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    The Use and Maintenance of Implanted Port Vascular Access Devices

    h4. Introduction This course covers the history, required skills, and proper techniques of accessing and maintaining an implantable port in a clinical setting. The pros and cons of implantable ports versus other central lines are described and troubleshooting techniques are detailed. The importance of patient education is emphasized. The course work is intended for nurses, medical technicians, and physician assistants who ...
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    Physical Assessment - Chapter 8 Neurological System

    h4. Chapter 8: Neurological System The nervous system consists of the central nervous system (CNS), the peripheral nervous system, and the autonomic nervous system. Together these three components integrate all physical, emotional, and intellectual activities. The CNS includes the brain and spinal cord. These two structures collect and interpret voluntary and involuntary sensory and motor signals. A brief overview of the ...
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    Altered Levels of Consciousness

    h4. Background h4. Overview Altered states of consciousness include a spectrum of conditions of a normal, paranormal or abnormal nature. This course will present information on the alterations in levels of consciousness that are produced as a result of definitive and usually demonstrable structural abnormalities of the brain. Normal alterations in consciousness such as sleep and dreams will not be discussed ...
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    Physical Assessment - Chapter 2 Integumentary System

    h4. Chapter 2: Integumentary System The skin is the largest organ in the body. The normal adult has over 20 square feet of skin so it is easy to understand how something can go wrong with this much area to cover. As a membranous barrier between a person's outer and inner surroundings, the skin responds to external changes and also reflects ...
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    Physical Assessment - Chapter 9 Gastrointestinal System

    h4. Chapter 9: Gastrointestinal System The gastrointestinal (GI) system performs the functions of ingestion, digestion, and elimination. Interruptions of any of these functions can quickly affect the patient nutritionally and cause acid-base imbalances. When performing the GI assessment, it must be remembered that much of the population has preexisting problems and that these problems can be exacerbated or new conditions can ...
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    Physical Assessment - Chapter 1 History and Physical Examination

    h4. Introduction Performing an accurate physical assessment and being able to differentiate normal from abnormal findings is one of the most important roles for today's health care practitioner. If an accurate physical assessment cannot be performed, whether for baseline data or when the patient's condition changes, then the patient is not receiving the level of competent care that should be given. ...
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    Skin Sensitization - Contact Dermatitis and Contact Urticaria

    h4. General Principles Of Contact Dermatitis Introduction Why are we interested in the skin's reaction to foreign chemicals? Perhaps because many of us have had blisters from poison ivy, rashes from nickel in metal items like earrings or necklaces, or eczematous reactions to other everyday objects. A friend comes to visit one evening with a red rash around her eyes; she ...
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    Patient Advocacy: Barriers and Facilitators

    Patient Advocacy: Barriers and Facilitators
    h4. Background The role of patient advocacy is not new for nurses. Historically, patient advocacy has been a moral obligation for nurses. During recent years, nursing literature has been focused on the advocacy role and nursing professions has adopted the term 'patient advocacy' to denote an ideal of the practice. Nurses assume that they have an ethical obligation to advocate for ...
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    Clinically Significant Drug Interaction with the Cytochrome P450 Enzyme System

    h4. Introduction Many drugs undergo oxidative biotransformation in order to be transformed from lipophilic to hydrophilic compounds so that they may be more readily eliminated from the body. The cytochrome P450 enzyme system is the major catalyst of oxidative biotransformation reactions involved in drug metabolism. The nomenclature of the cytochrome P450 enzyme system involves grouping the enzymes into families and subfamilies. ...
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    Care Plans: Worthwhile or Worthless?

    Care Plans: Worthwhile or Worthless?
    You can find some lively debates on the value of writing care plans and using nursing diagnoses. Some argue that they are a waste of time and not very useful. Others argue that they are absolutely essential to advance the field of nursing. The bottom line is that if you are a nursing student, you need to know how to write ...
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    Tips for a Smooth Nursing Shift Change

    Tips for a Smooth Nursing Shift Change
    At the end of a long day of caring for patients, it’s time to give the end-of-shift report to the oncoming nurses. Although it may be tempting to rush through this routine duty, patient safety hinges on a complete and correct exchange of information. “We underestimate its importance,” says Elizabeth Henneman, RN, PhD, CCNS, an assistant professor in the School of ...
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    The Cardiovascular System

    The Cardiovascular System
    h4. THE HEART h4. The Structure of the Heart The size and position of the heart - Despite its heavy workload, the heart is not a large organ. It is about the size of the person's clenched fist and weighs 10 to 12 ounces. It is hollow and roughly conical in shape, with the narrow end pointed downward, to the left, ...
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    Medical Record Keeping for Health Care Providers

    h4. Introduction: The Purpose of Medical Records Medical records serve many purposes. First and foremost, they document the history of examination, diagnosis and treatment of a patient. This information is vital for all providers involved in a patient's care and for any subsequent new provider who assumes responsibility for the patient. In disciplinary or peer review matters, medical records can justify ...
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    Tips For A Smooth Nursing Shift Change

    Tips For A Smooth Nursing Shift Change
    At the end of a long day of caring for patients, it’s time to give the end-of-shift report to the oncoming nurses. Although it may be tempting to rush through this routine duty, patient safety hinges on a complete and correct exchange of information. “We underestimate its importance,” says Elizabeth Henneman, RN, PhD, CCNS, an assistant professor in the School of ...
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    Prep for Your Performance Appraisal in Nursing

    Prep for Your Performance Appraisal in Nursing
    Here it comes -- your annual performance review. Don't let anxiety set in. The right attitude and preparation can make the process go smoothly. "Most people dread the performance appraisal," says Julie Fuimano, MBA, BSN, a personal and career coach with Nurturing Your Success, a career coaching firm. "It shouldn't be like that. Before you go in, say a few words ...
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    Become a Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN)

    Become a Licenced Practical Nurse (LPN)
    Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) work under the direct supervision of RNs and physicians but are capable of performing most patient care tasks. These tasks include taking patients' vital signs, temperature, blood pressure, and patient bathing. The only RN-specific tasks that LPNs are not able to do are to administer IVs, push pharmaceuticals, and hang the first unit of blood. h4. Connect ...
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    Exercise Physiology Basics

    h4. Introduction To maintain a healthy lifestyle, the importance of physical activity can not be underestimated. It is the single most important endeavor that one can participate in to promote health throughout a lifetime. For decades, epidemiological research has accumulated highlighting the health benefits associated with regular physical activity. Furthermore, there is overwhelming research illustrating the morbid and mortal consequences of ...
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    Cell Organelles

    Cell Organelles
    The human body contains many different organs, such as the heart, lung, and kidney, with each organ performing a different function. Cells also have a set of "little organs", called organelles, that are adapted and/or specialized for carrying out one or more vital functions. Organelles are found only in eukaryotes and are always surrounded by a protective membrane. It is important ...
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    Complications in the Postoperative Care Unit

    h4. Introduction h4. Historical Development The complications associated with the administration of anesthetic agents were recognized almost immediately after the introduction of inhalation anesthesia in the mid 19th century. John Snow, the first recognized physician anesthesthetists in the Western World, and the author of what is probably the first major textbook on anesthesia, devoted one third of his text to the ...
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    Physical Assessment- Chapter 6 Genitourinary System

    h4. Chapter 6: Genitourinary System Problems with the urinary or reproductive systems can not only affect these systems but they can trigger problems in other body systems. In addition, difficulties with these systems can affect the patient's quality of life and sense of well-being. The main function of the urinary system is to regulate fluid and electrolyte balance. The purpose of ...
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