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Primary Care

November 2014 Vol. 9 No. 11

Author: Caroll Tipian, BSN, RN, OCN

Chemotherapy and radiation used to treat head and neck cancers, as well as high-dose chemo­therapy given to stem-cell transplant patients, can damage the mucosa of the oral cavity and GI tract. This article discusses mucositis in the oral cavity, which can cause symptoms ranging from a slight . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Cindy Lefton, PhD, RN

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. One of the recommendations is one-time screening by ultrasonography in men ages 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked. The task force is an independent panel of nonFederal experts in prevention and . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

Maternal depression is more common at 4 years following childbirth than at any other time in the first 12 months after childbirth, according to a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The results suggest that a greater focus on maternal mental health is needed. Read more . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released “Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs),” which cautions against legislators and policymakers taking actions that limit access to care provided by APRNs, including areas related to physician supervision. The report states, “expanded APRN scope of practice is good . . .

October 2013 Vol. 8 No. 10

Author: Nanette Yragui, PhD; Barbara Silverstein, MSN, RN, PhD, MPH; and Whitney Johnson, MPH

In a study published by Health Affairs, hospitals with higher nurse staffing had 25% lower odds of being penalized for readmissions compared to similar hospitals with lower staffing. Read more . . .

March 2013 Vol. 8 No. 3

Author: Toni Loftus, RN, MBA, MHA

Bullying refers to repeated negative activity or aggression intended to harm or bother someone that the aggressor perceives as less powerful. In many cases, bullying victims are harassed because of certain characteristics others perceive as “different”—for instance, physical or learning disabilities, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. (See the box . . .

April 2012 Vol. 7 No. 4

Author: Rose Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

A study in BMJ Open reports that men had a higher rate of hospital utilization, defined as ED visits or readmissions within 30 days of discharge, than women. Risk factors for men included being retired, not being married, having symptoms of depression, and not visiting a primary care provider within . . .

April 2012 Vol. 7 No. 4

Author: Rose Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Using the patient “hand off” tool I-PASS reduced medical errors by 40% according to a study at Boston Children’s Hospital. I-PASS stands for: I = Illness severity, P = Patient summary, A = Action list for the next team, S = Situation awareness and contingency plans, and S = Synthesis and “read . . .

April 2012 Vol. 7 No. 4

Author: Elizabeth Ness, MS, RN; Linda K. Parreco, MS, RN; Annette Galassi, MA, RN;

Don’t miss the second in a four-part series on clinical trials written by nurses from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, which covers phases of clinical trials, informed consent, ethics, and more.

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