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  • 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.
  • Providing Appropriate Nursing Care for the Developmentally Disabled Child 
    Providing Appropriate Nursing Care for the Developmentally Disabled Child by Jennifer Couch, RN
    Developmental disabilities are birth defects related to a problem with how body parts and/or body systems work. These defects may affect multiple body parts and/or systems. There are four types of disability discussed in this article including nervous system disability, sensory-related disability, metabolic disorders and degenerative disorders.
  • Recognizing and Overcoming Toxic Leadership 
    Recognizing and Overcoming Toxic Leadership by George A. Zangaro, PhD, RN Kelly Yager, MS, RN Joseph Proulx, EdD, RN Author’s Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr. Zangaro), Student (Ms. Yager), Professor (Dr. Proulx), Organizational Systems and Adult Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD. Correspondence: Dr. Zangaro, University of Maryland Baltimore, 655 West Lombard St Suite 465, Baltimore, MD 21201-1579
    Toxic nurse managers are detrimental to organizations, diminishing staff morale, thwarting creativity, and creating unnecessary job stress. Toxic nurse managers can also negatively affect an organization’s bottom line as staff absenteeism may increase, job satisfaction and critical thinking may decrease, leading to turnover and complicating innovation, decision making, and problem solving.
  • Relationships among the Elderly: The Effects on One’s Health and Psychosocial Well Being 
    People can get lonely, so dating for seniors could be a great boost for their psychological well being. Relationships among the Elderly: The Effects on One’s Health and Psychosocial Well Being by Mary Tencza, RN, BSN Graduate of Drexel University
    Advances in medicine are allowing many adults to live longer lives than previous generations. In fact, the elderly population is becoming one of the largest growing sectors of the present population. Recently, researchers have begun studying what factors contribute to successful aging. These studies are showing that the impact of family and social relationships plays an important part in one’s health and psychosocial well being.
  • Risperdal and Autism 
    Risperdal and Autism by Deda Donaldson, R.N. University of South Alabama College of Nursing
    Autism is a developmental disorder in children and continues through adulthood. Currently, there is no known cause or cure for autism. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Risperdal for the treatment of aggressive behavior in autistic patients ages 5-16 years old.
  • Russian Nurses after the Crimean War 
    Russian Nurses after the Crimean War Bureaucracy and Prejudice Against Nurses by Yuri Bessonov
    As it is well known, the Crimean War (1854-1856) marked the turning point in the history of nursing. The outstandingly self-sacrificing work of Florence Nightingale and 38 British nurses, who worked day and night in Turkish hospitals, providing help and necessary care to the sick and wounded soldiers, was highly praised and acknowledged in Britain. Their hard labor and efficient management in improving sanitary conditions in the army hospitals brought about a new approach to women’s participation in hospital care.
  • Sisters of Mercy in Prisons 
    Sisters of Mercy in Prisons by Yuri Bessonov
    Evolution of prisons in European countries has mainly been highlighted by the specialists on law and social studies, while participation of nurses in developing the up-to-date system of treating people sentenced by the societies to spend a part of their lives in jails still remains in a shadow. This survey is an attempt to take a brief glimpse of the contribution of sisters of mercy, members of the first European communes of nurses, to creating adequate conditions for prisoners and changing public's attitude towards rehabilitation of criminals and their possible return to normal life in the society.
  • Smoking Cessation Education in the Elderly 
    Smoking Cessation Education in the Elderly by Jennifer Gerhardt, Student Nurse Tammy L. Stuart MS, RN Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    The role of the professional nurse as direct care provider and educator is pivitol in providing clients with the information and support necessary to facilitate smoking cessation and improve client health outcomes.
  • THE ALGORITHM OF RAPID RESPONSE 
    THE ALGORITHM OF RAPID RESPONSE by Elizabeth A. Silverberg R.N.
    Carrying the beeper for a shift as a member of a rapid response team entails being ready at a moment’s notice to respond to the call for help from a nurse or family member concerned about a patient change of condition, no matter how subtle or seemingly inconsequential the clinical change may be.
  • The Challenge of MSA 
    The Challenge of MSA by Margo Quinlan, RN, MSN Laboure College, Boston, Ma.
    Five months later his wife called and said “Jack has been diagnosed with MSA and there’s not much they can do.” I asked if she meant MRSA. “No, it’s like Parkinson’s but there’s no known medication that helps.” The diagnosis was made by a neurologist who specializes in multiple system atrophy (MSA).
  • The Healing Impact of Palliative Care Gerontology 
    The Healing Impact of Palliative Care Gerontology by Sallie Guthrie, RN
    Palliative care is a philosophy and treatment to give an improved quality of life to those near the end of life and those with life-limiting conditions.
  • The Importance of Communication and Education toward Patient Literacy: 
    The Importance of Communication and Education toward Patient Literacy: The Relationship of Functional Health and Patient’s Knowledge of Their Chronic Disease and Metabolic Disorder Part Two: The Importance of Understanding Hypertension… by Gary D. Goldberg, PhD Clinical Professor of Medical Education Angeles College of Nursing, Los Angeles, Ca.
    The aging populations in the U.S. with ‘Essential’ Hypertension are showing inadequate health literacy, plus its impact on patients with idiopathic chronic diseases such as type II, adult onset Diabetes Mellitus are makeable. To identify among patients with hypertension and/or with diabetes the relationship between their functional health literacy levels, and the role of the registered nurse as communicator and educator.
  • The Importance of Supporting Mothers Who Breastfeed 
    The Importance of Supporting Mothers Who Breastfeed by Rachel B. Barrientos, Student Nurse, and Paula Bylaska-Davies, RN, MS, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    There are many health benefits to breastfeeding children such as lower mortality rates, ideal nutritional values, and long term benefits such as healthy weights and higher intelligence later in life. The positive aspects of breastfeeding extend to maternal health as well, such as lower rates of breast and ovarian cancers and decreased occurrences of post-partum depression.
  • The new meaning of the word “STAT” 
    The new meaning of the word “STAT” Francis Rhodes, RN
    the word “STAT” and what it means to me compared to what it means to others. In this instance it was sort of a “Hurry up and wait” affair.
  • The Power of Preceptorship 
    The Power of Preceptorship Dr. Susan M. Eley Assistant Professor Indiana State University
    The clinical experience is an essential component to nursing education. The identification of formal preceptors grows increasingly difficult as competition for clinical sites and nursing faculty shortages continue to place a strain on the system.
  • The Significance of the Missed Assessment: HIV/AIDS in the Older Adult 
    by Sarah L. Jameson, Student Nurse Carol A. Eliadi EdD, JD, APRN Assistant Dean and Associate Professor, School of Nursing Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    The health care system has faced many struggles related to the understanding the HIV virus and in caring for those affected and likely to be affected by this life threatening communicable disease.
    Tags: HIV, AIDS, elderly
  • The Signs and Symptoms’ of Cardiomyopathy: The Awareness and Actions of the Registered Nurse 
    by Gary D. Goldberg, PhD Clinical Professor of Medical Education Angeles College of Nursing, Los Angeles, Ca.
    A careful history-taking by the registered nurse or practitioner along with a complete physical examination can reveal cardiomyopathies, but it is appropriate to confirm the diagnosis with a transthoracic echocardiography and selected laboratory studies.
  • There Are No Simple Cases 
    There Are No Simple Cases by Barbara Tate ASN, RN Tampa General Hospital
    As a twenty year experienced recovery room nurse, I know that no case is ever the same. People are individuals. They react differently to medications. They metabolize drugs at different rates depending on age, body mass, body temperature, kidney and liver functions. Although everyone is different, I can basically expect a certain outcome in recovering people. But in saying this, you can always expect the unexpected.
  • THYROID STORM AND THE AACN SYNERGY MODEL 
    THYROID STORM AND THE AACN SYNERGY MODEL In the Eye of the Storm: Recognizing Thyroid Storm and Applying the AACN Synergy Model Deborah L. Bray, RN, BSN, CNS Graduate Student Murray State University
    Thyroid storm, or thyrotoxic crisis is a rare, but critical hypermetabolic state requiring emergent treatment.
  • TO GOWN OR NOT TO GOWN? 
    TO GOWN OR NOT TO GOWN? FOR MRSA PREVENTION THAT IS THE QUESTION. WHAT IS MRSA? by Amanda Zapka, SN Co-author: Paula Bylaska-Davies, BSN, MSN Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesTO GOWN OR NOT TO GOWN? FOR MRSA PREVENTION THAT IS THE QUESTION. WHAT IS MRSA?
    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that standard precautions should be used for all patients and should be enough to prevent the spread of most MRSA cases. However, in acute-care settings the CDC recommends additional contact precautions be implemented when there are ongoing MRSA transmissions, current infections, previous colonization, and in other special circumstances.
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