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 the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance. The…

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 mortality; it also lengthens hospital stays and drives up…

At CHI, nurse board leadership is embedded in the culture

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a nonprofit, faith-based health system, has a longstanding commitment to nurse leadership in the boardroom. Based in Englewood, Colorado, CHI is one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, with 105 hospitals plus…

Attaining a culturally congruent practice

Patient-centered, holistic care is something that nurses are taught about early and are expected to strive for every day. Yet we can’t truly practice safe, patient-centered care if…
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 the United States, and up to 250,000 Americans are living…

Consider a career as a healthcare education simulator

Simulations give healthcare professionals and students the opportunity to practice complex skills in realistic settings. According to David Gaba, MD, director of the Center for Immersive and Simulation-Based Learning at Stanford University School of Medicine, “Simulation is…

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 that develops acutely and fluctuates over time. (See Understanding diagnostic criteria…

Improving your coaching skills

Susan is a seasoned nurse on a telemetry unit. One day, she arrives 20 minutes late, without explanation, to a mock code that the unit clinical educator is…

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 of the utilization review (UR) nurse serves this need.…

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 Phase III clinical trials reported at the ATS…

Safe patient handling and mobility: The journey continues

Hazards associated with manual patient handling continue to compromise the health and safety of nurses. Among nurses who responded to the American Nurses Association’s (ANA’s) Health Risk Appraisal: • 42% believe they are…

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 Nightingale’s birthday, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day.…

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 poor access to healthcare for most Americans. Signed into law…

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