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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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    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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    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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    Functional Assessment - The Key to Geriatric Care in the 21st Century

    h4. Introduction The next 30 years will result in a unique change in population demographics in this country. This change is already beginning. The baby boomers are getting old. The over 65 population will increase from being the 13% of the population it is today to 20% by the year 2030. More people than ever will reach the 100-year mark. All ...
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    Vital Signs: Overview and Effect of Aging Changes

    Vital Signs: Overview and Effect of Aging Changes
    Vital signs show an individual is alive. They include heart beat, breathing rate, temperature, and blood pressure. These signs may be watched, measured, and monitored to check an individual's level of physical functioning. Normal vital signs change with age, sex, weight, exercise tolerance, and condition. Normal ranges for the average healthy adult vital signs are: Temperature: 97.8 - 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit ...
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    Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome

    Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome
    Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome, or Erythema multiforme, is a skin disorder resulting from an allergic reaction. h4. Causes, Incidence, and Risk Factors Erythema multiforme is a type of hypersensitivity (allergic) reaction that occurs in response to medications, infections, or illness. Medications associated with erythema multiforme include sulfonamides, penicillins, barbiturates, and phenytoin. Associated infections include herpes simplex and mycoplasma infections. The exact cause is ...
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    Deep Vein Thrombosis

    h4. Introduction Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the primary cause of fatal and nonfatal pulmonary embolism (PE). Most thrombi form in the deep calf veins - in the valve sinuses of the soleal veins or behind the valve cusps in the posterior and anterior tibial veins. However, 20% or more develop in the popliteal vein, femoral vein, and iliac branches, and ...
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    Hodgkins Disease & Non Hodgkins Lymphoma

    h4. Background h4. Overview The malignant lymphomas, Hodgkin's disease (HD) and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), comprise a group of clinically and pathologically diverse malignant lymphomas of largely unknown cause. Their successful management involves a multidisciplinary approach, proceeding from an accurate diagnosis to a comprehensive staging evaluation and appropriate therapeutic recommendation and regimen. h4. Etiology / Pathogenesis In 1832, Thomas Hodgkin presented a ...
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    Good Bedside Manners Make a Difference

    Good Bedside Manners Make a Difference
    With health care employers increasingly measuring patient satisfaction levels and rewarding their employees for providing high-quality customer service, health professionals are realizing a good bedside manner is more important than ever. Good bedside manners not only improve interactions with patients, but also advance health professionals' careers. Evidence suggests those who have strong relationships with their patients are less likely to get ...
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    Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Herniation

    h4. Introduction Low back pain is a universal phenomenon. The economic cost in the United States, in terms of lost time and medical expense, amounts to 1.9 billion dollars annually. Over 200,000 patients have surgery for ruptured lumbar discs yearly in the United States. While laminectomy for disc removal is the standard, it is not without its' well-known morbidity. Because of ...
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    Ethics in Clinical Practice

    h4. Introduction Physicians are at the center of the health care process. In this central role, they use their knowledge, skills, and defined processes to provide or coordinate health care for patients. The success of the patient-physician relationship is determined by the way this relationship is valued, developed, nurtured, and maintained. Changes in the health care process bring changes in stakeholders, ...
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    Mitosis and Meiosis: How do Cells Divide?

    Mitosis and Meiosis: How do Cells Divide?
    There are two types of cell division: mitosis and meiosis. Most of the time when people refer to “cell division,” they mean mitosis, the process of making new body cells. Meiosis is the type of cell division that creates egg and sperm cells. Mitosis is a fundamental process for life. During mitosis, a cell duplicates all of its contents, including its ...
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    Hypothermia

    h4. Introduction Hypothermia is defined as a core temperature of less than 35 degrees C. Below this temperature the body systems for thermoregulation begin to fail. The body's ability to minimize heat loss through radiation, convection, respiration, conduction, and evaporation are very limited. The very young and the very old are the most susceptible to hypothermia as a result of their ...
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    Rett Syndrome

    Rett Syndrome
    An important part of the mission of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to understand all stages of development throughout the lifespan - from birth and childhood, through adolescence and adulthood, and into old age. One of the key ...
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    You Know You're an LPN When...

    You Know You're an LPN When...
    How do you know you’re an LPN (or an LVN if you’re practicing in California or Texas)? See if you recognize yourself in the following tongue-in-cheek list, compiled by a 30-something Mississippi-based LPN. 1. You feel like Malcolm in the Middle—stuck between the RNs and CNAs. 2. You’re so used to eating cold food that you don’t bother microwaving anything other ...
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    How Much Does Effective Communication Matter?

    The Problem: "It's my grandmother," explained the scared blond ten-year old. "She's sick again." With the help of some neighbors, Amra Omerovic's resourceful young grandson had brought her to the emergency room. This lovely silver-haired lady was in shock; her blood sugar levels were dangerously high. The doctor was baffled. If this 58-year-old Bosnian grandmother was taking her insulin "just like ...
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    Prader-Willi Syndrome

    Prader-Willi Syndrome
    h4. What is Prader-Willi syndrome? Prader-Willi syndrome is a complex genetic condition that affects many parts of the body. In infancy, this condition is characterized by weak muscle tone (hypotonia), feeding difficulties, poor growth, and delayed development. Beginning in childhood, affected individuals develop an insatiable appetite and chronic overeating (hyperphagia). As a result, most experience rapid weight gain leading to obesity. ...
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    How To Bridge the Nursing Generation Gap

    How To Bridge the Nursing Generation Gap
    When you begin your first nursing job, you'll encounter colleagues from four generations -- generations with differing and sometimes colliding values. Don't let these disparities sidetrack your career. By understanding your coworkers, you'll appreciate what they have to offer and create productive working relationships. p((. • Hidden Diversity p((. • The Silent Generation p((. • The Baby Boomers p((. • Generation ...
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    Myasthenia Gravis Fact Sheet

    Myasthenia Gravis Fact Sheet
    h4. What is myasthenia gravis? Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal (voluntary) muscles of the body. The name myasthenia gravis, which is Latin and Greek in origin, literally means "grave muscle weakness." With current therapies, however, most cases of myasthenia gravis are not as "grave" as the name implies. In ...
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    Erectile Dysfunction

    h4. Introduction Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is defined as the consistent inability to achieve and maintain an erection of the penis sufficient to permit satisfactory sexual intercourse. The word "consistent" is included in the definition because an occasional episode of ED occurs in many men as a normal phenomenon. Additionally, the use of "impotence" as a synonym for ED has been virtually ...
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