A new educational booklet, "The Cancer Nobody Has to Have and How to Stop It," describes symptoms of the disease and offers tips on prevention. For a free copy, send a business-size SASE to the STOP Colon/Rectal Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1616, Barrington, IL 60010. Additional information is available at www.coloncancerprevention.org.
As part of its National Vision Awareness Campaign, the Jewish Guild for the Blind is offering a brochure that explains the correct way to interact with a blind or visually impaired person. For a free copy of "Assisting People with Vision Loss," write to the Guild at 15 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023 or contact V. Keller at 212/769-6268.
Immunization Update 2000
A VHS videotape of a satellite course on current recommendations about immunizations is available from the Public Health Foundation as a self-study module with CE credits. The cost for this two-hour video is $15 plus $5.50 for shipping (item no. VC0037). Call 877/252-1200 or fax 301/645-7773.
Using one patient care scenario, two videos from Concept Media, Inc. demonstrate the steps of the nursing process and how critical thinking is employed to arrive at accurate and valid patient care decisions. Nursing Process and Critical Thinking, series 662, may be previewed by calling 800/233-7078; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although it is widely accepted that communication is the key to better care, most clinicians have not received formal communication skills training. The Bayer Institute for Health Care Communication and HCC Consultants offer a workshop to build such skills through pragmatic exercises, group participation, and role-play activity. Call 215/942-4458.
ON THE WEB
American Nurse at War
This website contains information about American Red Cross nurses who served in World War I. It includes a teacher's guide and details from the documentary film An American Nurse at War, which is based on the photographs and letters of Marion McCune Rice, who served in France and later became dean of nursing at Simmons College in Boston. The film is available for purchase.
This new website has been designed by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists as a resource for surgery patients. Along with information about basic anesthesia care and lifestyle behaviors that may affect a patient during surgery, there is a checklist that helps foster preparedness for surgery and an online coloring book designed to ease the concerns of children. …