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August 20, 2009

Dear Colleague,

In 2008, one of the reimbursement changes mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was that Medicare will no longer cover the cost of treating catheter-associated urinary tract infections. How have policies and practices changed where you work? Have they been effective?

Remember the following key elements of nursing care when it comes to urinary catheters:

Take advantage of the many resources available at NursingCenter! Explore the articles in More Resources and visit our Catheter-Associated UTI Prevention and Treatment Resource Center. Also, try your hand at our latest puzzle, Go with the flow.

Don’t miss our next enewsletter for National Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month, plus new articles and CEs.

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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Brush up on risk reduction, treatment and management, and nursing implications of lymphedema by examining Post–Breast Cancer Lymphedema: Part 2.
(2.4 contact hours) AJN, American Journal of Nursing

Systemic lupus erythematosus can cause a wide range of signs and symptoms. Update your knowledge of this chronic inflammatory disease by reading Putting a Face on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
(2.3 contact hours) Nursing2009

The three major classifications of insomnia are adjustment insomnia, psychophysiologic insomnia, and insomnia due to a mental disorder. Discover the best practices for Evaluating and Managing Insomnia.
(2.3 contact hours/0.5 advanced pharmacology hour)
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

Review our Recommended CE list on prevention and management of skin tears, managing insomnia, PTSD...


What is the most common complication of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in hospitalized patients? Learn this answer and more in The Dark Side of SSRIs.

Acute tubular necrosis (ATN) is a common cause of acute renal failure and can be reversible if recognized promptly and treated appropriately. Update your knowledge of ways to prevent and manage ATN by reading ACUTE CARE ADVISOR: Interventions for Acute Tubular Necrosis.
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

Explore all the ways that nurses’ work environments can improve their work experience. Learn about the impact of nonsocial factors, such as physical design of the unit, by reading At One with Your Surroundings?
Nursing Management

Browse our Recommended Readings about managing bites and stings, understanding chemo brain, patient safety, 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...


A recent study by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) has revealed some disheartening results. 3,465 ENA members were surveyed regarding violence in the workplace. Approximately 25% of respondents reported experiencing physical violence more than 20 times in the past 3 years, and almost 20% reported experiencing verbal abuse more than 200 times during the same period. Read the full-text of this study FREE! Violence against Nurses Working in US Emergency Departments.



The FDA has approved the following new drug:

Livalo (pitavastatin) - a potent HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor (statin), for the primary treatment of hypercholesterolemia and combined dyslipidemia.

See more drug news.


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