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The second victim experience: Mitigating the harm

Like most nurses, you probably consider yourself emotionally strong and resilient, with defenses that help you “get the job done” through­out your busy shift....

Understanding asthma pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management

A chronic inflammatory airway disorder, asthma is marked by airway hyperresponsiveness with recurrent episodes of wheezing, coughing, tightness of the chest, and shortness of...

When a nurse returns to work after substance abuse treatment

center {display:none;} A substance use disorder (SUD) that impairs a nurse’s ability to practice poses a safety risk. So it’s reasonable to ask: What are...

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy: Healing a broken heart

Not all medical problems are easy to diagnose, and it can be especially tricky when similar symptoms occur in different diseases. It is important...

Managing chest tubes: Air leaks and unplanned tube removal

Once treated only in high-acuity settings, patients with chest tubes now receive care in inpatient medical-surgical floors, outpatient procedural areas (such as interventional radiology),...

Differentiating statistical significance and clinical significance

To implement evidence-based practice, nurses must be able to comprehend and interpret research. That means you need to understand the distinction between statistical significance...

Pediatric tracheostomy care: What home care nurses need to know

Children with tracheostomy tubes can benefit from home care but require specialized nursing to prevent complications and emergencies. The artificial airway increases risk, especially...

Reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections in children

Affecting every patient population, central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) increase morbidity and mortality.  Although much has been published on adult CLABSIs, information on pediatric...

Decoding the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve

Mrs. Glenn, a 72-year-old female on a medical-surgical floor, was hospitalized 3 days ago for pneumonia. Since her admission, she has been on continuous...

Back to school: Tips on advancing your nursing education

As professional opportunities for registered nurses (RN) expand, so do expectations about nursing education. Employers today are seeking nurses who can translate the latest...