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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.

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 . . .

November 2006 Vol. 1 Num. 2

Author: Karen Zwerneman, RN, MSN, CCRN

PRECEPTORS MAKE ALL the difference. Without the right preceptor, the transition from classroom to patient’s room can be difficult, but a preceptor who demonstrates how to turn classroom theory into skilled clinical practice can put a new nurse on the path to clinical excellence.

What a preceptor needs
What . . .

November 2006 Vol. 1 Num. 2

Author: Sonya Flanders, RN, BSN, CCRN

American Diabetes Association releases food guidelines for specific medical categories
“When you’re talking about diabetes, there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet,” said Ann Albright, PhD, RD, President-Elect, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association (ADA). And the new ADA guidelines make that clear by providing specific . . .

November 2006 Vol. 1 Num. 2

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

With this decision tree as your guide, you’ll delegate tasks to assistive personnel with confidence.

October 2006 Vol. 1 Num. 1

Author: Kenneth J. King, RN, BSN

Tired of unproductive staff meetings held at inconvenient times? Had it  up to here with being interrupted when trying to express your opinion? Maybe it’s time to explore alternatives to the traditional in-person meeting. One hospital unit did just that, and their online meeting forum helped them create new protocols in record time.

October 2006 Vol. 1 Num. 1

Author: Nancy Winter, RN, MSN, CNA

CDC recommends annual flu shots for children ages 2 to 4
For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is endorsing yearly flu shots for healthy children ages 2 to 4, as well as their household contacts and out-of-home caregivers.

 Since 2004, the CDC . . .

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