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May 6, 2009

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Happy National Nurses Week! In light of this year's theme, Nurses: Building a Healthy America, I've chosen to focus on patient education as one of the many ways that we keep our patients healthy. Take some time to explore the articles in More Resources. Feel free to download and print the patient education tools to share with your patients.

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Meeting the Challenge: Patient Education in a Diverse America
PATIENT EDUCATION SERIES: Chronic bronchitis and emphysema
Patient education: Swine flu
RESEARCH TO PRACTICE: Comprehension of Discharge Instructions
Psychoeducation: Patient Education Gets Respect CE

Also, don't miss our next issue for Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month, plus the latest articles and CEs. Enjoy your week – you deserve it!

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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Brush up on your knowledge of a new antihypertensive, an agent to treat Crohn's disease, an SNRI, and other drugs approved in 2008 by reading Drug Approvals: '08 in Review.
(3.3 contact hours/3.3 advanced pharmacology hours)
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

Wound care is the main source of the pain associated with burn injury. Review burn injuries, causes of pain, and assessment and treatment of burn pain by exploring Understanding and Managing Burn Pain: Part 1.
(2.5 contact hours) AJN, American Journal of Nursing

When an influenza pandemic occurs, the whole world is at risk. Be sure to read Prepared or Unprepared for Pandemic Flu?
(2.3 contact hours)
Journal of Christian Nursing

Older adults often present with several chronic conditions for which they take quite a number of medications. Take some time to read The Practicalities and Pitfalls of Polypharmacy.
(1.9 contact hours/0.5 advanced pharmacology hour)
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

Review our Recommended CE list on colon cancer, pressure ulcer prevention interventions, understanding heart failure...


Discover how a risk factor, low bone density, became a disease. Don't miss The Marketing of Osteoporosis.
AJN, American Journal of Nursing

Which nonpharmaceutical interventions were deemed acceptable by parents and teachers to prevent the spread of the flu? Find out in Using Nonpharmaceutical Interventions to Prevent Influenza Transmission in Elementary School Children: Parent and Teacher Perspectives.
Journal of Public Health Management & Practice

Between 6% and 8% of all children are affected by food allergies. Review the pathophysiology behind food allergies, management, prevention, and more by examining ALLERGIES: What's your Food Allergy Familiarity?
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

See photographs of common skin color changes and find out what they may indicate in Assessing Skin Color Changes.

Browse our Recommended Readings about opioids for your patients, nurses' perceptions and satisfiers, sticks, stones, & words CAN break your bones, and more. [Free access to Recommended Readings]


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Let us help you stay updated about swine flu. Review key facts, stay in-the-know about WHO alerts, get the latest drug recommendations for treatment and prophylaxis, and more. Also, be sure to use our search engine to find more resources on and other peer-reviewed sites.


Webcast: A New Look at the Old
Immobility and Functional Decline: Avoiding the Spiral
Older adults immobilized with bedrest, and tethered with foley catheters, IVs, and other devices that restrict mobility, can begin to lose functional capacity (a process known as deconditioning) within 48 hours. Deconditioning lengthens the recovery process, puts patients at risk for complications, and may require discharge to an intermediate care facility rather than a return to home--factors affecting quality and cost of care, and patient and staff satisfaction.

Listen to the science and see how one facility is changing its policies and practices to create an elder-friendly environment that puts function first!.

View the Webcast! for more details.


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