Long-Term Care / Rehabilitation

January 2015 Vol. 10 No 1

Author: Mark P. Mueller, BSN, RN-BC; Tom Ustruck, BSN, RN; Stephenie Cerns-Rach, MSN, ACNS-BC, RN-BC, CHPN; Linda A. Cayan, MSN Ed, RN-BC, CPN; and Mary E. Hagle, PhD, RN, FAAN

Stool consistency and form are significant aspects of a GI assessment, providing valuable information about the patient’s bowel motility. Properly identifying and describing these components can help prevent adverse outcomes and promote patient comfort and well-being. Historically, though, clinicians’ interpretation of stool consistency has been subjective due to . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Problems with privacy
The policies developed around privacy, at least in LTC [long-term care], are rigid, and often inappropriate given the age and often confusion (especially with infections) of many of our residents. Thanks for letting the world know that this issue is NOT resolved and is a continuing . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

Exercise should be prescribed for stroke survivors because it can significantly reduce disability and the risk of recurrent stroke, according to “Physical Activity and Exercise Recommendations for Stroke Survivors,” an AHA/ASA Scientific Statement published in Stroke. Read more and access the statement . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

The second annual International Home Care Nurses Organization Conference, Sept. 23-26 in Singapore, has released a call for abstracts. Deadline is April 1. Read more . . .

October 2013 Vol. 8 No. 10

Author: Nanette Yragui, PhD; Barbara Silverstein, MSN, RN, PhD, MPH; and Whitney Johnson, MPH

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is less costly and more effective than rehabilitation, according to a cost-utility analysis published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Long-term cost savings were $50,417 per patient. Read more . . .

October 2013 Vol. 8 No. 10

Author: Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Our editor-in-chief discusses the upcoming insurance requirement related to the Affordable Care Act and emphasizes the need for nurses to be knowledgeable about the requirements so they can help friends, family, and patients navigate the health insurance marketplace.

July 2013 Vol. 8 No. 7

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

“2013 Medication Adherence in America: A National Report 2013” gives people in the U.S. with chronic medical conditions a C+ grade. The report, from the National Community Pharmacists Association, says that key predictors of medication adherence include patients’ personal connection with a pharmacist or pharmacy staff, how easy it . . .

October 2011 Vol. 6 No. 10

Author: Vicki E. Clarkson Keller, PhD, RN

Although seizures are scary for the child, parents, and bystanders, most pediatric seizures can be controlled or eliminated.