Next Stop: Nursing ENewsletters

March 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. 


Survey: Total Number, Average Age of Nurses Both on the Rise 

As the nation's shortage of nurses often receives top news billing, the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses shed a positive light on the state of the profession. The number of active RNs in the U.S. increased nearly 8 percent in the last four years.

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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. 

Reevaluating Children with Elevated Initial Blood Pressure 

Researchers have determined that pediatricians who use vital sign station screening for blood pressure should reevaluate children with elevated initial measurements in the examination room.

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Urine Sampling: An Acceptable Method for HPV Detection 

With the recent widespread attention on vaccinating young women against human papillomavirus, the disease that can lead to cervical cancer, researchers have determined that urine samples provide an acceptable alternate screening method for the virus.

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Clinical Flash: Grapefruit Juice and Patient Medications, A Potentially Deadly Combination 

By Robin Varela, RN, BSN, contributor  

When you talk with patients about their diet, and specifically when you talk with patients about making healthy diet choices, you may include grapefruit and grapefruit juices as healthy options. It is high in vitamin C, relatively low in calories, has no fat and very low sodium. But did you know that grapefruit and grapefruit juice can potentially cause serious drug-food interactions with some of the most commonly given drugs?

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How to Provide Culturally Competent Care 

By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer, and Karen Siroky, RN, MSN, contributor  

As the nation's population becomes more diverse, so do the needs of the patient population that enters U.S. hospitals. As caregivers with direct contact with patients from a wide spectrum of races, ethnicities and religions, nurses need to be aware and respectful of the varying needs and beliefs of all of their patients.

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Campus Corner 

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

A reader asks: I'm a first-year nursing student in a two-year program in New York. I'm interested in participating in an internship program in the summer, but can't seem to find any programs in my area. Do you have any suggestions on how I can go about locating such information?

Stephanie answers 



ol-i-gu-ria (ol-i-goo´rē-ă) 

Scanty urine production. [oglio- + G. ouron, urine] 

Source: Stedman's Medical Dictionary 


Telemetry Nursing 

Mary Pat Aust, RN, MS, is a clinical practice specialist with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), which offers a certification in progressive care nursing, including telemetry. Aust has 24 years of experience in all aspects of critical care nursing, including bedside, education and directorship.

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

Question: A client is in the oliguric phase of acute renal failure. Which of the following orders should the nurse question as inappropriate? 

A. Schedule intravenous pyelogram (IVP).
B. Administer bolus of 500cc normal saline.
C. Insert Foley catheter.
D. Hold ibuprofen. 


 Tracey Gaslin, RN, MSN, CRNI, CPNP, an assistant professor at the University of Louisville, in Kentucky, received the first-ever "Tribute to Nurses" award for a nurse educator from the New York Times last fall. Nominated by one of her students, Gaslin wears many hats in her nursing career, serving as an educator, pediatric home infusion nurse, nurse coordinator at a camp for hemophiliac children and a full-time doctoral student.

In response to receiving the New York Times honor, Gaslin said: "Winning this award was an amazing, humbling experience. There are so many nurses out there doing great things in nursing, I am just fortunate to be part of this profession. It is a daily blessing to get up each day and know you have the opportunity to help improve the life of another individual. I hope awards like this will highlight what nurses are doing everyday to make a difference." 

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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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