Psychological Support for Patients with Cancer

by Vickie K. Fieler, RN, PhD, AOCN and Carolyn Weaver, RN, MSN, AOCN and Barb Henry, ARNP, MSN

Objectives
The goal of this program is to enhance the expertise, effectiveness and confidence of nurses who are working with oncology patients in any setting. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to —

  • Discuss the psychological distress sometimes experienced by patients diagnosed with cancer.
  • Describe typical information needs of cancer patients and how providing information can help patients cope.
  • List at least three interventions and communication skills helpful in caring for patients with cancer.

This course has been made available for FREE through a promotional arrangement with the National Breast Cancer Foundation until November 7, 2012.

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A Test of Skill: Learning to Interpret the Liver Function Panel

A Test of Skill: Learning to Interpret the Liver Function Panel
by Deborah C. Varnam, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Objectives
The purpose of this program is to inform nurses about liver panel interpretation and related conditions. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —

  • Discuss the components and clinical interpretation of the liver panel.
  • Identify nursing considerations surrounding each component of the liver panel.
  • Describe conditions associated with high and low values of specific liver panel components.

Grant Provider
This course has been sponsored by an educational grant from HCA West Florida and may be taken free of charge as a gift to the nursing community until May 31, 2010.

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An Orthopedic Emergency: Compartment Syndrome

An Orthopedic Emergency: Compartment Syndrome
by Kelly Anne Bliven, RN, BSN and Ellen Cummings, RN, MSN, CNRN

Objectives
The goal of this program is to enhance healthcare professionals’ ability to detect those at risk for developing acute compartment syndrome and how to care for them. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to —

  • Identify the physiological cause of acute compartment syndrome.
  • List the six “P’s” that comprise the signs and symptoms of neurovascular compromise.
  • Describe the treatment of acute compartment syndrome.

Grant Provider
This course has been sponsored by an educational grant from Bethesda Memorial Hospital and may be taken free of charge as a gift to the nursing community until May 31, 2010.

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Antibiotic Resistance: The Emergence of ‘Super Bugs’

Antibiotic Resistance: The Emergence of ‘Super Bugs’
by Connie C. Chettle, RN, MS, MPH, CIC, COHN-S

Objectives
The purpose of the program is to inform nurses of the increasing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria throughout healthcare and to offer strategies for reducing the spread of resistance. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —

  • Name at least two reasons why bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.
  • Explain why 75% of antibiotic prescriptions written each year for outpatient visits are inappropriate.
  • Discuss one method of controlling the rapid increase in bacterial resistance in U.S. hospitals.

This course will be discontinued on 2/14/2010. Click here to take this free course for Nurses.