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December 2018 Vol. 13 No. 12

December 2018 Vol. 13 No. 12

More people in the United States are surviving strokes (a very good thing), but with survival comes the increased potential for readmission. How can nurses help patients successfully transition from the hospital to home or another care setting and reduce the chances of readmission? This month’s continuing nursing education article offers some answers, emphasizing that the versatility of nurses’ roles across diverse settings positions them to make a positive impact.

You’ll also find our annual Career Watch guide in this issue, with articles that highlight new cutting-edge career options, advice for achieving certification, and tips for freshening up your resume. You’ll also learn how to embark on a career as a travel nurse or nurse coach. You’ll also want to take a look at the salary survey results from the American Nurse Today 2018 Trends & Salary survey.

Other article topics include cardiotoxicity, prone positioning, and vascular access device securement.

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Reducing readmissions in stroke patients

Reducing readmissions in stroke patients

Author: Kristen M. Poston, DNP, NP-C

Recognizing those at risk and exploring evidence-based strategies
Takeaways:

Stroke prevalence is projected to rise significantly by 2030 and increasing survivorship will lead to …

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ANA on the Frontline, December 2018

ANA on the Frontline, December 2018

Learn about the top issues facing ANA member nurses, how ANA is working for you, and what ANA is doing to advance nursing. In this …

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Vascular access device stabilization and line securement

Vascular access device stabilization and line securement

Proper primary and secondary securement can reduce complications, increase patient comfort, and save money.
Takeaways:

Millions of peripheral IVs and central venous catheters are inserted …

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Pressure Injury Supplement

Special Report Sponsored by Dabir

Throughout acute care—from the emergency department to the operating room and the critical-care unit—protecting patients’ skin from pressure injuries (PIs) can sometimes be low on the priority list when faced with immediate life-threatening situations. However, PIs can become life-threatening and most are avoidable when excellent assessment, physical care, multidisciplinary teamwork, and technology are used to ensure adequate perfusion. In this special supplement to American Nurse Today, you’ll find best practices related to specific acute-care environments and insight into clinical solutions such as support surfaces, technology, and collaborative care. You’ll also want to read the case studies from nurses who have developed and implemented PI prevention strategies in their acute-care settings.

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Interprofessional education

Interprofessional education

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The path to a quieter unit

The path to a quieter unit

Author: By Christine Hedges, PhD, RN, NE-BC; Erica Wolak, MHA, BSN, RN, NE-BC; Cheryl A. Smith-Miller, PhD, RN-BC; Turkeisha Brown, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Get staff engaged in evidence-based practice and quality-improvement projects.
Takeaways: 

Using a participatory and shared governance approach, nurses conducted evidence reviews to identify …

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A season of thanks

A season of thanks

Author: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, CPPS, FAAN

Expressing gratitude is good for you.
AS I REFLECT on the Thanksgiving season, I think about how thankful I am for my many nursing colleagues …

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2017-2018 Education Guide

Embarking on the path to continuing your education, whether you’re a recently licensed RN or a highly skilled professional with years of experience, begins with the questions you ask yourself.

  • Why do I want to go back to school?
  • What are my goals?
  • How can I afford it?
  • How much time will this take?
  • How will I fit school into my work and family life?

These are questions only you can answer for yourself, but this year’s American Nurse Today 2017/2018 Education Guide, provides you with facts, figures, other nurses’ experiences, and tons of other resources to help you in your journey.

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