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Brushing up on mouth care for cancer patients with mucositis

Chemotherapy and radiation used to treat head and neck cancers, as well as high-dose chemo­therapy given to stem-cell transplant patients, can damage the mucosa...

Guidelines for abdominal aortic aneurysm screening released

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. One of the recommendations is one-time screening by ultrasonography...

What Works: All in the family — How a family advisory council promotes family-centered...

The author describes how the council works and its benefits for patients and families.

Study: More focus on maternal mental health needed

Maternal depression is more common at 4 years following childbirth than at any other time in the first 12 months after childbirth, according to...

FTC supports APRN practice in new report

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released “Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs),” which cautions against legislators and policymakers...

A new patient-acuity tool promotes equitable nurse-patient assignments

When a 2 acuity rating isn’t truly a 2

Study: Appropriate nurse staffing lowers hospital readmission rates

In a study published by Health Affairs, hospitals with higher nurse staffing had 25% lower odds of being penalized for readmissions compared to similar...

You can help stop the cycle of teen bullying

Bullying refers to repeated negative activity or aggression intended to harm or bother someone that the aggressor perceives as less powerful. In many cases,...

Study: Men more likely than women to return to hospital within 30 days of...

A study in BMJ Open reports that men had a higher rate of hospital utilization, defined as ED visits or readmissions within 30 days...

Standardized patient “hand off” reduces medical errors

Using the patient “hand off” tool I-PASS reduced medical errors by 40% according to a study at Boston Children’s Hospital. I-PASS stands for: I...

Clinical trials 101

Don’t miss the second in a four-part series on clinical trials written by nurses from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, which covers phases of clinical trials, informed consent, ethics, and more.

From our readers…Strategies for Implementing an Effective Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program (SANE)

SANE nurses help ensure victims of sexual assault receive the compassionate care they need and collect evidence that can be used in court.

The impaired nurse: Would you know what to do if you suspected substance abuse?

Check your knowledge of substance abuse in nurses.