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New AHA Requirements for CPR Courses

It’s official. As of January 31, 2019, all CPR manikins used in American Heart Association (AHA) adult CPR courses must feature an instrumented directive feedback device (IDFD). Devices such as...

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Nursing Simulation: Value Is More Than Price

I have the pleasure of working with hundreds of experienced Nurse Educators every year who deal exclusively with Pocket Nurse. They depend on us to provide quality equipment, quality service, and...

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Substance Abuse Simulations: Preparing Students for Compassionate Care

Addiction is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as, “a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence.” Often an addicted person experiences...

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Guidelines for Educating Caregivers and Patients about Opioids

For the first time on record, the chance of dying of an accidental opioid overdose (1 in 96) is greater than dying in a car accident (1 in 103) or from a fall (1 in 114). According to the National...

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Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals for the Classroom

SMART Goals: An Overview

The SMART framework is a foundational tool meant to help individuals and organizations set purposeful goals and see results. SMART goals can take objectives to the next...

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Teaching Best Practices in Phlebotomy

Phlebotomy is the surgical puncturing of a vein to collect and draw blood, whether for laboratory tests or blood donation. Employment in this healthcare profession is projected to grow 25 percent...

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“I Wish Someone Had Told Me”

When you graduate from Nursing School, you think you have learned all the skills you need to be prepared for working in the real world. Whether you’re working in a hospital, nursing home, or...

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True or False: Teach the Facts about Cervical Cancer

All women are at risk to get cervical cancer, although it usually affects women over the age of 30. Although it used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States, rates...

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How Transparency Supports Simulation Learning

This post was written by Robin Gosdin, RN, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program Director and Instructor at Cleburne Independent School District (ISD), which is in Cleburne, Texas. She began...

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