AJN’s February issue is now available on our Web site. Here’s a selection of what not to miss, including two continuing education (CE) articles, which you can access for free.
With high hospital turnover rates, keeping newly licensed RNs (NLRNs) continues to be a priority for hospitals. This month’s original research article, “Changing Trends in Newly Licensed RNs,” found that new nurses considered themselves to have fewer job opportunities and to be less likely to work in hospitals and more likely to have a second job than new nurses who were surveyed six years earlier. Earn 2.5 CE credits by reading this article and taking the test that follows.
Tonsillectomy is effective at treating a variety of pediatric disorders, such as sleep apnea and frequent throat infection. But it often results in prolonged, moderate-to-severe pain. “Posttonsillectomy Pain in Children” reviews the causes of posttonsillectomy pain, the efficacy of various treatment interventions, and the recommendations for patient and family teaching regarding pain management. Earn 2.3 CE credits by reading this article and taking the test that follows. If you’re reading AJN on your iPad, you can listen to a podcast interview with the author by tapping on the podcast icon on the first page. The podcast is also available on our Web site.
According to an Institute of Medicine report, at least 1.5 million preventable medication-related adverse events occur in the U.S every year. This month’s Cultivating Quality article, “The Sterile Cockpit: An Effective Approach to Reducing Medication Errors” (abstract only without a subscription or article purchase), describes how nurses on one hospital unit used a commercial aviation industry innovation in an attempt to reduce medication errors.
Though the importance of clinical skills is often emphasized for nurses, communication, collaboration, and communication are equally important. “Hard Facts About Soft Skills” (abstract only), the third article in our Perspectives on Leadership series, describes how a nursing unit changed its model of care to improve both nurses’ ability to delegate and communication between RNs and nursing assistants.
Lastly, our Legal Clinic department is featuring a new series of articles on real cases involving nurses. Read our first installment,”Lessons Learned from Litigation: The Case of Eric Decker,” about a complaint alleging that nurses’ failure to act resulted in injuries to an infant. If you’re reading AJN on your iPad, you can listen to a podcast interview with the author by tapping on the podcast icon on the first page. The podcast is also available on our Web site.
To read the full table of contents and see what else AJN has to offer this month, visit our Web site.