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Personal protective equipment (PPE) and pressure injuries

Many health care professionals are wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) the majority of the day. There are increasing reports of pressure injuries from masks,...

ANA survey finds PPE shortages persist, reuse practices rise

The American Nurses Association (ANA) released new findings from a nationwide COVID-19 survey that indicate personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages persist and reuse practices...

Changing with the times

Specialty nurses adapt and deliver care during the pandemic. As the world has shifted during the pandemic, so have specialty nursing practices—from rethinking how care...

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...

Flu vaccination and COVID-19

Educate your patients about the importance of protection.   Currently, development of a COVID-19 vaccine is a work in progress with no fixed date for availability....

A viral collision

Reinforce vital practices to keep each other safe. The COVID-19 pandemic is on a collision course with the cold and flu season. This means nurses...

Pressure injury assessment

A Pressure Injury (PI) assessment is a written record or picture of the status and progress that the PI is making. Assessments should include...

Facing the challenge of masked communication

“Can you hear me now?” was the byline of a popular TV ad in the early 2000s for a cell phone company, promising excellent...

A measure of last resort: Homemade respirator masks in a pandemic

Nurses design and test masks to advance innovation during a time of need. Editor’s note: Commercially manufactured single-use respirator masks are standard of care. Homemade...

The COVID-19 pandemic: Rethinking your nursing career

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the world on every level imaginable, and nurses’ lives and careers are not immune. Nurses may find themselves on...

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AHA: It’s Safe to Treat High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

High blood pressure during pregnancy can present significant risks to mother and child, but practitioners have sometimes be hesitant to prescribe blood pressure medication...