Mary C. Vrtis, Ph.D., MSN, MA, RN, OCN, NEA-BC
Legal Nurse Consultant
40 years of nursing experience:

Clinically active in Home Health

Home Health ~ Long term care ~ Hospital
Nursing educator ~ Critical care

14 years of experience in Administration:
Home health ~ Hospital ~ Long term care
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Vrtis, Mary C. (2013). Preventing and Responding to Acute Kidney Injury. American Journal of Nursing,
113, 4, 38-47. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000428738.33180.2f

Note: this is a continuing education article.   To download the article, click here.  

When identified early, acute kidney injury (AKI) can be reversed.
If signs and symptoms are missed, then kidney failure can ensue with devastating consequences.

Nurses can make a tremendous impact in these situations.
Dr. Vrtis' 2013 peer-reviewed article is a ground breaking and standard setting article.
This article is provided free by the
American Journal of Nursing.
Vrtis, Mary C. (2013). Preventing and Responding to Acute Kidney Injury.  American Journal of
Nursing, 113, 4, 38-47. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000428738.33180.2f  
This article is available for free from the American Journal of Nursing: Click here
This is a continuing education article.

Vrtis, Mary C. (2013). The Economic Impact of Complex Wound Care on Home Health Agencies.  
Journal of Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing, 40, 4, 360-363. doi:
10.1097/WON.0b013e318297a2ec

Vrtis, Mary C., Burns, Kristie (2010). Evaluating Home Health Infusion Referrals. Home
Healthcare Nurse 28, 487-496.   This is a continuing education article.    

Vrtis, Mary C. (2008). Clostridium difficile: Preventing epidemic outbreaks in home health.   
Home Healthcare Nurse 26, 563-569.  This is a continuing education article.

Vrtis, Mary C. (2008). Clostridium difficile epidemic: A potential disaster for long-term care.  
Annals of Long Term Care 16, 19-24.

Vrtis, Mary C. (2008). Is your patient taking the right antimicrobial? American Journal of
Nursing 108, 49-55.
This is a continuing education article and it won a Women in Communications Clarion award in
2008.

Vrtis, Mary C., Nicely, Bruce (1993).  Nursing Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Organ
Donation. Journal of Transplant Coordination 3, 70-79.

Vrtis, Mary C. (1992). Cost/ Benefit Analysis of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A History of
CPR - Part I.  Nursing Management 23, 50-54.

Vrtis, Mary C. (1992). Cost/ Benefit Analysis of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A
Comprehensive Study - Part II. Nursing Management 23, 44-51.

Vrtis, Mary C. (1985). I.C.U. - No Place to Sink or Swim. Nursing 15, 88.
Additional Peer-Reviewed Publications