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August 4, 2010

Dear Colleague,

Thinking about the legal issues surrounding our nursing duties can be overwhelming. I think that is why the first article in our "More Resources" list caught my eye - Seven Legal Tips for Safe Nursing Practice. As listed below, these seven tips look short and sweet and fairly easy to follow, however be sure to explore the full article (as well the others we’ve selected) for more information and guidance!
Seven legal tips for safe nursing practice:

1. Administer medications appropriately.
2. Monitor for and report deterioration.
3. Communicate effectively.
4. Delegate responsibly.
5. Document in an accurate, timely manner.
6. Know and follow facility policies and procedures.
7. Use equipment properly.

Seven Legal Tips for Safe Nursing Practice CE

Probation and Recidivism: Remediation Among Disciplined Nurses in Six States CE

LEGAL DEPARTMENT: Self-Test: Take This Test to See How Chart-Smart You Are

LEGAL DEPARTMENT: Patient Safety: Sidestepping Unsafe Abbreviations

Helping Illegal Immigrants: What Is The Law?

CHALLENGES IN MANAGEMENT: What if … You Need to Help Someone Who's a Lawyer?

Respecting Patient Autonomy Versus Protecting the Patient's Health: A Dilemma for Healthcare Providers CE

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Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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Read this qualitative study which aimed to gain a better understanding of the informational needs of women who underwent breast augmentation, breast reduction, or breast reconstruction following breast cancer surgery. Read Not What I Expected: Informational Needs of Women Undergoing Breast Surgery.
Plastic Surgical Nursing

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Approximately 80% of pancreatic cancer patients present with advanced or terminal stages of disease at diagnosis. Brush up on symptoms, diagnosis and staging, and treatment options by reading Update on Pancreatic Cancer Treatment.
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care
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Review our Recommended CE list on ethics conversations, LGBTQ cultures, sleep in older adults with Alzheimer's disease...


Learn the 5 M’s for teaching diabetes self-management. Take some time to read Diabetes Under Control: Meter, Meds, Meals, Move, and More.
AJN, American Journal of Nursing

Diagnosing either acute or disseminated Lyme disease (LD) can be a challenge due to inconsistencies in presentation and patient history, lack of practitioner knowledge and experience about the disease, and unsatisfactory testing method. Review information about when to suspect LD and how to test for it in Lyme Disease: A Diagnostic Dilemma.
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

Become an effective preceptor and discover how to generate valuable learning experiences for graduate nurses by reading Pointing New Nurses in the Right Direction.
Nursing2010 Critical Care

Browse our Recommended Readings on hereditary cancers, falls prevention strategy that works, whether white uniforms shoukd be standard for hospital-based RNs, 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...


FDA has approved Veltin gel for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 12 years of age and older. Veltin is a combination of tretinoin and clindamycin phosphate in a water-based gel.

See more drug news.


Parkinson's Disease in Long-Term-Care Settings

Dealing with patients who have significant medical disorders can be difficult. In long-term care, the enormous amount of time spent by staff can be overwhelming. This white paper will encompass the unique aspects in caring for long-term-care residents with end-stage Parkinson's disease.

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Ventilator-associated pneumonia is one of the most frequent and serious complications occurring in the ICU. In this 40-minute webcast, an expert Critical Care nurse shares her knowledge on development of and risk factors for ventilator-associated pneumonia. Learn which preventive measures are evidence-based, and what steps you can take to lower your unit's infection rate! Presented by Jan Powers, PhD, RN, St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Free continuing education credits available from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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