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The Grinch of allnurses.com

Okay, not to be a Grinch, but really Christmas has become just so ridiculous. We all want this season to be happy with family get togethers, joy, peace and harmony. However, there are certain...

Exciting Possible Treatment for Alzheimer's! And the first Patient is a Nurse

Approximately 5.7 Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer's currently. 5.5 million people are over the age of 65 years and there are approximately 200,000 individuals under the age of 65 who...

Recent Info on Full Practice Authority for APRNs

I recently received the AACN Critical Care Newsletter and was looking thru it casually. One of the articles that caught my eye was from the Hamilton Project and the subject was full practice...

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...

Why Are Maternal Deaths on the Rise?

Maternal death rates in the US have risen 26.6% over 14 years, from 18.8 in 2000 to 23.8 in 2014, according to a recent American Association of Critical Care Nursing publication. There are many...

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

From Cancer Treatment Centers of America: WHAT: In recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), is partnering with the American Lung...

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...


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