Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis that usually affects the lungs.  The tuberculosis bacteria is spread by infected individuals coughing and sneezing tiny droplets into the air.  Individuals infected with tuberculosis may or may not show symptoms of having the disease.

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Giving insulin IV is a lifesaving measure for patients experiencing diabetic ketoacidosis or hyperkalemia.  Monitoring these patients closely is essential to safe treatment.  Learn the basics about IV insulin from an ICU RN.

You hear so much talk about "heart disease."  What exactly does this term mean? What should you as a medical professional be looking out for in these patients? Even though you may not be working on a cardiac unit, the hospital is a place where many individuals have cardiac events.  Make sure that you are prepared for how to help your patients if they have a cardiac issue.

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Have you ever heard of an extreme sensitivity to the sunlight that is often fatal? Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) is a rare skin disorder in which individuals have a very extreme hypersensitivity to UV light which makes it impossible for them to be in the sunlight. This condition affects 1 in every 250,000 individuals worldwide.

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Recent studies show that two-thirds of nurses have considered quitting their job because it’s so stressful. There’s no question that nursing is a stressful profession, and it’s clearly taking a toll on the women and men who dedicate their days (or nights) to serving others. That’s why self-care for nurses is so necessary.

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Locked-in syndrome is a rare neurological condition in which patients have no voluntary muscle movement with exception of their eyes. Patients are awake and conscious, but do not have the ability to move (with exception of moving their eyes) including swallowing, speaking, or any active range of motion. 

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