Autism spectrum disorder: Questions answered

Autism spectrum disorder: Questions answered

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today I recently spoke with Donna Swanson, MSN, CS, APRN, executive director and co-founder of the FOCUS Center for Autism in Canton, CT. Donna, who has over 30 years of nursing experience, specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She shared some insights and offered advice for nurses caring for patients with ASD. Autism is a broad term. Can you provide a definition or…

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Unit 2 Principles of Health And Social Care Practice

Unit 2 Principles of Health And Social Care Practice

East End Computing & Business College PEARSON BTEC LEVEL 5 HND IN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE Assignment Brief Unit 2 : Principles of Health & Social Care Practice Learner’s Declaration: I declare that all the work submitted for this assignment is my own work or, in the case of group work, the work of myself and other members of the group in which I worked, and that no part of it has been copied from any source. I understand that…

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Hospital-level care at home…Is that a thing?

Hospital-level care at home…Is that a thing?

Last week I shared an article about the decreasing number of hospitals in the United States and wondered about what that would mean for healthcare. Where will care take place if not in the hospital? Then, this morning, I encountered a story on NPR about “hospital-at-home” care. At Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston, some patients can opt to have their “hospital stay” at home. They’re visited by providers and nurses twice a day in and wear a small…

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Supraventricular tachycardia

Supraventricular tachycardia

Quick action reverses SVT and prevents a disastrous outcome. Takeaways: Atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter are the most common subtypes of supraventricular tachycardia, which is relatively common in women. The treatment of choice for unstable patients is synchronized cardioversion. For stable patients, initial treatment is a vagal maneuver, such as the Valsalva maneuver or carotid massage. Pharmacologic treatment includes adenosine (preferred) or a calcium channel blocker or beta blocker. By Cindy Ruiz, MS, APN-CNS, CCRN Susan Brooks, age 75, arrives…

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Team assist: Manage nurse burnout and improve care quality

Team assist: Manage nurse burnout and improve care quality

Nursing teamwork addresses admission, discharge, and transfer workloads. Takeaways: Multiple simultaneous admissions, discharges, and transfers can create complexity and heavy workloads in acute-care facilities. To ensure patient safety and reduce nurse burnout, nurses must receive support during periods of increased workload. An admission, discharge, transfer team can help improve outcomes for the organization, nurses, and patients. By Minerva Gonzales, DNP, RN-BC, NE-BC; Carey Rumbaugh, MSN, RN-BC; and Carol Boswell, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN Multiple simultaneous admissions, discharges, and transfers…

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Opioids vs non-opioids: Which are better?

Opioids vs non-opioids: Which are better?

In some situations, the answer may be neither. In a recent randomized clinical trial of 240 patients with moderate to severe chronic back pain or hip or knee osteoarthritis despite analgesic use, the researchers found no significantly better pain-related function when patients received opioid versus non-opioid medication. In the opioid group, patients were started on immediate-release morphine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone/acetaminophen. The non-opioid group of patients started with acetaminophen (paracetamol) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. In both groups, medications were added…

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Why your nursing networks matter

Why your nursing networks matter

Networks help you advance your career, provide high-quality care, and support your colleagues. Takeaways: Professional networks are crucially connected to quality patient care. Building a professional network can take two paths: a network in your immediate clinical environment or one created through an organization. Professional networking has rules, such as adding value to others, building a professional image, and being prepared and positive. By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Tanya M. Cohn, PhD, MEd, RN Maria is…

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Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient Safety Awareness Week

Shining a light on a public health crisis Each year, an important event is nationally recognized but frequently overshadowed by our busy lives: Patient Safety Awareness Week. Seven days are devoted to increase awareness about patient safety in the eyes of all healthcare professionals and the public. This year, patient safety week is March 11-17, 2018, and its importance is critical when you consider that preventable harm in healthcare is a public health crisis; estimates place it as a leading…

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