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March 5, 2010

Dear Colleague,

March is National Nutrition Month! Try your hand at the following questions to see how much you know on this topic:
1. When is a nutritional assessment required by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations?
2. What is nutrient profiling?
3. What nutrition goals are important for the pediatric oncology patient?
4. If a patient's BMI is 27, what does this mean?
5. How does a compromised nutritional status affect pressure ulcer development?

Nursing's Role in Nutrition
Innovation, Health, and Healing: Obesogenics, Nutrition Education, and the Need to Deconstruct the Concept of a "Healthy Diet"
Nutrient Profiling: Global Approaches, Policies, and Perspectives CE
How to Try This: The Mini Nutritional Assessment CE
Incidence of Nutritional Assessment, Intervention, and Follow-up for Pediatric Patients With Cancer  
Issues for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Nutrition Facts You Can't Miss: The Evolution of Front-of-Pack Labeling Providing Consumers With Tools to Help Select Foods and Beverages to Encourage More Healthful Diets
The Role of Nutrition in Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment: National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel White Paper

Find these answers and more by reading the articles in More Resources. Also, browse through our journals Nutrition Today and Topics in Clinical Nutrition.

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Now in our clinical resource collection – 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.

Learn about three dangerous infections prevalent in hospitalized patients: PVL-positive MRSA, Acinetobacter baumannii, and infections that develop as a result of antimicrobial therapy, such as Clostridium difficile. Be sure to read 3 Bad Bugs.
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Become familiar with the latest recommendations for asthma care and management. Learn about key changes by reading Asthma Update: Four Components of Care.
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Through patient education, nurses are instrumental in reducing the incidence of overdose-related liver failure. Review recent moves by the FDA to improve acetaminophen safety in Acetaminophen: Old Friend--New Rules.
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The use of evidence-based practices can help prevent pressure ulcers. Brush up on how to identify patients at risk and how to implement evidence-based practices by reading Taking Steps to Prevent Pressure Ulcers.

Don't miss this article in which 3 common clinical scenarios are presented and ethical dilemmas are resolved using relationship and communication skills. Take some time to read ETHICAL ISSUES: Want to Achieve the 'Greatest Good'? Listen to Your Patients.
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The importance of a neurologic assessment can't be overstated. Fine tune your skills by reading Peak Technique: Simplifying Neurologic Assessment.
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Browse our Recommended Readings about tips for safe nursing practice, weight control, and more.


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A new doseform has been approved for Norvir (ritonavir): 100 mg tablets. This form must be taken with meals and does not require refrigeration.

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