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Aesthetic/ Plastic Surgery Nurses

by VickyRN - Aesthetic nurses (also known as cosmetic or plastic surgery nurses) provide patient care and assistance within a variety of procedural and perioperative settings to improve or enhance the patient's...

Nursing Educators/ Faculty

by VickyRN - Nurse educators meld clinical expertise with a passion for teaching to shape future generations of nurses and advance the profession of nursing. They are prepared to function in a wide variety of...

Keeping Seniors Safe in Their Own Homes: Medication Safety

by VickyRN - As people age, they typically take more medicines. Seniors who take several different medications each day are especially vulnerable to the effects of adverse drug reactions. An adverse drug...

Elder Abuse - A Hidden Epidemic (Part 1)

by VickyRN - Emmalee Miller, age 82, is brought into the Emergency Department by a concerned neighbor. The patient is a widow with mild Alzheimer's dementia, who used to live alone in her own house until about...

Keeping Seniors Safe in Their Own Homes: Part 1 - Bathroom Safety

by VickyRN - Accidents are the ninth leading cause of injury-related deaths among the older population. Older women have a higher rate of injuries than any adult female age group. Seniors aged 85 years and older...

The Unique Needs of Elderly Patients in the Emergency Department (Part 2)

by VickyRN - This is Part 2 of a two-part series of articles on caring for the elderly in the ED setting. Sanders (1996) developed 11 principles of geriatric emergency care that should be used when assessing...

Hospice Care Versus Palliative Care

by VickyRN - Hospice care is defined as support and care for terminally ill persons to help them achieve maximum comfort and the greatest satisfaction possible with remaining life. Its services are designed to...

Skin Changes At Life's End (SCALE)

by VickyRN - The skin is the largest organ of the body and can become dysfunctional at life's end, with loss of integrity, just like any other vital body system, with reduced ability to utilize nutrients and...

Medical Assistants

by VickyRN - Medical assistants are medical support staff who perform routine administrative and clinical duties under the direct supervision of a physician or other licensed healthcare provider. Nearly three...

Keeping Seniors Safe in Their Own Homes: Disaster Preparedness

by VickyRN - Disaster can strike suddenly and without warning. It can force an elderly person to hurriedly evacuate the familiar surroundings of his neighborhood or confine an elder to his home in almost total...

Keeping Seniors Safe in Their Own Homes: Stairways, Hallways, & Outdoor Areas

by VickyRN - As the home health nurse, you are continuing the walk-through of an elderly client's home. This article reviews home safety tips for stairways, hallways, and the outdoor area. Stairways - Stair...

Keeping Seniors Safe in Their Own Homes: Kitchen, Living Room, & Bedroom

by VickyRN - 'Elderizing' a home means making the necessary modifications to safeguard the elderly occupants, particularly in reducing risk for falls. Extensive renovations may be required to accommodate...

Managing Fungating (Malignant) Wounds

by VickyRN - A fungating (malignant) wound is a mass of cancerous tissue that is spreading under the skin and eventually infiltrates the outside layer of cells, breaking through the skin surface to create a...

The Unique Needs of Elderly Patients in the Emergency Department (Part 1)

by VickyRN - It is a typical shift in the emergency department (ed). Lydia smith, a 79-year-old woman, has fallen at home, hitting her face on the concrete slab on her front porch. Her medical history...

Qualitative Research: Empirical and Analytical Methods

by VickyRN - Research can be classified into two broad categories: qualitative and quantitative. The choice depends on the type of research question. Both research categories are designed to build knowledge, and...


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