November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

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Assessing and preventing cognitive impairment in the elderly

All segments of the international population are living longer, and many will experience dementia. Policymakers are focused on the cost estimates of caring for elders with cognitive impairment. The World Alzheimer Report 2016, from Alzheimer’s Disease International, a global federation of 85 Alzheimer’s associations, highlighted the need to make dementia an international health priority. The numbers in the report are staggering: 47 million people are estimated to be living with dementia worldwide, with the number projected to increase to more than 131 million by 2050. The report recommends that nations develop a plan to address dementia, removing the stigma around it, and protecting the human rights of these individuals.

Fighting emerging threats

Three years ago, the American Nurses Association (ANA) and nurses nationwide found themselves on the frontlines of a crisis when the Ebola virus made its way to the United States, killing one patient and infecting two RNs who provided care to him. The crisis wasn’t in the number of cases in this country—four diagnosed and 11 treated—but in the need to ensure that healthcare workers could keep themselves and the public safe when faced with a potentially fatal infectious organism.

Fraud alert

The predatory journal explosion over the past few years has now infiltrated the conference arena. You should know how to recognize a legitimate conference versus a bogus one. Your time, professional growth goals, and monetary resources are all precious commodities that can be easily exploited by unscrupulous organizers of programs that, on the surface, appear legitimate but are actually a sham.

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Grab a seat at the table

ANA’s 2016 Distinguished Membership Award recipient wants to see nurses on the campaign trail. A passion for working with children and…
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Hazardous drugs, a safety blind spot

Know the risks of handling many commonly administered drugs.  WARFARIN, OXYTOCIN, CLONAZEPAM—registered nurses administer millions of these drugs daily with…
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Medicare for all? Why not?

If President Trump really wants a healthcare plan that gives him a big win by covering all Americans, reducing insurance costs, and cutting the cost of healthcare, it could be done. And it would be far better than President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). Mr. Trump could push Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) bill that makes Medi­care available to everyone. And wouldn’t it be a hoot? A Republican president, House, and Senate would finally make universal access a reality. And why not? A single-payer system offers cost-cutting strategies that have succeeded all over the globe.

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Nurse-scientists and nurse-engineers

Nurse-driven device innovations and inventions can improve patient care. Takeaways: Several institutions already recognize the importance and power of a…

Nurses rise to disaster challenges

While working the night shift in the surgical intensive care unit (ICU) of her New Jersey hospital, Teresa Weisneck, BSN, RN, could not help but be moved by the heartbreaking images she saw flashing on the TV screen in her patient’s room. Hurricane Harvey was wreaking havoc in Houston and the surrounding communities.

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Research 101: Descriptive statistics

Use these tools to analyze data vital to practice-improvement projects. By Brian Conner, PhD, RN, CNE and Emily Johnson, PhD…
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Stroke alert

Quick identification of stroke in a postpartum patient yields positive result. Anna Connor, a 30-year-old woman, is admitted to the…

Using data in nursing practice

Data and care quality go hand in hand. Nurses, as the largest group of healthcare professionals, are key to quality…

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