Clinical Topics

This nurse writes exceptional verse

Nurse Cortney Davis creates deeply moving poems from the pain and pathos that caregivers encounter every day.

Memory pegging

Forgetting is frustrating. To make memorizing fun, "peg" each item on your to-do list.
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Take Note – October 2006

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,...

Differentiating diabetes complications: What’s your call?

A patient who collapsed at home arrives at the hospital with a blood glucose level off the charts, plus extreme thirst and polyuria. Think his diagnosis is cut and dried? Think again.

Microalbumin: Little test, big payoff

The earlier renal disease is detected, the better. That's why the microalbumin test is so important for patients with certain chronic conditions.

Putting an end to patient overcrowding

Serious patient-flow problems call for more than just quick fixes. In some facilities, the culture must be transformed before patient bottlenecks can be banished. Read about one hospital's system-wide cure for its throughput blues.

Drug errors harm 1.5 million people each year, report finds

In a new report, the Institute of Medicine concludes that at least 25% of harmful adverse drug events are preventable, and recommends specific preventive actions for nurses and other healthcare workers.

The magnetic draw of information technology

With a shrinking workforce and more complex healthcare, how can nurses raise the bar on clinical excellence? One hospital uses health information technology to improve efficiency and reduce unnecessary errors - and has gained Magnet status in the process.
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Nursing – today and beyond

Nursing is in the midst of revolutionary changes. How are these changes affecting the profession today—and how are they likely to affect it in the future? For the premier issue of American Nurse Today,...

Airway pressure release ventilation: A boost for spontaneous breathing

Many clinicians are using this mechanical ventilation mode to help reduce lung damage, pneumonia, and other complications of ventilation. Find out how it works, when it's indicated, how it preserves spontaneous breathing, and why it reduces sedation requirements.

Seasonal influenza immunization for healthcare workers gains attention

Flu season approaches. Protect yourself and your patients by getting immunized.

Getting a clearer picture on delegation

ANA and NCSBN team up to create a joint statement on delegation.

Preparing for disaster

The power shuts down...the phones go dead...an explosion at a nearby nuclear power plant sends a dozen critically injured victims to your hospital. What actions should you take? Learn how to plan for a disaster so you'll know exactly what to do when one strikes.