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Welcome to Next Stop: Nursing, your comprehensive resource for the latest in nursing news, clinical information, educational tools and career guidance. This quarterly newsletter will guide you through school and into a successful nursing career. Please share it with your classmates.

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Five 'Must-haves' for Nursing Students' Future Success
Five 'Must-haves' for Nursing Students' Future Success

Health care delivery is transforming before our eyes and nursing schools are working to prepare their students for the future. Along with the fundamentals of good nursing care, experts point to new "must-have" characteristics and skills that will help student nurses meet future nursing challenges.

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Each issue, Next Stop: Nursing will feature sample questions from the NCLEX-RN, provided by our partner, The College Network

Question: The nurse is planning to administer furosemide (Lasix) 40 mg IV directly. The nurse uses which of the following techniques in administering this medication?

A. Pushes the medication rapidly
B. Gives the medication slowly diluted in 50 mL of NS
C. Injects the medication slowly over two to three minutes
D. Dilutes the medication with sterile water and inject over five minutes

Question: To prevent the spread of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection the nurse is especially careful when

A. Disposing of food trays
B. Emptying the bed pan
C. Taking an oral temperature
D. Changing IV tubing


Nursing Schools Explore Their Creative Side

To meet the needs of a growing population with increasingly complex health care needs, the nursing workforce of the future will need to be prepared...for almost anything. So nursing schools are getting creative.

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Graduate nursing student Cassie Applegate offers insights, answers questions and invites comments on the nursing school experience.

Nursing Instructors: Teaching and Inspiring the Next Generation

Nursing instructors have a unique calling to impart what they have learned in the field to student nurses. They take clinical experience and knowledge and pass it on to the next generation. What makes some more inspirational than others?

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Definition of the Day


Unequal arterial blood pressure on the two sides of the body.

Source: Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Labor and Delivery Nurses Key in Life's Most Important Moments

Labor and delivery nurses have the unique opportunity to work with families during some of the most important moments of their lives and to care for mothers as they go through the childbirth process.

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5 Tips for Success in 2013
5 Tips for Success
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 Outline Your Goals for the Rest of the Year. What do you want to accomplish before the end of 2013? Whether it's passing the NCLEX or working out more, the best way to reach your goals is to write them down and then share them with others. Document your success and shortfalls along the way to stay on track and make these goals a reality!
 Make Your Health a Priority. Life can be stressful and hectic as a nursing student, but that is no reason to neglect your health. Make a fresh change with a new exercise program or aim to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Adopting a healthy lifestyle will help you excel in both nursing school and life.
 Find a Mentor. Enlisting the guidance and support of a mentor can make your journey through nursing school that much more enjoyable. Ask a teacher, nursing friend or colleague about mentorship programs that are available through national organizations and hospitals.
 Banish Stress. Incorporate simple relaxation techniques into your daily routine. Simple changes to your lifestyle such as trying that yoga class you've always wanted to drop into, or even creating a more structured schedule can help you manage stress.
 Reconnect with Friends and Family. For your academic and personal success, take time to nurture relationships. The life of a nursing student is exciting, busy and overwhelming--so make sure you share your adventures with a loved one! Schedule a study break with someone you haven't connected with in awhile and you may be surprised by the fresh perspective you gain.
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