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January 27, 2009

Dear Subscriber,

As a nursing student, I can remember standing outside a patient’s room, practicing what I would say when meeting a patient for the first time. I can also remember having to return to that patient’s room to ask a question I had forgotten or perform an assessment that I had missed. As an educator, I can remember how difficult it was to explain complicated pathophysiology in clear terms. As a preceptor, I can remember how important it was to give an orientee enough space to learn while also making sure that the patient was given appropriate and safe care.

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Whether you are reading this enewsletter as a staff nurse, student, manager, or educator, I am sure that you can remember similar scenarios. No matter your role, chances are you are both learning and teaching on a daily basis, so please take some time to explore the articles in NursingCenter’s “More Resources.”

Don’t miss our next issue about depression, plus the latest articles and CEs.

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Editor

Uterine bleeding that differs in amount, duration, or frequency from a woman's usual pattern is considered abnormal. Get the facts about Putting a Stop to Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding.
(2.3 contact hours)

Learn to use the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults and also watch a video demonstrating use of this tool. Don’t miss How to Try This: Monitoring Medication Use in Older Adults.
(2.6 contact hours) AJN, American Journal of Nursing

Pulmonary embolism commonly results from a deep vein thrombosis that has dislodged and traveled to the lungs. Review the basics of this condition, including prevention strategies that decrease its incidence, by reading Pulmonary Embolism: More Than Just Short Of Breath.
(2 contact hours)

Gain a better understanding of asthma and access several must-have “cheat sheets” about treatment and medications by exploring Boost your Asthma IQ.
(2.3 contact hours)
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!

Review our Recommended CE list on type 2 diabetes, grief and bereavement care, ergonomics standards...


Learn to differentiate unstable angina and non-ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction and find out the latest guidelines by reading Unlocking The Secrets Of 2 Common Cardiac Conditions.

Review studies of Bullying Among Nurses and discover various approaches to change a negative work environment.
AJN, American Journal of Nursing

What is justice and why does injustice occur in healthcare? Learn these answers as well as solutions to Overcoming Injustice in Nursing and Healthcare.
Journal of Christian Nursing

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will no longer reimburse Medicare- and Medicaid-certified hospitals for 10 hospital-acquired conditions, unless the conditions are present on admission. Read more to Get the Facts about the New CMS Payment System.
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!

Browse our Recommended Readings about the new CMS payment system, respecting a patient's religious values, treatment of frostbite, and more.


New Open Heart Clinical Resource Program: What makes a cardiac surgery program better than others and why?

Nurses can read free articles on open–heart & critical care topics and earn Free CE credits. Learn about Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s new state-of- the-art cardiac surgery program and see the unique way they have organized the program, defined the cardiovascular practice, and view a short video discussion of nurses and physicians currently working in the program.

Visit the Open Heart Clinical Resource page now


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...


An anaphylactic transfusion reaction is a rare occurrence which happens most often in patients with hereditary deficiencies in immunoglobulin A. When administering blood products, remember these signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis:

  • Tachycardia
  • Urticaria
  • Flushing
  • Hypotension
  • Wheezing
  • Laryngeal edema
  • Respiratory distress.

Review a case study to learn more in Action STAT: Transfusion Reaction.


Webcast: A New Look at the Old
Shades of Gray: Depression & dispiritedness in older adults
Would you be surprised to learn that in a survey done of adults 65 and older, almost 60 percent believed that depression goes hand in hand with aging--and is not a factor affecting health status?

View the Webcast! for more details.


Falsely elevated blood glucose levels attained with point-of-care testing have been related to a drug device interaction in patients receiving medications that contain maltose or metabolize into maltose. These inaccurate levels have resulted in inappropriate insulin administration and subsequent hypoglycemia, coma, persistent vegetative state, and even death. Remember these steps to reduce the risk of false glucose meter readings:

  • Check meters and test strips.
  • Treat the patient, not the glucose reading.
  • Label glucose meters.
  • Increase awareness.
  • Identify patients at risk.
  • Establish warnings.
  • Develop protocols.
  • Be prepared for errors.
  • Educate patients.

See more drug updates.


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