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February 1, 2012

Dear Colleague,

It's American Heart Month! Do you know about The Million Hearts initiative? It's the new initiative aimed at preventing 1 million myocardial infarctions and strokes in the next 5 years. Public and private organizations partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in this campaign are the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Nurses Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Pharmacists Association.

The Million Hearts initiative is focused on two goals:
1. Empowering Americans to make healthy choices in the areas of tobacco cessation and reducing intake of transfat and salt

Preventing CVD in Women: The NP's Role

Advocacy in Practice: Creating a Heart Healthy Future with the Million Hearts Initiative

INSPIRING CHANGE: Increasing Patient Education for Heart Failure

Aspirin for Primary Prevention of Myocardial Infarction: WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE?

Knowledge of Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Self-nurturance, and Heart-Healthy Behaviors in Women

A Life Course Approach to Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

2. Improving care for people who need treatment by focusing on the ABCs:

Aspirin for people at risk
BP control
Cholesterol management and Cessation of smoking

You can read more about this initiative in Advocacy in Practice: Creating a Heart Healthy Future with the Million Hearts Initiative and by visiting Be One in a Million Hearts™. Also, you can read more about heart disease and prevention by exploring the articles in our More Resources collection.

Don't miss our next issue, which will feature a collection of articles about social media and technology, plus new articles and CE activities.

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

Join the conversation! Here's what happening on NursingCenter's In the Round:

Meet and greet your colleagues at national nursing meetings, and check out LWW products at several conventions. Don't miss this list of key 2012 nursing conferences!



Four new continuing education modules have been added to Lippincott's Evidence-Based Practice Network. As part of the Joanna Briggs Institute's Evidence-Based Practice Series, these interactive learning modules will help you understand and implement EBP.

Little study has been done about how the health-related productivity of nurses is related to quality of care. In Original Research: Nurses' Presenteeism and Its Effects on Self-Reported Quality of Care and Costs, the authors investigate the extent to which musculoskeletal pain or depression (or both) in RNs affects work productivity and self-reported quality of care.
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Learn to differentiate among various wound treatment options, when and how to apply them, in what combinations, and when to change them. Don't miss Wound Dressings: An Evolving Art and Science.
Advances in Skin & Wound Care: The Journal for Prevention and Healing
(2.3 contact hours)

An early warning scoring (EWS) system is a physiologic scoring system typically used in general medical-surgical units before patients experience a catastrophic medical event. Learn more about this additional layer of the rapid response team system by reading Early Warning Systems: The Next Level of Rapid Response.
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(2.3 contact hours)

Review our Recommended CE list on preventing CVD in women, the next level of rapid response, helping patients move toward change ...

Regardless of where we work, all of us at one time or another will encounter and care for patients with mental health issues. Take some time to explore the new column Mental Health Matters: When Caring for the Body Isn't Enough.
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The purpose of this study was to illuminate the experience of family life of stroke survivors and their spouses and children, particularly regarding marital and parent-child relationships. Read more about The Long-Term Experience of Family Life After Stroke.
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing

This article reviews criteria for a brain death diagnosis in adults, complicating conditions that must be ruled out, the brain death exam, and various confirmatory tests used for Determining Brain Death. 
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Browse our Recommended Readings on the role of standardized protocols in a changing health care environment, living with Lymphedema, 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 Picato (ingenol mebutate) gel 0.015% and 0.05% for the topical treatment of actinic keratosis. Picato is applied once daily on the face and scalp for 3 consecutive days (0.015%) and on the trunk and extremities for 2 days (0.05%).

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