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Journal of Nursing : Risk

  • Making a Difference: Recognizing the Risk of Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Use by Older Women 
    by Connie Caneen, Student Nurse Carol Eliadi EdD, JD, APRN Assistant Dean and Associate Professor, School of Nursing Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Substance abuse in the elderly, specifically abuse of alcohol and benzodiazepines, is much higher than most people may think. According to a recent article published by CNN, of the 25.6 million women over the age of 59, seven percent abuse alcohol and eleven percent abuse psychoactive drugs such as benzodiazepines (CNN, 1998).
  • Preventing Falls in the Elderly Long Term Care Facilities 
    Preventing Falls in the Elderly Long Term Care Facilities Rebecca McCarthy, MSN, RN-BC, CDONA Catherine W. Adedokun, MSN, RN Roseanne Moody Fairchild, PhD, RN
    The elderly long-term care population is at increase risk for falls and fall related injuries. The implementation of a fall prevention program is important for ensuring resident safety. Systematically assessing residents’ risk for falls and implementing appropriate fall prevention interventions can reduce the number of falls in the elderly long-term care residents.
  • Videos, Bells and Whistles; Fall Risk or Injury Prevention? 
    by Michelle Myers Glower RN MSN LNC
    The term “Never Event” is not friendly. Never events consist of 28 occurrences on a list of inexcusable outcomes in a healthcare setting. They are defined as "adverse events that are serious, largely preventable, and of concern to both the public and healthcare providers for the purpose of public accountability.
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