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December 9, 2010

Dear Subscriber,

We all know that as nurses, not only do we take pride in the care of our patients, but also in the support and education of our patients' families. This is often a fulfilling aspect of our work, but it can also be challenging.  Hospitalization, a newly diagnosed illness, an unplanned surgery, complications, and/or adverse effects to medications are just a sampling of the factors that we see increase stress on families. Of course, we often don't know (or sometimes we quickly discover!) other issues that might be underlying within family dynamics. The articles I've selected for this issue are all about the relationships we develop and experience with our patients' families. I hope you enjoy reading them!

Be on the lookout for end-of-year issue in a few weeks. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the holiday season!

Keeping Your Cool With Difficult Family Members

Leadership Dimension: Trepidation: A Family Member's Response to Shift Change in the Intensive Care Unit

A Discussion of Family-Centered Care within the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Caring for Families with Deployment Stress

Bringing Change-of-Shift Report to the Bedside: A Patient- and Family-Centered Approach CE

The Nurse–Family Partnership CE

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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CAUTI are considered "never events" because they're preventable and should "never" happen. Review the results of Nursing2010’s survey from last spring, Preventing Catheter-Associated UTIs: Survey Report.
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Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. Make sure your knowledge of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments is up-to-date and also explore compliance issues by reading Management of Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm in Adolescents with Asthma.
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Palliative wound care encompasses symptom management, improvement of psychosocial well-being, a multidisciplinary team approach, and patient/family-driven goals. Read more in Palliative Wound Care: A Concept Analysis.
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Review our Recommended CE list on ovarian cancer, burn patient in primary care, perinatal bereavement...


Skin tears are traumatic wounds caused by shearing and friction. In Wound and Skin Care: Demystifying Skin Tears, Part 1, you'll learn how to identify those patients at high risk and how to classify these wounds.
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Treatment of venous leg ulcers has been extensively researched and well defined. Fine tune your knowledge of effective treatments by reading Diagnosis and Treatment of Venous Leg Ulcers.
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Read how a dedicated vascular access team, swabbable clear positive displacement needleless connectors, chlorhexidine-impregnated disks, flushing with 20 mL of normal saline, rigorous central line care education, increased use of peripherally inserted central catheters,  and daily review of necessity were the components necessary for Implementing a Better Bundle to Achieve and Sustain a Zero Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Rate.
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Browse our Recommended Readings on documenting anaphylaxis, keeping acinetobacter out of the OR, urosepsis in the elderly, and more.


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