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March 5, 2013

Dear Colleague,

“Knowledge deficit related to ______ as manifested by _______."  This was a required nursing diagnosis on all of my care plans during nursing school. We all know that patient education is a big part of what we do as nurses, however it is not always easy to set aside time for teaching. These days, many of us are struggling to fit patient education into our already busy shifts. Some of us may even be doing all of our patient education during the discharge process, without any time to evaluate the effectiveness of our teaching. Does this sound familiar?

In More Resources, you'll find content from our journals related to patient education. I chose these articles specifically to share strategies for improving techniques and give you an understanding of the educational needs of certain patient populations. Also, remember that in NursingCenter's Patient Education Collection, all of the content and tools can be accessed at no charge. Be sure to take advantage of these tools to share with your patients!


Supporting Family Caregivers: Teaching Essential Skills to Family Caregivers

Enhancing Patient Education Through Clinical Nurse Specialist Collaboration

Patient Education Strategies for Hospitalized Cardiovascular Patients: A Systematic Review

Patient Education Materials From the Layperson's Perspective: The Importance of Readability

The Educational Needs of Newly Diagnosed Stroke Patients

INSPIRING CHANGE: Increasing patient education for heart failure


Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

Don't miss our new collection, Focus On: Fluids & Electrolytes! These articles, podcasts, and other resources will give you a general overview of fluids and electrolytes and increase your understanding of the common causes, signs and symptoms, and available treatments to correct abnormalities and imbalances.

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Two new CEs have been added to the CESaver Collection!

A new CE has been added to the JBI Best Practice collection: Interventions to Reduce Undernutrition and Promote Eating in Older Adults with Dementia.

A wealth of evidence-based practice resources from the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) are available exclusively on Lippincott's Evidence-Based Practice Network. These resources offer new and improved tools from JBI, and fresh insight into evidence-based practice. 

Take advantage of a FREE webcast on March 12, 2013 at 9 am EDT! Register today for Beyond the Search: Maximizing the Quality of Systematic Reviews and get ready to gain a better understanding of systematic reviews, the role they play in informing practice and policy in health care today and opportunities for clinicians and librarians to influence the development of systematic reviews and improve the quality of evidence synthesis at their institution. 

For many people, interacting with a pet brings a sense of constant love and affection. Take a look at how animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is used in an acute care setting and access guidelines for starting an AAT program in your facility by reading Animal-Assisted Therapy: Paws With A Cause.
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The four most common bacterial skin infections are impetigo, erysipelas, cellulitis, and folliculitis. Review the etiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and implications for primary care practice necessary for Uncovering Common Bacterial Skin Infections.
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Recent studies have shown that a patient's response to drug therapy, including adverse drug reactions, can be strongly influenced by the patient's genetic makeup. Pharmacogenomics, or tailoring medications to a patient's genomic information, is a significant and growing area of research with the potential to improve patient outcomes. Discover What You Need To Know About Pharmacogenomics.
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Review our Recommended CE list on Multiple Sclerosis, obstructive sleep apnea, vaccine-preventable disease...

By understanding and focusing on lab tests that should be obtained before the beginning of drug therapy and then periodically, the emphasis is shifted away from symptom-triggered monitoring. Don't miss Med Check: Routine Labs For Common Meds.
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As patient advocates, nurses should be more actively involved with facilitating the end-of-life decision-making process for critically ill patients and their families. Read more about Bedside Nurse Involvement in End-of-Life Decision Making: A Brief Review of the Literature.
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Ultrafiltration is a type of renal replacement therapy that may be indicated for patients with heart failure who have significant volume overload despite outpatient diuretic therapy. Brush up on nursing responsibilities for patients who are candidates for this intervention. Take some time to examine Is This Patient A Candidate For Ultrafiltration?
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Browse our Recommended Readings on teaching arterial blood gas interpretation, pain in hospitalized patients, how to avoid the top seven nursing errors, and more.

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...

The FDA has approved Kadcyla (ado-trastuzumab emtansine), a new therapy for patients with HER2-positive, late-stage (metastatic) breast cancer. It is intended for patients who were previously treated with trastuzumab and taxanes. A black box warning alerts patients and health care providers that the drug can cause liver toxicity, heart toxicity, and death. It can also cause severe, life-threatening birth defects, and pregnancy status should be verified prior to starting treatment.

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