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Every day you use numerous bones and joints as you walk, run, rise, sit, stretch, and just plain move. Review our new Special Report: Bone & Joint Health brought to you by HealthyWomen and NursingCenter.com. Don't miss these resources for patients and clinicians.

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Read about a medication safety project which aimed to improve the physical design and organizational layout of the medication room, reduce nurse interruptions and distractions, and create a standard medication administration process. Don't miss Medication Room Madness: Calming the Chaos.
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Be alert for post-op respiratory complications, including hypoventilation, atelectasis, airway obstruction, aspiration, and pneumothorax. Learn more in New Nurse Notes: Take a Deep Breath: Assessing Postop Respiratory Status.
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