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February 23, 2011

Dear Colleague,

As I was going through our journals to select resources to share about professional development, the one common theme that kept coming up was education. To progress in your career as a nurse, education is key, whether it involves pursuing another degree, achieving specialty certification, maintaining your continuing education requirements, or attending inservices on new technology. Healthcare is constantly changing and it's our responsibility to keep our knowledge and clinical skills up-to-date.

In the first article in More Resources, the authors share the story of one hospital increasing nurses' confidence by orienting them to units when they were pulled. Also in this same article, another hospital explains the importance of educating nurse educators. Take a look at the other articles as well…do you see the common theme as I did? I leave you with this quote from Continuing Education: A Bridge to Excellence in Critical Care Nursing:         

A professional nurse engages in lifelong learning that will influence practice and ultimately impact the quality of care that a patient receives.

Nursing Professional Development: Stories, Tips, and Techniques

Continuing Education: A Bridge to Excellence in Critical Care Nursing

Changing Tides: Improving Outcomes Through Mentorship on All Levels of Nursing CE

Educational Dimension: Structuring Continuing Education to Change Practice: A Nurse-Driven Initiative

APRN Regulation: The Licensure–Certification Interface

Problem-Based Learning: An Educational Method for Nurses in Clinical Practice CE

Learn, grow, and bloom by joining a professional association

I hope you enjoy reading these articles. The topic for our next issue is dysrhythmias, and we'll also bring you some of our latest articles and CEs!

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

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Human trafficking - learn the definition and how to recognize victims. Also included in The Role of the Nurse in Combating Human Trafficking is an extensive list of resources.
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Post-polio syndrome (PPS) typically develops 20 to 40 years after the onset of acute polio. Find out what signs and symptoms to watch for and more about Post-Polio Syndrome: Unraveling The Mystery.
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From SVT to VT and Vfib, you'll discover keys to recognizing and responding to common dysrhythmias. Don't miss Too Fast, Too Slow, Too Ugly: Dangerous Dysrhythmias.
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Review our Recommended CE list on dangerous dysrhythmias, annual drug update: 2010 in review, use of honey in wound care...


Several mechanisms can lead to nausea and vomiting in HIV patients. Learn ways to manage these distressing symptoms by reading Nausea and Vomiting in HIV/AIDS.
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Disclosing an error is stressful and challenging, however it is important to know that it can benefit nurses, patients, and employers. Understand your role in the process by examining Puzzling Out Disclosure Programs: Where Do You Fit Into The Picture?

How can administrators balance cost, quality, satisfaction, and staffing? Find out how Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) used advanced health information technology to better match staffing to patient demand. Take some time to read Matching Nurse Staffing To Demand.
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