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January 8, 2009

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High-Tech/High-Care: ECG Interpretation: Know the Basics
WOUND WISE: Basic Wound Cleaning Step By Step
Uncovering and Recognizing Nurse Caring From Clinical Narratives
LEADING THE WAY: Meeting Etiquette
How to Try This: Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk CE

Happy New Year!

With the New Year comes a fresh start --time to start anew! Many of us have made resolutions which aim to make ourselves better, whether related to our health, our work, our relationships, or other aspects of our lives. No matter what you resolve to do this year, it is important to remember the basics. To help you get back to some of the fundamentals of nursing, we've compiled some recent "basic" articles for you to peruse. Also, use these articles to help you solve our latest crossword puzzle, Back to the Basics.


Reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus causes shingles, or herpes zoster. Update your knowledge of this infection by reading Herpes Zoster: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment-2008 Update.
(2 contact hours/1 advanced pharmacology hour)
Advances in Skin & Wound Care: The Journal for Prevention and Healing

Have practices and attitudes about medication safety changed over the past 6 years? Find out by examining Getting to the Root of Medication Errors.
(3.5 contact hours) Nursing2008

Proper management of indwelling catheters is essential to minimize the occurrence of associated urinary tract infections. Review one aspect of catheter care by reading Securing the Indwelling Catheter.
(2.5 contact hours)
AJN, American Journal of Nursing

Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common type of cancer among men and women. Brush up on screening recommendations by exploring Colon Cancer Screening: Recommendations and Barriers to Patient Participation.
(2 contact hours)
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

Review our Recommended CE list on incontinence-associated dermatitis, lead hazards for pregnant women and children, enhancing nurse retention and quality of care...


Review insulin categories and the importance of correct administration. Don't miss Hold the Insulin! Or Maybe Not.

Obesity is associated with many complications, including heart disease, diabetes, and renal disease. Discover important things to consider when caring for The Obese Patient in the ED.
AJN, American Journal of Nursing

Nearly 5 million people in the U.S. are afflicted with gout. Brush up on this disorder caused by defects in purine metabolism by reading Gout: Tips on Diagnosis, Treatment, and Patient Education.
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

Patients with cystic fibrosis are living longer than ever before, even well into their late 30s. Review the genetics of CF and how the various organ systems are affected in Helping Patients Cope with Cystic Fibrosis.
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!

Browse our Recommended Readings about coping with cystic fibrosis, developing a framework for patient safety, standards of care for diabetes 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...


Changes associated with aging can make I.V. insertion challenging. Reduce the risks of venipuncture in older adults by keeping the following tips in mind:

  • Avoid bruised areas or skin tears.
  • Use the smallest catheter possible.
  • Note the depth of the vein to determine insertion angle.
  • Apply traction to the vein below the insertion site.
  • Avoid side access; insert the catheter directly on top of the vein.

Learn more by reading I.V. ROUNDS: Tips for Inserting an I.V. Device in an Older Adult.


Webcast: A New Look at the Old
Family Caregivers: Considerations, Assessment, and Support
This video brings viewers a unique perspective - experiences and advice from caregivers and recipients about what you need to know in order to maximize outcomes after discharge. Assessing and understanding the capacity of caregivers to provide necessary care, as well as helping them to establish a network of resources and support to maximize their effectiveness, is as important as teaching about medications and physical care of their loved one.

View the Webcast! for more details.


A nationwide recall of a single lot of hydromorphone hydrochloride 2 mg tablets has been issued due to potential for oversized tablets and possible overdosage. An increase in adverse reactions including respiratory depression, low blood pressure, and sedation, can occur. The recalled tablets are blue and round, embossed with "E" on one side and "2" on the other.

See more drug news.



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