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Features

July 2018 Vol. 13 No. 7

A case report to guide nurse practitioners.
By Myriam Jean Cadet, PhD, APRN, MSN, FNP-C

Takeaways

Early diagnosis of cystitis is important to manage and prevent renal complications.
Antibiotic drug therapy can help provide a cure for cystitis.
Nurses play a critical role in managing care of cystitis patients . . .

June 2018 Vol. 13 No. 6

Your quick action can help decrease morbidity and mortality, shorten hospital stays, and reduce costs.
Takeaways:

Large total body surface area burns require immediate and aggressive assessment and management from well-trained nurses in a variety of settings.
Patients’ responses to treatment need to be carefully and frequently monitored to . . .

May 2018 Vol. 13 No. 5

The right tool can make all the difference in proper screening for delirium.
Takeaways:

The Nursing Delirium Screen Scale (NuDESC) is a nurse-driven tool for delirium validated in a hospital setting.
Using the NuDESC delirium screening tool increased accuracy in identifying delirium in an acute inpatient environment.

By Amy . . .

May 2018 Vol. 13 No. 5

Strategies for reducing patient violence and creating a safe workplace
Takeaways:

Nurses alleviate stress when they report incidents of workplace violence.
Nurses need to be proactive and expect their organizations to provide them with workplace violence prevention education, support when they are traumatized, and debrief to minimize future incidents.

By . . .

April 2018 Vol. 13 No. 4

Stopping infection requires effective discharge teaching.
Takeaways:

Executing a successful discharge is the ultimate goal for all involved in the perioperative process.
An interprofessional approach to discharge education ensures optimal patient outcomes, including prevention of surgical site infections and reduced readmission rates.
A variety of resources and technologies are available . . .

April 2018 Vol. 13 No. 4

Successful care depends on communication with patients, families, and caregivers.
Takeaways:

Optimizing health encounters for patients on the autism spectrum (ASD) requires an individualized approach.
Understanding similarities among people with ASD may improve communication, interactions, and health outcomes for patients, families, and communities.

By Jayne Jennings Dunlap, MSN, FNP-C . . .

March 2018 Vol. 13 No. 3

Risk stratification and quick intervention can save lives.
Takeaways:

GI bleeding remains a major concern, particularly for the elderly with multiple co-morbidities.
Management of acute GI bleeds in the emergency department includes risk stratification scores to determine early intervention and treatment options.
Nursing care of acute GI bleeds includes . . .

February 2018 Vol. 13 No. 2

Learn to recognize the symptoms of this commonly overlooked condition.
By Dorothy Moore, DNP, FNP-C, CCRN

Sandra Reynolds, a 64-year-old homeless woman, is admitted to your unit for rehabilitation after being injured by a hit-and-run driver. She sustained a compound pelvic fracture and several contusions . . .

February 2018 Vol. 13 No. 2

Timely intervention saves lives.
Takeaways:

Nurses can save lives after in-hospital cardiac arrest if skills and knowledge are up-to-date.
Survival rates after cardiac arrest are slowly improving, with nearly 25% living to hospital discharge and 59% of survivors remaining alive after 1 year.
Real-time feedback on . . .

January 2018 Vol. 13 No. 1

Is nursing prepared for the next disaster?
By David Benton, RGN, PhD, FFNF, FRCN, FAAN

With alarming frequency, nurses are confronted with the professional, organizational, and personal consequences of disasters. Natural disasters like hurricanes in the Southeast, tornadoes that can quickly and catastrophically devastate swaths of the Midwest, or wild . . .

January 2018 Vol. 13 No. 1

Learn how to identify and manage this under-recognized syndrome.
Takeaways:

Dumping syndrome is often misdiagnosed.
The clinical manifestations of dumping syndrome are categorized as early or late.
Dietary changes are the most effective way to manage dumping syndrome.

By Lynnette Rodgers, RN, CDE, EMT, and Carolyn A. Phillips, PhD . . .

December 2017 Vol. 12 No. 12

Developing processes and educating staff lead to reduced mortality.
Takeaways:

Sepsis requires early identification with rapid treatment.
Sepsis core measure bundles are a challenge for clinicians.
Algorithms and bundles offer helpful tools to clinicians.

When 35-year-old Tom Jenkins* arrives by ambulance at the emergency department (ED), he’s . . .

November 2017 Vol. 12 No. 11

Use these tools to analyze data vital to practice-improvement projects.
By Brian Conner, PhD, RN, CNE and Emily Johnson, PhD

Takeaways:

Nurses at every level should be able to understand and apply basic statistical analyses related to performance improvement projects.
Measures of central tendency (such as mean) and variability . . .

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