Primary Care

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Cindy Lefton, PhD, RN

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 in men ages 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked. The task force is an independent panel of nonFederal experts in prevention and . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

Maternal depression is more common at 4 years following childbirth than at any other time in the first 12 months after childbirth, according to a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The results suggest that a greater focus on maternal mental health is needed. Read more . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

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

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released “Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs),” which cautions against legislators and policymakers taking actions that limit access to care provided by APRNs, including areas related to physician supervision. The report states, “expanded APRN scope of practice is good . . .

October 2013 Vol. 8 No. 10

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

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

April 2012 Vol. 7 No. 4

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

A study in BMJ Open reports that men had a higher rate of hospital utilization, defined as ED visits or readmissions within 30 days of discharge, than women. Risk factors for men included being retired, not being married, having symptoms of depression, and not visiting a primary care provider within . . .

April 2012 Vol. 7 No. 4

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

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 = Illness severity, P = Patient summary, A = Action list for the next team, S = Situation awareness and contingency plans, and S = Synthesis and “read . . .

April 2012 Vol. 7 No. 4

Author: Elizabeth Ness, MS, RN; Linda K. Parreco, MS, RN; Annette Galassi, MA, RN;

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.