National Nurses Week Celebrates Ethical Practice and Quality Care

NNW2015smallEarlier this year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) designated 2015 as the “Year of Ethics.” Recognizing the importance of ethics in all aspects of nursing practice, ANA also released a revised code of ethics for the profession, the first since 2001.

In keeping with this, the theme of 2015 National Nurses Week is “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.” It highlights the significant impact nurses have on upholding “the highest level of quality and ethical standards in their practice to ensure the delivery of superior health care to patients, families and society.”

Watch a National Nurses Week Greeting from ANA President Pamela Cipriano:

Celebrated annually from May 6, National Nurses Day, through May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday, National Nurses Week acknowledges the crucial role that nurses play in elevating ethical standards that garner genuine trust. For example, the annual Gallup survey has found that the public rated nursing as the most honest, ethical profession consecutively for the past 13 years. Read more about the history of National Nurses Week.

Please join us in celebrating the contribution nurses make this and every week!

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Nursing Forum “was completely invigorating”

2015-04-17 08.27.00Last month, we hosted our first Nursing Forum, a day-long professional development event for nursing instructors at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods. Drawing attendees from all over New England and beyond, the Nursing Forum focused on “Educating the Next Generation of Nurses” with a series of workshops and presentations from experts on a wide-variety of topics.

In addition, it included an interactive Learning Center where attendees could browse our titles and find out more about our digital nursing products such as Navigate 2 and online courses and curricula. While there, they could also catch enlightening demos from Educational Technology Consultant, Rob Howson, and an informative poster presented by Corinna Preuschoff, PhD.

Executive Editor, Amanda Martin, summed up the energy of the day by saying that,

“We are so pleased with the success of our first annual Nursing Forum! It was a day of information sharing, collaboration, and ongoing dialogue around the unique trends and issues facing today’s nursing education landscape. We are grateful to our speakers for their thought-provoking sessions and to our participants for their active engagement. I feel privileged to work for a company that places such value on the expansion and dissemination of nursing knowledge, and this event marks an exciting step forward for the Nursing Division at Jones & Bartlett Learning.”

Attendees had rave reviews as well. According to Valeria Ramdin from Northeastern University, it was “such a wonderful and insightful conference.” While Pat Hedderson from NYCCT declared that “it was completely invigorating!”

2015-04-17 13.53.24Kicking off the day was Margaret Reneau, PhD, MSN, RN, Director of Online Nursing Programs for Saint Xavier University, who spoke about “Nursing Education for the 21st Century: Transitioning to Online Course Delivery.” Read some feedback from attendees:

“Dr. Reneau was fabulous. I would definitely come to another conference to listen to her.”

“Excellent! She was a great speaker and her topic was very relevant.”

Jeri Milstead, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, author of the recently published Health Policy and Politics: A Nurse’s Guide, Fifth Edition, delivered an inspiring session on “Health Policy and Politics: Leadership in Action.” Read what attendees had to say:

“Absolutely amazing – shared her passion for nurse leadership with effective, anecdotal stories.”

“Loved her down to earth presentation! Makes me want to delve more into political advocacy for health care.”

Dr. Patty Spurr, Associate Dean and Professor from Spalding University gave an educational and entertaining talk on “Moving from Face-to-Face to Online Programming for an RN to BSN Program.” Read more feedback from attendees:

“Good information. Loved her sense of humor.”

“Inspiring on how to make it work.”

Anita Finkelman, RN, MSN, from Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences School of Nursing, and author of the recently published Professional Nursing Concepts: Competencies for Quality Leadership, Third Edition, presented an engaging session on “Applying Technology to Engage Students Today and in the Future: Successes and Challenges.” Read some of the attendee feedback:

“Dr. Finkelman is a great speaker.”

“Humbling to be able to see her speak; her knowledge base is so broad.”

Diane Hanley, MS, RN-BC, EJD, Director at Boston Medical Center, offered expert insights on “The Practice Perspective.” Read what attendees had to say:

“Very informative regarding residency program for new graduates.”

“It was good to have a speaker out of the practice setting; she gave very practical pointers to take back to the classroom.”

The entire nursing team at Jones & Bartlett Learning would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who attended our Nursing Forum and made the day such a triumph!

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Endurance Events: What to Eat for the Long Haul

Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC

This week, our special guest bloggers, Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC, authors of 100 Questions and Answers about Sports Nutrition & Exercise, offer expert tips on endurance events.

Endurance events, such as marathons, ultra marathons, adventure races, and Ironmans, pose nutritional challenges for athletes. The mode of exercise, hours of competition, weather conditions, and racecourse all factor into creating a nutrition plan that maximizes energy consumption and hydration status.

During an endurance event, it is impossible to consume enough fuel or fluids to match what is being expended. Competitors must create an individual nutrition and hydration plan to ensure the body is receiving the maximal amount of fuel and fluids. The next four steps will help you formulate the proper plan for your event.

Step One: Know the Race Details

  1. Mode of Exercise: it is always possible to carry foods and fluids during exercise, but it is not always easy to consume the foods and fluids. For example, it is often easier for cyclist to eat and drink during exercise than a runner.
  2. Hours of Competition: longer events require higher carbohydrate and fluid needs. Endurance athletes are more susceptible to running out of fuel (“bonking”), dehydration or hyponatremia.
  3. Weather Conditions: sweat rates are influenced by cold, mild and hot weather.
  4. Racecourse: the variability of the racecourse may influence consumption. For example, it may be harder to eat/drink during more challenging areas of the course such as hills.

Step Two: Understand Basics Sports Nutrition Strategies

  1. Eat a balanced and easily digestible meal 1-4 hours prior to exercise.
  2. Consume a high carbohydrate snack and 8-16 ounces of fluid 30-60 minutes prior to exercise and/or competition.
  3. Eat and drink from the start of the event. Athletes that consume foods and fluids in the early minutes of the race perform stronger.
  4. Carbohydrate consumption: 30-60 grams per hour for 1 to 2.5 hours of activity and 80-90 grams per hour for 2.5 to 3 hrs and more of activity. Use carbohydrate sources that have multiple transportable carbohydrates (glucose and fructose) to increase absorption and reduce gastrointestinal distress. Consuming fructose only could cause symptoms such as bloating and diarrhea.
  5. Hydration: consume 5-12 ounces of fluid every 15-20 minutes during exercise. Amount varies due to sweat rate differences and individual gut tolerance. Sweat rate is influenced by weather, athlete’s size, conditioning, acclimatization, gender and age.
  6. Sweat losses during exercise should not exceed 2% of body weight. Greater than 2% loss can significantly decrease performance and increases the risk of medical complications such as heat stress and heat stroke.
  7. Sodium intake is essential to prevent hyponatremia, which is a dangerous condition that occurs when blood sodium levels are too low. Sodium can be consumed via sports drinks and foods.
  8. Flavor fatigue and taste changes are common during longer events. Notice changes in palatability during training in order to minimize fueling disruptions during competition.
  9. Consume foods that contain fat and protein (in addition to carbohydrates) during the event as they increase satiety and variety.
  10. Test foods and fluids throughout training to ensure gut tolerance during competition. Train your stomach like you train your muscles, start slowly and build up. For example, marathon training does not begin with a 26-mile run nor can your gut tolerate consuming 24 ounces of fluid during an hour of exercise if you are not used to consuming fluids. Progressively add fluids – 8 ounces then 16 then 24, etc. You must let your gut gradually accept the change.
  11. Set a watch/timer as a reminder to eat and drink at regular intervals.
  12. Use hydration and fueling devices, such as camelbacks and fuel belts.
  13. Carbohydrate loading prior to competition is beneficial.
  14. Know what foods and fluids will be offered during the competition. If these are not items you trained with, then you should not try them on race day.
  15. Examples of foods/fluids include: bananas, PB & J sandwich, peanut butter crackers, cheese sandwich, turkey and cheese sandwich, mini bagels, jerky, potato chips, crackers, fig newtons, soup/broth, cookies, candy, pretzels, sports drinks, liquid meals/shakes.

Step Three: Outline Your Nutrition and Hydration Plan

Hour 1: fig newtons+ 24 ounces of sports drink

Hour 2: banana + 24 ounces of sports drink

Hour 3: PB & J sandwich + 24 ounces of sports drink

Hour 4: pretzels + 24 ounces of sports drink

Hour 5: jerky + 24 ounces of sports drink

Hour 6: cookies + 24 ounces of sports drink

Step Four: Log and Revise

Log the successes and failures of your plan during training in order to revise it as needed before competition. Keep track of tolerated foods and fluids, ability to consume and ease of consumption of the foods and fluids, sweat losses (weight changes), gastrointestinal disturbances, performance, and recovery.

A “one-size fits all” plan does not exist thus devising a sports nutrition fueling and hydration plan will often include much trial and error. Sports Dietitians (credentials: RD, CSSD) are able to provide athletes with valuable guidance during this process. If you take the time to develop the right plan, you will be one step ahead of your competitors.

Thank you to our readers for submitting this question. We have had many wonderful questions/comments, which have resulted in several of the articles written thus far and questions that have been submitted in the last few months will be answered in the upcoming months. information can be found in 100 Questions and Answers About Sports Nutrition and Exercise by Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC.

Do you have a nutrition or exercise question? If so, submit them to . Questions will be answered on a monthly basis.

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May is National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month

PrintDid you know that today marks the beginning of National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month (NCCARM)? All month long, join us in raising awareness for the valuable work of critical care nurses and healthcare professionals across the nation.

NCCARM is the result of a partnership between the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

This year’s theme is “Turn Your ICU Blue.” Don’t miss your chance to celebrate with blue attire, especially on “Wear Blue” day on May 15.

Neonatal Certification Review for the CCRN and RNC High-Risk Examinations, Second Edition Includes Navigate 2 Preferred AccessJones & Bartlett Learning is committed to providing quality resources for critical care nurses. This “Wear Blue” day, we’re publishing Neonatal Certification Review for the CCRN and RNC High-Risk Examinations, Second Edition by Keri R. Rogelet and Ann J. Brorsen. An invaluable review guide to prepare for certification as a neonatal nurse, it also includes Navigate 2 Preferred Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook and Navigate 2 TestPrep with questions generated from the book.

Ideal for those seeking the RNC credential in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing (RNC-NIC) or the neonatal CCRN credential, it also offers helpful information about Low Risk Neonatal Nursing (RNC-LRN) certification.

  • Contains more than 1,000 questions with comprehensive answer rationales on a broad range of topics
  • Includes test-taking strategies
  • New section on breastfeeding

Can’t wait to learn more? Visit our website.

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Dan Chiras Encourages Critical Thinking About Sustainable Solutions to Environmental Issues in Best-Selling Environmental Science Text

Chiras_ES10eHappy Earth Day from Jones & Bartlett Learning!

Today is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and is a time to think critically about sustainable solutions to environmental issues. Dan Chiras encourages students to do just that in his best-selling text, Environmental Science, now in it’s tenth edition. Dan Chiras is a world-renown educator and author of 30 books on environmental science, natural resource conservation, sustainability, renewable energy, environmental education, and green building. He has taught at the University of Colorado at Denver, University of Denver, University of Colorado in Boulder, University of Washington, and Colorado College. Dan has done pioneering work on critical thinking, sustainability, and the root causes of the environmental crisis. He has been involved in environmental issues since the 1970s. As the founder and director of The Evergreen Institute, today Dan teaches classes on residential renewable energy and green building.

In the recently published tenth edition of Environmental Science, Dan:

  • emphasizes sustainable solutions to local, regional, national, and global environmental issues with the goal of creating lasting solutions to all environmental problems;
  • provides in-depth coverage of all topics to allow students to analyze environmental issues objectively and think critically about solutions;
  • includes expanded discussions of contemporary environmental issues, including mountaintop removal, global climate change, solar and wind energy, species extinction, world energy demand and peak oil, acid deposition, and the progress in adoption of renewable energy.

Preview the front matter including, the complete table of contents and The Student Experience, and see why this book is the clear choice for an introductory environmental science course.

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Navigate 2 Pilots Rate Favorably With Nursing Students

Nav2nurpilotsimage4In winter 2015, we conducted two pilot studies with nursing students at two different universities. During the pilots, students used Navigate 2 Advantage Access, which included a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, and learning analytics reporting tools. The pilot studies featured:

Overall, 24 students provided us with feedback on their experiences. The majority of students reported that Navigate 2 helped them study and prepare for exams more efficiently.


In addition, students reported highly positive ratings for Navigate 2 features, especially its organization and ease of use.


Another important finding of these pilots showed that students who spent more time using Navigate 2 were more satisfied with the product overall.


What did nursing students have to say about using Navigate 2?

“[Navigate 2] supplemented the material presented in lecture and text. It was nice to have an alternative source to study from.”

“Using [Navigate 2] has given me more opportunities to learn in different ways.”

“[Navigate 2] made it easier to have everything needed for our class on one website.”

“[Navigate 2] was helpful when [studying] on the go.”

Stay tuned for more Research on Navigate 2. Learn more at

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Review: “Introduction to Homeland Security…is logical and easy to understand”

OliverGreat news – the recently published Introduction to Homeland Security: Policy, Organization, and Administration by Willard M. Oliver, Nancy E. Marion, and Joshua B. Hill was warmly reviewed by Professor Ostrowidzki of El Paso Community College. Professor Ostrowidzki said “Introduction to Homeland Security: Policy, Organization, and Administration is appropriate for my [Intro to Homeland Security] course because it provides a basic, but developed overview of homeland security regarding the United States. The book’s approach is logical and easy to understand for students at the early college level.”

Learn more about the definitive Homeland Security textbook here and preview a sample chapter.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Announces Navigate 2 Integration With Blackboard

Navigate 2Navigate 2 just keeps getting better. You already know that it combines technology and content to expand the reach of the classroom with mobile-ready course materials like a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools.

Now with a seamless Blackboard integration, both instructors and students can sign in to Navigate 2 right from Blackboard for an identical Navigate 2 experience. Best of all, it reports a single grade from Navigate 2 to the Blackboard grade book that updates each time an assignment is completed.

For more information, visit Want to learn more right now? Watch this preview video:


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Stretching: A Key Component of Physical Fitness

Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC

This week, our special guest bloggers, Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC, authors of 100 Questions and Answers about Sports Nutrition & Exercise, offer expert tips on stretching.

Regular stretching is an important part of physical fitness yet it is often omitted during workouts. Stretching is imperative to maintain flexibility (the range of motion one has in their joints) and is an essential component of all physical activities.

One’s flexibility is influenced by factors such as:

  • Age- The joints and surrounding connective tissues become more rigid and lose much of their elasticity as we age. This results in greater stiffness and decreased range of motion.
  • Gender- Women tend to have more flexibility than men most likely due to structural, anatomical and hormonal differences.
  • Activity level- Physical activity that stresses the joints with greater ranges of motion help maintain flexibility thus active individuals have greater flexibility than less active individuals.
  • Joint and tissue structure- there are inherent joint and tissue structure differences (joint capsules, tendons, ligaments and skin) between individuals that result in varying levels of flexibility. Certain individuals are endowed with higher elasticity and plasticity components to their connective tissue, making them inherently more flexible.

To improve flexibility, two stretching techniques are recommended: active stretching and passive stretching. An active stretch occurs when an individual applies the force for the stretch. For example, during the seated hamstring and lower back stretch, the individual would lean his or her upper torso down toward the lower torso, and upon meeting significant resistance would hold the stretch for a few seconds and then relax. On the other hand, the passive stretch requires the assistance of a person or device to apply the force for the stretch.   Using the same example of the seated hamstring stretch, a person would apply pressure on the back of the individual to help push the upper torso down.

Stretching can be further subdivided into static, dynamic and ballistic stretching.

  1. Static stretching is often referred to as the stretch-hold technique. The individual begins a stretch by moving the joint and muscle through the range of motion until the stretch sensation is felt in the belly of the muscle. The stretch is then held for 20 to 30 seconds followed by a relaxation period for a few seconds. The stretch is then repeated for an additional two repetitions with the goal of increasing the range of motion each time. The individual should always try to avoid stretching the muscle too intensely, as this could lead to injury. Static stretching is a very effective method for increasing flexibility, easy to learn and is generally considered to be safe.
  1. Dynamic stretching is a method of stretching using activity-specific movements to increase flexibility. This type of stretching helps prepare individuals for the movement patterns of their activity by stretching the involved muscles, tendons and joints. For example, a baseball pitcher could use stretch bands to simulate their throwing technique while increasing the intensity and range of motion during each successive throw. This stretching technique has an added advantage of developing both flexibility and strength concurrently.
  1. Ballistic stretching is often referred to as the bounce technique. The stretching movement is generally done rapidly without a hold (bouncing) at the end of each successive stretch. The muscle is stretched quickly and returned to its original position rapidly, and then stretched again. Ballistic stretching has the potential to cause harm and should be avoided. During ballistic stretching, the muscle is never allowed to relax causing a stretch reflex in the muscle (shortening), which leads to a tightening. An example of a typical ballistic stretch is the standing toe touch. During this technique, the individual stands with the legs slightly apart and tries to touch the toes by continuously bouncing up and down in rapid succession.

Flexibility is most effectively attained during the warm-up and cool-down periods of exercise. Prior to exercise, it is recommended that a general dynamic warm-up that involves the entire body (such as jumping jacks, fast walking with arm swings, light cycling) be completed for a few minutes to warm the muscles. When the muscles are warm, five to ten minutes of stretching can help reduce injury, increase joint range of motion and increase performance through increased elasticity of muscles and tendons. Post-exercise (cool-down), stretching the warm muscles allows the elastic components within the muscles and tendons to be more easily stretched. Warm muscles are able to stretch to greater lengths than cold muscles. To improve this capacity, stretching should be done when the muscles and tendons are warm and most receptive to being stretched.

Stretching is a simple way to maintain flexibility, increase physical fitness, reduce injuries and improve performance. Flexibility can be acquired quickly and can be maintained with incorporating just three stretching sessions per week. Persons of all ages and athletic abilities can improve their health by increasing their flexibility with stretching. information can be found in 100 Questions and Answers About Sports Nutrition and Exercise by Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC.

Do you have a nutrition or exercise question? If so, submit them to . Questions will be answered on a monthly basis.

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Webinar: See How Navigate 2 Can Engage Students and Enhance Your Microbiology Course

Nav2_homescreenWith Navigate 2, learning is no longer confined to the four walls of the classroom. Navigate 2 allows you to provide content that keeps your students interested and benefits multiple learning styles while saving valuable time.

In fall 2014, we conducted a focus group with students at Glendale Community College on Navigate 2 Advantage Access for Fundamentals of Microbiology, Tenth Edition, and this is what they had to say about learning with Navigate 2 Advantage Access:

“There are way more tools that are very helpful compared to other online resources I have used in addition to textbooks for previous classes.”

“The features in the eBook are fantastic and I haven’t seen any other eBooks that have similar features.”

“Navigate 2 provides a lot of useful tools to help study and it is easy to use.”

“I like the discussion questions because these activities would help me check my understanding of the material.”

“I like the different variety of activities I could use to study.”

We recently lead a webinar to demonstrate how Navigate 2 can engage students and enhance a microbiology curriculum. View the webinar for a walkthrough of:

  • the Interactive eBook with animations
  • the useful flashcards
  • how to easily add a quiz and manage assessments
  • the hassle-free gradebook
  • detailed reporting with actionable data

Learn more about Navigate 2 solutions for our best-selling microbiology texts:

See the results from the Navigate 2 focus group with students from Glendale Community College.

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