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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 from many of these...
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, or serious illness for whom...
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Cranial nerve assessment: A practical approach

Use mnemonics to aid remembering and identifying abnormal findings.  Takeaways Many nurses find remembering the cranial nerves and their functions to be challenging. Neurologic assessments...
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 life-saving treatment for many patients,...
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 alternative to the potential adverse...
Shortages

Retaining nurses to mitigate shortages

Flexibility, creative policies, and new care models are key to retention. Takeaways: 22% of RNs and 20% of nurse leaders may leave their position within...
MAT-opioid use

Medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders: Implications for surgical patients

Perioperative considerations nurses need to know for elective surgery. Takeaways: Nursing care requires familiarization with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders, as well as...
Beyond Pandemic Virtual Roundtable

Looking beyond the pandemic: A virtual roundtable

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, but many are starting to ponder its lasting effects on nursing. The editorial team at American Nurse...
Patient-Centered Medication for Diabetes

Patient-centered medication selection for type 2 diabetes

A collaborative, patient-centered approach that considers a variety of factors will be most effective.  Takeaways: Before selecting medications for type 2 diabetes and to promote...
opioid

Avoiding iatrogenic opioid dependency and addiction

Assessment, empathy, and nonpharmacologic options are effective strategies. Takeaways: Pain perception is multifactorial and includes somatic and medical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social, and motivation factors. ...
Redesigning Healthcare

Redesigning healthcare: Global insights for nurses

A look at best practices.  Editor’s note: This is part of our continuing series designed to tackle issues related to how the profession will move...
Bridging the education-to-practice gap

Building experiential interprofessional education

Bridging the education-to-practice gap. Editor’s note: This is an early release of an article that will appear in the November 2021 issue of American Nurse...
Primary Care

Preparing RNs for emerging roles in primary care

Shifts in care delivery require a shift in nurse preparation.   The increase in the aging population, surge of chronic diseases, passage of the Affordable Care...
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 the body’s response to infection...
renal replacement

Nurses’ role in continuous renal replacement therapy

Expand your knowledge for safe, quality care. Takeaways: Acute kidney injury (AKI) in combination with other disease processes, such as COVID-19, significantly impacts patient mortality...
DKA

Diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state

Early identification and management are key to good outcomes.  Learning Objectives  Compare onset, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state. Identify...
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Recognizing and treating dissociative disorders

The nurse’s role in supporting patients and their families. Takeaways: Dissociative disorders are a group of psychiatric disorders that result from experiencing or witnessing trauma;...
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Support nurse health with a structured walking program

Identify barriers and create structure to aid participation.  Takeaways: Supporting nurses to embrace a healthy lifestyle can have a positive outcome on their well-being. A...
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Common causes of hearing loss in adults

Nurses can help reduce potential loss of quality of life. Takeaways: Approximately 16% of adults age 18 years and older report trouble hearing Symptoms of...
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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 selfhood are not lost even...
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An overview of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy

Understanding conditions that can cause this disorder will help nurses educate and care for patients. Takeaways: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM) is a description given to various...
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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. To decrease pressure injury (PI)...
design-thinking

How innovation and design thinking can improve care

Empathy and collaboration create opportunities to help vulnerable populations.  Takeaways: Design thinking is a problem-solving tool driven by the needs of the targeted population. The...
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Evidence-based strategies to prevent enteral nutrition complications

Follow these tips to keep your patients safe.  Takeaways Enteral nutrition (tube feeding) can be administered safely but is not without risks. Optimal nursing care can...

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 right and left ventricles) can...
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Smart pumps, smart management, safe patients

When organizations and clinicians team up, patients are protected.  Takeaways: Medication administration errors continue to occur due to mistakes in smart electronic infusion pump setup,...
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Biosimilars: An alternative to biologics

Biosimilars may help lower drug costs for patients. Takeaways: Biologics and biosimilars are classes of drugs used to treat many complex conditions, including inflammatory bowel...
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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 low, moderate, and high flow. ...

Mitigating melanoma

Early detection and intervention is key for higher survival rates. Takeaways: Late identification and recognition of melanoma lead to worsening health outcomes. Nursing patient education...

Better safe than sepsis

Tips for a hospital sepsis prevention program Takeaways: The Surviving Sepsis Campaign international consensus guidelines summarize best practices based on the medical literature, but they...
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, medical ICU, Vidant Medical Center Greenville, North Carolina             Crystal...
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Seven reversible causes of dementia in older adults

Early identification and accurate diagnosis can improve patient outcomes. Takeaways: Some causes of dementia can be reversed through proper identification, intervention, and treatment. Nurses play...
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School nurses: Keeping school children, families, and communities healthy

This specialty provides many challenges—and rewards. Takeaways: School nurses play an integral role in the health of children and youth, by increasing access to healthcare,...
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Addressing substance use disorder and diversion in the healthcare environment

Early detection and response are key. Takeaways: Substance use disorder (SUD) affects people of all ages, genders, races, and religions regardless of socioeconomic status, professional...

Primary hypothyroidism: More common than you think

Be alert to this frequently unrecognized condition. Takeaways: Hypothyroidism develops slowly over time and if left undiagnosed may put patients at risk for serious conditions,...
Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia: Discerning the differences

Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia: Discerning the differences

Assessment is key for optimal management. Takeaways: An early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is decline in cognition, most typically manifesting as short-term memory loss. Early...

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Menopause and Sleep Problems

Data shows that sleep disturbances increase in prevalence during the menopausal transition, with the most common complaint being nighttime awakenings. Take our quick three-question survey...