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FDA approves new combination treatment for acute myeloid leukemia

On April 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Rydapt (midostaurin) for the treatment of adult patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia who have the genetic mutation FLT3, in combination with...

New warnings for codeine, tramadol use in children and nursing mothers

On April 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is requiring a series of changes to labeling for codeine and tramadol to protect children and nursing mothers from harm. Read...

The country’s next surgeon general is a nurse

The Trump administration just replaced the country's top medical officer: the surgeon general. And for the first time, it's someone who's not a medical doctor. Obama-appointee Vivek Murthy was asked to resign Friday. His replacement:...

Acute pain management in the trauma patient on chronic opiate therapy

Key takeaways Multimodal therapy is essential in treating acute traumatic pain for patients on opioid maintenance therapy. Patients on opioid maintenance therapy or with chronic opioid use can be effectively treated for acute pain. ...

Nursing my vacation: How being a nurse (almost) ruined my dream vacation

On a hot summer evening during my recent postdoctoral dream cruise, I was preparing to relax and enjoy a show in the beautiful lounge when, above the excitement and din, I heard the unmistakable...

Financial terms 101

Key takeaways Only after we enter the practice setting do we begin to understand the ever-evolving impact of healthcare finance. Learning the nuances of healthcare finance becomes critical to the work of nurses in...

Nurse’s elaborate dry-erase artwork brings cheer to his child patients

This nurse’s drawings are bringing cheer to his young patients at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Edgar Palomo, 27, makes dry-erase artwork on the hematology/oncology floor to lighten the mood for the...

FDA approves first drug for tardive dyskinesia

On April 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Ingrezza (valbenazine) capsules to treat adults with tardive dyskinesia. It’s the first drug approved by the FDA for this condition. The U.S. Food and...

Using a pyramid to address the disrespect disconnect

I’m excited to see the focus on professionalism that will be featured in this and upcoming issues of American Nurse Today. You’ll see articles written by a team that includes Gerald B. Hickson, MD,...

Promoting professionalism through authority guided intervention

Consider this scenario: Over the past 12 months, Pat, an RN, has participated in two Awareness conversations with a peer member of the Professionalism Committee, but reports about unsafe and disrespectful behavior continue, including:...

Informed consent for foreign-educated health professionals

Divina Gunito* was the first in her family to graduate from college, and now it was her turn to help her loved ones. She decided to emigrate to the United States, where she would work...

Your doctorate and the path to persistence

Key takeaways About half of all nurses in PhD programs don’t complete their education. Support and proper scheduling can help nurses persist in the completion of their PhD.   High attrition rates for doctoral nursing students...

POW story of “Angels of Bataan” army nurses – one of the greatest WWII...

One of World War II’s greatest untold stories began on April 8, 1942 when Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, the commander of the U.S. Army in the Philippines, ordered the evacuation of military and civilian...