Polypharmacy and the Challenge of Medicine Administration in the Elderly

Polypharmacy is defined as taking five or more prescription medications daily, and it is most commonly seen in the elderly patient population and long-term care homes (Source). It is problematic because it can lead to adverse drug events (ADEs), decreased physical functioning, and more hospital admissions. Elderly Population and Medications Elderly patients: Receive more than Read More

We Are Thankful for Our Guest Posters

Although our primary audience is made up of nurse educators, we strive to bring to light important topics for educators in other fields as well, such as EMS instructors and allied health educators. In addition, we don’t want to use this space to brag about what we know and how we can solve your problems Read More

Managing Diabetes with Insulin Therapy

Diabetes is either Type 1 or Type 2, both of which can be managed with insulin therapy. In addition, Type 2 diabetes can be managed through lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and eating healthfully. In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease that is usually Read More

Careers in Home Care and Hospice

As the United States deals with an aging populace, the demand for careers in home care and hospice will increase to keep up. According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice: In 2016, home care providers traveled 7.6 billion miles to deliver services. Home care is the preferred method of health care delivery; Read More

The History of Allied Health Professions

Allied health professions are those professions that deal with health care, and include many well-known non-nurse, non-physician roles. Among these professions are physical therapist, anesthesia technician, dental hygienist – and many, many more. Allied health professionals work in the healthcare system to provide diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and direct patient care support. The organization of International Read More

Are You Ready for USP 800?

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention’s Chapter 800 (USP 800) provides guidance for personnel handling of hazardous drugs; it was published in February of 2016, and will become effective in the next two years. Before USP 800, guidelines for compounding preparations differentiated between sterile and non-sterile preparations (USP 797 and 795), but didn’t distinguish between hazardous Read More

Evidence in Simulation-Based Learning Experiences: An Umbrella Review

A recent issue of Clinical simulation in Nursing featured an article about the evidence in simulation-based learning experiences (SBLE) in nursing education and practice. The proposed purpose of the paper was to examine the findings of an umbrella review to examine the state-of-the science in SBLE. This umbrella review of the research provides an overall, Read More

True or False? Facts about Colds and Flu

Many common myths and misconceptions surround the common cold and the flu (influenza). Knowing the facts will help you, your students, and your patients feel better this cold and flu season. The flu shot can give you the flu. False. This is the most common misconception about the influenza vaccine. The flu shot contains inactivated Read More

Celebrating Nurses in Professional Development

Interview with Suzie Kardong-Edgren, director of the RISE Center at Robert Morris University Dr. Kardong-Edgren is the director of RMU’s regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center. The RISE Center, developed in 2009, is an educational resource for simulation training and research. According to Kardong-Edgren, “The RISE Center was built to serve the Read More