Nursing2009 SDU eNews--March 2009

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In this issue...
Recommended Readings from Nursing2009--major CE articles from the journal, plus ready-made lectures you can download
Online Presentations
In the Know: New reports, resources, guidelines
NNSDO Update: Standards revision notice
Good Reads: Don't miss these articles
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Recommended Readings from Nursing2009

Don't miss these substantive, peer-reviewed articles in the March issue of Nursing2009. You can use the PowerPoint slides (link below) as a ready-made lecture on this topic. The slides are to access at (click the "Educators" button).


Online Presentations
  • Academy Medical’s Live Webinar Series offers a variety of topics pertinent to nurses and other healthcare professionals. Some of the current running titles include Peripheral Arterial disease, Genome Research, Oncology Emergencies, and Diabetes Case Management.
  • The Academy of Neonatal Nursing is offering their 2008 meeting sessions online for free until October 2009. Sessions are available for CE credit.
  • Visit for a variety of videos and articles provided by the American Journal of Nursing in conjunction with the Hartford Foundation. "How to Try This" is an initiative that translates evidence-based practice geriatric assessment tools into hands on video and article series at no cost. Some of the topics include: Assessing nutrition. Preventing Aspiration, Delirium, Avoiding Restraints, and Communication.

In the Know: New reports, resources, guidelines

NNSDO Convention 2009
July 9-12, 2009, in Philadelphia, PA
Where our Historic Past Meets our History-Making Future!

Good Reads: Don't miss these articles from other LWW journals

Title: Mind Your P's and Q's
Authors: Erika Hernandez, RN
Abstract: The early treatment of acute MI has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. Astutely monitoring a patients ECG for subtle changes can make all the difference in preventing future dysrhythmias or events. Most nurses are familiar with a normal ECG or what “gross” dysrhythmias to look for but are you familiar with the signs that may be indicating your patient has an AV block? Read this easily presented fun filled article on how to detect these detrimental rhythms to your patient.
Source: Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, March/April 2009, Vol. No

Title: What’s New and Different in Diabetes Care
Authors: Martha Mitchell Furnell, RN, CDE, MS
Abstract: Each year, the American Diabetes Association updates its standards of care for patients with diabetes based on the latest research. Because of the growing prevalence of diabetes, you’re more likely than ever to care for a patient with diabetes, no matter where you work. This article describes what’s new and different in the 2008 ADA standards of medical care in diabetes. It also comes equipped with a Patient Education Guide you can use.
Source: LPN2009, March/April, Vol. 5, No. 2

Title: Better IT, Better Outcomes
Authors: Lamont Yoder, RN, CNAA, NEA-BC, MBA, FACHE
Abstract: After decades of theoretical and anecdotal support tying information technology (IT) to improved patient outcomes, evidence is finally mounting that hospitals with the most sophisticated IT infrastructures do indeed perform better when it comes to patient safety and quality. Read this article for more on the evidence behind this finding.
Source: Men in Nursing, March 2009

Hospital Observation Services

Nursing documentation is essential for payment

Not everyone in an inpatient bed is an inpatient. Some of these individuals are actually admitted under outpatient observation status. The problem is, staff nurses often don’t distinguish between the two in their documentation. Which means the hospital doesn’t get paid for reimbursable services provided to patients under observation. In other cases, patients are placed under observation status when they shouldn’t be. Join us for an April 22 audio seminar that will focus on distinguishing between inpatient and outpatient observation status, as well as the nurse documentation required to support billing for observation services. Click here, or call MedLearn at 800-252-1578.

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