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January 2008 Next Stop: Nursing

CINAHL Database Makes Research Easier

By Christina Orlovsky, contributor

The CINAHL research tool is growing in popularity-here's the 4-1-1 on how to successfully access and search using the database.

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Each month, Next Stop: Nursing features sample questions from the NCLEX-RN, provided by our partner The College Network.

Question: A staff nurse is observed taking all of the following actions when caring for a patient who has a chest tube in place following a lobectomy. Which one would require intervention by the nurse in charge? 

A. Positioning the patient on the operative side.
B. Clamping the chest tube while ambulating the patient.
C. Administering the patient's prescribed narcotic prior to activity.
D. Encouraging the patient to increase fluid intake.

Question: Conducting a colon cancer screening clinic for healthy older adults is an example of: 

A. Primary prevention.
B. Secondary prevention.
C. Tertiary prevention.
D. Health promotion.


Virtual Tools and Animation Educate New Generation of Nursing Students

By Christina Orlovsky, contributor 

It's not your mother's nursing school! Electronic tools are educating today's nursing students through animation, video and audio clips; online courses, exams and NCLEX preparation; and video clinical simulations.

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Stephanie Thibeault, RN, BSN, answers your most pressing questions about nursing school and beyond.

A reader asks: I have yet to successfully insert an intravenous catheter. Are there any demonstration Web sites you could recommend?

Stephanie answers


Definition of the Day 

Raynaud syndrome

idiopathic paroxysmal bilateral cyanosis of the digits due to arterial and arteriolar contraction; caused by cold or emotion.



Specialty Spotlight: Gerontological Nursing Offers New Challenges

Appreciative patients, interesting stories, the insight of age and a sense of accomplishment are all part of the benefits of being a gerontological nurse, according to Judith Hertz, Ph.D., RN, president of the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA).

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OTCs are Not Just Cold Medicine for Infants and Children

In the face of multidrug-resistant bacteria, it is important for healthcare professionals to help prevent the spread of infection.

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Next Stop: Nursing scans the latest medical and nursing journals to provide you with the most up-to-date content available.

When the Patient Is a Googler

There's so much information (as well as misinformation) in medicine-and, yes, a lot of it can be googled-that one major responsibility of an expert is to know what to ignore.

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Premenstrual Syndrome

The American Family Physician reports on randomized controlled trials that found luteal-phase spironolactone improved psychological and physical symptoms of PMS over two to six months compared with placebo.

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10 Nursing Student Resolutions for 2008

Attend class more often and pay attention while there.
Cut up your credit cards.
Get an extra hour of sleep several times a week.
Lose the "freshman 10" - add a walk to your daily routine.
Avoid drama; be the peacemaker among your friends and classmates.
Call your parents more often.
Eat breakfast every day.
Read one book every semester just for fun.
Go green.
Don't sweat the small stuff.

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