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May 20, 2010

Dear Colleague,

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Check out these startling statistics about women and stroke from the National Stroke Association:

  • Women are twice as likely to die from stroke as from breast cancer.
  • 425, 000 women suffer from stroke each year; that's 55,000 more than men.

ID, Stat Rapid Response to In-Hospital Stroke Patients

Acute Ischemic Stroke: Not A Moment To Lose CE

Raising Awareness Of Hemorrhagic Stroke CE

The Role of Nursing in the Rehabilitation of Stroke Survivors: An Extended Theoretical Account

Cardiac Rehabilitation After Stroke--Need and Opportunity

Carotid Angioplasty and Stenting in Carotid Artery Stenosis: Neuroscience Nursing Implications

Also, in a recent survey, women believed breast cancer to be five times more prevalent than stroke and 40 percent were only somewhat or not at all concerned about experiencing a stroke in their life. Let's work together to raise awareness! Read more about strokes and women by visiting the Stroke Health Center at Also, take some time to peruse the selection of articles on stroke from our journals.

Don't miss our next issue about neuromuscular diseases, plus the latest articles and CE!

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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Congratulations to all of the winners of our Nurses Week challenges! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Don't miss the series of free webinars from Planetree and the American Journal of Nursing about creating a patient-centered system. The first of these live online events, What It Takes To Be Patient-Centered, will take place on May 25th from 1 pm to 2 pm EDT. Register today!

Providing best-practice care that is efficient, cost-effective, and evidence-based is the goal of nurses and healthcare institutions today. Clinically credible information must be made available to nurses in an easily accessible format that is tailored to each individual use. Take advantage of free access to the White Paper: Improving Nursing Practice with Information and Technology.

Recent posts to our blog NursingCenter's In the Round include:


Early diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and patient education are essential for managing asthma. Get the latest recommendations by reading Asthma in Adolescents and Adults.
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AJN, American Journal of Nursing

The introduction of clinical information systems requires a change in nursing practice because they alter workflow of patient care and communication among staff. Read more about Capturing Nursing Care Workflow Disruptions: Comparison Between Nursing and Physician Workflows.
(2.8 contact hours) CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing

Sleep is an important part of our overall well-being. Our sleep needs change with age and problems with sleep generally increase with age. Take some time to learn about Managing Sleep Disorders In The Elderly.
(2.1 contact hours/1 advanced pharmacology hour)
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care

Review our Recommended CE list on ALS and MS, Hepatitis B virus infection, hybrid OR...


Get the knowledge and skills you need to implement evidence-based practice. Don't miss Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Searching for the Evidence.
AJN, American Journal of Nursing

What are the risks associated with interruptions during safety-critical tasks? Don’t miss Interruptions During the Delivery of High-Risk Medications.
JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration

Review the pathophysiology of CLABSIs (central line-associated bloodstream infections) and find out the three elements of disinfection by reading I.V. ROUNDS: Keeping Needleless Connectors Clean, Part 1.
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!

Browse our Recommended Readings on nurse autonomy in cancer care, using Propofol for sedation in endoscopy, ten ways to the top, 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 methamphetamine hydrochloride 5 mg tablets, the first generic equivalent of Desoxyn. The drug is indicated for the treatment of ADHD or obesity.
  • The FDA is requiring that approved protease inhibitors for HIV-1 treatment include new labeling information on drug-drug interactions.

See more drug news.


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