May 2010 Vol. 5 No. 5

A great time to be a nurse

As nurses, we wouldn’t trade the intimate interactions we have with strangers who become trusting patients, or the adrenaline rush we get when saving a life, or our solitary visits to heal the souls and wounds of people without families or friends, or the impact we have on students who accept the awesome responsibility of becoming a nurse—we wouldn’t trade any of these things to work in another profession.

AACN President unveils new theme

On May 19, Kristine J. Peterson, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN, the new president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses,…

Bar coding effective for reducing med errors

Combining bar coding with an electronic medication-administration system (bar-code eMAR) substantially reduces transcription and medication administration errors according a study…

Crucial conversations for motivating colleagues and patients

Have you ever spent time coaching a colleague only to have that person respond to your request with, “Sorry, but that isn’t a priority for me”? Most likely, her response would make you wonder, “How do I motivate someone who isn’t motivated?”

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Defibtech, LLC, recall

Defibtech, LLC, has recalled DBP-2800 Battery Packs used in the Lifeline AED and ReviveR AED (semi-automatic external defibrillators). Read more…

Digital dashboards and staffing

Many healthcare organizations use digital “dashboards” to provide employees with real-time data collected from various sources, helping to guide decisions and improve the quality of care. Increasingly, dashboards also are being used to support effective staffing decisions.

Digital dashboards and staffing references

Ciesielski S, Daily B, Levine WC. Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare. A dashboard for the PACU. September/October 2008. www.psqh.com/sepoct08/pacu.html. Accessed…

Environment, health, and safety

Nurses today are indeed challenged to do no harm to
the sick as well as the healthy—just in the course of
daily life and work.

FDA approves new drug for osteoporosis

On June 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Prolia (denosumab), an injectable treatment for postmenopausal women with…

FDA News

On April 30, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, in consulation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, issued a voluntary recall of…

Forgive us our trespasses

When Archbishop Desmond Tutu, chairman of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee, speaks of Nelson Mandela, he insists Mandela has always been a free man because he was free from any need or desire for revenge.

Forgive us our trespasses references

Bosk C. Forgive and Remember: Managing Medical Failure. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press; 1979. Sachs BP. A 38-year-old woman…
achievements nurse award recognition

From Your ANA President

National Nurses Week is an opportunity to reflect on the contributions nurses make to the healthcare environment. Every day, nurses…

Headlines from the Hill

As one of three nurses in Congress, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) has been a champion for nursing, introducing and…

Helping new nurses set priorities

After several weeks of classes and partnered orientation to patient care, novice nurses in our large acute-care health system have learned a great deal. Still, most admit their priority-setting skills could be better.

Helping new nurses set priorities

Duchscher J. A process of becoming: the stages of new nursing graduate professional role transition. J Contin Educ Nurs. 2008;39(10):441-450.…

Intraperitoneal chemotherapy

Alberts D, Liu PY, Hannigan EV, et al. Intraperitoneal cisplatin plus intravenous cyclophosphamide versus cisplatin plus intravenous cyclophosphamide for stage…

Is an online nursing education program right for you?

The decision to go back to college to complete a degree or get an advanced degree is never made lightly. Many nurses wonder how—or even if—a degree will benefit them, and which degree will enable them to meet their aspirations.

Issues up close

Family nurse practitioner (FNP) and nurse-midwife Karen Holder, FNP-BC, CNM, MHS, sees patients at a large primary care clinic in Flagstaff, Arizona, as well as at small satellite units in remote communities sprinkled around northern Arizona.

Meat type matters

Eating processed meats such as hot dogs, but not red (unprocessed) meat, is associated with a higher incidence of coronary…

Nursing student support group eases stress

Nursing school can cause a tremendous
amount of stress, which may lead some students
to drop out. Dropout rates for community
colleges can range from 18% to 20%.

Our Readers Respond

Nursing academics vs. practicing nurses? My blood boiled when I read ANA President Patton’s column “Is diagnosis of pressure ulcers…

Quiz Time

When comparing patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) and intermittent opioid injections, you should know that: Answer to Quiz Time: d. PCA can…

Saving a snakebite victim

While hiking, Paul Sawyer, age 31, is bitten twice on the right hand by a rattlesnake. When he arrives at the emergency department (ED), the team obtains STAT laboratory tests, including a complete blood count, prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time, fibrinogen, fibrin, chemistry panel, blood typing and crossmatch, urinalysis, and urine myoglobin.

Saving a snakebite victim

Bush SP. Snake envenomation, rattle. Updated July 24, 2008. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/771455-overview. Accessed March 9, 2010. CroFab Crotalidae Polyvalent Immune Fab (Ovine).…

Study shows California staffing ratios saves lives

A new study finds that California mandatory nurse-patient ratios save lives. Read more at http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content/NRS-249784/Better-NursePatient-Ratios-Could-Save-Thousands-of-Lives-Annually-Says-Study.
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Understanding the DNP degree

For years, doctorally prepared nurses have focused on issues that help define nursing as a profession. In contrast, nurses involved in direct patient…

Voluntary recall of metronidazole

Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has issued a voluntary recall of metronidazole injection, USP 500 mg/100 mL because of nonsterility found in…

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