May 2016 Vol. 11 No. 5

Antibiotic stewardship for staff nurses

Over the past decade, antibiotic resistance has increased and spread dramatically throughout the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibiotic use is…

Antimicrobial stewardship and you

The World Health Organization estimates that by 2050, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will cause as many as 10 million deaths globally. Not only does AMR lead to increased…
Caring for patients with spinal cord injuries

Caring for patients with spinal cord injuries

Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs) are a significant cause of disability, with profound—and in many cases devastating— consequences. According to recent data, about 12,000 SCIs occur annually in…

How to recognize delirium in pediatric patients

A syndrome  of acute brain dysfunction, delirium causes observable changes in behavior. A hallmark of delirium is a disturbance of consciousness and cognition, with inattention…

Improving your coaching skills

Susan is a seasoned nurse on a telemetry unit. One day, she arrives 20 minutes late, without explanation, to a…

Is utilization review the career for you?

Rising medical costs  and healthcare reform have increased the need for careful review and management of medical resources. The unique and vital role…

New TB test safe, effective

A new skin test for tuberculosis (TB), C-Tb, is safe, easy to administer, and accurate, according to results from two…

Shared calling: Then and now

May is a wonderful month, with so many celebrations to enjoy and share, including Mother’s Day, National Nurses Week, Florence…

The shape of things to come

It’s a grim prediction, but healthcare organizations are headed for stormy days. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was supposed to solve the problem of…

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