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Community highlight – Shining the Light on All the Right: Celebrating the Art of...

American Nurse would like to highlight a new book released by The DAISY Foundation to celebrate its 20th anniversary, as well as the World Health Organization’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife initiative. The newly...

Innovating better patient care

While the idea of innovation can conjure images of high-tech gadgets and artificial intelligence, more often innovation is a result of changes in approach or philosophy that allow nurses to make an even greater...

Wound dehiscence

Detect and report warning signs to save lives. Takeaways: Dehiscence of abdominal surgical wounds is a medical emergency and requires immediate action to reduce further complications. Knowing who is at risk and the early signs...

Strangulation: A silent but deadly form of intimate partner violence

Awareness and assessment are keys to getting victims the help they need. Takeaways: The effects of strangulation can be delayed. Nonfatal strangulation victims are at increased risk for homicide after the first incident. Accurate assessment...

Summary of updates to guidelines for managing severe TBI in children

The American Journal of Critical Care has published an article that highlights the most important updates featured in the third edition of the guidelines for the management of pediatric severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Read...

Cybersecurity awareness

How to protect yourself, your coworkers, and your patients. Takeaways: Healthcare data breaches reached record levels in April 2019, with 44 attacks affecting nearly 687,000 people. Security breaches can lead to serious consequences, including complete...

Ultrasound-guided I.V. catheter insertion

Standardized protocols and education can improve patient safety, reduce costs, and enhance nursing practice. Takeaways: Achieving peripheral I.V. access can be difficult, even for experienced clinicians. Approximately 90% of hospitalized patients require some form of...

Shared decision making and patient-centered care

Engage patients in healthcare decisions to ensure patient autonomy. Takeaways: Patients should be actively involved in making decisions about their care. Shared decision making is a process by which nurses help patients make informed healthcare...

Making diabetes education more effective

Is individual or group education most effective for patients with diabetes? A systematic review in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship indicates that each has a role. Individual education is most effective in reducing HbA1c, and...

Alcohol-related mortality rates on the rise

A new study published in Alcoholism Clinical & Experimental Research reveals that the amount of alcohol-related deaths in the United States has increased between 1999 and 2017. The study examined death certificates of people 16+...

Study fails to show benefit of adding vitamin C to treatment of septic shock

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medial Association aimed to examine if a treatment combination of vitamin C, hydrocortisone, and thiamine would lead to a “rapid resolution of septic shock”...

Linguistics in healthcare: Why it matters

MK Hedrick is a former colleague of mine who works in healthcare market research. When we worked together, we were tasked with trying to understand the ins and outs of different online disease communities...

The Parkinson’s Foundation launched first-ever Nurse Fellowship program

The Parkinson’s Foundation recently announced the launch of its new Parkinson’s Nurse Fellowship program in the U.S. The fellowship award will offer support up to $95,000 “in salary, fringe benefits, malpractice insurance, research allowance, and...