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Practice Matters

How we practice nursing impacts our patients, individual nurses, and the profession as a whole. These articles cover everything from healthcare policy and nursing’s political voice to diversity, patient education, workplace violence, and more.

April 2007 Vol. 2 Num. 4

Author: Mary Lu Daly, MS, RN, CCRN, CCNS

A monthly round-up of clinical, practice, and career news, updates, and alerts.

April 2007 Vol. 2 Num. 4

Author: Suellyn Ellerbe, MN, RN, CNAA

If you’re a nurse-manager who continually struggles to fill open shifts, find out how online shift-bidding technology can boost staffing efficiency, decrease costs, and enhance nurses’ satisfaction and retention.

March 2007 Vol. 2 Num. 3

Author: Colonel John S. Murray PhD, RN, CPNP, CS, FAAN

Previous hospital-room occupants may spread MRSA and VRE
The risk of acquiring methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) infections increases if the prior hospital-room occupant tested positive for the organism. Researchers retrospectively studied more than 10,000 patients admitted to eight intensive care units . . .

February 2007 Vol. 2 Num. 2

Author: Dara Commons, BSN, RN, CCRN

Low-carb diets don’t affect cardiac risk
Although diets low in carbohydrates and high in fats and proteins have been popular for the last few years, some experts have warned they might increase the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). But a recent study suggests this concern is unwarranted . . .

February 2007 Vol. 2 Num. 2

Author: Pamela S. Anderson, MS, RN, CCRN

Caring for a medically futile patient can be a wrenching emotional experience. Learn how to cope with the complex medical, ethical, and legal issues and help patients and families make difficult decisions.

January 2007 Vol. 2 Num. 1

Author: Cory Silkman, MAR, BSN, RN, C

Controversy over new Lyme disease guidelines
The new guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA) have run into some criticism. In fact, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) has called for a retraction of the guidelines. Here are some of the points of contention:

• The . . .

January 2007 Vol. 2 Num. 1

Author: Rose O. SHerman, EdD, RN, CNAA-BC

The future of nursing may be in jeopardy. For almost a decade, we’ve known that when the current shortage peaks around 2020, we’ll have 1 million fewer nurses than we need.

We also know that the nursing leaders of today will be retiring during this epic shortage. Perhaps . . .

December 2006 Vol. 1 Num. 3

Author: Belinda Pierson, MA

CDC recommends HIV screening for everyone
New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for routine human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening for all patients ages 13 to 64. The screening approach should be voluntary “opt out,” with testing done only with the patient’s knowledge and . . .

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