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November 2018 Vol. 13 No. 11

 Empower nurses and proactively reduce urinary catheter device use 

A nurse driven quality improvement project improved catheter utilization rates in one hospital.
A urinary catheter insertion decision tree provided alternatives to indwelling urinary catheterization.
The decision tree allowed nurses the autonomy to operate to the top of their scope . . .

November 2018 Vol. 13 No. 11

Be prepared to care for pregnant and postpartum patients in critical care settings.

Some critical care nurses have reported that they don’t feel prepared to care for pregnant and postpartum patients with serious conditions.
Nursing management of critically ill obstetric (OB) patients relies on a systematic and consistent . . .

October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

Learn about the nursing implications of these innovative devices.

The leadless pacemaker is a right ventricular single chamber pacemaker used to treat symptomatic bradycardia.
The leadless pacemaker eliminates the complications of conventional pacemakers related to leads and surgical pocket complications.
Currently, leadless pacemakers can pace only from the right . . .

October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

Learn the risk factors and tailor prevention to device type.

Medical device–related pressure injuries (MDRPIs) are a common but preventable patient care issue with simple interventions.
Prevention guidelines and evidence-based practices can help reduce MDRPIs.

THE Joint Commission’s Quick Safety issue on managing medical device–related . . .

September 2018 Vol. 13 No. 9

This 2018 update to the sepsis bundle focuses on beginning treatment immediately.

Sepsis bundles are designed for bedside application of key elements of the Surviving Sepsis Campaing guidelines.  
The focus of the hour-1 sepsis bundle is to begin resuscitation and management immediately. 
Nurses are critical to improving outcomes . . .

August 2018 Vol. 13 No. 8

Tailor your assessment, prevention, and treatment to individual patient needs and risks.

Hypoglycemia places people with diabetes at risk for injury and prevents them from achieving their diabetes management goals. 
Informed RNs can improve patient outcomes by tailoring hypoglycemia assessment, prevention, and treatment to individual needs and potential risks . . .

August 2018 Vol. 13 No. 8

How nurses can screen, intervene, and provide appropriate referrals.

Nonsuicidal self-injury is a commonly hidden behavior among adolescents
Screening in primary care and schools provides optimal opportunities for early intervention.
Brief interventions, such as motivational interviewing, can increase the motivation for change and the likelihood that adolescents will . . .

July 2018 Vol. 13 No. 7

Treatment for this rare disorder may require repeat surgeries.

Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) is disease, but it’s progressive and can effect quality of life and even be life threatening.
HPV vaccination is a promising measure to prevent RRP occurrence in children.

By Caitlin Volz Winn, MSN, RN, CPN . . .

July 2018 Vol. 13 No. 7

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


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.

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.

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

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 . . .

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