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The Parkinson’s Foundation launched first-ever Nurse Fellowship program

The Parkinson’s Foundation recently announced the launch of its new Parkinson’s Nurse Fellowship program in the U.S. The fellowship award will offer support up to $95,000 “in salary, fringe benefits, malpractice insurance, research allowance, and...

First targeted therapy for rare mutation of gastrointestinal stromal tumors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the approval of Blueprint Medicines Corporation’s avapritinib (Ayvakit) for the treatment of adult patients with metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) with the “platelet-derived growth factor...

First FDA-approved treatment for preventing Ebola virus

In late December 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Merck’s Ervebo, the first FDA-approved vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease. The FDA Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Legislation, and International...

New guidelines for the management of school-based asthma

The Community Preventative Services Task Force (CPSTF) recently released new recommendations around the management of school-based asthma. These management strategies aim to reduce the amount of hospitalizations and emergency room visits from children and...

Potential consideration for physicians regarding cannabis edibles

In early January 2020, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a commentary from Drs. Jasleen Grewal and Lawrence Loh regarding potential concerns around the use of cannabis edibles. One of the key points addressed in...

FDA issues warning letter for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning letter to Alkermes, Inc. due to misbranding on the drug Vivitrol, which is used to prevent opioid dependence relapse. The letter was issued...

Poor diet increases risk for late-stage age-related macular degeneration

A new study from the British Journal of Ophthalmology has revealed a link between poor diet and the increased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is irreversible and affects the central vision, impacting...

Promoting safe use of parenteral anticoagulants

Nurses can take the lead in preventing harm related to heparin administration. Takeaways Parenteral anticoagulants require appropriate patient teaching to enhance adherence to medication administration. Use of unfractionated heparin/low-molecular weight heparins prevent adverse effects from...

Acupressure improves QOL in nurses with chronic back pain

A study published in Applied Nursing Science details how acupressure may help nurses who experience chronic back pain. Nurses face extreme working environments on a daily basis, frequently working 12-hours shifts. These extreme conditions can...

The HealthyNurse® Leader

Nursing leaders—including managers, directors, and executives—are dedicated to advancing nursing excellence and inspiring and empowering teams. They must analyze nursing knowledge and practice environments, and strategize to ensure that safe, evidence-based nursing care is...

Navigating statistics for successful project implementation

Don’t let lack of statistics knowledge keep you from engaging in projects to improve patient care. Takeaways Use the specific aim and/or hypothsis of your project to guide selection of measures. Select statistics for the...

Caring for infants and families affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome

Standardized care and compassion are key to successful treatment. Takeaways Evidence-based standardized protocols are needed to provide the best treatment for the mother-infant dyad and improve outcomes for infants neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and mothers...

Oncology nursing core competencies

As more patients survive cancer, nursing education must meet the demand for nurses who can care for them. Takeaways At the same time that death rates from cancer continue to decline, the numbers of cancer...