October 2015 Vol. 10 No. 10

Workplace

Afraid at work

Sometimes certain people have personality problems — and anger problems. If that person happens to be in a position of authority, the result can be violence. This was,…

AHA releases new CPR guidelines

The American Heart Association has published new guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiovascular care. Read a quick summary, download a PDF with the highlights, and access the full…

Cervical length good predictor of labor

When the cervix measured more than 30 mm at a woman’s due date, she had a less than a 50% chance of delivering within 7 days, but when…
Courage

Courage in everyday nursing practice

Courage is an important attribute in life and in your nursing practice. As Helen Keller said, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature nor…

FDA approves new drug for hyperkalemia

On Oct. 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved eltassa (patiromer for oral suspension) to treat hyperkalemia. Read more.

FDA approves new drug for metastatic lung cancer

On Oct. 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Opdivo (nivolumab) to treat patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer whose disease progressed during or after…

FDA approves new drug for pancreatic cancer

On Oct. 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Onivyde (irinotecan liposome injection), in combination with fluorouracil and leucovorin, to treat patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer…

FDA approves new drugs for diabetes

On Sept. 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Tresiba (insulin degludec injection) and Ryzodeg 70/30 (insulin degludec/insulin aspart injection) to improve glucose control in adults…

FDA approves new melanoma treatments

On Oct. 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the approved use of Yervoy (ipilimumab) to include a new use as adjuvant therapy for patients with…

FDA launches campaign to reduce youth smoking

On Oct. 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of a national public education campaign to prevent and reduce tobacco use among multicultural youth…
storytelling

From our readers: One patient’s story

Eric’s* storytelling made a difference in my nursing practice. Eric was a 27-year-old African American patient with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), who was admitted to the nursing home…
safe patient handling

Handle with care

In 2005, the State of Texas passed the first safe patient handling law. SB 1525 became effective January 1, 2006. Since then there’s been a lot of attention…

Nurse leaders and change

As a graduate nursing student, the article “Releasing our attachments to the past” (September 2015) really inspired me to take a closer look at the responsibilities of our…

Older adults feel burden of healthcare system

Nearly four in ten older adults say that managing their health care needs is difficult for them or their families, that medical appointments or tests get delayed or…

Quiz time – October 2015

In which transitional care model does an advanced practice registered nurse provide a 1-to-3 month period of interventions with high-risk adults to prevent hospital readmissions?   a. Care…
marijuana

Some thoughts on addiction

I recently wrote a posting related to nurses caring for patients with addictions in response to a Facebook posting exchange. Below is the exchange, followed by my response.…

The ABCDEs of emergency burn care

Consider this scenario. You’re driving home from work after a busy shift and there has been an accident ahead on the freeway. As you approach, you see that…

Translational perspectives on violence

The United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that nearly 2 million American workers report being victims of workplace violence each year and that…
Nurse staffing

Viewpoint: Putting money at the bedside

Teamwork has proven to be effective in creating strategies to improve patient outcomes. The Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), clinical professionals, healthcare providers, hospital associations,…

WHO issues new HIV treatment recommendations

According to a new guideline from the World Health Organization (WHO), anyone infected with HIV should begin antiretroviral treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible. Read more and…

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