Nutrition tips for nurses who work shifts
If you work shifts, you know it’s not always easy to find time to eat. Your stomach may be growling, but you can’t sit down to eat if a patient codes, a coworker calls off sick, and you get five new a...
Nutrition for nurses who work shifts references
Engler L. The importance of all meals. NSCA’s Performance Training Journal. 4(6):10-11. www.healthygatherings.com/items/addonfiles/179_04064.pdf. Accessed June 15, 2009.
Mayo Clinic Staff. How much...
A goal of the induction phase of therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest is to:
a. quickly warm the patient to target body temperature.
b. slowly cool the patient to target body temperature....
The healthy nurse
It sat idle on my desk for a few years, the white letters on the shiny red circle of the "Easy" button tempting me to approach. I couldn’t bring myself to indulge the urge to depress the circl...
The body’s most efficient pH-balancing force is the:
a. chemical buffer system.
b. respiratory system.
c. renal system.
d. metabolic system.
Correct answer: a. Chemical buffers, substances t...
Tips for achieving healthy sleep
Healthy sleep improves our personal health and ability to work productively
and safely. To maintain healthy sleep habits (also called
sleep hygiene), we must control the factors that can interfere w...
Exercising on the go
As a nurse, you know the benefits of regular exercise, but you may have difficulty fitting exercise into your busy day at work and at home. The good news: Virtually anyone can do exercises on the go. ...
Attitude: The power of human energy
On December 10, 1996, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, age 37, awoke with intense pain behind her left eye. A blood vessel had exploded in her left brain hemisphere—and she was having a stroke. Within hours, sh...
Uncover your inner nurse athlete
What would you do if you had more energy? Would you invest some of it toward promoting your own health? Spend more time connecting with loved ones? Pursue life goals you haven’t had the time for?
Helping patients survive sepsis
A common and devastating condition, sepsis has significant healthcare implications worldwide. An estimated 1 million cases occur in the United States annually, causing more deaths than prostate cancer...
New abdominal surgical set clears FDA
On April 30, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is allowing marketing of the Percutaneous Surgical Set, the first instrument set that can be assembled and disassembled insid...
Spotlight on safety: Preventing pathogen exposure on the job
As a nurse, you’re the healthcare professional at highest risk of exposure to pathogens in blood and body fluids—whether you work in a hospital, outpatient setting, or home care. Since the inception...
From our readers…Know your A, B, C, and D’s for patients with progressive disease
"Something’s wrong. We have to fix it quickly!"
All of our training and experiences as nurses, such as my almost 30 years as a hospital-based RN, lead us to have this response to any unexpect...
When breathing is a burden: How to help patients with COPD references
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs. 3rd ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics; 2004.
Barnes PJ, Celli BR. Systemic man...
FDA approves Belviq for treatment of obesity
On June 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) for the treatment of obesity. It is to be used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise for ...
Physiology review: Circulatory system
Chances are you frequently care for patients with cardiac and circulatory conditions and administer drugs affecting the circulation. This review of the circulatory system increases your knowledge base...
Deep-brain stimulation: Hope for dystonia patients
Recently, the media have shone a spotlight on deep-brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of neurologically based movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. DBS also is...
Introducing the quantum patient
As a young visiting nurse working in Cincinnati, I was asked to go to the home of a woman who was ‚Äúnot compliant.‚Äù This woman, who had a history of high blood pressure and blood clots, was pregnan...
Drugs in the environment: Nurses’ roles and responsibilities
News that pharmaceuticals have been found in our rivers and streams, fish, wildlife, and even our drinking water has captured our interest and concern. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Active pharmaceutic...
Getting straight on low back pain treatment
No matter what specialty area you work in, you’ll encounter patients with low back pain. Most people experience low back pain at some time in their lives. Up to 25% of the population have it in any gi...
Pharmacology review: Drugs that alter blood coagulation
The vascular system delivers oxygen and nutrients to all body cells and removes waste products from tissues. This closed system functions as a pressure system, with blood flowing continuously from hig...
Bloodborne infection from sharps and mucocutaneous exposure: A continuing problem
Since the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA) became law in 2000 and the revised bloodborne pathogens standard (of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration [OSHA]) became fully effect...
Additional resources on bloodborne infection
Additional resources on bloodborne infection
After you’ve read this special report, you might want to obtain additional information about bloodborne infections by accessing the online resources below...
Nurses at House of Delegates shape ANA’s direction
Nurses participating in the American Nurses Association’s House of Delegates (HOD) took action to update and streamline governance of the association to more quickly address pressing issues and better...
Quantifying the benefits of staff participation in shared governance
Structures, in the form of councils and committees, provide forums where nurses participate and engage in work.
Processes are the bylaws and policies that define
how the work and decisions will be...