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New-Grad notes - October, 2006


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Welcome to your latest issue of New-Grad Notes!

It has been 10 months since you graduated from nursing school. New-Grad Notes congratulates you on reaching this milestone! As you continue your transition from new-grad nurse to seasoned professional, New-Grad Notes aims to keep you informed about the latest in nursing news and serve as a valuable resource for your professional enrichment. We hope you enjoy your latest issue.
 
 
   
 
 






















 
  What to Expect 10 Months into Your New Nursing Career: Patient Advocacy and the National Patient Safety Goals

By Karen Siroky, RN, MSN, contributor

Within the first year in a health care environment, new graduates are often ready to embark on a new phase of their career: serving as patient advocates.

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By the Numbers: The Steps in a Nurse's Workday

By Christina Orlovsky, senior staff writer

As a nurse, you are on your feet all day, but does this mean you walk more steps than your friend in another career? We put three nurses to the test to determine if their rubber-soled shoes really were made for walking—and whether they put foot to floor more often than the average American.

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New Program Allows LPNs to Do More

By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

While long-term care providers embrace licensed practical nurses and consider them essential to care provision, hospitals have shied away, citing their limited scope of practice. A recent study concluded that greater employment of LPNs could help ease the nursing shortage.

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With nearly a year of experience under your belt, you may be ready to take on a new adventure in your nursing career. Many travel nursing companies only require eight to 10 months of experience before you are able to speak with a recruiter and begin your travel nursing journey. APPLY NOW!

What to Expect During Orientation

By Claire Brocato, feature writer

As a travel nurse, it is important to get acclimated to the workings of your new facility and unit as quickly as possible. While orientation can vary from one hospital to the next, each facility has its own way of getting you familiarized with your new surroundings and providing you with the tools you need to succeed during your assignment.
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Mystery Patients Shop Health Care

By Christina Orlovsky, senior staff writer

For years, the retail and hospitality industries have put themselves under the microscope of a group of patrons whose job it is to inspect and evaluate their every move. They’re called mystery shoppers and their goal is to help companies improve customer service. In the growing environment of patient-centered health care, hospitals and physician practices are taking the cue from customer service industries and enlisting the watchful eye of mystery patients.

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Workshops Train Providers to Deliver Bad News, Difficult Discussions

By Christina Orlovsky, senior staff writer

Delivering a cancer diagnosis, discussing end-of-life issues and educating about donation of organs from a deceased loved one are all in a day’s work of a health care provider. While difficult conversations may be commonplace in the health care environment, it doesn’t make them any easier to deliver. For this reason, facilities across the country are hosting workshops designed to help providers prepare themselves, families and patients for what may not be the most positive prognosis.

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Medical-Surgical Nursing

Nov. 1 is Medical-Surgical Nurses Day!

Kathleen Reeves, MSN, RN, CNS, CMSRN, is the president of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and an assistant professor in the school of nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

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