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September 2007 Next Stop: Nursing


Pharmacology Made Insanely Easy! 

By Jennifer Decker Arevalo, MA, contributor 

As more patients are taking multiple drugs at any given time, pharmacology has become a major concern with both student nurses and experienced nurses.

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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 woman who is a multigravida is admitted to the labor and delivery unit in active labor. A vaginal exam reveals that her cervix is 5 centimeters dilated and 80% effaced. Two hours after admission, the woman begins to yell, "The baby is coming!" Which of these actions should the nurse take initially? 

A. Explain to the woman that she cannot possibly be ready     to give birth.
B. Call the woman's nurse-midwife.
C. Assist the woman into a reverse Trendelenburg position.
D. Observe the woman's perineum. 

Question: A patient's progress notes indicate that the patient has "ideas of reference." Because of this, a nurse should recognize that the patient is likely to 

A. misinterpret the staff's action.
B. have frightening dreams related to a past trauma.
C. expect staff to allow the patient special privileges.
D. experience panic if alone. 



What I Wish I Had Known my First 100 Days on the Job 

By Susan Kreimer, MS, contributor  

An orthopedic nurse shared a piece of advice that struck a chord with Barbara Arnoldussen, BSN, MBA: "It really doesn't matter how well you can give a shot or do a dressing change. Usually, the best medicine is a good conversation."

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

A reader asks: I'm worried about the pharmacology section of the NCLEX-RN. My weakness is remembering drug names,their corresponding use and side effect profiles. Can you direct me to any resources to help out?

Stephanie answers



multipara (mûl-tip'â-râ) 

A woman who has given birth at least two times to an infant weighing 500 g or more, or having having an estimated length of gestation of at least 20 weeks. 

Source: Stedman's Medical Dictionary 


Interested in Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing? 

Being a part of childbirth, a sentinel event in the life of a woman, is one of the joys of being an obstetric nurse. Get the scoop on this type of nursing from Joan Edwards, RNC, MN, CNS, a perinatal clinical nurse specialist and has spent most of her practice in perinatal and women's health nursing within acute care settings.

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Hypo vs. Hyperglycemia 

By Robin Varela, RN, BSN, contributor 

Both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia cause a change in mental status-along with many other conditions. How do you remember the symptoms for one versus the other?

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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. 

Evaluating the Impact of Problem-based Learning on Master's Students in Nursing Administration 

Problem-based learning (PBL) was adopted in 1999 as the major teaching strategy in the four core courses of the master of science in nursing program in nursing administration. Three standardized tests were used to assess the impact of PBL on student learning and performance. This article reports a study designed to assess the impact of a PBL curriculum on master's students.

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Cell Phones Are Bad Medicine in Hospitals 

A new study on mobile phone signals finds that using a cell phone in restricted areas, such as hospitals, can be dangerous. In the study, published in the online journal Critical Care, researchers measured the impact of electromagnetic interference from cell phone use on hospital equipment such as ventilators and pacemakers.

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 10 Tips for Studying Smarter 

  Same place, same time gets you into the habit. 
Get it together to ensure you have everything you need before you sit down. 
Browse the headlines to ensure you have the "big picture." 
Find the moral of the story by asking yourself, "What is important here?" 
Pour yourself a cup of coffee and read through the material before trying to memorize. 
Snap a picture in your mind to help condense and summarize. 
Map it out by highlighting and outlining. 
Just begin-avoid feeling inundated by your workload, just start. 
What if I fail? Don't let negative self-talk get in your way. 
Keep on eye on the end result so that you don't get ovewhelmed with the details and forget your goal! 

These tips were taken from Stressed Out About Nursing School: An Insider's Guide to Success by Stephanie Thibeault. For these and other great tips to ease you through nursing school, check out this book today! 

Have a study tip not listed here? Send your tip to by September 30, 2007 and you'll receive a music download card for three free songs!


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