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May 6, 2010

Dear Colleague,

Happy National Nurses Week! Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow, the theme for this year, reminds me of the importance of preventive care. As nurses, we are instrumental in providing this care and educating patients about how to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy. The collection of articles in More Resources will help you with this task.

Along those same lines, we must also take care of ourselves. We know the importance of good nutrition, exercise, and lowering stress levels. While I can’t provide you with a healthy meal or take a walk with you from this side of my computer, I can help you lower your stress level with some fun - at least I hope I can! We’ve got a week of puzzles and quizzes planned here at

Nurses as Practice Change Facilitators for Healthy Behaviors

Nursing's Role in Nutrition

Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program to Primary Care: A Pilot Study

Embracing the Use of Skin Care Champions

The Nursing Process and Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Making the Connection CE 
Myocardial Infarction in Women: Promoting Symptom Recognition, Early Diagnosis, and Risk Assessment CE

Exercise and the Cardiac Patient-Success Is Just Steps Away

NursingCenter and each day one of you will win open access to for one full year. That’s right…access to our journals, CEs, Focus On collections, everything! Also, 5 lucky winners each day will win a Free CE!

Get started now with our first puzzle, Prevention is key. In this wordsearch puzzle, the unused letters spell out a secret message. Email with your solution in the subject line and you'll have a chance to win! Deadline for submissions is 10 EDT. Visit our National Nurses Week page for a new challenge and a chance to win every day!

Have a great week!

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

Explore our latest collection of clinical resources, Focus On: Pneumonia as well as the newly updated Focus On: Diabetes -- Spring 2010. Other collections include Focus On: Heart Failure, Focus On: Trauma, Focus On: Nursing Ethics, and more.

Visit our blog, NursingCenter’s In the Round. Take a look at some of our recent posts:

Find the tools you need to keep your patients educated by browsing our Patient Education collection.  All of the resources here are available to you FREE!


"EVERY 16 MINUTES in the United States, someone attempts suicide, and over 33,000 of these attempts are successful." Update your knowledge about Assessing Patients for Suicide Risk.
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Understand the characteristics of both amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis and learn about available treatment options by reading Degenerative disorders: ALS and MS.
(2 contact hours) Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!

Communication is especially important during patient handoffs, such as at change of shift. What are barriers to successful handoffs? What strategies are effective? Find out by reading Nursing Handoffs: A Systematic Review of the Literature.
(2.5 contact hours)
AJN, American Journal of Nursing

Review our Recommended CE list on improving outcomes through mentorship, multidrug-resistant TB: what NPs need to know...


Discover the benefits of belonging to a professional nursing organization. Don't miss PROFESSIONAL GROWTH: Learn, Grow, and Bloom by Joining a Professional Association.

What is resistant hypertension? What causes it? Discover these answers and more by reading Clinical Case Report: Resistant Hypertension or Aortic Stenosis? Know The Difference.
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

Brush up on the basics of chemotherapy, including treatment regimens, adverse reactions, and more. Be sure to read A Chemotherapy Primer.
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!

Browse our Recommended Readings on ten ways to the top, the effects of indoor tanning on skin health, misperceptions about hospice and palliative care, 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 indications:

    • Zortress (everolimus) for prevention of organ rejection and preservation of kidney function with reduced doses of cyclosporine.
    • Tarceva (erlotinib) for daily maintenance therapy in locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients whose disease has not progressed after 4 cycles of platinum-based, first-line chemotherapy.

See more drug news.


RAC Audit Series: Case Management & Documentation Essentials
Steps to help you mitigate the threats to your hospital

Which hospitals are at the greatest risk for exposure under the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program? It's frequently the organizations that lack effective case management oversight and/or high-quality supporting documentation. From this series of webcast seminars, you'll gain a clearer understanding of the RAC program and what it means for your hospital, along with recommendations for compliant practices in three key areas: access management; discharge planning and care coordination; and clinical documentation improvement. Click here, or call MedLearn at 800-252-1578.



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We're proud to support the future of healthcare with the annual TYLENOL® Scholarship Program. This year we're awarding a total of $250,000 to healthcare students who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and academic excellence.

Goal: Prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infections
Tool: Safe Infusion Therapy Learning Center

Information you need to help you prevent CRBSI. Current features: catheter patency webcast series, Flushing Away the Myths; downloadable educational posters, Best Practices to Help Prevent CRBSI and Reducing IV Complications; educational videos and more.  Visit Learning Center Now!


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