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2018 Stroke Care Guidelines

The brain is a convoluted organ with many highways and byways. It’s amazing how the brain sorts out millions of messages and allows us to communicate and move about. However, damage caused to the brain by a stroke can immensely impair a person’s ability to communicate and function effectively. For these reasons in 2017 the American Heart Association announced they

Klebsiella pneumoniae and Healthcare Acquired Infections

Do you know why Healthcare Acquired Infections are on the rise? One reason is Klebsiella pneumoniae. Actually, Klebsiella pneumoniae CAN be a friendly bacterium, especially to our environment and GI tract; but nurses don’t turn your back! These little capsule wearing, sticky suckers can cause serious havoc to the fragile lungs. To put it briefly, Klebsiella pneumoniae can be an

Anticipating Neonatal Resuscitation

Anticipating performing neonatal resuscitation is the key for a successful outcome of neonatal cardiac and respiratory arrest. Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses are responsible for attending High Risk deliveries. Additionally, NICU nurses are also responsible for performing neonatal resuscitation as part of a team. Most importantly, it will be imperative that the NICU nurse have knowledge of what to anticipate for

Plantar Fasciitis: My Aching Feet

    Do you feel shooting pain through the heel of your foot when you step out of bed? Does the pain go away after you are on your feet for a while? Does the pain return after you have sat for a while only to return when you stand again? You have Plantar Fasciitis. So many nurses suffer from Plantar

Healthcare Reform and Nurses: Challenges and Opportunities

Healthcare Reform and Nurses: Challenges and Opportunities The Affordable Care Act (ACA) promises a broader and more important role for nurses the health care system. After decades of advocating for meaningful reform, the American Nurses Association (ANA) joined others in celebrating the signing into law of the Affordable Care Act on Marc;h 23 2010.  This is the most significant piece

Patient-Family Centered Care

When a child becomes ill, the entire family needs care. In order to create a true healing environment, we must make every effort to keep families together, communicate fully and frequently, and make shared decisions. Patients and families are partners in care. This is referred to as Patient & Family Centered Care, or PFCC. The following principles provide a foundation