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January 23, 2012

Dear Colleague,

Pain is a subjective symptom; we learn that early on in nursing school and are often reminded of it during our careers. It is challenging to assess and can be even more complex to manage. It is different for every individual no matter the diagnosis, procedure, or other cause. Nurses and other health care professionals continue to strive to understand our patients' pain and relieve it. The collection of articles in More Resources includes the most recent publications from our journals. Here are a few things I learned from reading them; I hope you find them helpful too!

  • What is the definition of "pain pattern," how can it be assessed, and how can pain pattern information be used in clinical practice?
  • Why are racial and ethnic minority groups less likely to receive optimal pain management? What tools are available to help provide culturally comfortable care?
  • What are some consequences of untreated acute postoperative pain?
  • How does pain affect wound healing?
  • What practical skills are necessary and what tools are especially helpful when assessing and treating pain at the end of life?
  • How does pain after CABG surgery compare between men and women?

Read the selected articles to learn these answers and more!

Exploring the Effects of Pain and Stress on Wound Healing

Differences in Pain Location, Intensity, and Quality by Pain Pattern in Outpatients with Cancer

Pain Pointers: A+ Post-Op Pain Management

Culture's Effects on Pain Assessment and Management 

7 Tools to Assist Hospice and Home Care Clinicians in Pain Management at End of Life

Pain Experiences of Men and Women after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

Have you had a chance to explore our most recent Focus On collection? In Focus On: Nursing Ethics - Fall 2011, you'll find the latest articles plus PowerPoint slides of Use of Digital Health Records Raises Ethics Concerns and a Take5 on Clearing up HIPAA myths.

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Free access to journal content and more in Clinical Update: Aesthetic Treatments. Read about dermal fillers, ethical considerations, the influence of cosmetic surgery history, and more.

Discover what your patients are reading! Myths and misconceptions abound in pop culture; stay in touch with the portrayal of Dermatology in the Media to ensure your patients are in the know.

Insomnia is a common sleep problem which requires an individualized approach for assessment and management. Learn more in Treatment Options for Insomnia.
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According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. As nurses, we must make a conscious effort to provide education about lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes and its complications. Read more about Type 2 Diabetes: Growing To Epic Proportions.
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Review our Recommended CE list on helping patients move toward change, model for orienting new graduate nurses, Editor's Handbook (an online resource and CE course)...

Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is considered a preventable complication and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will not reimburse hospitals for the cost of treatment. Brush up on best practices for Preventing Catheter-Associated UTIs.
Nursing2012 Critical Care Share:

Use the SAFE acronym (signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, administration of oral medications and insulin, fingerstick blood glucose monitoring, and emergency numbers) when educating patients about their diabetes. Advise them to Think "SAFE:" Four Crucial Elements for Diabetes Education.

What are the advantages of Cardiac Catheterization through the Radial Artery? Discover what the evidence shows and also learn about pre-, intra-, and post-procedure care. 
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Browse our Recommended Readings on determining brain death; five steps to reduce bullying; missed nursing care, staffing, and patient falls; 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...

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