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October 3, 2012

Dear Colleague,

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of this disease. According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States and death rates have been declining since 1990 thanks to increased awareness, early detection, and advances in treatment.

In this month's issue of American Journal of Nursing, there is an original research article, Being Young, Female, and BRCA Positive. In this study, Rebekah Hamilton, PhD, RN, investigated the psychosocial consequences of women who have tested positive for a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. These women face complex issues especially with regard to marriage and chidren. Understanding the genetics involved is important for us as nurses, as is looking “beyond the science to the patient and family.” I encourage you to read this article as well as the others in More Resources to increase your own awareness and knowledge about breast cancer.

Original Research: Being Young, Female, and BRCA Positive

Effects of False-Positive Results in a Breast Screening Program on Anxiety, Depression and Health-Related Quality of Life

From "No Big Deal" to "Losing Oneself": Different Meanings of Mastectomy

“Motherhood” in the Context of Living With Breast Cancer

Posttreatment Concerns of Older Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer


Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

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2012 Nurse's Guide to Infusion Coding and Documentation
A tool to help nurses do their jobs more effectively and efficiently

Nurses who provide infusion services work under tremendous pressure. Besides their clinical responsibilities, they are expected to identify or enter procedure codes for the billing of services. This is no easy task given the complex and often confusing official guidelines for code assignments and coding hierarchies. MedLearn Publishing has created a peer reviewed, quick-reference handbook tailored to the needs of nurses that addresses coding for outpatient infusion services in the hospital setting. Click here for details.

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