Telephone nursing guidelines available

Tele-Nurse of Santa Rosa, CA, has designed a manual to help RNs in the home care setting and other medical settings perform telephone triage. The manual includes "safety nets," and questions for gathering appropriate data. It costs $175 and is available both in a paper copy and on CD-ROM.

For additional information, contact: Tele-Nurse, 2210 Eastwood Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Telephone: (707) 545-9777 or (888) 545-9777. World Wide Web address:

Company offers help with pathways, IPS

VNA First of LaGrange, IL, has developed 92 outcomes-based critical pathways for home care nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, dietitians, and other disciplines.

The pathways cover the clinical areas of adult medical/surgical, pediatric, maternal, newborn, mental health, and hospice, and they have been developed and field tested by home care clinicians nationwide.

The pathways, called Home Care Steps Protocols, also may be used to demonstrate improved quality while reducing costs, which could assist agencies with the interim payment system.

The organization is an alliance of home care agencies that first began preparing for the prospective payment system in the late 1980s.

For additional information, contact: Lisa Van Dyck, Director of Education and Outcomes Project, VNA First, 47 S. Sixth Ave., #120, LaGrange, IL 60525. Telephone: (708) 579-2292. Fax: (708) 579-1696.

Company offers self-study programs

Nursing Spectrum of King of Prussia, PA, offers self-study programs for nurses on a variety of topics, including AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and legal issues.

The organization also offers one- or two-day seminars on issues, including making the transition to home care.

For more details, contact: Nursing Spectrum, Continuing Education, 2002 Renaissance Blvd., Suite 250, King of Prussia, PA 19406. Telephone: (800) 866-0919. Fax: (800) 285-8880. World Wide Web address: