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Nursing, Technology, and Information Systems

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This special report is sponsored by Cerner Corporation and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). All articles contained in this special report have undergone peer review according to American Nurse Today standards.

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Shiftwork Sleep Disorder

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As shiftworkers, nurses are at risk for shiftwork sleep disorder (SWSD), which can cause physiologic and psychological distress and lead to various errors. Nurses also are well positioned to identify SWSD in patients. American Nurse Today, the American Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Foundation, in collaboration with CORE Medical Education, LLC, developed a web-based continuing nursing education (CNE) program on SWSD for nurses, with an unrestricted educational grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals. As part of this initiative, nurses were asked to complete a survey before and after participating in the CNE program to determine what they had learned. This report discusses SWSD and survey results and includes the article “Tips for achieving healthy sleep.”

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Moving the Sharps Safety Agenda Forward

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The recent Consensus Statement and Call to Action emphasizes the need for all of us to recommit to making sharps safety a priority. This special report reprints this key document, examines ways to improve sharps safety in surgical settings and nonhospital settings, outlines the key elements of a sharps injury prevention program, and provides resources for selecting sharps safety devices.

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Special Report: Bloodborne Infection

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Spotlight on safety: Preventing pathogen exposure on the job

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC
Editor-in-Chief

Our Editor-in-Chief introduces the topic of nurses’ risk of exposure to pathogens in patients’ blood and body fluids.

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Bloodborne infection from sharps and mucocutaneous exposure: A continuing problem

Nancy Delisio, RN

Know the risk factors, risk-reduction strategies, and actions to take after injury.

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Taking action to prevent bloodborne infections

Karen Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

ANA President Daley tells why she feels passionate about protecting healthcare workers from exposure to bloodborne diseases.

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Additional resources on bloodborne infection

After you’ve read this special report, you might want to obtain additional information about bloodborne infections by accessing the online resources below.

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