Pediatrics

Persevering against pediatric pulmonary hypertension

Despite recent gains in treating pulmonary arterial hypertension, a cure is a long way off. Diagnosis and therapy can be tricky, and prognosis remains poor. Still, there are ways nurses can help slow disease progression and improve quality of life for a child with this condition.

The joys of journaling and poetic expression

A journalist before becoming a nurse, Kristina Ibitayo has never abandoned her love for writing. Her poems celebrate true friendship and probe life's possibilities.

Supporting our children’s access to quality health care and our nurses

A Congresswoman who's also a nurse describes her efforts to improve children's access to healthcare coverage.

Touch of kindness

Helping a little victim of sexual assault brings a profound realization.

What you must know about minors and informed consent

Our expert, Mable H. Smith, PhD, JD, RN explains the subtleties of informed consent when your patient is a minor.

Take Note – April 2007

A monthly round-up of clinical, practice, and career news, updates, and alerts.
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Take Note – March 2007

Previous hospital-room occupants may spread MRSA and VRE The risk of acquiring methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) infections increases if the prior hospital-room occupant tested positive for the organism. Researchers retrospectively studied...

Precautionary approach guides ANA’s thimerosal policy

ANA's position statement on thimerosol-containing vaccines emphasizes a precautionary approach.

My Son has Tourette syndrome

Read this nurse's remarkable story of devotion and acceptance.
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Take Note – December 2006

CDC recommends HIV screening for everyone New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for routine human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening for all patients ages 13 to 64. The screening approach...

Helping caregivers cope with death

A one-day retreat called Mindfulness, Meditaion, and Coping with Death helps healthcare professionals deal with patients' deaths.
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Take Note – November 2006

American Diabetes Association releases food guidelines for specific medical categories “When you’re talking about diabetes, there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet,” said Ann Albright, PhD, RD, President-Elect, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes...
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Take Note – October 2006

CDC recommends annual flu shots for children ages 2 to 4 For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is endorsing yearly flu shots for healthy children ages 2 to 4,...