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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,...
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Anaphylaxis in the school setting

Quick action results in positive outcome.  Takeaways: School mealtimes are important for socialization and nutrition, but food allergies can be life-threatening. Quick assessment and action...

Mitigating the threat of lost knowledge

A looming shortage of expert nurses requires strategies to accelerate knowledge transfer. Takeaways: Healthcare organizations are facing the challenge of retaining expert knowledge as the...
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Enhancing nursing curriculum with an injection of technology

Use online tools to engage and motivate students. Evidence-based research has changed teaching from a traditional teacher-centered approach to a student-centered (constructivist) approach. According to...
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The SCOOP: Involving family in care during COVID-19 pandemic

A simple but structured process ensures effective communication. Involving patients’ families in the perioperative process is crucial for family-centered care, but the COVID-19 pandemic has...

Team-based approach to behavioral health emergencies

Pre-defined roles and training can help address disruptive client incidents. Takeaways: Few hospitals have a formal plan to address combative clients. REACT (Rapport, Escort, Antipsychotics/anxiolytics,...

Implementing evidence-based practice in long-term care

Education, training, and collaboration are keys to success. Takeaways: RN leaders can facilitate education initiatives and geriatric training for long-term care (LTC) staff. RN leaders...

Ultrasound-guided I.V. catheter insertion

Standardized protocols and education can improve patient safety, reduce costs, and enhance nursing practice. Takeaways: Achieving peripheral I.V. access can be difficult, even for experienced...

Cystocerebral syndrome

Rapid recognition leads to a quick reversal. Takeaways: Assess the full medical history of patients on admission, including bowel and bladder issues to reduce risk...

Antibiotic stewardship

Every nurse has a responsibility to prevent antibiotic resistance. Takeaways: Nurses have a key role to play in preventing infections and preserving the power of...

Seizure emergencies

Quick action guides treatment. Takeaways: Status epilepticus is a seizure that last 5 minutes or more or repetitive seizures with no recovery between them. Status...

Hospital and skilled nursing facility collaboration reduces infections

IN RESPONSE to healthcare challenges presented by antibiotiresistant infections, increasingly more complex patients, and patient transfers from hospitals into long-term care facilities, the Centers...

Sepsis beyond the hospital

Nurses are on the frontline of preventing sepsis in the community. Takeaways  Nurses who work in community settings play a significant role in sepsis education...

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