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Sense of honor

Honor encompasses an array of individual characteristics. Some call it character. Words such as dignity and basic decency arise. Honor frequently means simply being...

Blue light and sleep: What nurses need to know

Strategic interventions can improve alertness and sleep.  Takeaways Sleep is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. Bright or blue light exposure before bedtime can...

Cranial nerve assessment: A practical approach

Use mnemonics to aid remembering and identifying abnormal findings.  Takeaways Many nurses find remembering the cranial nerves and their functions to be challenging. Neurologic assessments...

Life after retirement

Planning for what lies ahead. Takeaways: According to the American Nurses Association, 500,000 experienced RNs are projected to retire by 2022. Retirement is a major...

Nursing’s role in Joint Commission accreditation

Inspiring safety and quality care. Takeaways: Nurses play a key role in the accreditation process and work on the frontline to prevent errors and promote...

Nurses and contracts

Understand the basics so you can protect your interests.  Takeaways: Understanding basic contract terminology, potential pitfalls, and the relationships among parties to a contract can...

Eliminating your nursing school debt

Without the burden of student loans, you can fully invest time and energy into your career.  Takeaways: Calculating your debt-to-income ratio is the first step...

Transurethral resection of the prostate

Quick response to postsurgical complication.     Takeaways: Benign prostatic hypertrophy, if left untreated, may lead to chronic urinary retention. Medical therapy failure may warrant urologic...

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The awesome outline

How can an outline be awesome? When it helps you write more efficiently and more effectively. Think of an outline as a care plan...

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Menopause and Sleep Problems

Data shows that sleep disturbances increase in prevalence during the menopausal transition, with the most common complaint being nighttime awakenings. Take our quick three-question survey...