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November 24, 2009

Dear Colleague,

Fine tune your knowledge about pain and pain management -- try your hand at the following quiz and then check your answers by exploring the articles in More Resources. Also, have some fun with our latest puzzle, What a pain!

True or false?

  • Older patients don't feel pain as acutely as younger adults.
  • All pain is the same.
  • Chronic opioid therapy is one of the mainstays of treating chronic noncancer pain.
  • Behavior is the language infants and children rely on to convey information about their pain.
  • Pain can alter bowel and bladder function.

Don't miss our next enewsletter for National Handwashing Awareness Week, plus the latest articles and CEs.

Overturning Barriers To Pain Relief In Older Adults CE
PAIN POINTERS: One Size Doesn't Fit All: Acute Vs. Persistent Pain
PAIN SOLUTIONS: Chronic Opioid Therapy Clinical Guidelines
Evidence-Based Pain Management: Analyzing the Practice Environment and Clinical Expertise
Pain Pointers: Assessing Pain In Pediatric Patients   
Getting To The Root Of Your Patient's Back Pain

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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On December 3rd and 4th, Meridian's Institute for Evidence-Based Care will be hosting a conference, Knowledge in Motion: Interdisciplinary Evidence-Based Care. The conference is designed for those who are looking to increase their knowledge and skill in evidence development, review and use. Find out more information about this conference.

Our special report on H1N1 influenza has been updated to reflect the latest information and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Be sure to take a look! There are also useful links and a list of related articles. While we're on the subject, have you read any of the Influenza Classics from the AJN Archives?

Had a chance to check out our latest clinical resource, Focus On: Asthma? Make sure you are up-to-date with the latest information by exploring this collection of articles and access the ready-made PowerPoint Presentation as well as the handy Take5 on classifying asthma severity and classes of asthma medications. Purchase the entire 23 article set together with the PowerPoint slides and the Take5 for only $19.95 or purchase the articles you choose for only $1.99 each

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

New Audio Seminar: Hospital Outpatient Infusion Services: 2010 Documentation and Coding Update
Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Central Time

Professionals like you want to know what will happen with Medicare coding and documentation 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! More...


The anatomic and physiologic changes of pregnancy can affect both the nature of an injury and the body's response to it. Learn more about Trauma in Pregnancy, including strategies for assessment and treatment.
(2.4 contact hours) AJN, American Journal of Nursing

Review the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and classification, treatments, and nursing interventions for the patient with RA. Be sure to read Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Chronic Inflammation.
(2.3 contact hours) Home Healthcare Nurse

Learn to evaluate a noncardiac surgical patient's cardiovascular risk and recommendations for managing his preoperative care. Don't miss Focusing on the Surgical Patient with Cardiac Problems.
(2 contact hours)

Review our Recommended CE list on Dysrhythmias, minimizing catheter-related bloodstream infections, drug administration through an enteral feeding tube...


Do you have the knowledge and skills needed to implement EBP consistently? Take a look at the first of a new series of articles on this topic: Evidence-Based Practice: Step by Step: Igniting a Spirit of Inquiry.
AJN, American Journal of Nursing

Brush up on your knowledge of hypotensive states and clarify misconceptions by reading Hypotension & Shock: The Truth about Blood Pressure.
Nursing2009 Critical Care

Have you heard of SSRI discontinuation syndrome? Cared for any patients who developed this complication? Be sure to read Staff Development Special - The Dark Side of SSRIs: Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.
Nursing Management

Browse our Recommended Readings about , the H1N1 flu, understanding deep vein thrombosis, 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 the following new drug:

  • Istodax (romidepsin), a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) in patients who have received at least one prior systemic therapy.

See more drug news.



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