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April 5, 2011

Dear Colleague,

Brush up on your understanding of pain and pain management – give some thought to the following questions and then explore the articles in More Resources for more information.

  1. What are some advantages to using algorithms in clinical practice?
  2. What nonpharmacologic method can be used to reduce pain in neonates during routine heel lance procedures?
  3. What behavioral indicators of pain should you be aware of when caring for someone with an intellectual or developmental disability?
  4. How can nurses assist family caregivers who are managing pain at home?
  5. What infection control issues exist with regards to implanted pain management devices?
  6. How should you proceed if a placebo is ordered to treat your patient's pain?

The Use of Algorithms in Assessing and Managing Persistent Pain in Older Adults CE

Pain Assessment in People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities CE

Strategizing a Game Plan: Family Caregivers of Palliative Patients Engaged in the Process of Pain Management

Preventive Measures And Pain Management

Controlling Pain: Placebos: No place in pain management

Reducing Neonatal Pain during Routine Heel Lance Procedures CE

On another note, I learned something from of our readers that I'd like to share with you. Please add the following to the list of recommendations for colorectal cancer screening (NursingCenter eNews, March 2011, issue 2): In the American College of Gastroenterology Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening 2008, it is recommended that African-Americans have an initial colonoscopy at age 45 years.

Don't miss our next issue about end-of-life care plus new articles and CE!

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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Nursing SymposiumOn March 22nd, five leading journal editors had a conversation about the Institute of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Report on the Future of Nursing. In case you missed it, it's been archived! Tune into the LWW Nurse Editors' Roundtable - The Future of Nursing.

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Gait disorder, cognitive impairment, and urinary continence problems make up the triad of symptoms of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). When a patient presents with these findings, ask yourself: Gait Disorder in Older Adults: Is it NPH?
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Review our Recommended CE list on anxiety disorders in the workplace, eating disorders and breastfeeding, balancing diet and immune function...


Integrating the best evidence from studies and patient care data with clinician expertise and patient preferences and values is the fundamental definition of evidence-based practice. Take some time to read Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Implementing an Evidence-Based Practice Change, the ninth article in the series from the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation's Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice.
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If you've thought about pursuing a new degree or certification, now could be the time for you to explore that endeavor. Discover the benefits of furthering your education and how to prepare for success by reading Professional Growth: Thinking Of Going Back To School? Just Do It!

This is a great review of sodium and fluid imbalances! Brush up on the role of hormones and how to recognize and manage hyponatremia and hypernatremia. Don't miss Keeping Electrolytes & Fluids in Balance: Part 1.
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Browse our Recommended Readings on determination of death, use of Alteplase beyond 3 hours of ischemic stroke onset, and more.


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