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PCC nursing faculty and former PCC nursing student recognized in Medscape article. 

Nurses: Your Patient Is America

Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS

April 09, 2014
former PCC student
Briefing presenters Elizabeth McPhee, RN (left, class of 2010), and Teri Mills, MS, RN, CNE (right, PCC faculty). 

Your Patient Is in Trouble

Attention, nurses. Your patient is in trouble. With obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes, your patient's health and quality of life are sinking under the burden of chronic disease.

And there's more. Your patient probably also has arthritis, fatty liver disease, and early chronic kidney disease. Your patient's risks for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and complications of diabetes are high. Your patient smokes, eats poorly, and maybe drinks too much alcohol. The cost of treating your patient and trying to keep your patient free of complications and out of the hospital is exorbitant.

Who is your patient? Your patient is America.

This is the theme used by Elizabeth McPhee, RN, to begin her comments to those in attendance at a recent Congressional briefing on H.R.485 and S.1475, the National Nurse Act of 2013, held on Capitol Hill (Figures 1 and 2). (read more)

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Air Medical Journal 
Targeted to medical transport physicians, nurses, pilots, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, communication specialists, and program administrators. Contains practical how-to articles, debates on controversial industry issues, legislative updates, case studies, and peer-reviewed original research articles covering all aspects of the medical transport profession.
Applied Nursing Research 
Peer-reviewed research articles for clinical applications in all nursing specialties. Regularly includes features such as "Ask the Experts," research briefs, clinical methods, book reviews, news and announcements, and an editorial section. Topics include pain management, patient education, discharge planning, nursing diagnosis, job stress in nursing, nursing influence on length of hospital stay, nurse/physician collaboration, and more.
BioMed Central
Get access to more than 140 open access journals covering all areas of biology and medicine. Most of its publications are freely available to the public, although some require a paid subscription. Included are journals on nutrition, public health, and nursing.
Critical Care Nurse
Peer-reviewed journal which publishes practical, clinically relevant manuscripts describing care of critically ill patients & their families. Provides information concerning the bedside care of critically & acutely ill patients.
Journal of Clinical Nursing
International, peer reviewed, scientific journal publishing resources on all aspects of nursing and midwifery practice. Coverage includes topics such as ambulatory care, community care, family care, home, hospital, practice, primary and secondary, and public health.
Journal of Community Health Nursing
Peer-reviewed journal articles on health care issues relevant to all aspects of community practice -- schools, homes, visiting nursing services, clinics, hospices, education, and public health administration.
Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Investigating all aspects of gerontological nursing with original clinical articles and the latest research. Features sections on geropsychiatry, legal issues, book reviews, and relevant clinical products.
Journal of Pediatric Nursing
The Journal of Pediatric Nursing provides original, peer-reviewed research that is based on the philosophy that pediatric nursing incorporates a family-centered approach.
Medsurg Nursing
MEDSURG Nursing supports adult health/medical-surgical nurses in patient care, private practice, and outpatient health care settings in urban, suburban, and rural locations. Features include peer-reviewed articles, comprehensive discussion, and description of today's clinical issues in adult health/medical-surgical nursing.
Nursing Ethics
Peer reviewed articles covering policy issues, debates, & controversies relating to ethical and legal questions faced by health care professionals with a practical approach to topics as they relate to professionals and the workplace.
Open Nursing Journal
Open access (free), peer-reviewed, international journal focusing on issues affecting nursing practice, research, education, and the wider health care sector.
Public Library of Science (PLoS)
PLoS is an initiative by scientists and doctors to publish quality, peer-reviewed literature and make it freely available to the public and other researchers. It publishes journals in biology, medicine, clinical trials, and genetics.

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Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body
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Merck Manual
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National Institute of Nursing Research
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