Next Stop: Nursing ENewsletters

April 2007 Next Stop: Nursing

Welcome to Next Stop: Nursing, your comprehensive resource for the latest in nursing news, clinical information, educational tools and career guidance. This monthly newsletter will guide you through school and into a successful nursing career. Please share it with your classmates and take advantage of all the useful tips we'll provide until you reach your next stop: nursing. 


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

Blueberry Skins May Lower Cholesterol 

The Agricultural Research Service recently determined that compounds in blueberry skins may play a role in lowering cholesterol levels.

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Trauma Patients Intoxicated by Alcohol and Drugs at Increased Risk for In-hospital Complications 

Patients who test positive for intoxication by both drugs and alcohol face an increased risk of suffering in-hospital complications than those intoxicated by one or the other.

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Clinical Flash: How to Prevent CVC Line Infections 

By Robin Varela, RN, BSN, contributor  

Roughly 80,000 patients per year develop a CVC (central venous catheter) line infection while in the intensive care setting. Although exact numbers for med-surg units are not available, experts estimate that up to 250,000 infections per year occur. Here is what you can do to help prevent CVC infections.

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Facility's Student Shift Provides Opportunities for Future Nurses 

By Debra Wood, RN, contributor  

Recognizing that students represent future generations of nurses and that the more skills they learn while in school the better they will function after graduation, the Cleveland Clinic has established two programs to attract nursing students to work at the Ohio facility.

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Campus Corner 

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

A reader asks: Do nursing programs have to hold specific accreditations for me to be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN?

Stephanie answers 




Pertaining to or involving both the nasal passages and the stomach, as in n. intubation. 

Source: Stedman's Medical Dictionary 


Medical-Surgical Nursing 

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

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

Question: To which of these nursing diagnoses should a nurse give priority in the care plan of a client who has a nasogastric tube? 

A. Self-care deficit: feeding.
B. Potential for altered mucous membranes.
C. Altered nutrition, less than body requirements.
D. Perceived constipation. 

Question: A nurse should reinforce which of these discharge instructions with a patient who has had a lumbar laminectomy? 

A. Refrain from wearing restrictive clothing.
B. Hold the weight close to your body when lifting.
C. Do not sit for prolonged periods of time.
D. Place a pillow at your back while in bed. 


 Dorothy Wiley, Ph.D., RN, MPH, an associate professor in the school of nursing at the University of California, Los Angeles, was honored in January by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for her contributions to improving women's health. The certificate, entitled "Enriching Lives," recognized Wiley as a principal investigator in the research on the human papillomavirus that led to the development of Gardisil, the first vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent cervical cancer.

In response to receiving the County honor, Wiley said: "This is a wonderful honor that has been graciously awarded to me by exceptional people who are also engaged in helping and protecting women and their families." 

To nominate an exceptional nursing faculty member from your school, please send an e-mail with your name, the faculty member's name, your school and the reasons for your nomination to


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