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December 2008 Briefing - Nursing

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Nursing for December 2008. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Withdrawal Time Policy Not Linked to Polyp Discovery

TUESDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- A policy calling for endoscopists to devote at least seven minutes to withdrawal time during colonoscopies failed to increase colon polyp detection, according to research published in the December issue of Gastroenterology.

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Fewer Polyps Detected by Inexperienced Nurses

TUESDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Colonoscopy procedures staffed by inexperienced nurses may be less likely to detect polyps, which may be explained by increased detection of hyperplastic lesions, according to research reported in the December issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Simulated Tasks Boost Nurse Practitioners' Confidence

THURSDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Using easily-available, low-tech materials, student nurse practitioners can expand their skills and confidence in performing minor procedures with simulation exercises, according to a report published in the December issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

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