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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...

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...

Who will care for society’s forgotten?

Editor's note: Theresa is a frequent contributor to the New York Times (NYT), and recently authored an Op-Ed on an issue that affects the public at large and the broader health care community. She covers...

Avoiding antipsychotic medication use in nursing home residents with dementia

Nurses are critical to improved resident well-being. Takeaways: Elderly patients using antipsychotic medications are at a 1.6 to 1.7 times increased of risk of death, and antipsychotic medications are associated with significant side effects. Individual...

#MyNurseChat: A nurse’s role in medical aid in dying with Dr. Leah Curtin

Recently, American Nurse launched its first ever #MyNurseChat which focused on the nurse’s role in end-of-life decisions, specifically medical aid in dying. We partnered with Dr. Leah Curtin on this topic as a companion...

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...

Easing pain—mindfully

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today Chronic pain can be all-consuming. I’ve witnessed it first hand with a friend of mine who was in a hotel elevator that crashed six floors. Her life...

New measures in understanding patients’ treatment burden

A recent study from Mayo Clinic reveals new insights for healthcare providers in understanding patients’ acceptable threshold in withstanding treatment burden. The study examined 2,413 patients with chronic conditions and used a Treatment Burden Questionnaire,...

Hyperbaric oxygen may relieve radiation cystitis symptoms

A recent study published in The Lancet Oncology may reveal a new way to treat patients with radiation cystitis symptoms. The researchers explored the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to relieve radiation cystitis symptoms for...

Nurses’ role in managing pain

ANA offers guidance to help address a national and global epidemic. ON MY WAY INTO WORK at the burn center early in my career, I’d often worry about the pain my patients were going to...
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Pain management: An ethical approach

ANA’s new position statement on pain management offers guidance When a federal law permanently expanded medication-assisted treatment (MAT) prescribing authority to NPs and PAs in October 2018 (with five-year limited authority to CNMs, CNSs, and...

Two sides to the opioid crisis

Anne Fuqua, a former nurse, recently shared her opioid crisis story in the Washington Post. But it’s not the story you might be expecting to hear. Anne isn’t suffering from addiction. Instead, she suffers...
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Guideline for management of chronic pain in persons with HIV

The Infectious Diseases Society of American has released a guideline for managing chronic pain in persons living with HIV. The guideline includes management of chronic pain in special populations of persons living with HIV,...