Nursing2009 SDU eNews--November 2009

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In this issue...
Online Presentations
In the Know: New reports, resources, guidelines
NNSDO Update: Upcoming certification preparation courses
Good Reads: Don't miss these articles
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Recommended Readings from Nursing2009

Make sure you read these substantive, peer-reviewed articles from the November issue of Nursing2009.

Online Presentations
  • Fomites and disease transmission
    Beware of the fomites! Did you know that 80% of all common infections, such as colds, flu, and diarrhea, are spread through the environment, with air, water, food, and fomites being the usual vehicles for transmission? Charles P. Gerba, PhD, BS, a professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science as well as the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Arizona in Tucson, will explain the significance of fomites in disease transmission and identify areas where the greatest risk of transmission lies.
  • Glucose monitoring: A case for improved outcomes
    In all areas of our patients' lives they’re judged on results; everything we do in life is based on before and after readings and the change that occurs. But for the most part, patients don’t apply these same principles to their diabetes care. Glucose monitoring gives the patient the opportunity apply the same rules to their diabetes care that they use in everyday life. This course will explore differences in A1c readings and how to explain the importance of the readings to your patients.
  • Pulmonary rehab: Considerations for diverse populations
    This webinar series will provide information regarding exercise testing and prescription for the pulmonary patient, as well as application of this information to the diverse populations of patients in a pulmonary rehabilitation program.

In the Know: New reports, resources, guidelines
  • ACR appropriateness criteria for acute chest pain—Low probability of coronary artery disease
    Read the latest updated guidelines on practice recommendations for ACR appropriateness criteria.
  • Peramivir IV update from the FDA
    The FDA has issued an emergency use authorization for the investigational antiviral drug Peramivir IV in certain adult and pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected 2009 H1N1 influenza infection who are admitted to a hospital.
  • Rituxan update from the FDA
    Information to date suggests that patients with rheumatoid arthritis who receive Rituxan have an increased risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). Physicians should consider PML in any patient being treated with Rituxan who presents with new onset neurologic manifestations.

NNSDO is offering a Nursing Professional Development Certification Preparation Course on December 3 and 4, 2009, in New Orleans, LA, hosted by the Southeast Louisiana Staff Development Organization. For more information, contact Pam Pouciau at ssshog@hotmail.com or 504-487-0867.

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

Title: The ABCs of EHRs
Authors: Catherine Gray, RN-BC, BSN; Sharon Bee, RN-BC, BSN; and Kenneth Bertka, MD
Abstract: The future of healthcare data management and evidence-based care lies within the informatics arena, and nursing is an integral partner in this process. According to the American Nurses Association, nursing informatics education "is a critical component of many nursing informatics functions and may directly affect the success or failure of any new or modified information technology solution." To provide optimal patient care, nurses must become proficient in the use of informatics.
Source: Nursing Management, September 2009, Vol. 40, No. 9 Supplement

Title: Six ways to zero defects
Authors: Richard Hader, RN, CHE, CPHQ, NE-BC, PhD, FAAN
Abstract:Care delivery that’s safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable is the challenge set forth by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in an effort to reduce medical-related errors, which result in an estimated 100,000 deaths and 5,000,000 injuries to patients each year. Patients seek healthcare with an expectation that their health status will improve following medical and nursing interventions. Far too often, however, the systemic processes that are employed in healthcare organizations fail, resulting in unintended and serious consequences.
Source: Nursing Management, September 2009, Vol. 40, No. 9

Title: Creating a successful transcultural on-boarding program
Authors: Beth Nease, MSN, RN, BC
Abstract:A diverse workforce enables an organization to reflect and respond to community diversity. With an increase in the number of nurses educated outside of the United States seeking licensure and employment within U.S. hospitals, the development of an approach to assimilate these international nurses is essential. A thorough and holistic approach will ensure an ethical and safe introduction into the U.S. nursing workforce. This article describes a program based on the hospital’s nursing professional practice model that was developed to address the challenges of skill transfer, role definition, and communication.
Source: Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, September/October 2009, Vol. 25, No. 5

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Nursing contributors must have a Masters degree or higher with 5 years of clinical experience. All clinical specialties are needed but we are searching in particular for specialists in – OR, Perioperative, Medical-Surgical, Critical Care and ER.

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