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STI guidelines

2021 CDC STI guidelines: A review of changes

Follow current recommendations for prevention, assessment, and treatment.  Takeaways: Sexually transmitted infections are epidemic in the United States with numbers…
Addressing transgender myths

Addressing transgender myths

Know the facts to ensure safe, equitable care.  Photos courtesy of The Gender Spectrum Collection  Takeaways Transgender people deserve to…
ECMO

Answers to the top 10 ECMO questions

Take a crash course in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.  Takeaways: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a form of cardiopulmonary bypass, is a…

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…

APRNs and the Choosing Wisely® campaign

Advanced Practice RNs (APRNs) influence outcomes for patients in a number of ways, including better symptom management, reduced costs, and improved health.…

Better safe than sepsis

Tips for a hospital sepsis prevention program Takeaways: The Surviving Sepsis Campaign international consensus guidelines summarize best practices based on…
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Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome explained

Learn how to identify this frequently misdiagnosed condition. Takeaways: Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a growing but poorly understood healthcare concern…
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Cardiotoxic effects of cancer therapy

Treatment risks and how to manage them Takeaways: Some cancer treatments can have cardiotoxic effects. Cardiotoxic effects include decreased heart…

Caring for patients with lumbar drains

A LUMBAR DRAIN is a small, flexible tube placed in the arachnoid space to drain cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Indications for lumbar drains…
critically ill obstetric patients

Critically ill obstetric patients

Be prepared to care for pregnant and postpartum patients in critical care settings. Takeaways: Some critical care nurses have reported…
Discontinuing medically administered nutrition

Discontinuing medically administered nutrition

Support patient’s values, beliefs, and goals.  Takeaways: Medically administered nutrition and hydration (MANH) is indicated for individuals with chronic, complex,…

Frailty syndrome: A weakly addressed problem

Fran Covington, age 82, has a history of cardiovascular disease, chronic diastolic heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She lives at…

Helping patients who harm themselves

Why would someone deliberately hurt herself? The notion might seem odd—but as a nurse, you may encounter patients with signs of selfinjury (also called cutting,…
His Bundle

His bundle pacing

These pacemakers provide an alternative for those who don’t respond to other devices.  Takeaways: His bundle pacing offers a superior…

How to help patients live with liver failure

A life-threatening condition, liver failure results from liver damage. In many cases, the damage is gradual and silent, causing few symptoms until the organ loses…

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…

How you can avoid laboratory errors

YOU MIGHT be wondering: Since when do nurses make laboratory errors? Actually, we make them fairly often—typically by using improper technique when collecting and handling…
Hypothyroidism and nursing care

Hypothyroidism and nursing care

Learn to recognize the symptoms of this commonly overlooked condition. By Dorothy Moore, DNP, FNP-C, CCRN Sandra Reynolds, a 64-year-old…
Implementing trauma-informed care

Implementing trauma-informed care 

Simple nurse actions can ensure patients feel safe and empowered.  Takeaways: Trauma-informed care is a core component of nursing practice.…
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Influenza vaccines and nurses

Find out how to improve influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers. Takeaways: Barriers to influenza vaccination include inconvenience and cost,…

Intimate partner violence in pregnancy

Screening, assessment, and intervention. Takeaways  According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 32.4% of women in the United States…

Lyme disease prevention and treatment

SCENARIO: When you meet your patient Tom for the first time, he reports fever, headaches, a rash on his stomach, and muscle aches.…

Massive blood transfusion protocols

Takeaways  Mass transfusion operates best under a protocol developed by a multidisciplinary team. Using the ABC score can help rule…

Mitigating melanoma

Early detection and intervention is key for higher survival rates. Takeaways: Late identification and recognition of melanoma lead to worsening…
Motivate Gen Z nursing students

Motivate Gen Z nursing students

Facilitate—don’t direct—education.    Takeaways: Intrinsic motivators—learning facilitation, passionate presentation, content value revelation, concise information delivery, student and educator engagement, experiential learning,…
nurse-heroes

Nurse heroes of the Pandemic

Nurses share a common theme: Hope. Be prepared, be strong, and don’t panic Crystal Davis Campbell, BSN, RN Staff nurse,…
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Nurses share hurricane experiences

AMERICAN NURSE TODAY asked nurses to share their personal and professional experiences related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Here are…

Paternal postpartum depression

Prevent and screen for depression in new fathers. Takeaways: Paternal postpartum depression effects one in ten fathers. Paternal postpartum depression…
Pediatric Sepsis

Pediatric sepsis: Are you ready?

Implement protocols for early identification and management.  Takeaways: Sepsis has received much attention recently, but the pediatric population is missing…
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Person-centered care and dementia

Best practices for residents living in long-term care Takeaways: A growing body of evidence supports the idea that personhood and…
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome

Early diagnosis and treatment can help ensure good outcomes.  Takeaways: Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is characterized by too little…
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Pressure injury prevention in long-term care

Follow the evidence to improve outcomes.  Takeaways: High quality healthcare is established using evidence-based practice in nursing protocols and procedures.…

Preventing surgical site infection

Stopping infection requires effective discharge teaching. Takeaways: Executing a successful discharge is the ultimate goal for all involved in the…
What are descriptive statistics

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…

Right-sided heart failure

Give the right side of the heart the attention it’s due. Takeaways: In right-sided heart failure, ventricular independence (between the…
Sepsis

Sepsis identification: A race against time

Nursing assessments and recognition of risk factors aid prompt recognition and treatment.  Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when…

Sharps injuries: Where we stand today

Needlesticks and other sharps-related exposures to bloodborne pathogens (including HIV, hepatitis B virus [HBV] and hepatitis C virus) continue to pose…
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Stopping acute upper-GI bleeds

Risk stratification and quick intervention can save lives. Takeaways: GI bleeding remains a major concern, particularly for the elderly with…
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Surviving Sepsis Campaign hour-1 bundle

This 2018 update to the sepsis bundle focuses on beginning treatment immediately. Takeaways:  Sepsis bundles are designed for bedside application…
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Targeting zero CAUTIs

 Empower nurses and proactively reduce urinary catheter device use  Takeaways: A nurse driven quality improvement project improved catheter utilization rates…
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The Sepsis challenge

Developing processes and educating staff lead to reduced mortality. Takeaways: Sepsis requires early identification with rapid treatment. Sepsis core measure…
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Understanding noninvasive ventilation

Knowing the benefits and drawbacks of the options helps drive patient-centered care. Takeaways: Traditionally, oxygen delivery systems are categorized as…
radiation dermatitis

Understanding radiation dermatitis

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 1.6 million new cases of cancer will have been diagnosed in the…

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