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Exploring childcare health consultant as a career option

The child care health consultant (CCHC) is a specialized role with the primary goal of promoting the safest and healthiest environment for the staff...
Acute kidney injury

Acute kidney injury: Causes, phases, and early detection

When you arrive for your afternoon shift, you receive report from the day-shift nurse. He states he just admitted Marc Stevens, age 78, after...
Cancer survivorship

Long-term cancer survivorship nurse practitioner care model promotes patient quality of life

It’s not uncommon for cancer patients to say they classify themselves as a cancer survivor by having lived at least 5 years past the...
chest tubes

Managing chest tubes: Air leaks and unplanned tube removal

Once treated only in high-acuity settings, patients with chest tubes now receive care in inpatient medical-surgical floors, outpatient procedural areas (such as interventional radiology),...
Excessive opioids

Excessive opioids lead to a close call for a burn patient

Tim Waters, age 28, is admitted to a burn intensive care unit for treatment after a natural gas explosion in his home causes deep...

Ending AIDS: Safe sex is still key despite medical advances

There is much to celebrate in the battle against acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is increasing life expectancy of people with...

Using oral care to prevent nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia

May Grossman, age 57, is admitted for elective surgery to reverse a colostomy from a previous surgical procedure. Her health has been good except...

Pediatric tracheostomy care: What home care nurses need to know

Children with tracheostomy tubes can benefit from home care but require specialized nursing to prevent complications and emergencies. The artificial airway increases risk, especially...

Improving posthospital medication management for chronically ill older adults

For chronically ill older adults who take multiple medications, a hospital stay can result in various medication-related changes. Nurses administer their medications to them. Their medication...

Setting your sights on aging eyes

Half of Americans older than 65 have some degree of age-related cataract formation, making cataracts the leading cause of vision impairment in the United...

Reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections in children

Affecting every patient population, central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) increase morbidity and mortality.  Although much has been published on adult CLABSIs, information on pediatric...

Surgical intervention for adults with intractable, drug-resistant epilepsy

Remember the first time a patient had a seizure on your shift? Chances are, it took you by surprise and gave you a good...

Refining stool consistency descriptors can help prevent adverse outcomes

Stool consistency and form are significant aspects of a GI assessment, providing valuable information about the patient’s bowel motility. Properly identifying and describing these...

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Pregnant woman drinking coffee

Cup of Coffee Can Lessen Gestational Diabetes Risk

Pregnant mothers concerned about being able to safely enjoy their morning cup of coffee should be reassured by a recent University of Pennsylvania study...