Topic Briefs

  

Topic Briefs are informational documents developed by ENA that provide the reader with knowledge on a subject relevant to emergency care.  

  • Adult Immunizations – Immunizations are effective ways to protect against many communicable diseases. Current levels of appropriate vaccination in the adult population remain low. Annually the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) review and update the adult immunization schedule. This brief provides information on adult immunizations. 

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  • The Bariatric/Obese Patient Providing safe and sensitive care for bariatric/obese patients in the emergency department can be challenging. Nurses can meet this challenge by understanding and anticipating the special care needs of this population and by using the tools and resources available to assist clinicians. 

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  • Health Literacy – Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health care decisions. Learn how health care providers can address the health literacy needs of patients and their families. 

  • Health Information Technology (HIT) – Learn about HIT in the emergency department and how it will impact emergency nursing practice and emergency care. 

  • Healthy Work Environment – This brief examines the components necessary to achieve and sustain a healthy work environment in the health care setting where nurses practice

  • Compassion Fatigue - Compassion is a central component of nursing. It is a natural response to react with compassion when witnessing the emotional and physical turmoil of another human being. This topic brief describes the reality of compassion fatigue with methods to recognize, combat and prevent this condition, leading to compassion satisfaction.