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June 4, 2014

Dear Colleague,

Do you remember inserting your first I.V. catheter? After 20 years in nursing, I'm sad to say that I don't remember my first I.V. insertion. Was it a classmate? Instructor? Patient? I can't recall.

What I do remember is thinking that it was something I'd never forget! The lesson here is the importance of revisiting some of our earlier learning in nursing, things we might have forgotten after leaving the comfort of nursing school and spending a bit of time in the real world.

The articles in More Resources relate to I.V. therapy and cover a lot of the basic skills and fundamental knowledge we all learned. I encourage you to review this content and share it with your colleagues. As always, these selected resources can be read FREE online. Enjoy!


I.V. ROUNDS: Choosing the right line for the right time

I.V. Essentials: Picking up on PICC lines

Original Research: Local Anesthesia Before IV Catheterization

Needleless Connectors for IV Catheters

Research Rounds: Blood exposure risk during peripheral I.V. catheter insertion and removal

TIME CRITICAL: Vesicant extravasation

Thank you,

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

New Summer CE Collection! As summer approaches, we must become more vigilant about the conditions that increase in frequency due to outdoor activities. This collection includes topics related to skin cancer, injuries, bites, and heat-related illnesses.

Do you practice in a state with specific requirements for continuing education (CE) credits? Several states in the U.S. require contact hours related to particular clinical topics. Now, you can view your state's requirements on NursingCenter.

Featured Video! When it comes to patient safety, it's always good to remember the basics. The eight rights of medication administration should be adhered to for every medication you give.

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Use these articles and CE related to Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice to help you implement evidence-based practice in your practice. We've organized the content by topic so you can easily find the evidence you need.

Find out about upcoming conferences related to evidence-based practice. Stay up-to-date with the latest information, meet your continuing education requirements, network with colleagues, and more!

Recent genetic discoveries and genomic innovations have transformed the diagnosis, classification, and treatment of cystic fibrosis. Learn about Genomic Breakthroughs in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis and how these breakthroughs offer hope for significantly greater longevity and quality of life.
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Gain a better understanding of neuropathic pain by looking at a patient who had an accident that resulted in a neuropathic pain syndrome that changed her life. Take some time to read Living with the Nightmare of Neuropathic Pain.
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A comprehensive literature search was conducted and 6 studies were reviewed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Treatment of Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection with Fecal Transplantation.
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Review our Recommended CE list on hypertension guidelines, health care disparities in the LGBT population, the Glasgow coma scale, and more...

Depression is a common finding after an acute stroke and often interferes with the ability of the patient to participate in the rehabilitation process. Discover the latest research about Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Post-Stroke Depression.
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Nursing informatics is a well-established specialty within nursing, which has evolved to be an integral part of healthcare delivery and a differentiating factor in the selection, implementation, and evaluation of health information technology that supports safe, high-quality, patient-centric care. Learn more in Nursing Informatics: A Specialty on the Rise.
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This article explains how beta-blockers work for various conditions by reviewing the physiologic effects of beta-blockers on the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). Don't miss Understanding Beta-Blockers.
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Browse our Recommended Readings on pulmonary artery hypertension, BRCA1 and BRCA2, nutrition for the critically ill post-bariatric surgery patient, and more…

Read the articles in the latest Featured Journal online only on NursingCenter. The Featured Journal gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with the kind of coverage and clinical information it has to offer. Get to know our journals. The current Featured Journal is....

The following drug approvals have been released:

  • Dalvance (dalbavancin) injection for the treatment of adults with certain acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections, including MRSA.
  • Entyvio (vedolizumab) 300 mg infusion for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease.

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