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February 23, 2010

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Technology and communication are changing faster than ever. In addition to family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues, many of us now have friends on Facebook, followers on twitter, connections on LinkedIn, and other social media contacts.

Get social! Build an online community with social networking
Information Technology: Nursing in the era of meaningful use
Second Opinion: Should Social Media be Used to Communicate With Patients?
Collaborating to Optimize Nursing Students' Agency Information Technology Use CE
Information Technology and the Clinical Nurse Specialist: Using Technology to Enhance the Effectiveness of Social Networks to Promote Quality Patient Care  
INNOVATION, HEALTH, AND HEALING: Twittering About Anything, Everything, and Even Health
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST: Social Bookmarking: What Every Clinical Nurse Specialist Should Know

Not only are these social media sites expanding our personal lives, but our professional lives as nurses as well. Access to health information and news is literally at our fingertips. We can easily network with potential employers and other nurses. Keeping up with the latest information from professional nursing organizations is also that much easier.

The possibilities are endless; however, being educated about the different experiences offered is critical to safely share personal information. Take some time to read the articles in More Resources to learn more about social media and information sharing.

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Take a look at our latest clinical resource, Focus On: Heart Failure. Read the latest updates, brush-up on diagnostic measures and treatment options, and learn about complications and end-of-life care. Also on NursingCenter – Focus On: Influenza, Focus On: Ethics, Focus On: Diabetes, Focus on: Trauma, and Focus On: Asthma.

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Thanks for your comments on our blog, NursingCenter’s In the Round. Keep them coming! What do you think about teens and young adults and plastic surgery? What’s the difference between CNE and CEU? When’s the last time you calculated a QTc interval?

Human patient simulators can now respond to ventilation (watch the pulse ox), chest compressions (see the arterial waveform), I.V. fluids (observe the appropriate response), and more. Don’t miss So good it's unreal: The value of simulation education.
(1.6 contact hours) Nursing Management

Seizures are a common occurrence in patients with brain tumors and can greatly impact quality of life. Learn important information about The Management of Seizures in Brain Tumor Patients.
(3 contact hours) Journal of Neuroscience Nursing

Review alcoholic cirrhosis and its complications, the etiology of esophageal varices , the risk factors for hemorrhage, and emergent treatment by reading Emergency: Variceal Hemorrhage from Esophageal Varices Associated with Alcoholic Liver Disease.
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AJN, American Journal of Nursing

Review our Recommended CE list on acute abdomen, medication errors, palliative care...


Review the six major classes of oral antidiabetic agents and how each class tackles diabetes differently. Take some time to examine Diabetes Under Control: Understanding Oral Antidiabetic Agents.
AJN, American Journal of Nursing

Discover the DECIDE model which provides an ethical approach to problem solving – define problems, ethical review, consider options, investigate ethical outcomes, decide on a plan, and evaluate results. Learn more by reading Is this ethical? You DECIDE.
Nursing Management

The statistics surrounding bipolar disorder (BD) are astounding: the risk of suicide is 15 times greater than in the general population and more than 90% of people with BD have recurrent illness with progressive functional deterioration. Brush up on your understanding of this debilitating disorder by reading Mental Health: End the bipolar tug-of-war.
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

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The FDA is notifying the public that the risk of developing progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare but serious brain infection, increases with the number of Tysabri (natalizumab) infusions received.

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