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Making things possible

From time to time, I receive messages from readers of  The Relentless School Nurse blog. I am always touched and inspired when people reach...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...