Clinical Nurse Specialist Week 2017

Posted: 8/29/2017 10:24:19 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 3 comments

Categories: Inspiration

Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: A Better Life

Lippincott is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is August’s nurse story, “A Better Life.”
A Better Life
Helene Vossos, DNP, PMHNP-BC, ANP
Stewart Marchman ACT Behavioral Services
August-2017.jpgAs nurses, we must recognize how vulnerable mental health patients often feel, which can impact their access to mental health services.
As a mental health nurse, I participated in an "Open Access Model" to "walk in" appointments in an outpatient clinic that improved access to mental health services from 54% up to 94%. Many of our inpatient, outpatient, home health care and homeless patients lack communication skills and resources, and all nurses can help make a difference when coordinating their care. As a case study, we talk about Miguel, who is a 32-year-old immigrant from Puerto Rico, homeless in Florida, has a history of schizophrenia and is a new resident. He came to the states by boat, "for a better life." His history includes three previous self-inflicted stabbings to his abdomen and chest when he was out of medication and when "the voices were loud and commanding."
Historically Miguel was in contact with emergency department nurses, medical-surgical nurses, OR nurses, case manager nurses, mental health nurses and nurse practitioners for the past three years. All of these nurses are "mental health nurses" by proxy, as they all touched his life, saving him and helping him to maintain stability and get the health care services he needs by providing "walk-in" status during open-access for mental health services, and have provided a translator as well as additional assistance in maintaining appropriate medication and continuing outpatient services. Nurses save lives in all ways of collaboration, caring and research translated into clinical practice!
To see all 2016-2017 stories or to share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit  Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.



Posted: 8/28/2017 9:31:48 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

Categories: Inspiration

Body Mass Index and Body Surface Area: What's the Difference?

Body mass index (BMI) and body surface area (BSA) are two measures used frequently in health care, however, they are not well understood. While they are both indicators of body size, they provide very different information. What exactly do each of these measures tell us and how should they be used?

Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI is a measure used to determine a person’s degree of overweight. Calculated based on height and weight,1 BMI is easy to measure, reliable, and correlated with percentage of body fat mass. It is a more accurate estimate of total body fat compared with body weight alone.2 BMI can also help gauge a person’s risk for conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, respiratory problems, and certain cancers. One downside of measuring BMI alone is that it may overestimate body fat in athletes or people with a muscular build. Conversely, it may underestimate body fat in the elderly or in people who have lost muscle.

BMI is calculated by taking the body weight in kilograms (kg) and dividing it by the height in meters (m) squared.

While there are programs and mobile applications that will calculate BMI for you, it’s important to know the formula and how to derive the answer. Let’s practice!

Example 1: What is the BMI for Mr. Jones weighing 210 pounds with a height of 6 feet, 3 inches?
  1. Convert pounds to kilograms: 210 pounds ÷ 2.2 kg/pound = 95.45 kg
  2. Calculate height in meters:
    1. 6 feet, 3 inches = 75 inches
    2. 75 inches x 2.54 cm/inch = 190.5 centimeters (cm)
    3. 190.5 cm ÷ 100 cm/m = 1.905 meters
    4. Square the height (1.905 x 1.905) = 3.63 m2
  3. Calculate BMI by dividing the weight by the height (m)2
    1. 95.45 ÷ 3.63 = 26.3 m2
Example 2: What is the BMI for Mr. Smith weighing 210 pounds and 5 feet, 4 inches tall?
  1. 210 pounds = 95.45 kg
  2. Calculate the height in meters:
    1. 5 feet, 4 inches = 64 inches
    2. 64 inches x 2.54 cm/inch = 162.56 cm
    3. 162.56 cm = 1.625 meters
    4. Square the height (1.625 x 1.625) = 2.64 m2
  3. Calculate BMI:
    1. 95.45 ÷ 2.64 = 36.2 m2
Example 3: What is the BMI for Mrs. Williams weighing 110 pounds and 5 feet, 8 inches tall?
  1. 110 pounds = 50 kg
  2. Calculate height in meters:
    1. 5 feet, 8 inches = 68 inches
    2. 68 inches x 2.54 cm/inch = 172.72 cm
    3. 172.72 cm = 1.727 m
    4. Square the height = 2.98 m2
  3. Calculate BMI:
    1. 50 ÷ 2.98 = 16.8 m2
What do these scores mean? According to the BMI Classification scale adopted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Mr. Jones would be considered slightly overweight, Mr. Smith would fall under the category of obese, and Mrs. Williams would be considered underweight.
The BMI scores are classified based on risk for cardiovascular disease and can be applied to people of Caucasian, Hispanic, and African-American race. However, these standards may underestimate the risk of obesity and diabetes in people of Asian and South Asian descent. A lower threshold should be used for these populations.

Measurement of waist circumference in conjunction with BMI can provide additional information on risk that is not accounted for by BMI. The NIH recommends measuring waist circumference in overweight and obese adults to assess abdominal obesity. A waist circumference > 40 inches (102 cm) for men and > 35 inches (88 cm) for women may indicate an increased risk for cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.2

When further assessing the patients above, Mr. Jones was found to have a waist circumference of 37 inches and was deemed to be at a lower risk for obesity. For Mr. Smith, measuring waist circumference is not necessary as most patients with a BMI > 35 kg/m2 are already considered at high cardiometabolic risk.

Body Surface Area (BSA)

BSA measures the total surface area of the body and is used to calculate drug dosages and medical indicators or assessments. The first formula was developed by Du Bois in 1916 and since then, several others have been developed. The Mosteller formula, which is the easiest to calculate and remember, is the most commonly used formula in practice and in clinical trials.2
The Mosteller formula takes the square root of the height (cm) multiplied by the weight (kg) divided by 3600.
Let’s use the same examples above and calculate each patient’s BSA.
Example 1: Mr. Jones
  1. Calculate weight in kilograms: 210 pounds ÷ 2.2 = 95.45 kg
  2. Calculate height in centimeters: 6 feet, 3 inches = 75 inches x 2.54 cm/inch = 190.5 cm
  3. Multiply height by weight and divide by 3600
    1. (190.5 cm x 95.45 kg) ÷ 3600 = 5
  4. Take the square root of 5 = 2.24 m2
Example 2: Mr. Smith
  1. Weight in kg = 95.45 kg
  2. Height in cm: 5 feet, 4 inches = 64 inches x 2.54 cm/inch = 162.56 cm
  3. (162.56 cm x 95.45 kg) ÷ 3600 = 4.3
  4. Take square root of 4.3 = 2.07 m2
Example 3: Mrs. Williams
  1. Weight in kg = 50 kg
  2. Height in cm: 5 feet, 8 inches = 68 inches x 2.54 cm/inch = 172.72 cm
  3. (172.72 cm x 50 kg) ÷ 3600 = 2.39
  4. Take square root of 2.39 = 1.55 m2
The average adult BSA is 1.7 m2 (1.9 m2 for adult males and 1.6 m2 for adult females). This number is used to calculate dosages for cytotoxic anticancer agents. To minimize variation in patient size, dosing for most chemotherapeutic agents use mg of drug per m2 of body surface area.2 Although this methodology has not been rigorously validated, BSA-based dosing has become the standard when prescribing most cytotoxic agents and some therapeutic monoclonal antibodies. In theory, BSA mitigates the variability of patient size and abnormal adipose tissue to help optimize drug efficacy, improve drug clearance and to minimize or prevent toxicity.2
BSA is also used to provide more precise measures of hemodynamic parameters such as cardiac index (CI = cardiac output divided by BSA), stroke volume index (SVI = stroke volume divided by BSA), systemic vascular resistance index (SVRI = systemic vascular resistance divided by BSA) and pulmonary vascular resistance index (PVRI = pulmonary vascular resistance divided by BSA). In addition, BSA is used to adjust creatinine clearance when comparing it with normal values to assess for the presence and severity of kidney disease.2
Let’s look at cardiac index. If Mr. Jones, whose BSA is 2.24 m2, has a cardiac output of 4.3 L/min, his cardiac index would be 1.92 L/min/m2 (4.3 L/min divided by 2.24 m2). If Mrs. Williams, whose BSA is 1.55 m2, has the same cardiac output of 4.3 L/min, her cardiac index would be 2.77 L/min/ m2. While 4.3 L/min falls within the normal range for cardiac output, Mr. Jones’ cardiac index of 1.92 L/min/m2 is below the normal range of 2.5 – 4.0 L/min/m2. Further assessment is required to determine the underlying cause of his low cardiac output and plan treatment modalities. He may require a fluid bolus for dehydration and tachycardia or an inotropic agent for heart failure.
I hope this review of BMI and BSA was helpful. We would love to hear your feedback for ways in which you use BMI and BSA in your daily practice.
  1. US Department of Health & Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Assessing your health and weight risk. Retrieved on 7/18/17 from
  2. UpToDate: Obesity in adults: Prevalence, screening and evaluation. Retrieved on 7/18/17 from
 Myrna B. Schnur, RN, MSN 


Posted: 8/23/2017 5:57:12 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 1 comments

Categories: Patient Safety

ANCC Premier Prize

Lippincott Professional Development (LPD) is the 2017 winner of American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Premier Program Award. We are very honored to receive this award which is given to very few organizations that compete each year. The Premier Prize is a public acknowledgement of continuing education (CE) providers that foster leadership, collaboration, and organizational change to overcome barriers to learning, and to improve nursing professional development and/or patient outcomes. The ANCC award also recognizes the innovation used to tackle the challenges of providing lifelong learning to professional nurses inside and outside our organization.   

LPD is committed to developing CE that meets the specific and unique learning needs of nurses who work in a variety of settings, specialties, and who perform a variety of roles. LPD collaborates with professional nursing organizations on research, strategic planning, and identification of learning needs of their members to develop relevant CE activities.  LPD strives to include innovative delivery mechanisms in its CE activities.  Because of the need to engage nurses with different learning styles, we have developed learning activities that include innovative and interactive strategies. 

I’m pleased to share photos of our team receiving the ANCC Premier Award on July 18th, 2017. 

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Karen Innocent, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, CMSRN
Executive Director, Continuing Education
Lippincott Professional Development
Wolters Kluwer

Posted: 8/14/2017 7:23:12 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 1 comments

Categories: Continuing Education

Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: Meant to be a Nurse

Lippincott is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is July's nurse story, “Meant to be a Nurse.” 
Meant to be a Nurse
Adriana Pirez, BSN, RN
Saint Luke's Cornwall Hospital, Medical/Surgical Unit
July-2017.pngAll my life I've wanted to be a nurse. The inspiration was in my family, as my aunt Mercedes was the nurse coordinator for a private hospital in my native country of Uruguay. She married a doctor and one of their sons became a doctor too.

On Sunday's when we would gather at grandma's house, as a little girl, I remember hearing conversations about new drugs in the market to fight illnesses, and many stories my cousin would tell about his experiences as a new doctor doing an internship in a local hospital ED. I was mesmerized by their stories, their intelligence and mostly for their love and dedication to their professions. It took me a long time as a woman, a mother, and a wife, in my forties to realize that that dream of being a vocational nurse could be possible here in the U.S. So, after working for years in different hospitals as a unit secretary and a registrar for the Emergency Department, I enrolled in a nursing program at my local community college.

Finally, after so many struggles, lack of support and discrimination from some professors for me speaking with an accent and being different, I maintained a positive attitude, and transferred to a new nursing program in a prestigious Christian College in Rockland County, NY. In 2013, I graduated with honors. It wasn’t always easy, but I would do it all over again – nine years, three colleges and a huge debt in student loans.
Today, I work in my local hospital, the one where the nurses in that ED inspired me even more. I love the smiles on my patients when they see me coming on my second day of my shifts. Their smiles and their trust in my care is the greatest support I can get, knowing that nursing is in my heart and in my Christian soul, and that I was truly meant to be a nurse.

To see all 2016-2017 stories or to share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit  Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.


Posted: 7/29/2017 6:01:23 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 2 comments

Categories: Inspiration

Preparing nurse leaders: An interview with F. Patrick Robinson, PhD, RN, FAAN [Podcast]

Robinson_formal_body-jpg_small.jpgLast week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Patrick Robinson, the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Capella University. Dr. Robinson has a wealth of experiences and achievements in academia and nursing leadership, as well as clinical expertise caring for HIV/AIDS patients. We spoke about his journey in nursing, along with the work being done at Capella University and the Nurses on Boards Coalition to prepare nurses to be leaders in health care.

Some highlights from our conversation include words of wisdom from Dr. Robinson’s own mentor, Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Arizona. In fact, when presented with a problem or challenge, Dr. Robinson often asks himself, “What would Joan do?” Here are three takeaways from this advice:
  1. Don’t be afraid of resistance.
  2. Let people grow naturally.
  3. People have a spectrum for tolerance for change.
You’ll also be inspired by Dr. Robinson’s advice for ‘creating your leadership playbook’ and pursuing lifelong learning. Here are the three foundational ‘plays’ in his own playbook:
  1. People and their growth matter.
  2. If you’re going to be there, be present; and realize that you’ll need to be somewhat selective in what you take on. 
  3. Ego will be one of your greatest assets and one of your greatest liabilities – pay attention to it!
Take some time to listen to our full conversation here.


Thank you, Dr. Robinson for this inspiring conversation and for the important work that you do!
About Dr. Robinson:
F. Patrick Robinson, PhD, RN, FAAN is currently Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Capella University. He obtained his bachelors and masters in nursing from Indiana University and holds a PhD in Nursing Science from Loyola University Chicago.   He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in biobehavioral nursing research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Prior, he served as Senior Vice President of Academics for Orbis Education, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Chamberlain College of Nursing, Executive Assistant Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Risk Reduction at the Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago.  

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Robinson held positions as an HIV/AIDS case manager, HIV/AIDS clinical nurse specialist, director of a HIV/AIDS specialty clinic and dedicated HIV/AIDS inpatient unit.  Dr. Robinson has a distinguished record of service to the HIV/AIDS care community and served as President of the national Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and as an officer of the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board.  He maintains certification as an AIDS nurse (ACRN) from the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board and is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) through the National League for Nursing.  In 2006, he was named distinguished alumnus of Indiana University School of Nursing and was awarded the Frank Lamendola Memorial Award for exemplary leadership in HIV/AIDS care. Also in 2006, the American Association of Colleges of Nurses named him an Academic Nursing Leadership Fellow.  In 2008, he was honored by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the University of Illinois Council on Excellence in Teaching and Learning for distinguished achievement in teaching. In 2010, he was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care for sustained contributions to the field of HIV nursing. DeVry, Inc. named Dr. Robinson the inaugural recipient of the Doing Well By Doing Good award in 2011 in recognition for his contributions to community service. In 2014, Indiana University School of Nursing honored him as part of its centennial anniversary as one of the top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders.  Previously, he served as executive vice chair of the board of directors of Howard Brown Health Center, one of the nation’s premier LGBT health centers. Dr. Robinson is a fellow of the American Academy of nursing (FAAN) and currently serves on the advisory council for the National League for Nursing Foundation.


Posted: 7/26/2017 11:34:00 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

Categories: Leadership

Summer Reading for Nurses

summer-reading-for-nurses.pngSummer is a great time to catch up on reading - the days are longer, some of us take some time off from work, and things seem to slow down a bit. If you're like me, you've got a list of reading recommendations from friends and colleagues that you've been planning to read "someday." Well, as I prepare for a little beach time, I'm organizing and prioritizing my reading list. Have you read any of these titles? Or are any on your to-read list? 

For students and new nurses transitioning to practice...

Anatomy of a Super Nurse: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming Nursey
Kati Kleber, BSN, RN, CCRN
This is a revised version of Becoming Nursey: From Code Blues to Code Browns, How to Care for Your Patients and Yourself, which I’ve read several times. I look forward to catching up on the new additions that Kleber added to this must-read for students and new nurses. 

Intensive Care; The Story of a Nurse
Echo Heron
As a new RN in the ICU, I can remember reading this book and its sequel, Condition Critical; The Story of a Nurse Continues, many times! These true stories that are recounted in this book shed a light on what is happening every day in the lives of nurses and the patients we care for. 

For inspiration...

Reflections on Nursing
American Journal of Nursing
These personal accounts from actual nurses are inspiring and demonstrate the true work that nurses do every day. Reading these stories will help you remember why you became a nurse. 

Nightingale's Vision: Advancing the Nursing Profession Beyond 2020
Sue Johnson, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Just released, this book features a look at the status of each recommendation from the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Future of Nursing report. As “an essential reference to guide nurses in the advancement of their profession in the next decade and beyond,” it sounds like a must-read for all of us. 


Strictly for pleasure...

My Sister’s Keeper
Jodi Picoult
This one is recommended by a nurse friend, and while I remember being interested when this movie was released, I never did see it. Picoult is the author of 28 novels, and I am planning on picking up this one, and maybe a few others, soon.

Firefly Lane
Kristin Hannah
This is my favorite book and I’ve read it several times – and I will be bringing it along on my vacation again! A tale of friendship – and its ups and downs – that may remind you of some relationships in your own life. There is a sequel, Fly Away, that you’ll want to check out too!

What other books do you recommend? 
Posted: 7/23/2017 11:44:02 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 2 comments

Categories: Inspiration

Zika in 2017

The majority of healthcare providers in the United States (US) first became familiar with Zika virus in early 2016 when it gained national attention following a large Zika virus outbreak in Brazil in 2015. With this outbreak, a concurrent increase in rates of microcephaly and ocular abnormalities in newborns was observed, suggesting an association between the two (Martines, 2016). Subsequent, retrospective analysis of a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013-2014 further supported the association between Zika virus infection and neurologic birth defects in newborns (Martines, 2016). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) first issued public health alerts in January 2016 and February 2016 to increase public awareness, mobilize resources, and expand knowledge of Zika virus. A priority of these efforts was preventing infection in pregnant women and women of reproductive age to avoid birth defects resulting from transmission of Zika virus to the fetus.

Since the initial public health alert, the CDC has provided extensive guidance and resources for healthcare providers based on current knowledge of Zika virus. Although the virus can be asymptomatic in adults, we know that it can cause significant morbidity and mortality to a fetus when contracted in utero, most significantly microcephaly and fetal demise.

Since the initial advisories of 2016, scientists and healthcare professionals have gained a better understanding of both transmission and the pathophysiologic effects of the virus. The CDC has an extensive system of surveillance, and a registry to monitor cases in the US as well as a registry of all pregnant women with Zika virus infection (the US Pregnancy Zika Virus Registry [USPZR]). All serologic testing for Zika virus is monitored through the CDC allowing for accurate and detailed surveillance.

zika-counseling.pngFrom the perspective of the healthcare provider, some of the more significant benefits of the CDC efforts have been the provision of straightforward guidelines for prevention and screening, and anticipatory guidance specific to pregnant women and women of reproductive age. Nurses play a critical role in educating patients and families and can be instrumental in reducing fears by providing patients with the accurate and up-to-date information necessary to remain healthy and reduce the risk of Zika virus infection and spread.

What We Know about Zika virus in 2017 (CDC, 2017):

  • Zika virus is spread primarily through the bite of the Aedes species of mosquito which are known to bite during both day and night.
  • Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus and is linked to neurologic birth defects, specifically microcephaly.
    • Pregnant women should not travel to geographic regions with risk of Zika.
  • Zika virus can be passed sexually from a person who has Zika virus to his or her sex partners.
    • Pregnant women living with partners who have Zika virus or have traveled to regions with Zika virus should not have sex with their partner, or should use barrier protection/condoms during pregnancy.
    • Women of reproductive age (those reproductive planning and those at risk for unplanned pregnancy) should receive counseling similar to that of pregnant women in respect to risk reduction of Zika infection.
  • During the first week of infection, a person can spread Zika virus by being bitten by a mosquito that subsequently bites another person exposing them to blood containing Zika virus.
  • Most cases of Zika virus are asymptomatic; if symptoms are present, they may include fever, malaise, maculopapular rash, conjunctivitis, headache, and arthralgia.
  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine for Zika virus.
  • There has been mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus in the continental US; the first confirmed case was August 1, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

Summary of CDC recommendations for the care of the pregnant woman (CDC, 2017): 

Major Recommendations
  • Pregnant women should not travel to areas with risk of Zika infection.
  • Pregnant women should use condoms/barrier protection with any sexual partner that lives in or has traveled to areas with risk of Zika.
Prenatal Care
  • Screen for potential Zika virus exposure at all prenatal visits. Examples of screening tools and testing algorithms can be found on the CDC website.
  • If exposure screening is positive, screen for symptoms (fever, rash, arthralgia or conjunctivitis) and/or fetal abnormalities on ultrasound.
  • Symptomatic women with possible Zika exposure should undergo serologic and/or urine testing for Zika virus.
  • Zika virus testing of asymptomatic women with potential Zika exposure varies based on region of travel.
 Zika virus testing includes:
  • Zika virus nucleic acid testing (NAT) (i.e. RNA) in urine and serum
  • Serum Zika virus and dengue virus immunoglobulin M (IgM)
    • If IgM is positive, equivocal, presumptive or possible, must confirm with serum plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT) which tests viral specific neutralizing antibodies to Zika.
Management of pregnant women with Zika virus infection
  • Consider serial ultrasound every 3-4 weeks to evaluate for fetal abnormalities
  • Amniocentesis on a case by case basis
Management of pregnant women with potential exposure and no serologic evidence of Zika infection
  • Ultrasound to evaluate for fetal abnormalities.
    • If fetal abnormalities present, consider repeating Zika virus NAT and IgM testing.
    • If no fetal abnormalities, continue routine prenatal care and risk management for Zika virus exposure.
Postnatal recommendations in women with positive or presumptive Zika virus infection during pregnancy
  • Live birth: infant serum and urine testing for Zika virus NAT and Zika/Dengue IgM as well as Zika virus NAT and immune-histochemical (IHC) staining of umbilical cord and placenta; test CSF if available.
  • Fetal losses: Zika virus NAT and IHC staining of fetal tissues.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended. Zika virus has been found in breastmilk but there have not been reports of infection associated with breastfeeding; the benefits are thought to outweigh the theoretical risks of transmission via breast milk.
When a pregnant woman passes the Zika virus to her fetus during pregnancy, it can lead to congenital Zika syndrome (CDC, 2017b). While the full extent of potential health effects from Zika virus is unknown, we know that congenital transmission can lead to brain abnormalities including severe microcephaly, eye abnormalities, congenital contractures (clubfoot or arthrogryposis), hypertonia restricting movement soon after birth and hearing loss (CDC, 2017a, CDC, 2017b). There is guidance from the CDC for healthcare providers on neuroimaging of infants  with congenital Zika syndrome as well as specific guidance for the management of infants with Zika virus infection for the first 12 months, regardless of the presence of birth defects. The CDC is also responsible for the development of Zika Care Connect, which provides a network of referral sources and specialty healthcare services helping to facilitate access to resources for families affected by Zika virus.

Zika virus is a classic example of an emerging infectious disease in the US. The response from the CDC and WHO has been critical in making the public aware of this threat and successfully mobilizing resources to provide healthcare providers with the most current, scientifically-based evidence available. Nurses are often the first clinical contact a patient will have with the healthcare system.  We are in a position to educate and decrease fears associated with Zika virus, which was an unknown threat to most in the US less than 2 years ago. A major focus of education should be prevention, including educating patients on taking measures to prevent being bitten by mosquitos and efforts to reduce risk by informing patients of travel precautions to areas with risk of Zika infection for pregnant women, women of reproductive age and women and their partners trying to conceive. With this, we can contribute in public health efforts to prevent the spread of an emerging virus which poses serious health risks and the potential for catastrophic effects on newborn morbidity and mortality.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, (2017a). Zika Virus. Retrieved from: June 2017.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, (2017b). Zika, CDC Interim Response Plan, May 2017. Retrieved from:
Martines, Roosecelis Brasil et al. (2016). Pathology of congenital Zika syndrome in Brazil: a case series. The Lancet, 388(10047), 898-904.


Posted: 6/23/2017 11:18:52 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

Categories: Diseases & Conditions

Inspired Nurses Calendar 2017: Hair and Hospice

Lippincott is partnering with Lippincott Solutions to bring you an inspired nurse’s story every month. Here is June’s nurse story, “Hair and Hospice.” Enjoy!
Hair and Hospice
Marcy Hof, RN
Hilton Head Hospital

hair-and-hospice.pngThirty-two years ago when I was 21, I got my cosmetology license and began working in a salon. My father had been diagnosed with malignant melanoma and went from hospital to hospital for different treatments and a clinical trial. It was at that time that I realized how valuable nurses are to the world, and how many different aspects of nursing there are. When my dad got to the point where he needed hospice care, I was the only one who could lift him or clean him up. He would tell people to go away and let me help them because I was stronger than my mom and sister. It was only after he passed away that I went to nursing school. I have been an RN for 24 years and today my daughter is in nursing school too! My father would have been so proud!! It is a very rewarding, frustrating, sad, and interesting career that I am glad I pursued!
To see all 2016-2017 stories or to share an inspiring story of your own about being a nurse, or how you were inspired by another, and enter to win prizes, visit  Be sure to check our blog every month for a new inspired nurse’s story.


Posted: 6/22/2017 8:02:15 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

Categories: Inspiration

20 Years of Lippincott NursingCenter [Video]

LNC-20th-Ann-logoThis month, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lippincott NursingCenter! In June of 1997, the website formerly known as AJNOnline became Lippincott’s This look back at our evolution has been eye-opening [credit to the Internet Archive, Wayback Machine]. As a clinical editor on the NursingCenter team since 2002, there is much that I’d forgotten, as well as some previous features that are now inspiring me with new ideas!

Originally launched in 1993 with grant funding from the Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Nursing, was one of the very first Internet sites devoted exclusively to nursing. The site began as AJNNet, an electronic bulletin board system (BBS) for delivering continuing education to nurses in medically under-served areas. In January 1995, the BBS evolved into a full website called AJNOnline, the first website to deliver full-text nursing journals (including full-text versions of the American Journal of Nursing and The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.)

In June of 1997, the site was renamed Lippincott's NursingCenter with more journals and continuing education offerings than any other nursing site. As more even more nursing resources and references were added, the site was completely redesigned and relaunched several times, always with the goal to be the most comprehensive online nursing portal. In April 2000, NursingCenter merged with SpringNet, Springhouse Corporation's award-winning website.

After several more iterations and redesigns, we’ve come to be known as Lippincott NursingCenter. Today, continues to expand, offering a growing library of cutting-edge original content to help nurses and students on their professional journeys.

Please join me on a little video journey through our history!

Twenty years ago, when the web was just in its infancy, Lippincott NursingCenter emerged as a premier online resource for nurses. Our authoritative content, created by nurses for nurses, continues to set us apart as an online nursing resource. We are proud of our exclusive content – enewsletters, nursing tip cards and mnemonics, infographics, and blog – that keeps nurses up-to-date clinically and professionally. And our portfolio of resources has grown to include over 6,000 peer reviewed articles from over 70 trusted Lippincott journals and more than 1,900 continuing education activities. Thank you for being a valuable member of our nursing community. 


Posted: 6/9/2017 7:20:31 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 0 comments

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