Pain Management with Opioids

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

The third new continuing education course for Advance Practice RNs fromNursingCE.com on the subject of pain management covers the topic of opioid prescribing. This is the third in the 3-part series of CE courses on pain management for nurses and APRNs designed to help enhance nursing education, knowledgebase and improve quality of patient care and outcomes. …

Advanced Pain Management Part II: Non-Opioid Pain Management Nursing CEU Course

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Part two of the advanced pain management CEU courses from NursingCE.com examines non-opioid pharmacological approaches as well as non-pharmacological pain management. This course is designed to provide ceus for advance practice nurses to help improve treatment options and outcomes through a multifaceted approach.   Improving quality of life despite chronic pain is a challenge for the whole healthcare…

Advanced Pain Management for Nurses

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Pain management is an essential skill in nursing. Pain is often referred to as the fifth vital sign although the benefit of this has come under some scrutiny in light of the opioid crisis and over prescribing issues. However, understanding pain and its effects on basic physical and mental health is critical to improving patent…

Continuing Education for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Advance practice nurses have either a master’s degree, a post master’s certificate, or a doctorate in nursing which is practice focused in one of four specialty areas. These specialties are Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Anesthetists. Most states consider the APRN license as a separate entity from the RN license. License…

Preview of New APRN Osteoporosis CEU Course

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

A few new courses for Advance Practice RNs have appeared on the Nursing CE.com site and more are in the process of being published. These courses have been designed specifically with APRNs in mind. The APRN credential is considered separate from the RN licensure and must be renewed separately as required by rules specific to each state. With the population…

Should Older Nurses Retire Early?

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

This is an age-old question and discussion. On one side, who wouldn’t want to retire early if they could? Travel, spend more time with grandchildren, garden, enjoy a hobby, live a leisure life sounds divine. On the other, knowledge, experience and wisdom are not easily replaced. Most nurses will tell you something akin to their…

Clustering care with COVID-19 Patients

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Clustering care is one of many techniques for improving time management and reducing fatigue for the patients. It can work well to reduce fatigue for the nurses as well and ensure efficiency. It has also taken center stage in 2020 for nurses working on COVID-19 units to reduce their exposure to the novel virus.  Nursing…

Choosing the Nurse Practitioner Path

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

A common thread among the current classes of nursing students is either becoming a bedside nurse or choosing the Nurse Practitioner path. Both of course are exciting careers and offer nurses many options to specialize along the way, or to follow a broader path of general med-surg. Thousands of new nurses are needed each year…

The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Fall Precautions

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

Many patients who are recovering from the novel Coronavirus (SARS-2-COVID-19) find themselves in a precarious situation. After being bedbound for a few days, weeks, or even months, have discovered their muscles will have atrophied and they will need to strengthen them and learn to stand alone and walk all over again. This can make rehabilitation…

The Benefits of Travel Nursing

By Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN

What a year 2020 has been! While we’re facing the COVID pandemic, let’s not forget that is still the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and more than ever, the focus is on nurses and nursing careers. This will hopefully have a positive impact on recruiting many more young people to join the nursing profession.…