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  • Do Cell Phones Belong in the OR?

    If theres any question about our collective dependence on cell phone, Peter J. Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC, anesthesiologist and director of critical care medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, created&nbsp;a symptom checklist. You may recognize the questions, as theyre adapted fror the screener for ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) by Robin Hocevar on April 3, 2014
  • Managing Marijuana Use

    Last week, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize marijuana for non-medical use. Many nurses, especially those in oncology, have had years of experience of with patients using the substance for pain relief. More than 6,000 studies have linked cannabis with combating nausea, stimulating appetites and managing chronic ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) by Robin Hocevar on November 14, 2012
  • Extreme Calorie Consciousness

    &nbsp; This fall, nutrition advocacy is hot. Last week, McDonald's announced a move to post calorie information on their menu at an earlier date than required by the federal health care bill.&nbsp; In the same timeframe, New York City's Board of Health officially banned the sale of sugary drinks in excess of 16 oz. in restaurants. Few can ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) by Robin Hocevar on September 17, 2012
  • Twin Tragedies

    The nightly news has moved on from the story of Kimberly Hiatt, the Colorado nurse who committed suicide after accidentally overdosing and killing a baby. But for nurses, the potential for living this nightmare lives on. After making the first mistake in her 24-year career and dispensing 1.4 grams of calcium chloride to an 8-month old at Seattle ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) by Robin Hocevar on July 24, 2012
  • 50 & Pregnant

    &nbsp; 50 &amp; Pregnant It sounds like a Lifetime movie, but extreme middle age births are exploding. According to the most recent CDC statistics, 8,000 babies were born to women 45 and older. That's double the number since just 1997. Of these, an alarming 541were born to women age 50 and older, a 375 percent increase in the same time ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) by Robin Hocevar on May 31, 2012
  • Suspicious SIDS Case in Texas

    This month, a mother in Texas was convicted of child endangerment after a second baby died of SIDS due to co-sleeping. In July 2010, Vanessa and Mark Clark's 2-month old son died while sleeping with his parents. Vanessa Clark had Xanax and Hydrocodone in her system.&nbsp;Less than a year earlier, the couple's 1-month old son died in the parents' ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) by Robin Hocevar on April 19, 2012
  • Time for New Pediatric Growth Charts?

    &nbsp; Exploding rates of childhood obesity have been in the news long enough to have the statistics--one-third of kids classified as overweight or obese--committed to memory. Still, even I was shocked by a recent article on CNN&nbsp;exploring the trend of bariatric school furniture. Apparently, desks accommodating larger weight limits are ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) by Robin Hocevar on February 16, 2012
  • Under the Radar

    Those of you whove had long careers in acute care were probably the only members of the reading public who werent surprised by the&nbsp;Chicago Tribunes report that 85 percent of hospital complaints were ignored by the state of Illinois last year. Grievances ranged from dirty needles, medication errors, sexual assault, and patient neglect. ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) by Robin Hocevar on November 7, 2011
  • Fighting False Positives

    After the hubbub over the timing of the U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce's mammogram recommendations less than 2 years ago, it's surprising to see another study questioning the value of the annual mammogram so soon. According to a study funded by the National Cancer Institute and released earlier this week, women who have bi-annual mammograms ...
    Posted to Nurse POV Forums (Forum) by Robin Hocevar on October 21, 2011
  • Dealing with Drug Shortages

    &nbsp; Earlier today, the Emergency Nurses Association issued a statement supporting the Preserving Access to Life Saving Medications bill (SB 296), which was recently sponsored by Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Robert Casey (D-PA). In short, the bill will provide the FDA with improved capacity to prevent drug shortages by requiring drug ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Perspective: Nurses (Weblog) by Robin Hocevar on August 22, 2011
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