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This month’s continuing nurse education article provides a pharmacologic update on oral anticoagulants. Many new medications are available, and this article offers insight into their pharmacokinetics, adverse effects, contraindications, and drug-to-drug interactions. This issue also includes the second part of two articles whose first parts were featured in the May issue. The first, on procedural sedation, reviews sedation monitoring and airway obstruction identification along with an algorithm for airway management. The second of the two-parters is on central line–associated bloodstream infections—prevention and what to do when an infection occurs.
Other clinical articles in this issue include an update on acute flaccid myelitis and a rapid response scenario about acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema. You’ll also want to read the feature on central vs. de-centralized staffing as well as the articles on nurse-owned business and the focus section on nurse health coaching.
Author: Nancy Haugen, PhD, RN
Stay-up-to-date to avoid complications and achieve the best treatment for patients.
This article discusses the use of oral anticoagulants.
Indications, side …
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.
Author: Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Author: Susan Mullen Kaplan, PhD, RN, CCRP; Tina Kennedy-Schlegel, DNP, CRNA, CCRN, CNS; Pamela Hammond-Miles,BSN, RN, VA-BC; Joanne Williams-Reed, DNP, RN-BC, CNS
This collaborative approach instills confidence in novice researchers, prepares more experienced nurses for future leadership, and expands the reach of established experts.
To develop …
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.
These are questions only you can answer for yourself, but this year’s American Nurse Today 2018/2019 Education Guide, provides you with facts, figures, other nurses’ experiences, and tons of other resources to help you in your journey.