Workplace Violence is Defined as?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Workplace violence is not new, but it is a growing concern for nurses in all fields. The pandemic set us back on the road to fixing it. Whether you work in a hospital, home health, hospice, clinic, outpatient surgery, etc., the workplace is a growing concern. It isn’t just patients who are a threat to…

What is Meant by the Term Evidence Based Practice?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

The basic concept of evidence-based practice in nursing is to establish standardized health care practices to improve the quality of care and outcomes and reduce the skyrocketing costs of healthcare.  Three basic components to evidence-based practice include using 1) the best external evidence from research; 2) clinical experience and critical thinking skills; 3) incorporating patient values and…

How to Teach Patients About Common Medications

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

One of the most common tasks for nurses is teaching patients about their medications. In doing so, an important point to remember is that even though a patient has been taking medications for years, it does not guarantee that they know anything about the medication, in particular, what the medication is for, how to best…

How to Renew Your Nursing License

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

The process to renew your nursing license is not new to seasoned nurses, but for those new to the profession it can be a bit scary and daunting. Anyone who has moved to a new state may also need to check out the process. License renewal and qualifications vary from state to state. This applies…

Getting Comfortable with Cardiovascular Issues

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

One of the major complications of COVID-19 involves heart issues from an enlarged heart to clotting disorder along with a variety of malfunctions of the heart. Cardiac arrythmias and reading EKG starips are all part of the RN nursing school curriculum. Many nursing students struggle with this rotation and all of the required memorization. Getting…

Utilize Skilled Home Health Care to Manage CHF and Avoid Rehospitalizations

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Educating patients in how to effectively manage congestive heart failure at home presents holistic and non-pharmaceutical challenges for skilled home health nurses. Diet (in particular sodium intake), fluid intake, energy conservation and elevation of the lower extremities all play an important part in preventing acute exacerbation of CHF in addition to medications.  A primary issue involves dealing…

Understanding Mental Health Issues

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Mental health issues can overlap other physical illnesses and impact the wellbeing of many patients. There has long been a stigma attached to mental illness and it drives patients away from seeking medication and other courses of treatment for their conditions. Nurses need to have an understanding of mental health issues in order to meet…

What’s the difference between AANP and ANCC Certification?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Upon completion of the Nurse Practitioner program, the NP has to sit for a national certification examination to become licensed to practice as an NP. There are two certification examination available: the AANP and ANCC certification exams. Graduating NPs can sit for either exam. Both are recognized, but they do differ in content and focus.…

The Nurse Licensure Compact – Update on IT

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Update to What is the Nursing License Compact and How Does it Impact Nursing? As 2020 approaches a close, there are 33 states participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). One state (New Jersey) was a member of the original NLC and allows nurses who have unencumbered eNLC licenses to continue using them as the state considers…

NP vs APRN – What’s the Difference?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

The beauty of nursing is that there is a niche for everyone. This is especially true for nurses who wish to continue their education and enter the realm of advanced practice nursing. So, let’s take a deeper look at what’s in a name NP vs APRN? There is an alphabet soup of anacronyms that are…