As efforts to address the opioid epidemic have intensified in recent years, a nurse and her research team started noticing an unprecedented trend — an increasing number of people needed emergency services after receiving naloxone (Narcan), an opioid antagonist used for complete or partial reversal of opioid overdose.
The nursing shortage. For years, those three words have invoked concern among nurses, healthcare leaders and recruiters. Though the phrase is usually mentioned regarding hospital settings, a shortage of nurses is being felt in home care as well, specifically by families who have children with complex medical needs.
Maintaining patient confidentiality and privacy is a fundamental obligation for every nurse. Most often, a breach can happen when a nurse shares patient information with a person who is not a member of the healthcare team or when a patient’s electronic medical record is accessed for a personal reason.
Nurse-Family Partnership launched its Goal Mama app this year.The Nurse-Family Partnership encourages young new moms to use the app between at-home visits with the partnership’s 2,000-plus nurses, to help meet and track their goals.
In an era when nursing shortages are expected to persist into 2025 nurses may have the upper hand when it comes to commanding top RN salaries.
When Sophia Thomas, DNP, FNP, PNP, FAANP, saw a 16-year-old patient suffering from a chronic cough, she immediately considered the possibility that vaping could be the source of the problem. Thomas was right. And statistics are showing the need for increased education on vaping health risks.
Nurses in all practice settings likely will have veteran patients — many of whom have special healthcare needs. The U.S. veteran population is more than 20 million strong, ranging in age from 18 to 80 and beyond. One of the most important questions nurses can ask patients is, “Have you ever served in the military?”
A recent search showed the Office for Civil Rights was investigating 548 breaches in the last 24 months. Perhaps as concerning as the rate at which these healthcare cyberattacks occur is the lack of cybersecurity training at U.S. healthcare facilities.
There’s an arsenal of documented cases in which medical professionals kill their patients — known as serial healthcare killing. The topic has grown in attention so much that one nurse presented on nurses who kill to an overflow crowd at a recent national emergency nursing conference.
In professional negligence cases against nurses and other healthcare providers, the expert witness must be a healthcare practitioner familiar with the standard of care. If this requirement is not met, the case against the healthcare practitioner, such as a nurse, will fail.