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.
When you take care of yourself, you’re better able to take care of your patients and their families. This issue includes a special section on healthy nurses, including articles on how to make time your friend, process the death of a patient, and develop a self-care plan that helps you stay afloat in the midst of chaotic seas. And we also include another installment in our Wellness 101 series, this time focusing on career wellness. Other articles include advice on giving feedback, working for a nongovernmental organization, and creating a civil workplace. The continuing education article this month is on cardiovascular disease and women—how to recognize their unique (and often overlooked) risks and symptoms. Our other clinical articles are on caring for burn patients and preventing Clostridium difficile.
Author: Barbara Leach, RN-BC, and Lynn Lieb, BSN, RN, CMSRN
How one hospital is taking a stand against the opioid epidemic.
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Author: Ann Blankenhorn, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
With nurse input, this hospital strives for staffing satisfaction.
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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 2017/2018 Education Guide, provides you with facts, figures, other nurses’ experiences, and tons of other resources to help you in your journey.