Health Bytes

AAACN Health Bytes is an informative and helpful listing of hot topics, awareness, and articles that may make your life easier and more enjoyable.

Health Bytes listings (pre July 2014) appeared in ViewPoint, the official publication of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN), a peer-reviewed, bimonthly publication for nursing professionals. ViewPoint is distributed to members as a direct benefit of membership.

2017

August: FREE CNE! * Evidence-Based Telehealth Expansion Act * Improving Diagnostic Safety

E-Cigarette Use Linked with Future Cigarette Smoking. From JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(8):788-797. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.1488 - Findings from a systematic review and meta-analysis of nine longitudinal studies indicate that e-cigarette use is an independent risk factor for subsequent cigarette smoking initiation in adolescents and young adults. Read the full article.

Improving Diagnostic Safety - Diagnostic error is a significant and under-recognized threat to patient safety. AHRQ is funding research to better understand how these errors happen and what can be done to prevent them. According to the AHRQ-sponsored report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care Link to Exit Disclaimer, published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2015, most patients will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime. These errors occur in all settings of care, contribute to about 10 percent of patient deaths, and are the primary reason for medical liability claims. Read the full article.

Two Representatives introduce bipartisan Evidence-Based Telehealth Expansion Act. Reps. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., and Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, introduced a bill that would help Medicare providers expand telehealth services. The bill would allow the HHS secretary to review Medicare services and determine which are appropriate for telehealth. It would also authorize the HHS secretary to waive existing restrictions on those services if they reduce cost while maintaining or improving quality. Read the full article.

FREE CNE - "Use of the Parihs Framework and Clinical Microsystem Teams to Implement Primary Care Nurse Coordination across a 12-Site Federally Qualified Health Center and Patient-Centered Medical Home." Address engagement challenges for nurses working in telephone triage, both in centralized call centers and primary practice settings, with a primary focus on the leadership support of staff and patients. From the AAACN 42nd Annual Conference 2017. Total Credits: 1.00 CNE. Free for AAACN members until Aug. 31, 2017. Available in the AAACN Online Library.

July: FREE CNE! * Lonely Seniors * Empowering Nurses * REAL ID Act * Looking Professional at your Healthcare Interview * Yum Factor: Watermelon

Is Watermelon Good for You? There's promising news for your blood pressure in terms of health benefits, it has a lot going for it. It’s sweet and tastes like a treat, but it’s also low in calories, high in fiber, hydrating, and rich in nutrients. And watermelon may even help to lower your blood pressure, too. Read the full article about this refreshing, summer favorite!

(From the AAACN Career Center): Avoid these four mistakes that may ruin your job search process. By this point, you know not to apply to any jobs with an email address that screams, “I created this in the eighth grade!” So, you’re no longer myfirstemailaddy(at)aol.com as far as your prospective employers are concerned. You also know not to show up late for the interview. And you have a firm grasp on the importance of making eye contact and delivering a solid handshake. But did you know that there are several other things that could negatively impact the impression you make on a hiring manager? Read the full article.

Are you planning to attend the 2018 Annual Conference, or fly anywhere in 2018? Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s licenses - even domestic flights. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on December 20, 2013 a phased enforcement plan for the REAL ID Act (the Act), as passed by Congress, that will implement the Act in a measured, fair, and responsible way. Read about this important security measure - the REAL ID Act - at the Department of Homeland Security Website.

Improving Patient Wellness by Empowering Nurses - Patient Safety Nurses are our front line of patient care, so leading hospitals are providing them with the tools to speak up and effect real change. Health care is growing increasingly complex. Everyone from hospitals and insurance companies to health care providers are looking for ways to improve the process and, more importantly, outcomes for patients and their families. Read the full article.

Keeping Lonely Seniors Company Can Help Keep Them Healthy- Research shows older adults who feel lonely are at greater risk of memory loss, strokes, heart disease and high blood pressure. The health threat is similar to that of smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to AARP. Researchers say that loneliness and isolation are linked to physical inactivity and poor sleep, as well as high blood pressure and poor immune functioning. Read the full article.

FREE CNE - "Use of the Parihs Framework and Clinical Microsystem Teams to Implement Primary Care Nurse Coordination across a 12-Site Federally Qualified Health Center and Patient-Centered Medical Home." Hear what happened when care coordination was implemented across 12 sites of a federally qualified health center and patient-centered medical home over 15 months in a model where primary care nurses coordinate the care of their own patients. From the AAACN 41st Annual Conference 2016. Total Credits: 1.00 CNE. Free for AAACN members until July 31, 2017. Free for AAACN members until July 31, 2017. Available in the AAACN Online Library.

June: FREE CNE * Resume Turnoffs for Nurses * Working 28-Hour Shifts? * Falsification in Nursing * Tele-ICUs Help Nurses Care for Patients from Afar

Tele-ICUs Help Nurses Care for Patients from Afar - Telemedicine is here to stay. According to an article published in the American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) earlier this year, telemedicine is changing the way patient care is provided in a growing number of intensive care units across the country.  The article notes that “the U.S. has approximately 45 tele-ICUs with monitoring capacity for more than 6,000 patients at more than 200 hospitals, impacting care for an estimated 12 percent of ICU patients in the country.” Read the full article.

Falsification in nursing - There’s no shortage of penalties for falsification. When anyone falsifies information about themselves, it is a serious matter, as it is obviously misleading, deceptive and reflects on your trustworthiness. But it is extremely serious when a nurse does this. Read the full article.

(From the AAACN Career Center): Medical Residents Can Now Work 28-Hour Shifts - But Is it a Good Thing? On March 10, 2017, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Board approved a requirement that will allow first-year medical resident interns to work up to 28-hour shifts. Each intern can work a 24-hour shift, then they're granted a four-hour period to inform other doctors and residents about their patients' status. The approved changes will go into effect July 1 in order to align with the 2017–2018 academic school year in teaching hospitals. Read the article.

(From the AAACN Career Center): 5 Biggest Resume Turnoffs for Nurses - The typical hiring manager spends only 10 to 20 seconds reviewing each nurse’s resume, and that means that first impressions count. A LOT. To keep your resume from landing in the reject pile, avoid these five resume mistakes that turn healthcare employers off. Read the article.

FREE CNE - "Forming High-Quality Medical Teams in Ambulatory Settings: MetroHealth's Lessons Learned with TeamSTEPPS." Discuss the key elements required to successfully implement TeamSTEPPS in an ambulatory care setting and form high-quality medical teams. From the AAACN 41st Annual Conference 2016. Total Credits: 1.00 CNE. Free for AAACN members until June 30, 2017. Available in the AAACN Online Library.

May: FREE CNE * SuperTracker * Skin Care and Aging * Value of CCCTM Certification - Investing in Our Nurses * Positive Impact of Ambulatory Care Nurses

Nursing Leader Describes Positive Impact of Ambulatory Care Nurses - The increasingly vital role of ambulatory care nurses in health care today is the focus of this interview with Rachel E. Start, MSN, RN, Director of Ambulatory Care Nursing at Rush Oak Park Hospital. Ms. Start, who co-led AAACN's initiative on developing the landmark AAACN Ambulatory Care Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Industry Report. This interview describes how nurses are leading the shift in health care today toward promoting health, preventing disease, and coordinating care. Watch the interview.

An article by Diana Harmon, MSN, MHA, RN, CCCTM, Chairperson, Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM™) Test Development and Item Writers committees, Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB), has been included in a USA Today supplement, Investing in Our Nurses, published by MediaPlanet. The supplement was distributed nationally May 12 to coincide with National Nurses Week.

Diana’s article is entitled “A New and Important Certification for Those Called to Serve,” and is expected to be read online by an estimated 3+ million readers. This article describes how patients are falling through the cracks in today’s health care system due to the lack of coordinated care, and how RNs are uniquely qualified to provide this crucial service. Diana also outlines the value of CCCTM certification for nurses, patients, facilities, and the entire U.S. health care system. Read the article.

Skin Care and Aging - Skin changes with age. It becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did. Veins and bones can be seen more easily. Scratches, cuts, or bumps can take longer to heal. Years of sun tanning and lengthy sunlight exposure may lead to wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and even cancer. But there are ways to protect skin and to make it feel and look better. The National Institute on Aging’s Skin Care and Aging fact sheet has practical information about skin topics such as dry skin, itching, wrinkles, age spots, and more. View the the fact sheet.

From the USDA, SuperTracker is a free, online food, physical activity, and weight tracking tool. Individuals can use SuperTracker on their desktop, phone, or tablet to create a personalized plan and see how their choices stack up. Plus, users can get tips and support as they work toward their goals. This is a great tool to recommend to patients! Get started!

FREE CNE - "Nursing in Teleneurology and Telepsychiatry." Learn about Specialists on Call (SOC), a Joint Commission-accredited provider of emergency telemedicine consultations dedicated to solving the national specialty-physician shortage. From the AAACN 41st Annual Conference 2016. Total Credits: 1.25 CNE. Free for AAACN members until May 31, 2017. Available in the AAACN Online Library.

April: FREE CNE * Dehydration Headache * Holistic Stress Management for Nurses * Obesity & Disability in Older Adults * Phenomenal Supporting Nurses

Juliana Ejedoghaobi was born with sickle cell disease, a condition in which the body’s red blood cells are sickle shaped. It slows or blocks blood flow to parts of the body, causing intense pain called “crisis.” Hear Juliana’s story about how her nurses played a big supporting and influential role during her time in the clinical trial. View the inspirational video from the NIH.

The prevalence of obesity and disability in older adults has significant public health implications. This case review discusses the benefits and risks of weight loss in older adults and outlines treatment options available to Medicare beneficiaries. The importance of preserving lean muscle mass in weight management is emphasized. Read the full article.

Holistic Stress Management for Nurses, from the American Holistic Nurses Association. Use this portal for questions and answers about the causes of stress, the effects of stress and stress management for students and nursing professionals. You can also access helpful stress reduction exercises* (see note at website) and stress relief articles. View the website.

Dehydration Headache: Know the Causes, Signs, and Treatments How does a dehydration headache develop? Dehydration reduces your blood volume, and this, in turn, affects that amount of oxygen-rich blood flowing to the brain. Whatever the mechanisms that might underpin dehydration headaches, there is scientific evidence that can help reassure you that you aren’t imagining them. Help your patients recognize the signs. Read the full article.

FREE CNE - "How Did They Do That? Transforming Primary Care Utilizing a PCMH Model of Care." From the AAACN 41st Annual Conference 2016. Total Credits: 1.25 CH. Speaker: Julia Ann Norem, MS, RN. Free for AAACN members until April 30, 2017. Available in the AAACN Online Library.

March: FREE CNE * Examining Errors of Omission * MS Awareness Month * Retention of Older Nurses * Improve Your Bedside Manner

(From the AAACN Career Center) How to Improve Your Bedside Manner in 3 Easy Steps. Something we discuss and practice in nursing school. Yet, something I am not so sure we all have time for given the fast-paced nature of healthcare. We do not always have time to linger in the patient’s room, holding their hand and talking to them at great length. And before you come through the computer, giving me heck for the title of this post, take a second to read through the content. Maybe you know a colleague that could use these tips… just saying. Read the full article.

Retention of older nurses is preservation of human capital, knowledge, and expertise. It is not enough to increase the age at which nurses can retire. Organizational leaders must consider strategies to retain nurses by enhancing job satisfaction and providing physical accommodations. Creating a positive work environment that empowers older nurses to feel a sense of belonging and purpose is vital. The numbers say it all; 53% of working nurses are over age 50, while 72% of full-time nursing faculty are age 50 and over. We must work hard for those who have worked so long for us. To learn more, see Middaugh (2016) - Valuing our senior nurses. MEDSURG Nursing, 25(6), 433-434. (Note, this is a paid article to view).

MS Awareness Month is Here! Let’s inspire each other by sharing breakthroughs that will change the world for people with MS! What is MS? Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Read more about MS.

A (CNE) article from MEDSURG Nursing Journal: Improving Nursing Care: Examining Errors of Omission. This cross-sectional study examined missed care in a Central New York community using the MISSCARE Survey. This study replicates a midwestern study to determine results in other parts of the United States. Read the full article.

FREE CNE - "Quest for the Best - Interprofessional Evidence-Based Practice Council" From the AAACN 41st Annual Conference 2016. Total Credits: 1.25 CH. Speaker: Renata Aniela Jones, DNPc, RN. Free for AAACN members until March 31, 2017. Available in the AAACN Online Library.

February: FREE CNE * Patient Stories * Nurse Residencies * Leadership Experience

(From the AAACN Career Center) - 4 Reasons to Highlight Leadership Experience on Your Medical Resume - Leadership experience is a plus in nearly all careers — especially if your goal is promotion up the ranks. But many people underestimate just how important leadership experience is in the medical field. In fact, it's downright vital! Here are 4 reasons you should always list leadership experience on your resume when applying for a healthcare job. Read the full article.

Nurse residencies: A new frontier - While nurse residency programs increasingly are becoming the norm in hospitals throughout the country, the pioneers of the first program had no idea they had tapped into a need that would soon be elevated to national attention. Read the full article.

Nurse's team writes patient stories into the EHR system. At UCLA Health, the electronic health records system has all the bells and whistles it needs to be the useful tool and care diary it’s intended to be, with one major bonus: the patient story is in the spotlight, in large part due to the ingenuity of RN Ellen Pollack and her team. Read the full article.

FREE CNE - "Quality Metrics Measured for Telehealth Practice" session, from the AAACN 41st Annual Conference 2016. Free for AAACN members until February 28, 2017. Available in the AAACN Online Library.

January: Life Balance as a Nurse * Partnering with Nurses to Transform Primary Care * Beating Nurse Burnout! * Travel Nursing

(From the AAACN Career Center) Everything you Need to Know about Travel Nursing - Looking for a little more flexibility in your work schedule? Want to explore opportunities in other cities? Or maybe you're just hoping to pick up an extra shift here and there? Read on to learn everything you need to know about travel nursing. Your salary as a travel nurse would be much higher than you’d get at a permanent position because you are filling a much needed slot – many can earn six figures. Read the full article.

(From the AAACN Career Center) Nursing is an interesting profession. One day you leave work, feeling on top of the world, happy to have helped so many people in a shift. The next you find yourself crying on your way home, sick over things that have saddened or irritated you during the day. I would go as far to say that some nurses have a love-hate relationship with nursing. What can nurses do to beat burnout, enjoy being a nurse again and reconnect with their passion for the nursing profession? Tap into the nurse within! Read the full article.   

Nurses Rank # 1 for Ethics & Honesty. According to the annual Gallup honesty / ethics poll, nurses rated highest - again - among professions for 15th straight year. Nurses top the list with 84% of the public rating their standards as "high" or "very high...". Read the full article.

Partnering With Nurses to Transform Primary Care - This JAMA article reinforces that registered nurses are key to transforming primary care practice, which will require visionary and vocal leadership from leaders of nursing and medical schools, primary care practices, health care organizations, and policy makers. Read the full article.

(From the AAACN Career Center) Taking Work Home With You? Tips For Work / Life Balance As A Nurse - If you’re a nurse like me, you may feel that you’re always "on." It’s hard to separate our nursing from non-nursing lives. As a nurse, I’m sure you can agree—it can be very tricky to have a personal life! First off—let me put you at ease. This is perfectly normal; you are not alone. It’s typical to think about work from time to time. But when it takes over your entire personal life, then it’s time for some help. Follow these three tips to help separate your professional work from your personal life. Read the full article.

FREE CNE - "The Nurse Leader's Role in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM)," from the AAACN 41st Annual Conference 2016. Free for AAACN members until January 31, 2017. Available in the AAACN Online Library.

2016

December: FREE Holiday Bonus CNE - Dec 1-Dec. 31, 2016 * Approval of CA's Regulations * Good Interpersonal Skills * Tips for New Graduate Nurses * Nurse Educators - Take Care of Yourself!

Ethically speaking columnist provides a scenario that describes why it's so important nurse educators take time for themselves. Provision 5 of the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses (2015) makes clear that the nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence, and continue personal and professional growth (p. 19). Read the full article.

Interview Tips For New Graduate Nurses - If you’re preparing to enter the nursing workforce, you’ve chosen an excellent time. According to employment projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurse tops the list of occupations with excellent job growth potential through 2020. In fact, they expect the number of nurses employed in the U.S. to increase by 26 percent, or about 712,000 positions, over the next eight years. The healthcare industry will need to replace 495,000 retiring nurses during that time as well, bringing the total of new nurses needed to 1.2 million. Read the full article.

How practicing good interpersonal skills aids patient outcomes - Because the very nature of perioperative nursing is complex and demanding, misconduct resulting from poor interpersonal relationships and poor communication skills can result in adverse outcomes for the surgical patient. Continuity of care is essential and poor communication or poor interpersonal relationships can clearly add to such adverse outcomes. Read the full article.

Approval of CA's Regulations - The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) voted unanimously to approve nation-leading regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings—implemented as a result of 2014 legislation, SB 1299, sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) and carried by California Secretary of State, and former State Senator, Alex Padilla on behalf of CNA. “This is a landmark day for the entire country, as California has now set the bar with the strongest workplace violence regulation in the nation,” said Bonnie Castillo, RN, director of health and safety for CNA/NNU. Read the full article.

FREE CNE - "Implementation of a Primary Care-Based Centralized RN Telephone Triage Service," from the AAACN 41st Annual Conference 2016. Free for AAACN members until December 31, 2016. Available in the AAACN Online Library.

November: FREE CNE - Nov 1-Dec. 31, 2016 * CCCTM Credential Marks 1st Birthday! * #Fitnursefriday5K * Nursing Bills Pass the House * Engaging Millennials

Engaging millennials: Leaders work on retaining younger generation of nurses. Nurse leaders are re-evaluating their approach to retaining nurse millennials, taking into account their abilities and leadership skills. Read the full article.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two nursing-related supported bills that aim to bolster the nursing workforce and improve the health of the nation—the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2713) and the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (H.R. 1209). The passage of this legislation marks a longstanding commitment from champions in the House, namely Representative Lois Capps, RN (D-CA) and Representative David Joyce (R-OH), who introduced H.R. 2713, as well as Representatives Michael Burgess (R-NC), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Capps, who introduced H.R. 1209.

In 2017, ANA's yearly theme will be devoted to improving the health of nurses and they will be launching the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge. ANA is committed to helping nurses live their healthiest lives with its first annual #Fitnursefriday5K. #Fitnursefriday5K is a virtual social media event that is designed to encourage nurses to participate in local 5Ks. So whether you jog, run, or walk, take steps toward better health for you and your patients. Learn more and sign up today.

The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) is celebrating the 1-year birthday of the Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM™) credential. The CCCTM credential is the first of its kind for registered nurses. It was launched in 2015 in collaboration with the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN).

FREE CNE - "Implementation of a Primary Care-Based Centralized RN Telephone Triage Service," from the AAACN 41st Annual Conference 2016. Free for AAACN members until December 31, 2016. Available in the AAACN Online Library.

October: Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action * Tools for Starting Out Your Nursing Career * Telehealth Nursing Practice * Many Health Care Workers Not Getting Flu Vaccine * Care Transitions at the End of Life

Care transitions at the end of life, by Kirsten Drake. Providing the best possible quality of life for dying patients certainly isn't isolated to any one area of nursing. From Wolters Kluwer's Nursing Management, is a review how nurses and nurse leaders in multiple settings can influence patients' and their families' end-of-life care transitions. Read the full article.

CDC: Too Many Health Care Workers Not Getting Flu Vaccine - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends annual influenza vaccination for all health care personnel to reduce influenza-related morbidity and mortality in health care settings. For the 2014–15 influenza season, the estimated overall influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel was 77.3%. Read the full article.

AAACN member and past president Traci Haynes, MSN, RN, BA, CEN, wrote the feature article "Telehealth Nursing Practice" in the October issue of AnswerStat. Health advice has been telephonically dispensed since the advent of the telephone. An often-told story identifies the first telehealth interaction occurring when Alexander Graham Bell placed a call to Mr. Watson, his assistant, requesting Watson to come help him with an injury to his hand. Today, in our ever-changing healthcare environment coupled with... Read the full article.

If you're just starting out in your nursing career, you may be wondering what you need in the way of "office" supplies. Here's a list of four things no new nurse should be without. Start with these items, and once you've spent a week or two on the job, you can add items that are specific to your workplace and area of specialty. Read the full article located in the AAACN Career Center!  | Look for jobs in the AAACN Career Center.

Stephanie Witwer, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, has been selected to serve as the AAACN representative on the Center to Champion Nursing in America Champion Nursing Council, an advisory group for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Stephanie is currently Nurse Administrator, Primary Care Division in the Department of Nursing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She has been a member of AAACN for more than five years, and has served on the Role of the RN Position Paper Task Force, the CCTM Core Task Force, and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Read about the Champion Nursing Council.

September: Complementary Health Approaches * Free Sepsis Webinar * Electronic Health Records * VA Nurses

As a nurse working at a Veterans Health Administration (VA) facility, recent negative headlines about the VA me cringe. I find myself hesitating when someone asks me, “Where do you work?” I suspect I am not the only VA nurse who feels this way. Unfortunately, positive news about the VA healthcare system seems not to make the headlines. For example, at a 2012 “Patient-Centeredness in Policy and Practice” conference, the VA was identified as a model for patientcentered care.

This was attributed to the VA’s “collection of specialty and primary care providers, collaborative care models involving teams of multidisciplinary clinicians and support staff, available electronic decision support, and care coordinators” (Koehn, 2012, p. 443). Read the full article at MEDSURG Nursing, July-August 2016, Vol. 25/No. 4.

Nurses and the Migration to Electronic Health Records - Are you still charting on paper? If so, those days are drawing to a close. In many settings, the clock has been ticking for providers to switch to electronic health records (EHRs). Most U.S. hospitals are now using some form of EHR system, as are a smaller majority of physicians' offices. Most nurses reading this article probably chart electronically some or all of the time. Read the full article.

September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Join ANA and CDC in the webinar: Empowering Nurses for Early Sepsis Recognition on Thursday, September 22, at 2 PM EDT. Sepsis is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis can happen to anyone and is difficult to predict, diagnose, and treat. Register for the free webinar | Visit the CDC for more resources on sepsis.

NIH review finds nondrug approaches effective for treatment of common pain conditions. This U.S. study reviews trial results on complementary health approaches for pain relief; aims to assist with pain management. Data from a review of U.S.-based clinical trials published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches — such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture — appear to be effective tools for helping to manage common pain conditions. Read more about this report and find related graphics.

August: RN Networking * Nurses ROCK in Hand Hygiene Compliance * Paws for Pennsy * Breast Cancer Fact Sheet

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, after skin cancer. Know the facts about your personal risk for developing breast cancer. Download this informational breast cancer facts sheet.

Nurses use creative measures to relieve stress with "Paws for Pennsy". This first-time event, which featured five pets from a nearby animal shelter, was sponsored by the hospital’s Care for the Care Provider group... “We had overwhelming response, ... about 200 staff turned up during the three-hour event, and we heard a lot of conversations from staff all over the hospital. People haven’t stopped talking about it.” Read the full article.

Nurses - The closest thing to a silver bullet in boosting hand hygiene compliance! If there is one group of clinicians that is particularly pivotal to the success of any quality improvement initiatives - including though regarding hand hygiene compliance - it's the nurses who work on the front lines of patient care. Read the full article.

RN Networking - Use social media, conferences and daily workplace interactions to connect and enrich your career. Networking is a buzzword that we tire of hearing, but it’s really just about building professional connections with others. When you’re in need of advice, support or a recommendation, knowing someone who can help is essential. You can also be of service to others at pivotal times in their careers. Read the full article from workingnurse.com.

July: Nursing Specialty Certifications * Whole Grains = Healthy Eating * CDC Ebola Report * Nursing Tips

Your everyday practice is filled with assessments, documentation, planning, interventions, and evaluations. Then there’s patient and family education, medication reconciliation, communication with other healthcare professionals, and transferring and discharging patients. The clinical team at Lippincott NursingCenter.com has assembled this list: "Nursing Tips - Better Resources for Better Care," of nursing tips to help make your days run a little smoother, improve your practice, and optimize patient care.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a detailed account of the agency’s work on the largest, longest outbreak response in the agency’s history: the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2016. The series of articles, in a special supplement to CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), comes on the second anniversary of the official activation of the agency’s emergency response to Ebola. Read the report.

Advocating healthy eating is very important to your patients. Whole grains are especially important in our diet. From the USDA Center for Nutrition is a list of how to make half of the grains you eat whole. Download this colorful display sheet to display, or even give to your patients.

The Power of Nursing Specialty Certifications - 97 percent of nurses say it boosts confidence! You know you’re good at what you do, so why invest the time, angst and money involved in pursuing specialty certification? It’s a good question, but if you understand some of the potential benefits of certification, you may find yourself signing up before you know it. Read the article. From AAACN, find out about the Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM) credential.

June: Managing Depression * Stay Motivated During Long Shifts * Patient Experiences * Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The CDC released 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results with new data on health risk behaviors among high school students. Unhealthy behaviors, or risk behaviors, are often established during childhood and persist into adult­hood. However, they are largely preventable. Learn more about working with teen patients to help them establish healthy behaviors.

Question - "Our patient experience metrics fall short of the 50th percentile. What's the most important thing we can do to raise our scores?" The first and hardest thing to realize is that it isn't just about the numbers. This is really about improving patient and family experiences while they're guests at your organization. Find out important steps you can take to raise your patient experience scores.

4 Tips to Stay Motivated During Your Next Long Nursing Shift - One of the greatest challenges of working 12-hour nursing shifts is maintaining your motivation throughout the day (or night). Check out these tips to stay motivated during your next loooong nursing shift.

Primary care management of depression in children and adolescents - Depression is the most common mental health disorder in children and adolescents, and primary care is often the first point of contact for children and adolescents with depression. Depression impacts all areas of life, impairing academics and interactions with family and friends. The purpose of this article is to help NPs identify and treat children and adolescents presenting with depression in the primary care setting. Read more...

May: EHRs Preferred * A Culture of Safety * Medication Errors / Safety * Ban on Powdered Gloves

FDA Proposed Ban on Powdered Gloves - Better late than never? The FDA’s recently proposed rule1 to ban powdered latex gloves was welcomed by occupational health advocates, but there was some sentiment that the FDA was finally addressing a problem clinicians long since had to solve themselves. Read more...

Medication safety is a top priority for nurses and avoiding medication errors is critical. Find out what medication errors have recently been reported to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and learn recommendations for best practices to help avoid these errors. Read more...

A “culture of safety” – what does that mean? Is it using smart pumps and “no interruption zones” to decrease the incidence of medication errors? Is it using personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of transmitting infection? Is it waiting for a colleague to finish report so you can walk out to the parking lot together? Yes. A culture of safety is all of these things and more. The health care workplace – no matter what setting – is full of risks, and by focusing on creating a culture of safety, we can improve the care we give, outcomes, and our own well-being. Read the collection journal articles learn more.

EHRs preferred to paper - A recent HIMSS Analytics survey of 626 nurses revealed that 71% prefer EHRs to paper records, almost all respondents noting that EHRs provide more inclusive patient information. 72% agree that EHRs lower the risk of medication errors, 43% stated that EHRs reduced duplicate work, and 33% found that they are able to spend more time with patients when using EHRs. Read more...

April: Wash Your Hands! * Tired Tootsies * Cerebral Palsy Awareness

Cerebral Palsy Awareness - Experts suggest parents of a child with cerebral palsy leverage qualified professionals for feeding needs, nutrition, ambulatory care and potential surgery. Alongside specific speech/motor therapists, dietitians and gastros, nurses can evaluate a child's ability to chew/swallow, control head and trunk, maintain nutritional status and sustain an good level of alertness and consciousness. As the child grows and develops, an ambulatory care supervisor and/or nurse focuses on the overall promotion of health while assisting patients and families more fluidly, safely, and as best as possible. Read more...

Take care of those tired tootsies! As nurses, we often stand on our feet for hours on end. Keep on your toes about foot hygiene and flexibility so that you can keep comfortable with every step. Need a place to start? Find what you need on topics from basic foot hygiene to diabetic foot care through the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society.

It’s Not Just Doctors And Nurses, Patients Need To Wash Their Hands, Too - Encouraging doctors and nurses to wash their hands frequently has always been considered an easy and effective way to curb the spread of infection in hospitals and other health facilities. But a new research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine points to another key group of people who aren’t always keeping their hands so clean and, it turns out, probably should: patients. Read the full article.

March: Innovations in Nursing Education * Fluids & Electrolytes * Our Goals * PTSD Toolkit App * Pain Free Patients

Ouch! Safely Keeping Patients Pain Free - The position of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) and the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) is “that every patient with pain, including those with substance use disorders, has the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and high-quality pain assessment and management.” As nurses, we have a responsibility to make ethically sound decisions when it comes to pain management. But, how do we do this? Read more...

PTSD Toolkit - Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced the release of a mobile version of the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) toolkit from the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing). Developed by Lippincott Solutions, the free mobile app is designed to help nurses and other healthcare professionals gain rapid access to trusted PTSD information to support and inform care decisions. Get the PTSD Toolkit App.

Setting and Meeting Goals - As nurses, there are many different roads we take on our journey to where we are now professionally. We all have different starting points and are currently at different places on this professional road. Similarly, there is immense variation in how we set and achieve our goals. There are volumes of literature on goal setting and achievement and the methods are not a one-size-fits-all formula. Read more...

Focus On: Fluids & Electrolytes - With a handy table to help you monitor laboratory values related to fluid and electrolyte status and understand related nursing implications. Read the article from the Lippincott Nursing Center®.

Five Top Innovations in Nursing Education - How far can your nursing education and experience take you? Design your ideal nursing job and we’ll connect you with top positions around the country. When it comes to innovation in nursing education, the time is now… and tomorrow. The nursing profession has long embraced innovation--in professional practice and in education. Read the article from the NurseZone.com.

February: American Heart Month * National Wear Red Day® * AMN 2015 RN Survey * Nursing Report Recommendations * U.S. is Running Out Of Nurses * Stroke Guidelines

Stroke Guidelines - (From Nursing Management) - According to the American Heart Association (AHA), someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States; a person dies of one approximately every 4 minutes. This translates into 1 in every 20 deaths in the United States resulting from stroke, making it the fifth leading cause of death for Americans. There are two types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. Read how important the one-hour clock is.

The U.S. Is Running Out of Nurses - The U.S. has been dealing with a nursing deficit of varying degrees for decades, but today—due to an aging population, the rising incidence of chronic disease, an aging nursing workforce, and the limited capacity of nursing schools—this shortage is on the cusp of becoming a crisis, one with worrying implications for patients and health-care providers alike. Read all of this important article.

The nursing profession has made significant progress in implementing recommendations from the 2010 Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health but more work is needed, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Read the progress made on IOM’s future of nursing report recommendations.

As health care delivery evolves, nurses remain on the front lines, ready for new opportunities--yet frustrations remain, according to AMN Healthcare’s 2015 Survey of Registered Nurses: Viewpoints on Retirement, Education and Emerging Roles. The survey drew responses from 8,828 nurses, who shared their views on a number of top issues, ranging from emerging roles for nurses to job satisfaction and health care technology. Read the Five Key Takeaways from the AMN 2015 RN Survey.

 SPECIAL HEALTH BYTES: National Wear Red Day® – Support Go Red For Women by participating in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 5, 2016 and donating to help fund research during American Health Month. Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day and Donate to Go Red For Woman. By doing so you help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health. Watch 2015-2016 Go Red For Women: Real Women Videos  1 | 2 | 3.

February is American Heart Month, and Valentine's Day is here! Read about Heart Healthy Tips, send a heart healthy e-Valentine's Day greeting- and Valentine's Day Tips. This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts®–a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017–are encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure, and if it's high, to make control their goal!

January: National Blood Donor Month * 2015 Avalere White Paper on Staffing* National Glaucoma Awareness Month * Storm Preparation * Telemedicine in the ICU

 Telemedicine In the ICU: It Can Be a Cost-Effective Option - UC Davis investigators have found that telecommunication systems that provide remote monitoring and access to specialty care in intensive care units (ICUs) are cost-effective in most cases and can even be cost-saving in certain circumstances, making this intervention potentially economically favorable compared with other health-care services. Such information is important to hospital administrators who must make decisions on how to efficiently spend available resources to provide lifesaving services and equipment. Read more about it.

Are You Storm / Blizzard ready? Preparation Helps Nurses Care for Patients in Disasters. This article is about flooding, but a crippling Winter nor'easter blizzard requires is a frozen and snow storm preparedness so healthcare providers can ensure their own safety and that of their patients. Read this informative article in NurseZone. Also, see the Winter Weather Checklist from the CDC to pass on to your patients.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month! Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. People are often unaware that glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages. Learn how you are well-positioned to encourage people to take steps to protect their vision in this fact sheet for health and community professionals, and latest educational resources. Additional materials can be found on the Glaucoma Education Program page. Visit the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) Website for complete information.

To achieve quality care, better patient outcomes and financial stability, optimal nurse staffing should be viewed by health care employers as a necessity rather than an option—particularly as health care reforms and new regulations take hold. That is a key message reflected in a new white paper, 2015 Avalere White Paper on Staffing, commissioned by ANA and developed by Avalere Health, LLC in collaboration with nurses and policy experts. Nurses at all levels and in all settings can use the white paper as a resource to advocate for and implement sound, evidence-based staffing plans.

January is National Blood Donor Month! You don't need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason: Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend; Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day; Some believe it is the right thing to do. Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your donation is important for maintaining a healthy and reliable blood supply. you'll feel good knowing you've helped change a life! Find out where to give blood, and feel good knowing you've helped change a life!

2015

December: Vaccines * National Influenza Vaccination Week * Keep Toys and Gifts Safe * Holiday Healthy Eating Guide * Shoveling Snow

Winter is unpredictable, and many people are not as prepared as they think for the season’s weather. Shoveling snow is a highly physical, difficult activity. Some ways to prevent injury include stretching, staying hydrated, and taking breaks. Download this list of additional tips from the National Safety Council to share with your patients over the next few weeks.

Happy Holidays from AAACN! Is food a major part of your festivities? There are many healthy ways to indulge without going overboard. The American Heart Association offers a Holiday Healthy Eating Guide for everything from appetizers to after-dinner drinks. Enjoy a safe and healthy holiday season with your friends and loved ones!

As families rush around the clock to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones, keep safety in mind too! Gifts should be age appropriate, be aware of choking hazards, and clean up as presents are being opened. For more tips during National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, visit Child-FamilyServices.org.

December 6-12 is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination. The flu is more than a nuisance: it is a leading cause of hospitalizations and can have deadly consequences -as well. Keep communities safe by promoting vaccinations. If your facility doesn’t offer flu vaccines, this Flu Vaccine Finder.

According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective tools for promoting public health by preventing disease and death, protecting not only vaccinated individuals, but also communities by reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Five areas of vaccination information are explored: communication, risk, safety, schedule, and vaccines for adults. Read this article on NURSEZONE.com.

November: National Diabetes Month * National Family Caregiver Month * Telemedicine: Lessons Learned * Great American Smokeout * Thanksgiving Turkey Safety

It's turkey time again! Whether you're a seasoned chef or a novice preparing your first holiday meal, make sure you know the safest ways to thaw, prepare, stuff and cook your turkey. The CDC is a partner with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which is responsible for the safety of meat and poultry. Here are simple tips that all cooks in the kitchen can follow this holiday season for cooking a delicious and safely prepared turkey. They offer "Sage" advice of the Turkey Basics: Safely Thaw, Prepare, Stuff, and Cook.

Thursday, November 19, is the Great American Smokeout. This event encourages smokers to quit or to use the day to make a quit plan. Support your patients’ efforts to stop smoking with these resources from the Great American Smokeout Website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Free help is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) and at 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) (for Spanish speakers).

Member Kathy Koehne, DNP, RN-BC, C-TNP, AAACN’s representative to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Telehealth Care (SOTC) has written an article titled Telemedicine: Lessons Learned that appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of the Section on Telehealth Care newsletter. The article focuses on the ongoing development of a telemedicine program within a health system. The lessons learned pertain to all staff along this care delivery continuum. Direct care nurses and ambulatory nurse leaders will find valuable takeaways from this story -- the implementation of a telemedicine grant. Read the article.

  During National Family Caregiver Month in November, help increase awareness for the special support that is needed for family members in a care-giving role. Often, these individuals place their own needs on the backburner. Their selflessness is admirable, but they need to take care of themselves if they are going to continue to care for others. Recognize the signs of burnout, and encourage them to be mindful of their own health.

  November is National Diabetes Month. Know your risk for diabetes and see if it could be a part of your story. Visit the CDC Diabetes Website for information on what's new, the basics, data & statistics, and programs & initiatives about diabetes. There are prevention and education programs for dealing with diabetes.

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month * Herbs at a Glance * Cutting Dietary Fat * Fall's Slippery Leaves * Fitness Basics

  Fall welcomes relief from the heat of summer, and now is the perfect time to head outdoors! Walking together to the bus stop, finding new park trails, and catching up on outdoor chores are great ways to renew a commitment to fitness. For more ideas and ways to start, check out these Fitness Basics from the Mayo Clinic.

  Those beautiful leaves may look great on their trees, but they form a dangerous and slippery surface once they’ve fallen. Remind your patients as they leave your building to watch for slippery wet leaves, slick surfaces, and other hazards that come in with the change of the season. Visit the Minnesota Falls Prevention Website for a great list of tips to share with your patients and staff.

  NIH study finds cutting dietary fat reduces body fat more than cutting carbs “This NIH study provides invaluable evidence on how different types of calories affect metabolism and body composition,” said NIDDK Director Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D. “The more we learn about the complicated topic of weight loss, the better we can find ways to help people manage their health.” Read the article.

  Herbs at a Glance is a series of brief fact sheets that provides basic information about specific herbs or botanicals—common names, what the science says, potential side effects and cautions, and resources for more information. Each fact sheet can be downloaded as a single PDF, or you can download all entries as an eBook.

  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Though many millions more Americans are more aware of breast cancer thanks in part to the pink ribbon campaigns that organizations embrace this time of year, many millions more are still not aware of what they can do to help aid in early detection, which can lead to early treatment and help save lives. Visit NationalBreastCancer.org for information on how to create an early detection plan, host a fundraiser, and continue the fight this month and all year-round.

September: School Bus Safety * National Suicide Prevention Week * Healthy Aging Month * Mind Your Metabolism * School Nurses * Head Lice

  Every year like clockwork, new myths and falsehoods appear about head lice. Help keep families calm with this handy chart by the National Association of School Nurses. To learn more about lice, including prevention and treatment, visit the CDC Website for this insightful information.

  School nurses are on the front lines of healthcare every day, jumping from minor injuries to major health events in a single bound- sometimes in a single day! The modern role of school nurses has changed dramatically in the past few years. Learn more about this subspecialty of  ambulatory care nursing through Johnson & Johnson’s Discover Nursing Website.

  Can you avoid middle-age spread? As you age, you may notice you have less muscle and energy and more fat. Carrying those extra pounds may be harming your health. It’s easy to be confused by advice about diet and exercise, but they’re key to avoiding weight gain as you get older. It's time to mind your metabolism! As you move through your 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond, you can take steps to help fight the flab that can come with age. Find out more about it - view this NIH News in the Heath article.

  It’s never too late for patients to improve their health. September is Healthy Aging Month! This month, there are many resources we can share with lifestyle tips and ideas for every age. Find out more information at HealthyAging.net.

  National Suicide Prevention Week. Our veterans have proudly served our country, and we can come together to support them in their time of need. The Veterans Crisis Line offers resources to recognize the warning signs of suicide and an immediate connection to qualified responders. Learn more.

  Many injuries occur getting on and off the bus. School bus safety is one of the many things parents need to review with their children before the start of the new school year, an expert says. Between 2004 and 2013, school transportation-related crashes in the United States claimed more than 1,300 lives. That's an average of 134 deaths a year, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Expert offers school bus safety tips at HealthDay News.

August: National Immunization Awareness Month * National Health Center Week * Breastfeeding * Heat Waves

  Heat waves are an unfortunate reality during the summer for much of the United States. Help your patients understand their risk and what to do when the temperatures rise with this resource page from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). And remember, prevention is the best solution! Stay hydrated and cool whenever the temperatures spike. Bonus: Share this colorful infographic from the CDC in your office.

  One of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant is to breastfeed. However, in the United States, although most mothers hope to breastfeed, and 79% of babies start out being breastfed, only 19% are exclusively breastfed 6 months later. The success rate among mothers who want to breastfeed can be greatly improved through active support from their families, friends, communities, clinicians, health care leaders, employers, and policymakers. From the CDC, visit the CDC Breastfeeding Website and the "Who Can Help Support Breastfeeding?" resources.

  August 9-15 is National Health Center Week! According to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), over 23 million people are served by a community health center at more than 9,000 sites across the country. Bring attention to the critical work of community health centers and celebrate your facility this week!

Does your facility serve special populations? Learn more at healthcenterweek.com or visit NACHC.org for facts and resources. The following days are also observed this week:

  • 8/11 - Public Housing Health Centers Day
  • 8/12 - Health Care for the Homeless Day
  • 8/13 - Farmworker Health Day

  August is National Immunization Awareness Month! As ambulatory care nurses, we’re often the front line for disease prevention. This month, help familiarize your patients with the importance and safety of vaccines, as well as the value of protecting those who cannot receive vaccines due to illness by keeping up to date on our own immunizations. Download the NIAM toolkit for resources by age group, weekly themes, and more!

July: Fireworks Safety * Skin Cancer Prevention * Summertime Food Safety * Is Fast Food OK?

  Eating on the run might not be so bad after all: A new study finds diners consume more salt and cholesterol in sit-down restaurants than they do in fast-food joints. In some ways, fast food no worse for health than full-service meals. The findings were published recently in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Read the interesting article in MedLinePlus.

  Picnics and backyard grilling are synonymous with summer months. The season is also filled with fresh fruits and vegetables sure to make it to the table. Keep everyone safe and healthy with simple tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which offers guidelines on everything from preparation to leftovers.

  Summer is a great time to head outside, but July temperatures in most of the country can cause quick sunburns if you aren't careful. Applying sunscreen once isn't enough- especially if you're near water, which reflect rays back onto your skin. Help your patients understand how to avoid skin damage and prevent skin cancer with practical information from the Skin Cancer Foundation, at skincancer.org

  Are your patients excited for the July 4th holiday? Help keep their weekend memorable by reminding them of the best ways to stay safe around fireworks:

  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never give fireworks to children.

You can read these safety tips and more from the National Council on Fireworks Safety.

June: Toxic Substances * Peripheral Neuropathy * Men's Health Week * Keep Safe Outside!

School is out for the summer- remember to keep safe outside! Families can balance fun and safety while enjoying their time in the sun and water with simple precautions. The CDC Website has tips you can share with your patients on everything from bug repellents to water injury prevention and more.

  Men's Health Week starts June 15 and runs through Father's Day on June 21. This is a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and issues affecting boys and men. For resources and materials you can use during all of Men's Health Month, visit menshealthmonth.org or download more information from the CDC.

Peripheral neuropathy is a painful or burning sensation in the extremities and can occur with diabetes and neurological problems or as a result of chemotherapy. Share information on this condition with your patients from the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke Website.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) Toxic Substances Web Portal provides comprehensive access to the best science, the latest research, and important information about how toxic substances can affect your patient's health. Health Care Providers can locate free, evidence-based medical education courses that address clinical health effects of hazardous substances.

May: National Women’s Health Week * Asthma Awareness Month * Pollen and Allergies

May is Asthma Awareness Month. The EPA promotes scientific understanding of environmental asthma triggers and ways to manage asthma in community settings through research, education and outreach. View information for Healthcare Professionals, from The EPA's Coordinated Approach on Asthma Website.

Spring brings with it pollen and allergies which are a problem to many, and the more exposures over time, the greater the allergic response. To help your patients to keep dust, pollens, and other environmental irritants at bay, share the following information with them from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Website.

National Women’s Health Week begins each year on Mother’s Day, celebrated the second Sunday of May in the United States. Plan ahead to alert your patients of the importance of routine checkups for early detection and treatment of health related issues. Check out resources at the link at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.

April: National Autism Awareness Month * Distracted Driving * Daily Aspirin

Distracted driving is increasingly being implicated in traffic accidents. Read/download flyers and resources on distracted driving from the National Safety Foundation/Texas chapter.

National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM) - In the United States, autism affects 1 in every 110 children. In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. Find out how NAAM is celebrated and what you can do.

Daily Aspirin - Leading medical associations recommend use of low-dose aspirin mainly to prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But many others who haven't had a heart problem also take aspirin regularly, researchers found. The survey revealed that a talk with their doctor was the strongest factor that determined whether a person started taking aspirin. Read the full article in HealthDay.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.

March: National Poison Prevention Month * Celiac Disease * National Drug Code (NDC) Directory

March is National Poison Prevention Month and highlighting ways to prevent poisoning in children and elders is a great way to remind patients and family members about the need for caution with household cleaners, flammables and even medications. Refer to this handout for 50 ways to prevent poisoning from the Poison Preventing Week Council.

Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder, that prevents the absorption of wheat based products, is on the upswing in the United States, which is currently thought to be one out of every 141 people, although some are undiagnosed (study by Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health - Rubio-Tapia A, et al. The prevalence of celiac disease in the United States. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2012;107:1538. For additional information for patients, refer them to the Gluten Free.com Website which has fact sheets, articles, tools and infographics.

National Drug Code (NDC) Directory - The Drug Listing Act of 1972 requires registered drug establishments to provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a current list of all drugs manufactured, prepared, propagated, compounded, or processed by it for commercial distribution. The NDC Database File (17.3 MB) was updated on 3.26.2015. Find other valuable resources on the NDC Website such as a searchable database, product, and package definitions.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.

February: National Heart Month * Teen Dating Violence

President Obama declares February as American Heart Month! Days after detailing plans to develop personalized ways to prevent and treat disease, President Obama helped kick start the annual awareness campaign against the nation’s No. 1 killer by declaring February as American Heart Month. See the American Heart Association for details.

Heart disease in women is the leading cause of death in the United States, where one out of every four female deaths is attributed to heart related causes. Share/download this fact sheet with your patients from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Teen Dating Violence is an important topic to share with your teenage patients. One in ten teenagers report being physically abused by a girlfriend or boyfriend. Strategies that you might want to consider include encouraging parents to talk with their teens about health relationships, helping schools to create policies that support and involve students, adding information to your newsletter, tweeting to others about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Other resources are found at the Teen Dating Violence Website.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.

January: New Year Resolutions

The New Year brings resolutions from patients to lose weight, exercise more and to improve their health. Refer to these resources to help motivate your patients to reach their health care goals. USA.gov has suggestions for weight loss, smoking cessation, exercise and fitness, stress management, managing debt and saving money, and many more.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.

2014

Nov/Dec: Family Health History * PTSD * Smokeless Tobacco * Mental Health Issues

Compiling a complete family health history is vitally important for prevention as well as early recognition of health issues. To help your patients prepare their own history, refer them to "My Family's Health Portrait", from the Department of Health and Human Services Website. This site has online forms in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

Finding mental health resources for family discord, depression, anxiety or other issues is often difficult. If patients do not have access to work-sponsored employee assistance programs, refer them to the National Institute for Mental Health Website for an overview of specific issues as well as referral sources.

Post-traumatic stress can result from domestic violence, military service, or a host of other conditions where there is threat from actual physical harm or the threat of physical harm. This can affect family members as well as patients. For more information on PTSD, download/print this document from the National Alliance on Mental Illness and don’t forget to ask your patients, “have you served?” so that they feel encouraged to share concerns with their health care team.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3.5% of people aged 12 and over in the United States use smokeless tobacco, which is around 9 million people. Marketing of smokeless tobacco has increased since tobacco smoking has been banned in many states. To share information about smokeless tobacco refer to information at the American Cancer Society Website.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.

Sep/Oct: Childhood Obesity * Atrial Fibrillation * Dementia * S T R E S S

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has now doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years.  To keep an eye on your younger patients and to encourage their efforts, view/download this information on Helping Your Overweight Child from the Weight Control Information Network.

Atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm, affects many patients. To share information on a fib, as it is commonly called, refer your patients to this document from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute which covers symptoms, diagnosis, interactive graphics, and treatment options. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/af/printall-index.html

Dementia, or the forgetting disease, are affecting larger numbers of the population and the symptoms often overwhelm family members and caregivers. For assistance on legal concerns, financial matters, support groups or assisted living/memory units check out the Alzheimer’s Association Website.

Stress can complicate any illness or disease process, and can impact relationships both at work and at home. Encourage your patients to work on mindfulness or yoga activities to better cope with stressors. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, has more information for consumers.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.

Jul/Aug: Everyday Fitness Guides * Immunizations * Fructose Intolerance * Mobile Medical Apps * Health Care Decision Making

Everyday fitness guides for elders are now available on the National Institute on Aging’s Website. Many resources can be printed for your aging population, including this article on the benefits of yoga to reduce low back pain and to improve balance.

The lazy, hazy days of summer still linger, but plans for cooler weather are on the horizon! As schools begin their classes, print the scheduled  recommendations for immunizations for children and adults from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website.

Fructose intolerance is another food sensitivity that more patients are experiencing with symptoms of gas, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Check out this list of foods to avoid if one has fructose intolerance. Keeping up with progress in the development and use of mobile medical apps is currently under review by the Federal Drug Administration. View this update from the FDA to share with your patients.

Health care decision making is difficult and is often postponed until illness strikes.  Help your patients to be aware of financial health care, mental health and caregiving options at the Family Caregiver Alliance Website which provides information on these issues.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.

May/Jun: Mosquito Bites * Teens & the Hazards of Sunbathing * Norovirus Symptoms * Avoiding Heat-Related Injuries

Worried about the coming summer and the avalanche of mosquito bites? Many patients have heard of West Nile virus and encephalitis, but may need more information on incubation period, symptoms to watch for, and treatment options. For more information, visit and share this link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Teens are especially concerned about taking advantage of the summer sun. For a quick review of the hazards of sunbathing and tips to prevent sunburn, view this webcast from MedlinePlus.gov.

Are cruise ships the only place that noroviruses live? The answer is the virus can live anywhere where people are in close proximity for long periods of time. For more information on norovirus and how to prevent illness, check out this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website about norovirus symptoms and what to do to prevent the spread.

Avoiding heat-related injuries highlights the fact that heat can come in many forms, such as high temperatures and high humidity, as well as excessive heat. Variables such as medications that can cause dehydration and at-risk populations, including the elderly and children, are also important. For more information on the various heat related injuries, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion, refer patients to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.
Originally appeared in ViewPoint, Volume 36, Number 3, May/Jun 2014.

Mar/Apr: Colorectal Cancer  * Poison Control * Health Disparity Issues * Peripheral Neuropathy

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among Americans with a lifetime risk of 1 out of 10 (5%). Much has been done in recent years to emphasize the importance of early screening. Check out the information on screening and which patients are at the highest risk at the American Cancer Society Website.

Poison control is not just for children who search in medicine cabinets. The American Association of Poison Control Centers report that adults account for 92% of poison-related deaths. Visit their webstie for more information and poison prevention tips for adults.

Health disparity issues that are different among groups of people such as women, the elderly, children, and the like are important for nurses to be familiar with in ambulatory care practice. To review information on health disparities for medical conditions and research on diverse groups, refer to MedlinePlus (National Institutes of Health).

Peripheral neuropathy can be a painful, chronic condition for those undergoing chemotherapy, those with diabetes, and other neurological conditions. For more information, visit the National Institute for Neurological Disease and Strokes Website.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.
Originally appeared in ViewPoint, Volume 36, Number 2, March/April 2014.

Jan/Feb: Shaping Up * Cervical Cancer Awareness Month * Glaucoma * Heart Disease

Shaping Up! The New Year brings new vigor into those plans for shaping up and exercising more for you, your patients, and their family members. Check out tips to start an exercise program and printable handouts at Age Page: Exercise and Fitness for Life. Encourage your patients to post them on the refrigerator instead of finding a snack inside!

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. The start of a new year is the perfect time to share the importance of regular PAP smears and reinforce the need for HPV vaccine. Print out a handy guide for your patients that covers questions and answers about the human papilloma virus vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, resulting in vision loss and sometimes blindness. Encourage your patients to be tested at their next eye exam in order to detect and treat this disease at the earliest stage. For more information on glaucoma, refer to the National Eye Institute’s Website.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both males and females in the United States. A flyer from the Federal Drug Administration reviews the key messages for a health healthy diet…complete with a recipe for Mediterranean kabobs!


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.S he can be contacted at attwood.carol@mayo.edu.
Originally appeared in ViewPoint, Volume 36, Number 1, January/February 2014.

2013

Nov/Dec: Tobacco Use * Pre-Diabetes * Alzheimer's * GERD

Tobacco use still remains the number-one cause of preventable disease in the United States, with one out of five Americans currently using tobacco products. The third Thursday in November was the Great American Smokeout sponsored by the American Cancer Society. However, the decision to quit smoking does not have to be limited to one day. For a full set of resources, including table tents, posters, or other supplies, to share with your patients, click here.

Pre-diabetes is becoming epidemic in all age groups. For additional information on diabetes risk factors, screenings, and weight loss and dietary suggestions, refer to materials from the National Diabetes Prevention Center (in both English and Spanish).

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are often called “the forgetting disease.” When family members need extra support on how to cope with the family member who has dementia, direct them to the Alzheimer’s Association Website to find local support groups.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause symptoms of burning, irritation and heartburn. To help to explain the symptoms and treatment for GERD, refer your patients to the MedlinePlus tutorial they can watch online.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.
Originally appeared in ViewPoint, Volume 35, Number 6, November/December 2013.

Sep/Oct: Atrial Fibrillation * Concussion Signs & Symptoms * Health Literacy Month * Domestic Violence * Yoga

Atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm, is noted in our aging population. When a new diagnosis is made, share this information, which includes an online tutorial from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute with your patients and their family members.

With the beginning of school sports this fall, help patients and family members become more aware of the potential for traumatic brain injuries resulting from concussions. Share this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on concussion signs and symptoms.

October is Health Literacy Month and a time for caregivers to reevaluate their efforts to assist patients and family members to better understand information that they are given. Visit their website for information on the teach-back technique, slides for staff to review, and samples.

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in which one person behaves in a way to obtain power or control over an intimate partner. Help your patients to know that there is help available by calling 1-800-799-SAFE. Visit thier website for more information at National Domestic Violence Website.

Yoga is a mind-body practice using breathing, certain postures, and meditation to decrease stress while promoting relaxation. For more information, refer to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health Website.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.
Originally appeared in ViewPoint, Volume 35, Number 5, September/October 2013.

Jul/Aug: Harmful Effects of the Sun * Fireworks Saftey * Outsmarting Poison Ivy * Summertime Egg Saftey

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beach, the lake, the patio, or the backyard. Be aware though of the harmful effects of the sun, including sunburn, skin cancer, and melanoma. Direct your patients to the sunburn information on MedlinePlus, which includes a webcast of the effects of sun on the skin.

The National Fire Protection Association brings you information on safety when around fireworks. Visit their website that contains a flyer with information.

Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, oh my! The Federal Drug Administration has a flyer available to offer tips on outsmarting poison ivy and other poisonous plants.

Summer picnics with family and friends along with potato salad and deviled eggs are definitely a highlight of summer! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer a podcast on safety with eggs and avoiding salmonella poisoning.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.
Originally appeared in ViewPoint, Volume 35, Number 4, July/August 2013.

May/Jun: Seasonal Allergies * April: National Child Abuse Prevention Month * Melanoma Warning Signs * Osteopenia & Osteoporosis

Nip it in the bud! Seasonal allergies can mean misery for your patients! Direct them to self-care tips at the following Websites: National Jewish Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)/National Institutes of Health. Also, you can print handouts for your patients on the difference between a cold and allergies in English or Spanish.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Help to protect the most vulnerable population in your practice. Check out information that you can share from Prevent Child Abuse America or the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

With summer weather soon approaching, it is time to remind patients, family members and staff about the hazards of sun exposure. Do you know the ABCDEs (asymmetry, borders, color, diameter, and evolving changes) of skin cancer? To review, check out the Skin Cancer Foundation Website.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation Website has information for you to share with your patients on osteopenia and osteoporosis. Learn more about changing recommendations for Vitamin D and calcium, prevention strategies, and the importance of weight-bearing exercise.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.
Originally appeared in ViewPoint, Volume 35, Number 3, May/June 2013.

Mar/Apr: Coping with Disasters, Violence, & Traumatic Events * Irritable Bowel Syndrome * FDA’s Tips for Consumers * Videos with Illustrations & Anatomical Descriptions

The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center has created a new topic page called “Coping with Disasters, Violence, and Traumatic Events.” This information is a work in progress, but it can provide helpful hints in working with traumatized victims.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder with a variety of symptoms, including cramping and abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation. For more information on strategies to assist patients with IBS, check out the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse or the educational video offered on the Mayo Clinic Website.

More and more patients are using portable medical devices in the home environment. Check out the FDA’s tips for consumers, and learn how patients can live effectively with these devices and better understand instructions for usage.

MedlinePlus.gov, a consumer health search engine, has a host of online videos with illustrations and anatomical descriptions of a variety of conditions. Check out a list of the available videos that have illustrated diagrams as well as written and spoken explanations in a simple, easy-to-understand format.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.
Originally appeared in ViewPoint, Volume 35, Number 2, March/April 2013.

Jan/Feb: National Heart Month * American Association of Blood Banks * Glaucoma * Cancer Prevention

February is National Heart Month and the focus should also be on women who experience cardiac problems as well. Visit the Wear Red Day webpage to promote in your organization, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, contains promotional Web banners, flyers, and toolkits to share the “heart truth” with your female patients.

The American Association of Blood Banks reports that over 10.8 million people donate blood products every year, of which 29% are first-time donors. To begin the new year, take the time to share with your patients and family members the importance of saving lives through regular blood product donations. Visit their website for frequently asked questions about blood donation.

Glaucoma is an eye condition that can lead to blindness without appropriate treatment. For information on glaucoma, the use of eye drops, low vision resources, and a medication guide, check out the Glaucoma Research Foundation.

Cancer prevention information should always be available for the patients and family members. More than 50% of cancers can be prevented through nutritional choices, nicotine cessation, exercise, and increased awareness of symptoms. For links to further information, check out the Stay Healthy section on the American Cancer Society Website.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN,C, is a Medical Librarian, Patient Health and Education Library, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ.
Originally appeared in ViewPoint, Volume 35, Number 1, January/February 2013.

 

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