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Listing of articles in 2009 -> September/October.
Editorial: Reversing Patient Inactivity and Isolation
Elaine Tilka Miller, DNS RN CRRN FAHA FAAN Editor
The rehabilitation process is often exhausting for patients and sometimes pushes the boundaries of their capabilities. However, there is still a great deal of unused and unproductive time that could lead to more positive outcomes if patients are prope...

Challenges of Diffuse Axonal Injury Diagnosis
Margaret Thomas, BS RN CRRN Linda Dufour, MSN RN CRRN
This can't be right. Jay is in a vegetative state following a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), but his computed tomography scan is essentially normal. How am I going to explain this to his mom? ...

Expanding the Scope of Staff Education: Brain Injury to Polytrauma(CE)
Sandra K. Janzen, MS RN NEA-BC Alice Naqvi Mugler, MS RN
Staff members who care for the polytrauma population need diverse educational programs even if they have many years of experience working in the brain-injury rehabilitation field. This article explores key concepts that help guide reh...

APN Knowledge, Self-Efficacy, and Practices in Providing Women's Healthcare Services to Women with Disabilities(CE)
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD BC RN CRRN
Women with disabilities require the same gynecological and reproductive healthcare services as women without disabilities, yet they often experience difficulty obtaining them. Advanced practice nurses (APNs) increasingly provide prima...

Medication Safety Series: Take Charge!
Elizabeth Yetzer, MA MSN CRRN Karen Blake, RN Nancy Goetsch, MSHS RN Mary Shook, BSN RN NP Marilyn St. Paul, BSN RN
Nurses have read the statistics on the numbers of prescription medications seniors take each day and the pitfalls and diverse problems that occur as a result. Various scenarios contribute to this problem: multiple healthcare providers...

Stroke Caregivers Share ABCs of Caring (CE)
Linda L. Pierce, PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA Victoria Steiner, PhD Juli Smelser, MSN RN NP-C
New stroke caregivers (N = 36) participated in a Web-based intervention that provided support and education and included exchanging e-mail messages in a discussion group. A male spousal caregiver posted a poem in his final message at ...

Postadmission Dehydration: Risk Factors, Indicators, and Outcomes
Bonnie J. Wakefield, PhD RN Janet Mentes, PhD RN John E. Holman, MA Kennith Culp, PhD RN FAAN FGSA
Detecting and treating dehydration in hospitalized patients is critical because of the adverse outcomes associated with this condition. Using a case-control design, this study estimated the incidence, risk factors, and outcomes of deh...