Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

New Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Care Nursing Guides Inspires Better Care

Continuing a steady march toward nursing innovation and quality patient care, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) has just released a new edition of its foundational text, the Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Care Nursing.

In its fourth iteration, the book spans the specialty, from the booming areas of telehealth and care coordination to the massive changes in the health care system itself. It also explores how ambulatory care nurses are increasingly called upon to lead health care teams, research, and education, and provide quality patient care as it continues to shift to outpatient settings.

According to the book’s editors, Candia Baker Laughlin, MS, RN-BC, and Stephanie Witwer, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, the Core Curriculum builds on the knowledge ambulatory care nursing experts have amassed from research, evidence, and practice and applies it to daily roles in today’s health care system.

“New evidence and innovations have driven advancements in technology, disease management and prevention, and care delivery” Laughlin said. And, according to Witwer, “The Core is an excellent resource for staff development and continuing education and serves as a springboard for leaders and clinicians to prepare for the ambulatory care nursing practice of the future.”

The textbook is designed for experienced nurses or those new to the specialty, as well as RNs preparing for ambulatory care nursing certification. The Core Curriculum also inspires nurses to practice at the fullest extent of their license, nurture other nurses, and engage in lifelong learning.



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