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A question of conscience

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Concerned RN Subject: Refusal to participate Two nurses on my unit have submitted written notification stating that they would no longer participate in administering and monitoring blood transfusions for patients, even...

The Virtual Health Offices of NJ Certified School Nurses are Open

New Jersey certified school nurses are working throughout the state to keep our students safe, healthy and ready to learn from our virtual health offices. Our buildings may be closed, but we are actively...

A growing population

As the number of people over 65 years old continues to grow in the United States, so too is a movement to provide better age-specific care and truly focus on what older adults say...

Simulation for suicide prevention training

A unique approach to large group training. Takeaways: Twenty veterans die by suicide each day. The preferred method of learning by most adults is simulation. Micro-training learning occurs in several minutes to 1 hour. According to...

Occupational infection prevention: Updated recommendations

Be sure practice in your organization aligns with current recommendations. Takeaways: On October 25, 2019 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated various parts of the 1998 guidelines for infection control for occupational health. ...

Rhabdomyolysis

Quick symptom recognition is key. Takeaways: Rhabdomyolysis is a complex medical condition caused by direct trauma, physical exertion, illness, infection, sepsis, congenital or metabolic abnormalities, prolonged seizures, or drugs. It manifests from rapid destruction of...

Sharps injury prevention

A look at safety 20 years after legislation passes. The year 2020 gives nurses the opportunity to reflect on past successes and opportunities so that we can best plan where to focus efforts ahead. A...

Recognizing and Managing Complications of Acute Myocardial Infarction

Please visit the ANA's website to take the CE: https://www.nursingworld.org/continuing-education/recognizing-and-managing-complications-of-acute-my/ Good outcomes require early identification and prompt treatment. Takeaways: Early reperfusion and medical therapy have drastically reduced acute myocardial infarction complications. Despite advanced therapies, complications continue...

From your ANA President: Healthcare and COVID-19

ANA advocates to protect nurses and the public. Sometimes external forces require us to change course. I initially wrote an entirely different column leading into Nurses Month. I wanted to pay homage to Florence Nightingale...

CAUTI prevention and urinary catheter maintenance

Take steps to protect patients from infection. Takeaways Indwelling urinary catheters can be the source of both infectious and noninfectious complications. Nurse play a critically important role in preventing CAUTI. Proper maintenance including hygiene, securement...

An overview of neuraxial anesthesia

Please visit the ANA’s website to take the CE: https://www.nursingworld.org/continuing-education/an-overview-of-neuraxial-anesthesia/ Understand the basics so you can effectively manage your patients. Takeaways: Neuraxial anesthesia is the administration of medication into the subarachnoid or epidural space to produce...

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome explained

Learn how to identify this frequently misdiagnosed condition. Takeaways: Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a growing but poorly understood healthcare concern within the rising number of chronic, habitual cannabis users in the United States. Cannabinoid hyperemesis...

Nurses, NPs, and other APRNs on the front lines of COVID-19: How do we...

Today, we cannot escape the turmoil of living every moment of every day immersed within the chaos of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), and other advanced practice registered nurses...