I just learned this one this morning while reading Puzzling out SIADH in the November/December 2013 issue of Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!
To remember the early signs of syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH), think FLAT:
Here are more nursing tips, and some other mnemonics and "memory joggers" that you might find useful.
Pullen, R. (2013). Puzzling out SIADH. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, 11(6)
Happy Perioperative Nurse Week! To celebrate your hard work and commitment to patient safety, the 2 continuing education articles in the November issue of OR Nurse 2013 are availabe at no charge! That's 4.8 contact hours for FREE!
Review of processes to reduce colorectal surgery site infections: An OR perspective
2.3 contact hours
Tetralogy of Fallot: The evolution of congenital heart surgery
2.5 contact hours
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Have a great week!
One of our most popular CE collections is Anticoagulant Medications. Since our members and readers have expressed such an interest in this topic, I want to share some other good resources about these medications, specifically dabigatran. The articles below are from Emergency Medicine News, a journal geared to Emergency Department physicians, but often read and appreciated by many nurses and nurse practitioners. Don’t you just love interdisciplinary collaboration?
I encourage you to peruse this journal for more good content on emergency department care and issues. There is also a blog, The Procedural Pause, authored by renowned emergency physician James R. Roberts, MD, and his daughter, Martha Roberts, ACNP, CEN. There are some incredible photographs included! Enjoy!
In the nursing world, there are a few people we can identify as having shaped the world of nursing education, practice, and leadership. This week we lost one of those individuals, Suzanne P. Smith, EdD, RN, FAAN.
When word spread that Suzanne passed away unexpectedly, a ripple went through the entire nursing community. Suzanne had been an integral part of the nursing community for many years. Perhaps best known for her scholarly contributions on education and leadership; Suzanne was editor-in-chief of two nursing journals, The Nurse Educator and until 2011, The Journal of Nursing Administration published by Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. She also contributed to many books and was an important leader within the International Academy of Nursing Editors.
Suzanne wrote about the importance of the evolution of nursing education to meet the needs of an evolving healthcare system. She was well known for her work on organizational transformation, process-centered healthcare and leadership. Suzanne was a mentor for new authors, educators, and leaders within the nursing profession. She believed in leading by example and was often the bar to which nurse editors, authors, educators, and leaders were compared. In 2011, Suzanne was recognized for her contributions to the global nursing and healthcare community when she received the prestigious President's Specialty Recognition Award from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Dr. Suzanne Smith lived her life as she wanted to, contributing to the profession she so greatly loved, nursing. Her legacy will be one filled with inspiration, dedication, and fortitude. Suzanne believed each of us has the power to transform healthcare organizations, education, and the nursing profession.
Suzanne, you will be greatly missed.
From the Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Family
The current issue of Advances In Nursing Science is a special one. The articles in this issue all are related to ‘peace’ and at a time when our country and our lives are faced with turmoil and violence, it is a welcome journal.
Here’s a look at some of the feature articles…
"No One Gets Through It OK": The Health Challenge of Coming Home from War
“I was in a firefight one week and home in the next. And it was like, as an 18-, 19-year-old kid...you can't turn the switch off, you know what I'm saying? It was difficult for me to go home and make an instant switch to be a civilian. I didn't know how to act right. My energy was up here, but it needed to be down here.”
Critical Cultural Competence for Culturally Diverse Workforces: Toward Equitable and Peaceful Health Care
“…attaining equity-and ultimately peace-in health care delivery necessitates that nursing and other health care professions more carefully attend to the sociocultural context in which health care is delivered.”
Peace Through a Healing Transformation of Human Dignity: Possibilities and Dilemmas in Global Health and Peace
“Through personal experience in the region, I have witnessed the transformative power of Israeli-Palestinian relationship building through joint health initiatives. Yet, these experiences also reflect a reluctance of health care professionals working on such initiatives to explicitly address the conflict.”
The Language of Violence in Mental: Health Shifting the Paradigm to the Language of Peace
“…as language is a fluid medium that can be consciously reshaped just as a potter can reshape clay or an artist can rework a canvas, nurses can mold the language of nursing and health care to reflect the paradigm and the power of peace.”
I am happy to share this issue with you and I hope that it will inspire you to infuse more peace into your nursing practice and your life. All of the articles can be read at no charge on NursingCenter while it is our Featured Journal…now through 10/1/13. Enjoy…and I wish you peace.
I just came across a great piece on communication in the June 2013 issue of Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. The author, Lisa A. Miller CNM, JD, is an educator who is “obsessed with communication.” As nurses, I think we all need to have a bit of an obsession with communication – it’s a big part of what we do! How we communicate with patients, caregivers, and our colleagues is important for both patient and staff satisfaction.
Think about a recent day at work. Now pick an interaction that occurred between you and another person or persons. Was it a positive or negative interaction? Could it have been improved and if so, how?
In her editorial, Ms. Miller identifies the following 3 principles for communication:
Communication Principle #1: It's not you against them, it's you against you.
Communication Principle #2: Don't take it personally.
Communication Principle #3: Know what you are talking about before you start talking.
Take a few minutes to go back and read the article in its entirety. It’s a quick-read and well worth it!
Miller, L. (2013). Parting Thoughts: Can We Talk? Musings on Communication. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 27(2).
I just learned the mnemonic below while reading Caring for a patient with mental illness in the acute care setting (Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, May/June 2013). Remember the word ESCAPE to help you care for a patient with a mental disorder in an acute care setting.
E = Early assessment
S = Symptom identification
C = Choose communication techniques based on symptoms found
A = Assess for history of prior effective treatment
P = Psychiatric medication regime reconciliation and maintenance
E = Eliminate or decrease stressors
For more mnemonics, check out previous blog posts here and here. Have one to share? Please do!
Ahern, J. & Kumar, C. (2013). Caring for a patient with mental illness in the acute care setting. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, 11(3).
In the hustle and bustle of everday life, obtaining the correct number of contact hours for licensure and recertification can get pushed to the bottom of the 'to-do' list. If you’re anything like me, when license renewal time comes around, it’s a bit of a scramble to get organized and count up the number of hours I’ve accumulated since my last renewal and figure out how and when I’ll finish up in time.
Since launching NursingCenter’s new CE Connection, we’ve had the opportunity to bundle topical collections of continuing education articles and made them available at a discounted price. So far we’ve put together a collection around Understanding BRCA and Cancer Risk (9.9 contact hours for $24.99) and one on Caring For Veterans Suffering from War-Related Injuries (11.4 contact hours for $28.99). I’m working on some more of these collections, but would like to best meet your needs! So, please let me know – what types of collections would be of interest to you? Is there a certain clinical topic or patient population that you’d like me to address?
Also, are there any special requirements for your state or your certification? For example, New Jersey now requires at least one hour of continuing education related to organ and tissue donation and recovery. We will do our best to keep you informed based on your profile selections on Lippincott's NursingCenter.com. If you’re not yet a member, you can certainly join now – it’s free!
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As Nurses Week is winding down, I am honored to share this excerpt from “The American Nurse.” Created by Carolyn Jones, this book explores the unique lives of nurses using photographs and personal stories.
This infographic was shared with us by Erica Moss, who is the community manager for the online nursing programs at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies.