Improve Your Clinical Practice

Please use the links and resources below to improve clinical practice and other standards in your workplace. We are always expanding this library. If you have additional resources you would like to see here, please contact Charlene Roberson at (334) 262-8321 or (800) 270-2762 or by email.

CardioVisual

A free, cardiologist-created mobile app (iPhone, iPad and Android) that provides clear understanding of complex heart conditions, treatments and procedures via high-quality, commercial-free videos. Doctors and nurses use the app in their practice and hospitals to facilitate patient communication, and then send patients home with a patient version of the app for further study.

CardioVisual offers several advantages:

  • Better understanding and clarity of information for patients
  • Simplified discussion of complex cardiac problems
  • Enormous time savings
  • Educational resource for trainees
  • Improved quality of care and satisfaction for patients
  • Ease of use — instant access on any mobile device that can be used anywhere
  • Consistent patient messaging — they can revisit the same information at home

Learn more about CardioVisual here. 

Download CardioVisual for iPhone here or CardioVisual for Android here.

 

Caring for Older Adults

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ invests in research and evidence to make health care safer and improve quality; creates materials to teach and train health care systems and professionals to help them improve care for their patients; generates measures and data used to track and improve performance and evaluate progress of the U.S. Health system; and uses evidence-based tools and resources to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare.

Alabama Ageline (Alabama Department of Senior Services)
13 Area Agencies on Aging across Alabama to serve the needs of seniors, each with an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).

Alzheimer’s Association
Offers in-person support groups and an online community for caregivers, individuals living with Alzheimer's and others dealing with the disease.

American Association for Retired People (AARP) Caregiving Guides for Families Providing Care at Home
Help Caring for a Loved One at Home

American Nurse Credentialing Center Certification
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) credentials both organizations and individuals who advance nursing. Whether you want to boost your career prospects or achieve international recognition for your health care organization, do not settle for less than the recognized authority in nursing credentialing.

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HGIN) Try This: ® Series
The General Assessment Try This:® Series offers assessment tools on a variety of topics relevant to the care of older adults. The How to Try This series is comprised of articles and videos presenting cases studies demonstrating the use of the Try This:® series.

John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) Patient Priorities for Care
Patient Priorities Care aligns care among all clinicians with what matters most to their patients. It recognizes that patients are the experts in what they want to achieve from their healthcare, while clinicians are the experts in how to get them there.

National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
NHCGNE is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to enhance and sustain the capacity and competency of nurses to provide quality care to older adults.

National Institutes of Health’s Alzheimers and Related Dementias
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. It is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. It is not a normal part of aging. Learn more about the disease, and get news, tips, and resources for caregivers and health care professionals.

National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research.

The Joint Commission Transitions of Care Portal
This portal is a valuable source of information from The Joint Commission enterprise and other healthcare organizations, related to the topic of transitions of care (the movement of patients between various health care settings.)

 

Drug and Medication Use and Abuse

General

Overdose Awareness Toolkit
Addiction Policy Forum’s Overdose Awareness Toolkit contains training videos on how to recognize and respond to an overdose, information about how to administer naloxone, harm reduction education, resources and further reading.

Opioids

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
This guideline provides recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

Evaluation of a Safer Opioid Prescribing Protocol (SOPP) for Patients Being Discharged From a Trauma Service
The aims of this study were to evaluate the effects on opioid medication prescribing, patient opioid safety education, and prescribing of naloxone following implementation of a Safer Opioid Prescribing Protocol (SOPP) as part of the electronic health record (EHR) system at a Level I trauma center.

Opiate Withdrawal Timelines, Symptoms, and Treatment
Sources timeline of symptoms and treatment of withdrawal.

SAMHSA MatX - a free mobile app that empowers health care practitioners to provide effective, evidence-based care for opioid use disorder.
MATx is a free mobile app that empowers health care practitioners to provide effective, evidence-based care for people with opioid use disorder. The app supports practitioners who currently provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT), as well as those who plan to do so in the future.

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What Are Opiates? What Is Their Addiction Potential?
A Distinction: Opiates vs. Opioids

Workplace Solutions: Medication-Assisted Treatment
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Fact Sheets 

Parents: Facts on Teen Drug Use
Get information to help you talk with your teens about drugs and their effects, and learn where to go to get help.

Teachers: Classroom Resources on Drug Effects
Lessons, activities, and drug facts to educate teens about the effects and consequences of drug use.

Opioid Fact Sheet for Providers
3 questions to integrate substance use disorder services into primary care

Medication Teaching Guide

Download medication table only

Download entire poster and teaching guide

 

HIV/AIDS

Adverse Drug Reactions to Integrase Strand Transfer Inhibitors
Objectives: To describe and compare integrase strand transfer inhibitor (INSTI) adverse drug reactions (ADRs) for raltegravir, elvitegravir-cobicistat, and dolutegravir.

FDA Approves Symtuza for Treatment of HIV Infection
Using the brand name Symtuza and made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the drug combo "combines the proven high barrier to resistance of darunavir with a formulation designed for improved tolerability and the convenience of an STR

GSK's Two-Drug HIV Treatment Meets Main Goal in Late Stage Studies
GlaxoSmithKline's two-drug treatment for HIV met its main goal in late stage studies, scoring key points in its rivalry with Gilead in the medical field.

Neglect of Attention to Reproductive Health in Women With HIV Infection
Objectives: Women with HIV infection are mainly of reproductive age and need safe, effective and affordable contraception to avoid unintended pregnancies. The aim of this study was to evaluate contraceptive use and unintended pregnancies in this population in Switzerland.

Updated Guidelines for the Management of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in Patients With HIV
The Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Guideline Committee of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute recently released updated guidelines addressing best practices for the screening, diagnosis, treatment, and management of gonorrhea and chlamydia in patients with HIV.

 

Mom & Baby

Why You Should Support PRAMS
PRAMS is a surveillance project conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alabama Department of Public Health. PRAMS collects Alabama-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences, before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.

Pain Management

Longitudinal Stability of Fibromyalgia Symptom Clusters
The purpose of this study was to examine the stability of fibromyalgia symptom clusters between baseline and 2-year follow-up.

The Ethical Responsibility to Manage Pain
The purpose of this position statement is to provide ethical guidance and support to nurses as they fulfill their responsibility to provide optimal care to persons experiencing pain.

Tips From Sports Medicine May Boost Teen Fibromyalgia Treatment
An innovative multidisciplinary approach to treating fibromyalgia in teens, which borrows neuromuscular training tips from the field of sports medicine, reduces disability and boosts confidence, new research suggests.

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The Ethical Responsibility to Manage Pain and the Suffering It Causes

 

Standards, Bullying, and Self Care

ANA Official Position Statement: Incivility, bullying, and workplace violence.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) develops positions relevant to nursing practice, health policy, and social concerns impacting the health of patients and families. Position statements guide the profession, amplify the views of nursing, and educate consumers and decision makers.

Call to Action Report: Exploring moral resilience toward a culture of ethical practice
Moral resilience as a potential direction for addressing ethical challenges.

Five Ways To Support Nurses Experiencing Domestic Violence
How do you protect employees experiencing domestic violence? One nurse leader shares her first-hand experience.

Safe Patient Handling
The importance of safe patient handling and complementary information.

Self-Care for Nurses
According to the American Nurses Association, the healthy nurse is one who actively focuses on creating and maintaining physical wellbeing.

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Professional Boundaries

Social Media Guidelines

 

Tobacco

Alabama Tobacco Quitline Expansion Evaluation 2014-2018
Long Term Project Objective: By July 31, 2018, increase the proportion of Quitline tobacco users who quit tobacco for 30 days or longer from 28.8 percent to 30 percent.

Tobacco in the 21st Century: Electronic Cigarettes, Vaping and JUUL
Learning objectives: 1) Provide an overview of electronic cigarettes/vape devices; 2) Review the scientific evidence of the health effects of electronic cigarettes; 3) Discuss the public health impact of electronic cigarettes; 4) Review current recommendations for addressing youth electronic cigarette use and exposure in clinical practice

Wound Care

CDC resources on emergency wound management for health care professionals
These principles can assist with wound management and aid in the prevention of amputations. In the wake of a flood disaster resources are limited. Following these basic wound management steps can help prevent further medical problems.

CDC resources on wound care after natural disasters
The risk for injury during and after a hurricane and other natural disasters is high. Flood waters and standing waters pose various risks, including infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries. Prompt first aid can help heal small wounds and prevent infection.

CDC guidelines for prevention of surgical site infections (2017)
Objective: To provide new and updated evidence-based recommendations for the prevention of SSI.

CDC resources on emergency wound management for health care professionals.
These principles can assist with wound management and aid in the prevention of amputations. In the wake of a flood disaster resources are limited. Following these basic wound management steps can help prevent further medical problems.

Other Clinical Resources

Gaming Addiction
On May 25, 2019, the World Health Organization officially voted to adopt the latest edition of its International Classification of Diseases, or ICD, to include an entry on "gaming disorder" as a behavioral addiction.

Immunizations
The Immunization Division's goal is to increase immunization rates and reduce vaccine preventable diseases.

NCSBN and the American Nurses Association (ANA) issue New Joint National Guidelines for Nursing Delegation
NCSBN and the ANA have issued new joint National Guidelines on Delegation utilizing new research findings and evidence in the literature to update and standardize the nursing delegation process.

Tardive Dyskinesia: A Review of the Literature (with downloadable supplement)
Download this educational supplement to briefly review key recent and seminal articles that discuss:

  • Screening instruments and guidelines
  • Genetic and non-genetic risk factors
  • Leading hypotheses for the epidemiology of TD
  • Available treatment options and emerging therapies

What Is Health Literacy?
Information on health literacy, why is matters, what we can do, and additional resources.