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The Importance of Medication Adherence

As nurses, it’s vital that we help patients learn the importance of medication compliance. But what do you do when you are fighting against attitudes, budgets, and misinformation? It’s important to understand medication adherence and how to improve it.

5 Current Healthcare Issues and How an Integrated Delivery System Can Solve Them

5 Current Healthcare Issues and How an Integrated Delivery System Can Solve Them

Of all the issues for a hospital or medical office to have, technology and communication issues shouldn’t be one of them. But they do happen, and far too often. We’ve partnered with Ascom to dig into these issues because these are among the many safety issues in nursing that decrease the quality of care nurses can provide. Read on to learn about the 5 current healthcare issues and how an integrated delivery system can reduce their impact and in many cases solve.

10 Ways to Describe the C Diff Smell

10 Ways to Describe the C Diff Smell

Clostridium Difficile (C Diff) is an intestinal bacterium that has been wreaking havoc in hospitals and infection control departments. It is what is known as a nosocomial infection – an infection obtained while in hospital from infectious spread from other patients. One of the most significant challenges with C Diff is the delay in detection. Nurses are instrumental in early identification and isolation of infected patients decreasing the risk of transmission to more patients.

What You Need to Know About Opioid Induced Constipation Treatment Options

What You Need to Know About Opioid Induced Constipation Treatment Options

Finding an opioid induced constipation treatment that provides adequate and quick relief of symptoms may be important for patients and their providers. However, a recent online survey of 441 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older who were living with chronic pain, on opioid therapy and suffering from opioid induced constipation (OIC) revealed some interesting findings. The survey, conducted by Wakefield Research, sponsored by a partnership of the US Pain Foundation and Salix Pharmaceuticals, found that 77% of these patients reported suffering from OIC for at least a year. Why aren’t they getting relief faster?

Debunking 5 Myths About Millennial Nurses

It seems that the latest generation of Millennial Nurses has caused quite an uproar. Let's look at myths surrounding millennial nurses.

Millennial nurses have become the bane healthcare leadership existence over the past several years. No matter what generation you are a part of, it’s likely you’ve participated in or been the topic of discussion around those pesky entitled Millennial nurses.

Transparency in Healthcare

Transparency in Health Care

How can nurses help foster transparency in healthcare? I was very fortunate to attend The National Patient Safety Foundations’ Lucian Leape Institute’s 8th Annual Forum & Keynote dinner on September 17, 2015 as one of the nurses selected to represent our organization. Lucian Leape is considered the father of the modern patient safety movement in …

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5 Excellent Books For Nurses By Nurses

Many nurses practice nursing in ways that are less than traditional, such as authors. Check out these 5 books for nurses written by nurses.

With over 3 million nurses in the United States it’s not surprising to hear about ways they practice nursing that are a little less traditional. Nurses are becoming authors at an increasing rate and bringing quality content to a growing library of books written for nurses. It’s not surprising that the best nursing books are written by men and women who have actually practice nursing and can identify with other nurses.And these nurse author aren’t just writing text books or “how to” guides for nurses. The are writing compelling stories of the drama they face everyday on the floor. They are writing powerful tales that nurses can identify with. They are telling the untold stories of patient care.

Nurses Eat Their Young – How to Stop Being a Victim of Nurse Bullying

Nurses Eat Their Young

Nurses eat their young. If you’re a nurse and haven’t experienced, you likely know someone who does. When I speak about social media and talk about how my bullying experience lead me to find community and connections with nurses online, I always have nurses who approach me after my talk to confide in me their bullying experiences. This happens without fail. I am thankful to make connections with my audience, but it saddens me that this is often the area that sparks a deeper connection.

Diversity in Nursing

Diversity in Nursing

Diversity in Nursing is a popular topic in the world of Nursing. But, why is diversity an issue and what can we do to make improvements? I have noticed people and some nurses; really do not understand the issue of diversity in nursing. In addition, why is diversity in nursing the elephant in the room? …

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