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January 5, 2011

Dear Colleague,

As nurses, we have several responsibilities when it comes to the care of older adults:
1. To advocate for changes in our healthcare system to meet the needs of older adults;
2. To educate older patients and their caregivers about preventive measures, chronic conditions, medications, and safety;
3. And to treat older adults with respect and keep our knowledge up-to-date and clinical skills sharp.

The articles in our More Resources collection can help you master these responsibilities. Learn how to manage specific problems, such as sleep disorders, incontinence, and dysphagia. Review the impact of healthcare reform and how you can get involved. Also, learn how feeling cold may put an older adult at risk for a fall, how to avoid negative outcomes related to medications, and the importance of accessing available community resources.

Don't miss our next issue about strokes, plus new articles and CE opportunities.

Managing Sleep Disorders in the Elderly CE

Conservative Management of Fecal Incontinence CE

Managing Dysphagia Through Diet Modifications CE

Aging Issues: Nursing Imperatives for Healthcare Reform

Inspiring Change: The Cozy Project Makes Older Patients More Comfortable

Tips & Strategies: Polypharmacy: Enhancing Medication Safety

Community Resources for Older Adults With Chronic Illness

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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A new resource collection is now available! In Focus On: Patient Safety, you'll see we've compiled the latest resources concerning patient safety, including medication safety, pressure ulcers, healthcare-associated infections, falls, and patient handoffs.

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HIV infection is seen in every age group and can cause multisystem disease. Brush up on assessment and treatment of this chronic disease by exploring HIV: The Changing Epidemic.
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A combined home healthcare, palliative care, and hospice agency successfully implemented an educational program to help nurses and other clinicians decrease the number and severity of falls among patients. Learn how by reading 10 Organizational Characteristics That May Prevent Falls in Home Healthcare and Hospice.
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Incontinence-associated dermatitis is a painful, inflammatory change in the skin and prevention is critical to avoid associated morbidity and complications. Learn about the success of one unit's “Save Our SKIN" action plan in LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Incontinence Care Supplies at the Bedside.
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Review our Recommended CE list on pain assessment, patient rights in psychiatric care, kidney cancer...


Using the issue of color-based dress codes for nurses as an example, the authors illustrate the steps of a research study in Research Corner: Nursing image: What Research Tells Us About Patients' Opinions.
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Learn ways to help adult patients and their children cope with a parent's chronic illness. In this article, you'll find a review of the stages of child development and methods for empowering patients with information. Don't miss Supporting Parents with Chronic Illnesses.

Develop an increased awareness of depression and stress in yourself and your nurse colleagues. Learn the “KEEP” mnemonic and remember to schedule time for yourself. Don't miss On the Horizon: Wounded Healers: Nurses and Depression.
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Browse our Recommended Readings on the ABCs of safety and quality, hand hygiene as standard practice, urosepsis in the elderly, and more.


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