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Making things possible

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New OJIN topic explores substance use disorders

In September, OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing published six new articles on the topic “Substance use disorders and related concerns: Perspectives from nurses.” Here are some highlights. Tobacco use, a leading cause...

To err is human: A personal perspective on preventing falls

To err is human. These words keep dancing around in my mind as I sit here as a family member rather than a nurse. I am in a haze of uncertainty and grief as...

Treating pain while mindful of opioid risks

Nurses can help avoid negative effects of opioids while ensuring patient pain is managed. Takeaways: Pain management can be complicated by individual patients’ previous pain experiences, genetics, ability to cope with trauma, underlying mental health...

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 can initiate evidence-based practice processes and lead staff in measuring...

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...

Long-term effects of napping on cardiovascular health

We all need a nap every once in a while—but the effects of frequent napping have remained controversial in the scientific community. Over the years, different studies have yielded different results, but a 2019...

COVID-19 pronouncement team

Villa Marie Claire is an inpatient residential hospice facility that is part of Holy Name Medical Center. The Villa is located in northern New Jersey, and our highly trained staff provides care for patients...

The Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool 2.0

Advancing patient mobility. Takeaways: Complications of immobility lead to patient harm including cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal deterioration. The Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool 2.0 (BMAT 2.0) addresses immobility using a simple functional assessment and selection of...

Opioid-induced respiratory depression

Be prepared and know the risks. Takeaways: Risk factors for opioid-induced respiratory depression include impaired rental clearance, high opioid tolerance, and sleep apnea history. Tools for assessing patient sedation levels include Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale and...
aging

A growing population

As the number of people over 65 years old continues to grow in the United States, so too is a movement to provide better age-specific care and truly focus on what older adults say...
suicide prevention

Simulation for suicide prevention training

A unique approach to large group training. Takeaways: Twenty veterans die by suicide each day. The preferred method of learning by most adults is simulation. Micro-training learning occurs in several minutes to 1 hour. According to...
cannabis

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome explained

Learn how to identify this frequently misdiagnosed condition. Takeaways: Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a growing but poorly understood healthcare concern within the rising number of chronic, habitual cannabis users in the United States. Cannabinoid hyperemesis...