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Healthcare’s role in environmental sustainability

RNs are needed to guide efforts. Takeaways: The healthcare industry contributes to solid waste production, greenhouse gasses, and climate change. Healthcare workers are obligated to ensure patient safety while practicing environmental stewardship. Waste reduction in the...

I.V. Push medication administration: Bridging education and practice through standardization

Instilling best practice requires collaboration. Best practice guidelines for I.V. push administration are easier to access than ever before, but many nurses still use outdated and unsafe I.V. push administration practices, according to the Institute...

Opioid overdose in the community

You reverse an overdose in the community. Takeaways: Opioid use disorder can be seen in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and even in the community. Bystander naloxone administration is an opportunity to treat victims of opioid overdose...

Strategies for time-sensitive medications

An evidence-based project improved medication administration timeliness.  Takeaways: Timely administration of time-sensitive medications (within 30 minutes before or after the scheduled dose) can help prevent complications and prolonged hospitalizations. Some nurses feel that the 30-minute...

Asthma education for pediatric patients

What’s a nurse to do without an asthma educator? CNE 1.5 contact Hours Learning Objectives 1. Identify triggers associated with asthma. 2. Discuss medications used to manage asthma. 3. Describe strategies for educating children with asthma and their families and...

Two new COVID-19 vaccines show promising results

With the COVID-19 pandemic still prevalent around the world, scientists are working tirelessly to develop a vaccine. Two vaccines have recently made headlines for their promising results. “One of the vaccines is being produced by...

Osteoarthritis: New trial drug may have powerful anti-inflammatory effect

Researchers from the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company AKL Research & Development, have found a new drug (APPA) that has the potential to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other conditions...

Mindfulness for medication safety

Break the cycle of rushing and multitasking. Takeaways: Patients experience an average of one medication error per day. Many medication errors are related to human factors, including rushing, multitasking, and running on autopilot. Mindfulness strategies...

New findings may help solve the mystery of anesthesia

Despite the everyday use of anesthesia by health professionals, it is still a scientific mystery. Scientists from Scripps Research conducted a study in order to better understand the mechanisms of general anesthetics. Researchers used nanoscale...

Wording of vaccination messaging influences behavior

Washington State University researchers conducted an experiment that studied how differences in messages influenced participants’ attitudes about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Nearly 200 participants between the ages of 18 and 29 were studied. Different...

A broader look at insulin

Be sure your knowledge is current. Takeaways: Insulin is a critical part of diabetes management for many people. Insulin types and delivery methods have changed drastically in the last decade. Nurses have an important role...

Infusion therapy: A model for safe practice in the home setting

Careful patient selection, provider and patient education, and well-planned and delivered patient care are critical to success. Takeaways: Home infusion therapy administration is associated with good outcomes but isn’t without risk as patients require an...

Make treatment accessible for opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the current pandemic Americans are dealing with a complete or near complete disruption of everyday life. It is the same for persons with opioid use disorder (OUD), but they are far from the...