patient-handling task.

Take Note – June 2007

A monthly round up of clinical, practice, and career news, updates, and alerts.

The aging face of HIV/AIDS

People older than age 50 account for at least 10% of HIV/AIDS cases in this country. Yet myths about older adults' behavior can blind us to the possibility that an older patient has AIDS. We need to learn more about older adults' sexuality and teach them about risky behaviors.

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The joys of journaling and poetic expression

A journalist before becoming a nurse, Kristina Ibitayo has never abandoned her love for writing. Her poems celebrate true friendship and probe life’s possibilities.

When all signs point to long QT syndrome

A patient’s brief loss of consciousness leads to discovery of long QT syndrome. By thinking fast and making all the right moves, you can stave off the threat of torsades de pointes.

When closeness breeds cruelty: Helping victims of intimate partner violence

We may not realize it, but most nurses have frequent contact with domestic abuse victims. Shame and fear of reprisal keep many victims from reporting the problem. Caregivers’ discomfort with the topic or unfamiliarity with its signs and symptoms can lead to missed opportunities to identify and help victims.

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