Just the Facts: I.V. Therapy

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Feb 192018

This quick-reference handbook meets Infusion Nurses Society standards and provides the essential I.V. therapy facts that nurses need for clinical work. Information is presented in an easy-to-scan bulleted format, with visually compelling illustrations of techniques and eye-catching symbols that highlight warning alerts.

Separate chapters focus on peripheral and central venous I.V. therapy, including coverage on state-of-the-art vascular access devices, PICC lines, and a quick-scan guide to CV catheters. Close attention is given to the prevention and management of specific complications of peripheral and central venous therapy. Other chapters cover I.V. medication administration, transfusions, chemotherapy infusions, and parenteral nutrition.






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Clinical Handbook of Neonatal Pain Management for Nurses

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Feb 172018

Written specifically for nurses, this clinical handbook provides unmatched comprehensive information on pain management for the vulnerable neonatal population. Given the possibility of significant short- and long-term consequences of neonatal pain if left unmanaged, all nurses in neonatal settings should be familiar with the origins of neonatal pain, pain assessment, and the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic pain management techniques outlined and explained in this clinical guide.

Each chapter contains critical information on safe and proven therapies for common painful procedures, including lists of dosages and side effects. Nurses can use this clinical handbook to adopt strategies to routinely assess pain, minimize the number of painful procedures, employ drug-based and non-drug-based therapies that prevent pain in routine procedures, and eliminate pain associated with surgery. As a well-rounded guide and resource for use in neonatal settings, this portable reference also features chapters on how nurses can engage others to assist with neonatal pain, and expands upon the role of the family to ensure the best neonatal care.

• The first clinical handbook specifically for nurses treating neonates
• A holistic, state-of-the-art resource describing pain management techniques
• Addresses assessment, medications, and the application of both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic pain management techniques
• Lists dosages and side effects

Discusses how to manage withdrawal pain from neonatal abstinence syndrome.





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The Lean Electronic Health Record: A Journey toward Optimized Care

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Feb 152018


The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a reflection of the way your organization conducts business. If you’re looking to make lasting improvements in the delivery of care, you must start with looking at the system from your patient’s perspective to understand what is of value and what is simply waste. When you begin seeing in this way, you’ll begin building in this way. When you begin building in this way, you’ll begin driving improvements in your care delivery. Only then will your EHR be able to support lasting improvements, driving better patient care and outcomes at lower costs.

Healthcare organizations are under increasing pressure to improve on all fronts. This can be achieved, but only by changing the very way we look at care. No longer can we look at care just from the organization or provider’s perspective; we must start with the end in mind – the patient. Compelling case studies, discussed throughout this book, demonstrate that modifying processes and workflows using Lean methodologies lead to substantial improvements. These changes must be undertaken in a clear, consistent, and methodical manner. When implementing an EHR based on existing workflows and sometimes antiquated processes, organizations struggle to sustain improvements.

Many organizations have deployed an EHR and now face optimization challenges, including the decision to move to a new EHR vendor. The financial implications of upgrading, optimizing or replacing an EHR system are significant and laden with risk. Choose the wrong vendor, the wrong system, or the wrong approach and you may struggle under the weight of that decision for decades. Organizations that successfully leverage the convergence of needs – patients demanding better care, providers needing more efficient workflows and organizations desiring better financials – will survive and thrive.

This book ties together current healthcare challenges with proven Lean methodologies to provide a clear, concise roadmap to help organizations drive real improvements in the selection, implementation, and on-going management of their EHR systems. Improving patient care, improving the provider experience and reducing organizational costs are the next frontier in the use of EHRs and this book provides a roadmap to that desired future state.





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Improving Nursing Documentation and Reducing Risk

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Feb 142018

In the age of electronic health records (EHR) and value-based purchasing, accurate and complete nursing documentation is crucial. Proper documentation affects not only quality of care, but also facilities’ costs and revenues. Redundant documentation wastes time and money, while inadequate documentation negatively affects Joint Commission core measures and can result in license suspensions or legal action against a healthcare facility-an expensive and often damaging outcome. Improving Nursing Documentation and Reducing Risk helps nurse managers create policies, processes, and ongoing auditing practices to ensure that complete and accurate documentation is implemented by their staff, without creating additional time burdens. Nurse managers, especially new nurse managers, do not clearly understand their legal accountability for poor or inadequate documentation created by nursing staff who report to them. While each state’s nurse practice act (NPA) differs, every NPA addresses nursing liability for documentation; however, many nurse managers remain unaware of these and other regulations that hold them accountable for the documentation crafted by their nurses. This book helps nurse managers protect themselves and their staff by clearly explaining to their employees the impact of documentation practices on reimbursement, educating them on the consequences of failure to document, and training them on how to document properly. This book will help you: Work directly with your staff to ensure accurate documentation Train nurses during orientation Educate your staff on the consequences of inaccurate documentation Create steps to share with your staff that will improve documentation Ensure complete comprehension of documentation issues through sample forms, auditing tools, and case studies



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Nurse Staffing Within the Veterans Health Administration

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Feb 142018

The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) and others have highlighted the need for an adequate and qualified nurse workforce to provide quality and timely care to veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) faces challenges such as increased competition for skilled clinicians in hard-to-fill occupations such as nurses. As GAO has previously reported, recruitment and retention is particularly difficult for nurses with advanced professional skills, knowledge, and experience, which is critical given veterans’ needs for more complex specialized services. This book reviews the initiatives VHA has to recruit and retain its nurse workforce and the extent to which VHA oversees its nurse recruitment and retention initiatives. Furthermore, the book reviews the extent to which Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers (VAMC) have implemented VHA’s nurse staffing methodology, and VHA oversees VAMCs’ implementation and ongoing administration of the methodology



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Writing Your Nursing Portfolio: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Feb 142018

“I am delighted to endorse this practical and accessible guide to writing and developing a portfolio for nurses. Unlike many ‘how-to-do’ approaches to portfolio compilation, this book acknowledges the complexity involved in learning from practice, and recording that learning in a meaningful way. The book respectfully guides the reader through essential elements to be considered if a portfolio is to be more than a depository of paper, yet avoids prescription in acknowledging the individual nature of the portfolio and its necessity to reflect the nurse’s own journey through their career.” Professor Melanie Jasper, Head of College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, UK “The compilation of a nursing portfolio is a task, which is often neglected in the busy student nurse’s life between long shifts and assignments. Timmins & Duffy encourage one to take on the challenge and guide one through the process systematically … Examples of structured reflections and of portfolio layouts make the realisation of one’s own well presented portfolio easier than one might think. Any student or qualified nurse will thus benefit from Timmins & Duffy’s encouraging book.” Karin Schirmaier, Student, University of the West of England, UK “This book is intended for nurses at all stages of their careers and offers a much needed step-by-step guide to planning, writing and maintaining a portfolio. I was particularly pleased to see a strong emphasis on refl ection and education, as a means of encouraging nurses to think critically and learn from their own practice. All in all, this is a very well-constructed book which I highly recommend.” Professor Gary Rolfe, Swansea University, UK This handy guide, co-published with the Nursing Standard, is perfect for nurses who need to put together a portfolio and don’t know where to start. Written as a step-by-step guide it answers all the common questions about how to compile and write a good nursing portfolio. Each chapter includes different tasks so you can create your portfolio as you work through the book. The book assumes no prior knowledge of portfolio building and includes: Examples of good and challenging portfolio pieces Tools and techniques for reflection and critical thinking Guidance on the NMC competency frameworks Writing your Nursing Portfolio is indispensable reading for all nursing students looking for a clear and accessible guide to creating and developing a portfolio. The book describes how the nursing portfolio fits into clinical practice and how it can make a positive difference to the nurse, patient and others.



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Midwifery & Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Fourth Edition: Certification Review Guide

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Feb 142018

Midwifery & Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Review Guide, Fourth Edition is a comprehensive review designed to help midwives and women’s health nurse practitioners prepare for their certification exams. Based on the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) and the National Certification Corporation (NCC) test blueprints, it contains nearly 1,000 questions with answers and rationales representing those found on the exams. The Fourth Edition also includes a new chapter on well woman care: menopause and beyond.

Midwifery & Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Review Guide, Fourth Edition is published in partnership with the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and endorsed by the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH).



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Teaching Cultural Competence in Nursing and Health Care, Third Edition

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Feb 142018

Based on proven research, this book is a unique ‘Äúhow-to,’Äù ‘Äúmust read’Äù book for those working in academic settings, health care institutions, employeeeducation, and nursing and health care organizations and associations. Updated with new evidence-based strategies, interactive book features, and expandedready-toapply strategies and exemplars, this new edition offers a systematic, comprehensive approach for planning, implementing, and evaluating culturalcompetence education strategies and programs.

New and expanded chapters address curriculum, train-the-trainer programs, and continuing education; traditional classroom, hybrid, and online courses;clinical settings, immersion experiences, service learning, simulation, and nursing skills labs; professional networking; and multicultural workplaceharmony and cultural safety. Included are educational activities for academic, health care agency, and professional association settings. Real-lifescenarios, integrated reflection boxes, easy-to-apply action steps, educator- in-action vignettes, research exhibit boxes, toolkit resource boxes, anaccompanying digital toolkit, references, and discussion questions help readers to fully integrate the book’Äôs content. An appendix lists over 50 studiesfrom around the world utilizing the Cultural Competence and Confidence (CCC) model and its corresponding questionnaires (contained in the toolkit). Thetext provides valuable information and resources to assist academic programs and health care institutions meet accreditation requirements and forinstitutions trying to obtain Magnet¬Æ status.


Updated and revised model to guide cultural competence education
Reorganized to address cultural competence in a variety of environments
Expanded ready-to-apply strategies and exemplars
A wealth of updated and revised information and research
New and expanded chapters on curriculum and varied learning modalities
New information on clinical settings, immersion experiences, service learning, simulation, nursing skills labs, and hybrid and online education
Real-life scenarios, reflection boxes, easy-to-apply action steps, toolkit resource boxes, and discussion questions



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Neonatal Nursing Care Handbook, Second Edition

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Feb 142018

Neonatal nurses face an ever-changing practice landscape that requires swift decisions and actions. This is an up-to-date, comprehensive, quick reference resource written specifically for neonatal nurses throughout the globe. Designed for speedy information retrieval, it encompasses vital information about commonly encountered conditions and procedures on the neonatal unit. The handbook is written by outstanding neonatal practitioners in accessible language and consistently formatted for ease of use.

Illustrations, diagrams and flow charts enhance information, which is divided into sections covering Systems Assessment and Management of Disorders, Special Care Considerations, and Procedures and Diagnostic Tests. Appendices deliver such valuable tools for clinical practice as a list of common abbreviations and pertinent web resources. Also included are downloadable, digital, patient management tools, reusable templates, and quick-reference calculation tools.

Key Features:

Provides quick-access, current information about common neonatal conditions and procedures
Assists neonatal nurses in making sound clinical decisions
Written by prominent leaders in the neonatal field
Delivers information concisely and clearly for neonatal nursing staff and APs worldwide
Enhances content with illustrations, diagrams, and flow charts and digital patient management and calculation tools



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Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Review, Second Edition

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Feb 142018

Now in its second edition, this book remains the only comprehensive resource for clinical nurse leaders preparing for certification. The guide stemsdirectly from Dr. King’Äô s acclaimed exam preparation course, which resulted in a 100% pass rate among students who took the course. The second editionreflects the new requirements of Competencies and Curricular Expectations for Clinical Nurse Leader Education and Practice (2013), featuring new andupdated chapters with information about risk mitigation, lateral integration, interprofessional skills, care coordination, and evidence-based practice; anupdated glossary of key terms; and new multiple-choice questions and case studies.

The resource mirrors the format of the AACN exam, and continues to cover all aspects of the current test, providing detailed information on taking theexam, how to analyze and interpret exam questions, basic test-taking skills, questions to stimulate critical thinking, a sample exam with answers andrationales, and content review of everything you need to know to succeed on the exam. The review not only helps individuals preparing for the exam, butalso provides strategies to help groups of students make the best use of the book. It offers direction for faculty who are designing review courses andserves as a valuable resource during the clinical nurse leader program itself.


Reflects new competencies
Presents new and updated chapters
Includes a new glossary of terms
Provides new multiple-choice questions and case studies
Addresses risk mitigation, lateral integration, interprofessional skills, care coordination, and evidence-based practice

Delivers top-notch, comprehensive test-preparation assistance
Presents guidelines on question dissection and analysis
Facilitates critical thinking with multiple-choice questions and case studies written by certified clinical nurse leaders



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