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January 27, 2010

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On October 19th, 2009, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists presented testimony to the RWJF Future of Nursing Initiative. NACNS member, Margaret Talley, spoke to the Forum on the Future of Nursing: Acute Care Committee on the critically important role of Clinical Nurse Specialists in acute care. “The leadership and members of the NACNS applaud the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their excellent and timely support for increasing and enhancing the nursing workforce at this crucial time when fundamental reforms to healthcare are being considered.” For full access to the NACNS testimony, click here.

Brush up on what to do if you are accidentally exposed to HIV, HBV, or HCV and learn ways to Protect Yourself against Bloodborne Pathogens.
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Making decisions at the end of life is difficult for most patients and families, which is why education is so important. Learn ways to share your knowledge and talk about death and dying by reading Life-Support Interventions at the End of Life: Unintended Consequences.
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The most common symptom of acute pancreatitis is a sudden onset of upper abdominal pain that frequently radiates to the back and is often associated with nausea and vomiting. Learn other signs and symptoms and more by reading Understanding Acute Pancreatitis.
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Improving a nurse’s work environment involves having both the right structures and the best leadership practices. Discover Nine Structures and Leadership Practices Essential for a Magnetic (Healthy) Work Environment.
Nursing Administration Quarterly

In a qualitative study looking at the characteristics of a good death, the 3 most frequently mentioned themes were: patient does not die alone, patient does not suffer, and acceptance of death by the patient and/or loved ones. Read more by exploring How Do Critical Care Nurses Define a "Good Death" in the Intensive Care Unit?
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly

Are you an advanced practice nurse? Thinking of becoming one? Don't miss the 22nd Annual Legislative Update Regulatory and Legislative Successes for APNs!
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

Browse our Recommended Readings about bedside implications of an aging nursing workforce, workplace violence in nursing, and more.

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The following new drug has been approved by the FDA:

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