May 2011 Vol. 6 No. 5

A new oral anticoagulant hits the market

Pradaxa gives clinicians a new tool for preventing strokes and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation. Learn how it works, who’s eligible to receive it, and how…
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Environment, health, & safety

Challenges are motivating. When we meet and overcome challenges, we learn new skills that help us master our job. However, challenges shouldn’t be confused with job stress. Both…

FDA approves test to distinguish between MRSA and MSSA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the first test that can quickly distinguish between methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA).…

FDA restricts patient access to rosiglitazone

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added new restrictions on how rosiglitazone-containing medicines (Avandia, Avandamet, Avandaryl): Healthcare providers must enroll in a special program in order…

From Your ANA President

Nurses must step up and become a primary force in reshaping the nation’s healthcare system.

Headlines from the Hill

Congress has reintroduced the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, which would allow APRNs to order home health services under Medicare.

Issues up close

This article details how patients are affected by APRNs’ current inability to order home health services.

New study on physician disruptive behavior released

The American College of Physician Executives and QuantiaMD have released a survey and white paper, “Disruptive Physician Behavior.” More than 70% physicians surveyed reported that disruptive physician behavior…

Nicotine-free inhaler helps stop smoking

In a study of 120 smokers, those who saw handling of the cigarette as an important part of smoking and used a nicotine-free inhaler (“fake cigarette) as part…

Quick guide to clinical assessment findings

Does your patient have Muehrcke's lines? How do you check for Beck’s triad? Use this handy reference guide to help detect and interpret abnormal signs. This content is…

Thwarting a pneumothorax

As a patient deteriorates, assessment and history findings guide clinicians to the right diagnosis and interventions.
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Voice mail etiquette

For any professional, voice mail (VM) is no longer optional; it’s necessary. How you use VM can work for or against you. The tips below can help you…

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