Recently Published RN’s Study Guide Helps Nursing Students Thrive

RN's Study GuideAs nursing school enrollments continue to grow, it’s important for nursing students to know the basics. The just published RN’s Study Guide: Nursing Essentials by Vicky Li is a unique and user-friendly resource that presents students with need to know information to help them thrive on their path to becoming a nurse.

Unlike other texts, it condenses vast amounts of knowledge into manageable basics to help nursing students and professionals understand difficult material, prepare for rigorous tests, and provide optimal care for patients and their families.

  • Concise and practical approach
  • Offers simplified introductions to the major health problems of different systems with important nursing tips and explanations
  • Includes useful medical terms, anatomic pointers, points to consider, and precautions

Would you like to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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World AIDS Day Strives for Leadership, Commitment, and Impact

world_aids_day_2016facebook-instagramDecember 1 marks World AIDS Day, a global initiative that acknowledges the progress made in AIDS treatment and prevention. This year the theme is “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.” It encourages “leaders to strengthen their commitment to using evidence-based HIV interventions, prevention tools, and testing efforts to help us stop HIV.”

According to the CDC, about 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. Globally, that number jumps to 36.7 million, with two-thirds of new HIV infections occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. Prevention efforts have made strides worldwide, including CDC programs that:

  • Scale up the use of antiretroviral treatment among people living with HIV
  • Strengthen local governments’ ability to provide effective, sustainable HIV services
  • Deliver the most effective prevention tools to those at high risk for HIV infection
  • Use data to reach high-risk groups, inform public health policies and strategies, and measure the impact

In the U.S. new diagnoses are declining in some populations. The CDC reports that from 2005 to 2014, the number of new cases “fell 19%…with large declines among heterosexuals and persons who inject drugs (PWID). Gay and bisexual men continue to be the most affected population, accounting for two-thirds of new diagnoses.” Prevention, of course, is a huge focus. As such, the CDC works with partners to focus efforts on at-risk populations, with activities like:

  • Providing funding and technical assistance to health departments and community-based organizations
  • Conducting HIV surveillance and prevention research
  • Developing guidelines for HIV treatment, prevention, surveillance, and laboratory procedures
  • Evaluating prevention programs
  • Providing training and capacity building assistance in HIV prevention interventions and strategies
  • Focusing attention on HIV in the United States through Act Against AIDS communications campaigns, including Let’s Stop HIV Together, Doing It, Start Talking. Stop HIV, and HIV Treatment Works

Please join us in recognizing the importance of World AIDS Day and the work we all still need to do to eradicate HIV/AIDS worldwide.

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New Text Examines Why Heath Promotion Is a Key Component of Nursing Practice

Contemporary Health Promotion In Nursing Practice, Second EditionAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), health promotion “enables people to increase control over their own health. It covers a wide range of social and environmental interventions that are designed to benefit and protect individual people’s health and quality of life by addressing and preventing the root causes of ill health, not just focusing on treatment and cure.” As such, health promotion has long been a central part of nursing practice. Increasingly, nurses have needed to adopt an active role in promoting the health of individuals, families, communities, and nations.

The recently published Contemporary Health Promotion in Nursing Practice, Second Edition by Bonnie Raingruber focuses on why health promotion is an integral part of nursing practice while examining health promotion theories and genetic and social determinants of health. Using a strengths-based approach, it addresses patient care with an emphasis on the importance of shared decision-making, health literacy, and health disparities.

Rooted in a thorough discussion of health promotion theories, historical documents, and policies that have shaped health promotion practice, it covers a wide range of topics, including smoking cessation, chronic disease management, stress reduction, obesity, and examples of health promotion measurement.

What else makes the Second Edition special?

  • New nursing and non-nursing theories
  • Updated content on health policy and nursing informatics
  • Healthy People 2020 goals
  • Creative approaches to health promotion, including soap operas, street theater, and art therapy
  • Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools

Can’t wait to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Just Published: PCCN Certification Review, Third Edition

PCCN Certification Review, Third Edition Are you or someone you know preparing to take the Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN) exam administered by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)? Our just published PCCN Certification Review, Third Edition by Ann J. Brorsen and Keri R. Rogelet is the ideal study guide.

According to the AACN,

“As healthcare becomes increasingly complex and challenging, the value of certification as a mark of excellence is more important than ever. Achieving certification demonstrates to patients, employers and the public that a nurse’s knowledge, skills and abilities meet rigorous national standards – and reflects a deep commitment to patient safety.”

PCCN Certification Review, Third Edition includes more than 1,100 questions and comprehensive answers with rationales. What’s more, it has been updated and revised in all sections to reflect changes in the new PCCN test plan, including gerontological issues, cardiac surgery, pacemakers, infectious diseases, and palliative care. Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Preferred Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook and Navigate 2 TestPrep with questions generated from the book.

Would you like to learn more? Visit our website.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Publishes 2017 Oncology Nursing Drug Handbook

2017 Oncology Nursing Drug HandbookFantastic news to share– we just published 2017 Oncology Nursing Drug Handbook by Gail M. Wilkes and Margaret Barton-Burke. Written especially for nurses caring for patients with cancer, it uniquely expresses drug therapy in terms of the nursing process: nursing diagnoses, etiologies of toxicities, and key points for nursing assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Updated annually, this essential reference provides valuable information on effective symptom management, patient education, and chemotherapy administration.

Completely revised and updated, the 2017 Oncology Nursing Drug Handbook includes separate chapters on molecular and immunologic/biologic targeted therapies. These chapters provide fundamental reviews to assist nurses in understanding the cellular communication pathways disrupted by cancer. It also offers simplified content, attention to understanding the immune checkpoint inhibitors, new information about immunotherapy, new drugs and their indications, and updated indications and side effects for recently FDA approved drugs.

New drugs include: alectinib (Alecensa), atezolizumab (Tecentriq), cabozantinib tablets (Cabometyx), cabozantinib capsules (Cometriq), cobimetinib tablets (Cotellic), colistin/polymixin B, clotrimazole, daratumumab (Darzalex), elotuzumab (Empliciti), irinotecan liposome injection (Onivyde), ixazomib (Ninlaro), melphalan for injection (Evoela), necitumumab (Portrazza), osimertinib (Targrisso), pentamidine, posaconazole, peramivir, rolapitant (Varubi) , talimogene laherparepvec (Imlygic), Tamiflu, trabectedin (Yondelis),  uridine triacetate (Vistogard granules),  venetoclax (Venclexta), vincristine liposome injection (Marqibo), and zanamivir.

Get a head start on the new year with 2017 Oncology Nursing Drug Handbook. Learn more at our website.

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Happy National NP Week

National NP WeekNational NP Week is a great time to recognize some of our favorite healthcare professionals– nurse practitioners! Celebrated November 13-19, 2016, National NP Week acknowledges the more than 222,000 practicing NPs in the U.S. in addition to the 20,000 new NPs finishing up their studies and entering the workforce. Further, it aims to remind “lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that NPs will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education.”

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP),

  • NPs offer high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care
  • NPs have master’s degrees, and many have doctoral degrees, as well as advanced education and clinical training
  • NPs are licensed and can prescribe medication and other treatments in all 50 states and the District of Columbia
  • Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs
  • NPs emphasize the health and well-being of the whole person in their approach, including helping patients make educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices

Please join us in honoring the important work that NPs do this and every week!

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New Edition of Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions

Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions, Seventh EditionGiven the current nursing educator shortage, it has never been more important for students and professions to pursue teaching careers in the academic health professions. Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions, Seventh Edition by Martha J. Bradshaw and Beth L. Hultquist includes the latest research on teaching, learning, and applied practice.

In addition, it details a wealth of teaching strategies, including incorporating technology in the classroom, global teaching endeavors, blended learning, and using lectures in active classrooms. With a focus on going beyond theory to offer practical application principles, the authors offer innovative teaching techniques for various learning environments and real-word examples.

What else makes the Seventh Edition special?

  • New chapters on the clinical evaluation of students and online learning
  • Current information on simulation and online teaching
  • Strategies for student evaluation and program evaluation
  • Discussion questions designed to foster active learning

Can’t wait to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Publishes 2017 Nurse’s Drug Handbook

2017 Nurse's Drug HandbookWe’re getting a head start on the new year with the release of 2017 Nurse’s Drug Handbook. Updated annually, it provides accurate and timely facts on hundreds of drugs from A-Z. Written in a no-nonsense style that speaks your language in terms you use every day, it offers concise and consistently formatted drug entries organized alphabetically.

“I think the Jones & Bartlett Learning Nurse’s Drug Handbook is the best that I have seen.”–Sylvia Herrlich, MSN, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing at Del Mar College

The 2017 Nurse’s Drug Handbook includes:

  • Index of all generic, trade, and alternate drug names
  • Chemical and therapeutic classes, FDA pregnancy risk category, and controlled substance schedule
  • Indications and dosages, as well as route, onset, peak, and duration information
  • Incompatibilities and contraindications
  • Interactions with drugs, food, and activities
  • Adverse reactions
  • Nursing considerations, including key teaching points for patients
  • Mechanism-of-action illustrations
  • Warnings and precautions

New drug entries include alirocumab, brexpiprazole, cangrelor, cariprazine, edoxaban, eluxadoline, evolocumab, flibanserin, idarucizumab, ivabradine, and mepolizumab. Updates to the appendices include parenteral insulin preparations, selected ophthalmic drugs, selected topical drugs, selected antivirals, selected antineoplastic drugs, and interferons.

Take 2017 Nurse’s Drug Handbook wherever you go with an affordably priced app for Android and iPhone and iPad. Try the app free for 30 days!

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Techno-awesome

Leadership for Evidence-Based Innovation in Nursing and Health Professions Please welcome guest blogger, Daniel Weberg, co-author of Leadership for Evidence-Based Innovation in Nursing and Health Professions for an informative post on technology.

Emerging technologies are rapidly changing how nursing care is delivered by enhancing the tools for patient assessment, enabling care anywhere, delivering instant information for evidence-based care interventions, and the improving efficiency and quality of care delivery.  Remote monitoring, virtual wound care, and high definition video allow nurses to assess patients away from the bedside.  Care is being delivered anywhere through the use of social networks and virtual wound care tools.  Information is delivered instantly to care providers through mobile devices, data dashboards, and virtual learning systems.  Finally, patient care has become more efficient through the linkage of Real Time Location Systems connecting patient, equipment, and nurses together for coordinated efforts.  Technology is enabling care in ways that the profession may not be prepared to handle.

With the bombardment of technology into the healthcare workspace, nursing and healthcare leaders may not know how to select technologies, understand their return-on-investment (ROI), or accurately assess the impact on the nursing workforce.  Healthcare leaders need to “get under the hood” to understand the systemic and the complex impact involved with technology solutions.  Failing to do so risks the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery, similar to using a band aid to support a fractured femur.

Healthcare leaders should understand that implementing technology upon broken workflows and processes only serves to break them faster.  Technology solutions should enable a complex and comprehensive shift to improve care delivery and further advance the organization towards The Triple Aim.

Weberg blog graphic Nov 16Nursing and technology together can decrease cost, improve patient experience, and improve population health.  Real time location technology, better data for decision making, and coordinated care can significantly reduce cost to the system.  Patient experience can be enhanced by keeping them informed through interactive patient care systems, routing concerns to roles that can immediately solve the issue instead of alerting nurses for non-nursing issues, and providing personalized care through better analytics and integrations.  Finally, population health can be enhanced as nurses interact with patient social networks beyond the four walls of care, utilize remote patient monitoring to visualize trends that require intervention, and better link care across the continuum.

As evidence-based innovation leaders, we must see the changes that technology brings as a catalyst for new ways of collaboration that focus on teamwork, better data for decision making, and building relationships across the traditional boundaries of location.  These new relationships will add diversity to the system and allow for amazing possibilities in delivering care for the future.

About the text:

Written by healthcare leaders for current and future innovation leaders, Leadership for Evidence-Based Innovation in Nursing and Health Professions addresses the current and emerging issues facing healthcare leaders and practitioners who lead evidence-based innovation. A truly unique text, it systematically addresses innovation and evidence from the perspectives of both a leader and a practitioner within the context of health care.

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Catherine M. Mullahy’s The Case Manager’s Handbook, Sixth Edition is the “quintessential text for case managers”

The Case Manager’s Handbook, Sixth EditionExcellent news to share– we’ve just received some outstanding testimonials from leaders in the case management community praising The Case Manager’s Handbook, Sixth Edition by Catherine M. Mullahy.

According to Ellen Fink-Samnick, Principal, EFS Supervision Strategies and co-author of COLLABORATE® for Professional Case Management,

“…the newest version on this quintessential text for case managers! The Case Manager’s Handbook, Sixth Edition provides new professionals robust fundamental and foundational content…seasoned professionals will be able to make use of the updated chapter information, plus still have access to the basics as needed. The new chapters are a strong addition (and) complement to the pre-existing content, the total of which provides a strong foundation. The text is well organized and written in a fluid style, with valuable ancillary content (e.g., boxes, tables, figures, templates).”

In addition, Anne Llewellyn, RN, CCM, Digital Journalist, Nurse Advocate; Past President, Case Management Society of America (CMSA) National, writes that,

“Since it was introduced, The Case Manager’s Handbook has been viewed as the ‘Bible’ for case management. This edition’s comprehensiveness and the fact that it is written by Catherine Mullahy, an icon in the industry, makes it a wise investment. Excellent work and an important resource that all members of the healthcare team can benefit from reading. As an educator and a mentor to professionals new to the field, The Case Managers Handbook allows me to be up to date and have a reference that I can share with others.”

Written by renowned author Catherine M. Mullahy, The Case Manager’s Handbook, Sixth Edition is an indispensable guide for case managers. Presented in an accessible and conversational style, this practical resource helps case managers learn the fundamentals, study for the Certified Case Manager (CCM) exam, and advance their careers after the exam.

  • Completely updated and enhanced with information on the latest developments affecting case management and reflects the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, including the significant effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • New chapters on pediatric case management, workers’ compensation case management, key factors driving today’s healthcare system, the case manager’s role in the era of value-based health care, case management and healthcare provider strategies for managing the high-risk or high-cost patient, and transformative healthcare approaches for the millennial generation
  • Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook, midterm and final exam, instructor’s manual, and learning analytics reporting tools

Would you like to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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