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September 20, 2012

Dear Colleague,

Some staggering statistics are available regarding chronic disease. The numbers below are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion page (they have an extensive list with references, if you're interested in more information).

How can we, as nurses, support patients in the prevention and management of chronic illness? Patient education is essential as lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and alcohol consumption are modifiable risk factors. The articles listed in More Resources are also good resources to help answer this question. Self-management, or self-care, is a common theme.


Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

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AJN's Evidence-Based Practice Series: Step by Step is now available in an e-reader format for download to a device such as an iPad, Nook, or Kindle. Gain the knowledge and skills you need to implement EBP consistently, one step at a time!

No matter what your specialty is or where you practice, chances are you have cared for patients with diabetes or patients at risk for diabetes. Explore our new collection of articles, Focus On: Diabetes and  review some of the basics, fine tune your knowledge and clinical skills, and discover recent findings.

New articles have been added to our Focus On: The Future of Nursing page. Stop by and see what's been published recently in Journal of Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Nursing Administration Quarterly.

Get the latest drug updates! Drug news, our collection of drug articles, and information on medication errors have recently been updated. 

Enjoy access to our featured collection, Clinical Update: Alopecia. Get the latest news and read all related content from our journals.

Find out about upcoming conferences related to dermatology nursing and skin care. Stay up-to-date with the latest practice recommendations, meet your continuing education requirements, network with colleagues, and more! 

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Myasthenia gravis is the most common primary disorder of neuromuscular transmission. Review its pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment by reading Myasthenia Gravis: Helping Patients Have Better Outcomes.
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Postoperative delirium is one of the most common surgical complications in adults ages 65 and older. This review evaluates risk factors, discusses screening and assessment instruments, and examines intervention strategies. Don't miss Postoperative Delirium in Elderly Patients.
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Sickle cell disease is associated with painful, slow-to-heal leg ulcers. This article discusses the wound bed preparation paradigm as a guide to the treatment of sickle cell-associated leg ulcers. Take some time to read Sickle Cell Disease and Leg Ulcers.
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Review our Recommended CE list on the effectiveness of nurse preceptors, neonatal nursing care, health information technology and nursing...

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Did you know there are more than 300,000 insulin pump users in the United States? Find out what you need to know to provide safe and optimum care to a patient with an insulin pump by reading PATIENT SAFETY: Assessing a Patient with an Insulin Pump.
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Recent research has shown that keeping patients N.P.O. after surgery until  bowel sounds return or the patient passes flatus likely worsens clinical outcomes, especially in patients at high risk for malnutrition. Discover the benefits of Early Enteral Feeding In Postoperative Patients.
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The physical, financial, and emotional effects of delivering care over long periods of time can be overwhelming for caregivers. Get to know the symptoms that overwhelmed caregivers may exhibit by reading Time Out! Recognizing Caregiver Fatigue.
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Browse our Recommended Readings on caffeinated energy drinks, the state of breastfeeding in the U.S., procedural violations in healthcare, and more.

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Drug news

The FDA has granted orphan drug designation to Bosulif (bosutinib) tablets for the treatment of adult patients with chronic, accelerated, or blast phase Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) chronic myelogenous leukemia with resistance or intolerance to prior therapy, including imatinib.

See more drug news.


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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