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March 19, 2010

Dear Colleague,

Infectious disease – what does this mean? Is it more than just an infection? Are infectious diseases chronic illnesses? How are they transmitted? Can they be cured?

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, or germs, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. They can spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. The answers to the questions above vary from disease to disease. For example, hepatitis C is a chronic illness that spreads through contact with infected blood, through sex with an infected person, or from mother to baby during delivery, whereas influenza is a treatable infection that mainly spreads through the air via respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing.

Every Nurse Is an HIV Nurse CE
Breakthrough Multidrug-Resistant TB CE
Surviving Life-Threatening Illness: Keys to Optimal Nursing Care CE
The Lived Experience of Treatment for Hepatitis C
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Prevention Through Facility-Wide Culture Change  
Recognizing the Signposts for Sepsis CE

Interested in learning more? Take some time to explore the articles in “More Resources” and see how well you do searching for related terms in our new word search puzzle, Germs R Us!

Don't miss our next issue for National Donate Life Month, plus the latest articles and CEs.

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Editor

Celebrating Certified Nurses Day, March 19
As a gift to all nurses in honor of Certified Nurses Day, Lippincott's NursingCenter is giving each nurse one free CE today (March 19) that is good through midnight. When you are prompted for payment, type in the following coupon code in the coupon box: NCND2010. Take your free CE now!

We've compiled the latest heart failure articles and resources from our journals just for you in Focus On: Heart Failure. The collection includes the latest updates, our own list of "must-read" articles, and articles specifically about diagnostic measures, treatment options, complications, and end-of-life care.

Next, check out our updated Focus On: Nursing Ethics page. These articles all published within the past year and we've pulled them together to define terms, give you guidance and support, and generate discussion. You can still access the original Focus On: Nursing Ethics page in the Archive. All articles in this collection are FREE for you to read!

For those of you that work in a facility that is working towards Magnet designation or if you're interested in adopting some of the Magnet ideals at your facility, we've assembled a collection of resources that will help you navigate the Magnet journey. Check out the new Focus On: The Magnet Recognition Program!

Also, new on NursingCenter is The Editor's Handbook, a great resource for journal editors, nurse educators and researchers. Don't miss this online only resource!

Be sure to check in at our blog NursingCenter's In the Round. New posts about CEs, medication safety, the HIMMS conference, and more!

The effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives may be altered in obese women and their use may increase the risk of VTE, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Learn more about Contraceptive Considerations for Obese Women.
(2.4 contact hours/1 advanced pharmacology hour) The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

What's the best way to identity patients at risk for suicide? Find out how one facility initiated inpatient admission screening and what their findings were by reading All along the Watchtower: Suicide Risk Screening, a Pilot Study.
(1.5 contact hours) Nursing Management

Brush up on how to assess a patient with acute abdominal pain and intervene appropriately. Don't miss Acute Abdomen: Shaking Down the Suspects.
(2.3 contact hours)
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!

Review our Recommended CE list on 3 bad bugs, getting to the root of medication errors, partnering with palliative care...


Gain the knowledge and skills needed to implement evidence-based practice. Here's the third article in this special series from the EBP experts at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation: Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Asking the Clinical Question a Key Step in Evidence-Based Practice .
AJN, American Journal of Nursing

Need Help with Evidence-Based Practice? AJN presents "Ask the Experts"!
In conjunction with our series, "Evidence-Based Practice, Step-by-Step," AJN is hosting a call with the series authors, all from the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation's Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice. It's your chance to get personal consultation from the experts! Watch for more details on the May call in the future eNews.

Pressure ulcers are a devastating complication for patients, both physically and psychologically, and increase complications and costs. Learn the best methods for Taking Steps to Prevent Pressure Ulcers.

Discover the importance of a support model for oncology nurses by reading the findings of this study examining Nurses' Perspectives on the Care Provided to Cancer Patients.
Cancer Nursing

Browse our Recommended Readings about revisiting IM injections, 7 legal tips for safe nursing practice, a holistic approach to weight control, 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...


The FDA has approved the following new drug:

  • VPRIV (velaglucerase alfa for injection) - a hydrolytic lysosomal glucocerebroside-specific enzyme for long-term enzyme replacement therapy in pediatric and adult patients with type 1 Gaucher disease.

See more drug news.



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