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  • Magnet Recognition: Is the Designation worth the Journey?
    Gina Quinn RN,BSN,CPAN Jennifer Papapavlou RN, BSN, CCRN Heather Miller RN, BSN, CPAN
    Currently, only eight percent of hospitals nationwide hold the title of Magnet Recognition (AHA, Fast Facts on US Hospitals, 2019) and even less receive consecutive designations. Eight percent is a marginally small number, especially when it comes to credentialing hospitals as havens for quality patient outcomes and centers of nursing excellence. The process of becoming a Magnet designated hospital is complex and grueling; requiring submissions of data, site visits, and taxes hospital resources in doing so. What then is this rare designation, and how does it improve both patient outcomes and nursing quality? Ultimately, does the designation provide benefit to those who obtain it?
  • A Husband's Difficult Decision
    Jennifer Kinneret Ron, BSN, RN, CPAN
    A husband's difficult decision regarding his critically ill wife and DNR status
  • Cardiomyopathy: A Closer Look at the Disease
    Cherrie Deguzman, Heather Miller, & Brianne Gallagher
    Heart disease is a wide term used for a variety of diseases that affect the heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Cardiomyopathy is one of the types of heart disease that affects about 50,000 Americans annually. There are four types of cardiomyopathy: dilated, hypertrophic, restrictive, and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, 2007). This article will detail the different types of cardiomyopathy as well as the causes, treatment, sign and symptoms, diagnostic procedures and prevention. It will also cover ways to live with cardiomyopathy and end of life care.
  • Love hate relationship in nursing
    Luzyanna
    My experience from a person who hated nursing to emerging as a qualified nurse.
  • Nurses Eat Their Young; An Insight Into Systematic Hazing and its Implications on Patient Care
    Shelby Leahy
    I am a nursing student that worked as a CNA for six years. I was inspired to write this from my own experiences that I have encountered while working in the field of nursing.
  • Retro-Clival Hematoma In The Pediatric Emergency Department
    Richard. Pearson
    An unusual presentation of Retro-clival hematoma in the pediatric population
  • Rapid Response Team to the Rescue
    Marina E. Bitanga BSN, RN, CCRN
    Rapid response team purpose is to initiate immediate measures before patient deteriorates further and to educate the staff on activating the staff the Rapid response team
  • Impact of Language Barriers on Patient Safety
    Eva Vega-Gamez Stephanie Dumesle Jinsol Kim Mayara Silva Edith Claros, PhD MSN RN
    This paper discusses how linguistic differences can contribute to patient adverse outcomes and the role of health care providers in mitigating the impact.
  • Perioperative Fasting Guidelines as it relates to ERAS Protocol: Exploring Existing Modalities
    Sarah Mensa-Kwao Cook
    For the longest time, any procedure requiring anesthesia was accompanied with perioperative instructions mandating a fast from midnight until the surgery. However, anyone that’s lived long enough has learned to understand that just because something has been done for a long time, it doesn’t mean it should be done for the rest of time. With technological advances and improvements in research, medical practices and patient instructions should evolve. Here, we’ll explore the rationale behind the old modality as it pertains to preoperative care and instructions, what’s changed in research and technology, and finally, what new modalities should be learned, taught, and implemented.
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy in Pediatrics
    Stacey Kast Rn, Bsn
    The use of ECT for the pediatric population requires significant application of professional ethics in order for the process to be smooth and successful. Experts who administer ECT on psychiatric patients ought to consider the right of the patient to choose the type of treatment they want after being equipped with all the pros and cons related to the process.
  • Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections
    Stephanie Hopson
    Evidence based practice for implementation of central line bundles to decrease central line associated bloodstream infections.
  • Protein Consumption and Hydration in Competitive High School Students
    Sabina Fidai Mackenzie Gavin Joseph D'Angelo Catherine Redler
    The objective of this article is to provide a resource for nurses, coaches and athletes on proper consumption of protein and hydration status. According to the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of protein for both men and women is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. The average athlete consumes more than the recommended amount of protein with protein supplements. The combination of increased protein consumption along with inadequate hydration can lead to short and long term consequences. Consequences include, acute and chronic kidney injury, rhabdomylosis, and electrolyte imbalances. Nurses play a vital role in primary prevention and education strategies in regards to proper nutrition.
  • Compassion in Nursing; the “Gift that Keeps on Giving"
    Mary Ellen Buechel Holbrook, RN, BA, BSN, CPAN
    This article describes how, even in a busy recovery room, nurses who show compassion while caring for their patients, enrich their patients' experience by making a meaningful connection with them.
  • Utilizing the “Teach Back” Method Approach in Reducing Medical Errors in Patients After Discharge.
    Lise Anne Ross
    This article is about the utilization of the teach-back method in reducing medical error and readmission with patients after discharge.
  • SXU Ranked No. #1 by U. S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs”
    Kelly Murphy
    Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) School of Nursing recently earned the #1 ranking by U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs”. SXU’s School of Nursing has ranked in the top three online graduate nursing programs five consecutive years. This is the third time the program has been ranked #1 in those five years.
  • Expanding the BSN Workforce
    1. Gary Milligan 2. Laura Steadman
    The article discusses the benefits of a BSN prepared workforce as it relates to patient health outcomes. It also addresses the decision process for ADN prepared nurses as they review RN to BSN programs in anticipation of completing their BSN.
  • Knowing Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury
    Marina E. Bitanga RN, BSN, CCRN
    Transfusion-related acute lung injury occurs within 6 hours post transfusion where patient develops shortness of breath without signs of pulmonary overload in chest xray. With evidence of hypoxemia / low oxygen saturation.
  • Preventative Community Health Improvement plan
    Wendy Blatchley RN
    Preventative community health improvement plan to reduce the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  • What Are The Effects Of Floating to Nurses And Patient Care
    Marina E. Bitanga BSB, RN, CCRN
    This article will explore how floating affects nurses and what management can do to help nurses relieve the stress, anxiety, and dissatisfaction of the nurses with the health care system.
  • Factors Influencing Nurse Medication Errors
    Skip Morelock PhD, RN, NEA-BC Clinical Professor of Nursing Collin College
    This article explores the medication errors and the phenomena of nurse distractions. Nurses are intimately involved in the medication administration process. Even though the parameters of selection, dosing, compounding, and dispensing medication remain under the purview of other allied health professionals, the nurse represents the last safety checkpoint between the medication and the patient and efforts should be directed toward removing obstacles which are negatively impacting this process. It has long been suspected that nursing distractions whether by patient, family, coworkers or others, are facilitating the occurrence of errors in the hospital setting. There are practices which are discussed which may ameliorate this threat to some extent if employed consistently and judiciously.
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