NewGrad Newsletters

New-Grad Notes - April 2007

      ISSUE 2 
 Welcome to your latest issue of New-Grad Notes!

As you continue to transition from a student nurse to a nursing professional, New-Grad Notes will keep you informed about the latest in nursing news and career resources. In this issue, learn about critical thinking, communication, cultural sensitivity and genetics, and broaden your occupational horizons by reading about the psychiatric nursing specialty and travel nursing opportunities. Whatever your path, New-Grad Notes will help you get there.

  A Critical-Thinking Awakening: What to Expect Four Months into Your Nursing Career

By Karen Siroky, RN, MSN, contributor, and Bette Case, Ph.D., RN, C, contributor

For most new registered nurses, the first four months are crucial. At this time, many new nurses experience a confidence-building professional "Aha!" as they begin to use critical thinking skills in caring for patients.

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The Key to Nurse-Physician Communication

By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

Since the dawn of professional care-giving, nurses have watched as a small number of physicians behaved badly—yelling, swearing, throwing things. But with the knowledge that unsettling outbursts can negatively affect patient care and nurse morale, some enlightened hospitals no longer tolerate disruptive tantrums.

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Residency Program Reduces New-Grad Nurse Turnover

By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer

Recognizing the unfortunate reality that they were losing a high percentage of graduate nurses in their first year of employment, hospitals joined forces with the University Health Consortium and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to create a retention-building residency program.

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The Best of Both Worlds: Travel Nurses Who Don’t Travel Far

By Susan Schneider, contributor

Travel nursing doesn’t have to mean journeying across the country. For these travel nurses, it simply means commuting relatively close to home.
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Joint Commission Recommends Increased Cultural Sensitivity

By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer

After releasing a white paper earlier this year on increasing patients’ health literacy, the Joint Commission continued its efforts to address issues affecting the increasingly diverse patient population.

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The Future of Health Care Lies in the Genes

By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer

From DNA Day to personalized medicine, genes are the key to health care’s future. More and more, nurses of all specialties are holding that key.

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Psychiatric Nursing

Barbara Drew, Ph.D., APRN, BC, is the president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

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