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Right-sided heart failure

Give the right side of the heart the attention it’s due. Takeaways: In right-sided heart failure, ventricular independence (between the right and left ventricles) can...

Smart pumps, smart management, safe patients

When organizations and clinicians team up, patients are protected.  Takeaways: Medication administration errors continue to occur due to mistakes in smart electronic infusion pump setup,...

Brighter days ahead

Marking one year of the pandemic and nurses’ response We generally think of anniversaries as causes for celebration, as is the case of the American...

Pediatric pain management

An individualized, multimodal, and interprofessional approach is key for success. Takeaways: Many pediatric patients experience unnecessary pain because of undertreatment and inadequate pain management after...

Caring during COVID-19

Editor’s note: This is an early release of a web exclusive article for the April 2021 issue of American Nurse Journal. At the bottom of...

How transformational leaders address fear amid COVID-19

You can provide the guidance nurses need. Editor’s note: This is an early release of an article that will appear in the March 2021 issue...

Animal assistants in healthcare

An animal may provide just the benefit patients need. Prepandemic, I had the pleasure of traveling to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a...

Promoting nurse mental health

An urgent call to shift from crisis intervention to long-term prevention Takeaways: Nurses are experiencing an unprecedented amount of burnout, depression, and anxiety. Stressful work...

Understanding bipolar disorder

What is bipolar disorder and why is it so difficult to diagnose? Takeaways Bipolar disorder (BD) frequently is misdiagnosed as depression. Indicators of BD include...

Block the pain: A nursing perspective on an opioid-sparing approach

Understanding types of regional anesthesia helps ensure optimal patient outcomes. Takeaways Regional nerve blocks limit the use of opioids in patients after surgery and are...

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Cup of Coffee Can Lessen Gestational Diabetes Risk

Pregnant mothers concerned about being able to safely enjoy their morning cup of coffee should be reassured by a recent University of Pennsylvania study...