Clinical Reads

I’ve fallen behind in my clinical readings. I’ve been so caught up in the “doing” of my clinical and managerial duties — exhausting in their own right — that I’ve failed to maintain my daily perusal of evidence-based best practice articles and other clinical literature.  I don’t want to lose that clinical edge.

One of the common questions I use when interviewing candidates for nursing positions is, “What do you do to stay current in your clinical practice?” There is new information and recommendations on a near daily basis! I don’t want the nurse who took state boards 15 years ago and has never stretched his or her knowledge base any further. Nurses easily gain bits and pieces of new information by being in the workplace and passively absorbing that which is overheard or have thrust upon them in mandatory inservices. The nurse I want to hire is the one who actively seeks ongoing education, for the good of the patients and for individual edification.

Do I ask for too much? I don’t think so. Historically, I’ve been that nurse. I subscribed to three nursing journals and read them front to back. I read online articles and took quizzes and I delighted in getting high marks on education directed at physicians. This stuff, pathophysiology, clinical reviews, case studies, this stuff — it’s fascinating!  But I’ve fallen to the wayside, and it bothers me. A lot.

Another resolution, then. I challenge myself to read at least one clinical article per day. That’s the easy part, I think. The tough part would be if I challenged myself to blog on that article! OK, let’s see how far I can stretch myself.


2 responses to this post.

  1. So tonight I have read:

    1. “Chlorhexidine in Healthcare: Your Questions Answered”
    2. “CDC Commentary: Testing for Clostridium difficile Infection”
    3. “A Neonate With Dysmorphic Facial Features”

    And it felt good. I got carried away with the Fetal Valproate Syndrome article. Not even close to my clinical area! But it caught my attention and I learned something. I do, after all, care for women of childbearing age who may take valproic acid (Depakote) to control seizures. Good to know of the teratogenic effects.


  2. Tonight’s reading:

    “The Not-So-Acute Abdomen: Pneumatosis intestinalis”

    “Acupuncturist Communication Style May Influence Pain, Satisfaction Levels in Osteoarthritis”


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