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May 26, 2009

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May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month! It is peak season for allergy and asthma sufferers. See how much you know about this topic by trying your hand at the following questions:

Find these answers and more by exploring the articles in More Resources. Also, be sure to check out our next issue introducing our new Ethics Resource Page, plus the latest articles and CEs.

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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Acute coronary syndrome describes any condition characterized by signs and symptoms of sudden myocardial ischemia. Brush up on risk factors, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, and more by reading Acute Coronary Syndrome.
(2.6 contact hours) AJN, American Journal of Nursing

What are the 7 D's of stroke care? Find out in Acute Ischemic Stroke: Not a Moment to Lose.
(2.1 contact hours) Nursing2009

Sepsis is a complex syndrome that carries a high degree of morbidity and mortality. Make sure you're ready for Recognizing the Signposts for Sepsis.
(2.5 contact hours)
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!

Minimize the risk of disease transmission if you or a colleague is exposed to blood or another potentially infectious body fluid. Find out How to Protect Yourself after Body Fluid Exposure.
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Review our Recommended CE list on pandemic flu, drug approvals, MRSA...


Brush up on your knowledge of the lymphatic system to help you understand What You Need To Know About Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Make sure you are following the best-practice guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality, Infusion Nurses Society, and Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Take the time to read I. V. ROUNDS: Are Your Skin-Prep and Catheter Maintenance Techniques Up-To-Date?

Review the basics of the endocrine system and its production of natural corticosteroids to help you understand how corticosteroid medications work. Don't miss MED CHECK: Touchdown! Understanding Corticosteroids like a Pro.
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!

Our current workplace is one where four generations of nurses converge, affecting the climate where we work and possible contributing to conflict. Learn valuable information from The Center for American Nurses online Conflict Resolution survey by exploring Workforce Conflict: What's The Problem?
Nursing Management

Browse our Recommended Readings about delirium, nonpharmacologic adjunct for pain management, using nonpharmaceutical interventions to prevent influenza transmission...

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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...


Follow these strategies to keep your patients and their family members educated:

1. Find out what works by asking how he learns best.
2. Let your patient play with equipment, tools, or anything else that he'll be using to manage his health.
3. Encourage preplanning by having him gather supplies and think about how he'll be organized at home.
4. Offer gentle encouragement.
5. Don't save the day! When something goes wrong, give him time to problem-solve.

Read more in ASK AN EXPERT: Patient Teaching in Five Easy Steps.


Physician Infusion Services: Coding & Documentation
Ensure Proper Payment, Support Your Claims

The coding and documentation rules for outpatient infusion services do apply in the clinic setting. Yet, many physician groups arenít even aware of their compliance obligations. Consequently, they may not be appropriately paid for services rendered, or they risk losing reimbursement through payer audits. Itís time to bring your facility into full compliance. Start by making sure you know and understand the rules. Our audio seminar on June 16 will walk you through coding and documentation basics, equipping you to realize the correct payment that stands up to an audit. Click here, or call MedLearn at 800-252-1578.

Webcast: A New Look at the Old
Sensory Impairment in Older Adults: Vision Loss
As we age, so do our eyes. The resulting changes can put older adults at risk for injury; limit participation in favorite activities; cause increased sensitivity to light and glare; and ultimately limit independence. However, there are many simple interventions and enhanced technologies available to maximize vision and function. This 30-minute program provides viewers with a broad range of tools and strategies to enhance safety and maximize independence, and describes services, tools, and options available for those with vision loss.

View the Webcast! for more details.


The FDA has approved the following new indication:

  • Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) - for the treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis in adult patients.

See more drug news.


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All the benefits of a face-to-face conference right at your fingertips at this online, admission-free virtual expo completely devoted to perioperative, emergency, and telemetry nursing! Attend live interactive Q&A sessions with nursing experts, view on-demand webcast, and earn free CE credits. Network with peers, meet with product representatives, chat with nursing recruiters and find out how much your nursing experience is worth... all without leaving your home or the hospital.

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