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HIV+ Patients and Cardiovascular Risk

Before there was AIDS and HIV, there was Kaposi sarcoma and Pneumocystic jirovecii pneumonia (PCP). These frequently caused death and often led to a diagnosis of AIDS. Later, it was discovered that...

Are We Letting Our Patients Suffer?

Recently I had a patient who fractured her femur, mid-shaft. She was unable to have it repaired due to multiple co-morbids. So, she was given a brace and told it would have to heal in time. She...

ENA offering Mass Casualty Education at 2018 Conference

A new practice improvement initiative and study indicates active shooter training and simulations are vital to ensuring staff is equipped to respond effectively should their emergency department ever...

Pot or Not?

What is CBD oil? Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of the many compounds found in the cannabis plant. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the most active component of the plant and is psychoactive....

Predicting Mortality of SICU Patients with Intra-Abdominal Sepsis

The PIRO Score is based on several factors of the overall patient care picture. It includes predisposition, infection/injury, response, organ dysfunction. PIRO Scores are not new and are utilized...

When and Why Nurses Are Leaving the Workforce - 2018 Salary Survey Part 3

allnurses recently examined the reasons why nurses leave the workforce. This was part of the 2018 Salary Survey. The number one reason is simply age. Of course, as we all age, we expect at some point...

Teaching - An Investment in Your Future

AN recently interviewed Audrey Wirth, MSN, RN-BC, CVRN-BC, who is an adjunct clinical instructor with Aurora University's School of Nursing and Allied Health about teaching clinicals and provided us...

Suicide Screening in the ED?

New research from the Emergency Nurses Association encourages more in-depth suicide screenings in the emergency department in an effort to better identify individuals at risk for suicide. The study,...

Reducing Re-Intubation Rates - One Protocol....

ICU patients are sicker than ever. Many patients in the ICU are intubated and getting them extubated can sometimes be problematic. Delayed extubation or re-intubations are costly in terms of...

Nephrology Nurses Week 2018 - Interview with Dialysis Nurse/Patient

The 2018 National Nephrology Nurses Week is September 9-15. This week is set aside to honor all nurses that work in nephrology. These nurses work in a variety of positions including private...

Notes from an Entrepreneur

Denetra Hampton, MHSA, BSN, RN is a nursing entrepreneur who has built an educational empire consisting of a start-up that focuses on bridging the gap between nursing education and technology. She...

Shhhh...Quiet Time in the ICU

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses recently published a study regarding the noise level in an ICU and ways to decrease patient and staff noise stimulation. Noise stress is a concern for...

What Can We Learn about the Recent Celebrity Suicides?

You only have to open a newspaper or click on a recent news article on the web to find that another celebrity or sports figure has committed suicide. From CBS news: "The deaths of designer Kate Spade...

Nurses and Pulmonary Disease

Lung disease is very prevalent in the US. Many patients are admitted to hospitals with the primary diagnosis of respiratory distress. This is often a complaint from patients with lung disease. Lung...

Cancer Treatment or Buy Groceries??

What do you think of this? "Urgent action must be taken to address the dramatic rise of cancer drug prices and to better align prices with value, according to a report released today by the...


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