Clinical Topics

This Month is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month!

To honor National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, I would like to highlight a feature of the disease that’s of special interest to me as a linguist: language function. As someone obsessed with language and language’s...

Medical Cannabis: What Nurses Need to Know

Nurses can help patients make smart decisions by educating themselves. Takeaways: Nurses frequently treat patients who use or are considering using cannabis as a medicine. Finding and validating information can be challenging, but proper and...

Antibiotic stewardship

Every nurse has a responsibility to prevent antibiotic resistance. Takeaways: Nurses have a key role to play in preventing infections and preserving the power of antibiotics. Antimicrobial resistance is a growing danger that threatens our...
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Nurses and assisted suicide

Should nurses have a role in this end-of-life choice? A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, a close friend of mine died. She was in her 80s and had a serious but not imminently terminal problem—and she...

Preventing postpartum newborn falls

Work as a team to identify maternal and environmental risks. Takeaways: Nurses can identify risk factors for infant falls and proactively intervene and reverse risky scenarios. Nurses can lead non-nursing personnel to assist in preventing...

Potential new treatment for atopic dermatitis

Eczema is a common ailment for many people, but a more severe type of eczema not as well-known, atopic dermatitis (AD), may have a new treatment option available. AD is a more severe manifestation of...

Reiki: Hand in hand with nursing

Caring for your patients and yourself. Takeaways: Reiki is grounded in the transmission of energy through a practitioners’ hands to restore the body’s homeostasis. Nurses can learn to be Reiki practitioners by receiving training from...

A potential link in high salt diets and cognitive decline

A new study from Nature highlights a potential link in high-salt diets and Alzheimer’s disease. The study examined salt-rich diets in mice, which led to “cognitive dysfunction associated with nitric oxide deficit in cerebral endothelial...

Emerging treatment for early Alzheimer’s disease

Biogen announced that it will pursue the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s regulatory approval process for its drug aducanumab to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The decision was based on findings from the phase 4 EMERGE...

Your patients may need stress education

A recent survey conducted by Everyday Health may reveal insights for nurses and other healthcare providers when caring for patients. The survey looked at stress in different generations. Researchers asked the participants about various aspects...

Lessons to be learned through aphasia

In recognition of World Stroke Day, I want to share some lessons I learned during a previous lifetime when I worked alongside people with aphasia (PWA) in an aphasia research lab. After I graduated from...

New report calls for action to address clinician burnout

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have released a new report highlighting the need to reduce clinician burnout. The report, Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout, provides goals for healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and...

NP with breast cancer: “Listen to your patients”

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today In 2015, Bridgett Spillers, FNP-C, was diagnosed with HER2-positive breast cancer. Bridgett recently shared a bit of her story with American Nurse Today. We specifically wanted to...