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January 7, 2013

Dear Colleague,

I tend to think of the start of a new year as a clean slate to be filled in with positive changes. Well, at least that's always the plan! Yet again, I'm faced with the recurring resolutions of eating better and exercising more, but I will strive to fulfill them this year as well as a few new resolutions, such as returning to the clinical setting and maybe looking into going back to school.

In the first enews issue of each year, I like to share articles to help us assess our career goals and make a plan to obtain them, or at least get started. I do believe that professional development is important to a rewarding work life and fortunately the authors and editors of our journals have supplied wonderful resources to help us on our journey! I encourage you to spend some time reading the articles in our More Resources collection.

Team Concepts: Leveraging Technology to Promote Development

Online Learning: An Innovative Solution to Meeting the Challenges of Staff Education

Scope and Standards: Arkansas Children's Hospital: A Framework for Education and Professional Development

Professional Development: Nurses on Boards

The Meaning of Being a Primary Nurse Preceptor for Newly Graduated Nurses

AJN Series: Professional Partners Supporting Diverse Family Caregivers Across Settings

Wishing you all a wonderful 2013!


Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

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The clinical team here at Lippincott's NursingCenter.com has assembled this list of nursing tips to help make your days run a little smoother, improve your practice, and optimize patient care. Here you'll find handy mnemonics, definitions, practice pointers, and more. Do you have a nursing tip to share? You can send it to us at editor@nursingcenter.com. Thanks!

Evidence-based practice network

A new CE has been added to the JBI Best Practice collection: Caregiver Burden of Terminally Ill Adults in the Home Setting.

New articles have been added to the collections on Understanding Evidence-Based Practice, Translating Research into Professional Practice, and Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice.

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Alterations in the thyroid gland can have profound physiologic effects, particularly on metabolic functioning. Brush up on your understanding of the function of the gland, new frontiers of surgical approaches, and the anatomy of the neck by reading Little Gland, Big Problems.
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Organ donation undeniably saves lives, and the therapeutic benefits for patients with end-stage organ failure are well documented. Review the process from referral to the final procurement procedure in the OR by exploring Organ and Tissue Donation Basics.
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This literature review examines the ability of the nursing profession to recruit and retain men in nursing schools and in the nursing workforce. Educational barriers such as role stress, discrimination, and stereotyping are examined as well as questions of male touch and the capacity of men to care. Don't miss Men in Nursing.
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Review our Recommended CE list on the challenge for trauma nurses, postoperative management of hypoglycemia, Crohn disease ...

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Even experienced healthcare professionals may miss signs and symptoms of Acute Carbon Monoxide Toxicity. During winter, the risk of CO toxicity from malfunctioning heaters and inadequate ventilation increases – make sure you have a thorough understanding of this potentially fatal disorder.
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Excess weight contributes to changes in patients' anatomy and physiology. Choosing the most appropriate device in conjunction with practicing the most effective technique will improve outcomes when Obtaining Vascular Access in the Obese Patient Population.
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Representatives from each state's Board of Nursing, the state nursing organizations, and individual APRNs contributed to the 25th Annual Legislative Update: Evidence-Based Practice Reforms Improve Access to APRN Care. Take some time to read about the most relevant legislative updates affecting APRN practice.
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Browse our Recommended Readings on improving patient satisfaction, a practical guide to making patient assignments in acute care, I.V. essentials, and more.

Featured journal

Read the articles in the latest Featured Journal online only on NursingCenter. The Featured Journal gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with the kind of coverage and clinical information it has to offer. Get to know our journals. The current Featured Journal is...

Drug news

The FDA has made the following new drug approvals:

  • Eliquis (apixaban), a factor Xa inhibitor anticoagulant, to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.
  • Fulyzaq (crofelemer) to relieve symptoms of diarrhea in HIV/AIDS patients taking antiretroviral therapy.
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