March 2013 Vol. 8 No. 3

An algorithm to help you manage your stress

Nurses face tremendous stress in their daily practice. Various environmental and personal factors can exacerbate or mitigate stress. High stress levels impair cognitive and psychomotor functioning, leading to…

Building a sense of community on nursing units

Jeff Rawson, a new nurse graduate, works on a behavioral health unit. His manager believes his transition is going well—until Jeff asks to transfer to another unit. When…

Cesarean section rates vary widely in United States

A study in Health Affairs found that cesarean rates vary tenfold across hospitals, from 7.1% to 69.9%. “Cesarean delivery rates vary tenfold among US hospitals; reducing variation may…

FDA approves new multiple sclerosis drug

On March 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) capsules to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. Read more.
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Health, safety, & wellness

Nursing is a rewarding profession based on caring, giving, helping, and educating. It involves caring for others, from beautiful newborns to pain-wracked hospice patients. It involves giving of…
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Issues up close

As the health economist for the American Nurses Association (ANA), I’ve been asked, “What will 2013 bring for RNs? Maybe even beyond 2013?” (more…)

Quantum leadership: Upside down

Human beings are intentionally directed energy. Leadership offers direction and purpose to that intentionality.

RAC audits continue to increase

A new report from the American Hospital Association says recovery and contractor (RAC) audits continue to increase. Of the 1,233 hospitals that responded to the survey, nearly 60,000…

Readers Respond

Correction The January 2013 article “Helping patients survive sepsis” mistakenly listed “respiratory rate slower than 20 breaths/minute” as one of the diagnostic criteria for systemic inflammatory response syndrome…

You can help stop the cycle of teen bullying

Bullying refers to repeated negative activity or aggression intended to harm or bother someone that the aggressor perceives as less powerful. In many cases, bullying victims are harassed…

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