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December 3, 2009

Dear Colleague,

December 6th through 12th is National Handwashing Awareness Week! Hand hygiene plays a central role in preventing the transmission of infections. Protect your patients by performing hand hygiene routinely and thoroughly before and after patient care.

Remember these basics:

  • When using an alcohol-based hand rub, apply it to the surface of one palm and rub over all hand surfaces until your hands are dry.
  • When washing with soap and water, wet your hands before applying the soap, then rub vigorously for at least 15 seconds, and dry thoroughly. Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet to avoid recontamination of your hands.
INFECTION PREVENTION: Keeping It Clean: The Basics of Hand Hygiene
GUEST EDITORIAL: Preventing Infections: It's In Your Hands
INFECTION CONTROL: Surgical Hand Scrubbing Techniques
HAI Prevention: The Power Is In Your Hands CE
An Ounce of Prevention CE 
Compliance with Hand Hygiene Guidelines: Where are we in 2008? CE

Read more on this topic by exploring the articles in More Resources as well as the CDC's Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings.

Don't miss our next enewsletter – with our end of year issue!

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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Those of us who've been in practice for a long time ask the question,"What is the future of nursing?" I am happy to say that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in Collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has established a major initiative on the Future of Nursing. According to the RWJF website (, this initiative will examine the capacity of the nursing workforce to meet the demands of a reformed health care and public health system. Check out FOCUS ON: RWJF Future of Nursing Initiative.

Anne Dabrow Woods, Chief Nursing Officer of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) and Ovid and Publisher of AJN, hosted a lively, free webcast that shed light on one hospital's cutting-edge approach to delivering evidence-based nursing care at the bedside. If you missed the live event, you can view the archived webcast here.

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Focus On: Asthma, Focus On: Trauma, Focus On:Diabetes, and LGBTQ Cultures; What Health Care Professionals Need to Know About Sexual and Gender Diversity.

Hospital Outpatient Infusion Services: 2010 Documentation & Coding Update
Be ready for changes and increased RAC scrutiny

Professionals like you want to know what will happen with Medicare documentation and coding rules for outpatient infusion services in 2010. And, as if your plate wasn't full enough, the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program is stepping up its scrutiny of infusion services, particularly related to documentation for services charged and billed. This audio seminar will preview next year's changes, providing expert analysis and interpretation - how you'll be impacted on a daily basis. Don't miss this opportunity to gain essential insights into the new year!

Register online or call MedLearn at 1-800-252-1578.

The results are in - and they strongly suggest that nurses have learned a lot more about their role in preventing catheter-associated bloodstream infections. Take a look at the Nursing2009® I.V. Infection Control Survey Report.
(3 contact hours) Nursing2009

Patients who receive kidney transplants before beginning dialysis have lower rates of morbidity and mortality, however several Barriers to Preemptive Kidney Transplantation prevent early transplantation in chronic kidney disease patients.
(2.9 contact hours) AJN, American Journal of Nursing

Evidence-based practice - find out what it is and what it isn't. Don't miss Seeing Through the Clouds in Evidence-Based Practice.
(1.6 contact hours)
Nursing Management

Review our Recommended CE list on family presence during resuscitation, glycemic control in the hospital, sarcoidosis...


Understand the basics of genomics and how to apply it in nursing. Be sure to read Improving Nursing Practice with Genomics.

Discover the latest recommendations of The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association by examining Are You Up To Date with the Heart Failure Guidelines?
Nursing2009 Critical Care

Here's a great summary of the pharmacologic management of left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Take some time to read Heart Matters: A Look at Standard Medications for LVSD.
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!

Browse our Recommended Readings about antiviral-resistant strains -- bird Flu, swine Flu, and resistant Influenza, evidence-based ways to prevent hypothermia, 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 FDA has approved Qutenza (capsaicin) 8% patch for the management of neuropathic pain due to postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). It is the first and only product that contains prescription-strength capsaicin, and produces up to 12 weeks of reduced pain following a single 1-hour application.

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