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Next Stop: Nursing - February 2008

Disaster Preparedness: A Student Nurse's Role

Student nurses can have a leading role if a disaster occurs in their community. Find out how!

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

Question: A patient with a gastric tube is scheduled for a feeding. The nurse checks placement by analyzing the acid pH of the gastric contents. The contents have a pH of 7. The nurse: 

A. Holds the feeding because the pH indicates the tube may be displaced and in the intestines.
B. Administers the feeding as ordered since the pH is normal for gastric contents.
C. Holds the feeding because the pH indicates the tube may be displaced and in the respiratory tract.
D. Administers the feeding as ordered since the pH is not critical to tube placement.

Question: Prior to the administration of filgrastim (Neupogen) the client reports a history of hypersensitivity to E. coli products. The nurse should take which of the following actions? 

A. Reduce the dosage of filgrastim by 5 micrograms.
B. Assess the client for leukopenia and fever.
C. Administer diphenhydramine (Benadryl) prior to administering filgrastim.
D. Withhold the administration of filgrastim and notify the physician.


New Nurse Transition: Can One Model Fit All?

By Christina Orlovsky, contributor 

New nurses need a period of supervision and guided support to practice safely and competently in an increasingly complex health care environment. Now an NCLEX-affiliated organization is working to design a standardized model to transition new graduates into the workplace.

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

A reader asks: I'm a first-year RN student about to start my medical-surgical nursing theory and clinical course. I hear differing opinions about which course is harder—med-surg or critical care. What's your perspective on this course? Also, are there any online resources you can point me to?

Stephanie answers


Definition of the Day 

obex (o-beks):

The point on the midline of the dorsal surface of the medulla oblongata that marks the caudal angle of the rhomboid fossa or fourth ventricle.



Providing Critical Care at a Critical Time

Caring for patients and families during one of the most vulnerable times in their lives and making a difference through clinical expertise and collaborative skills can be a real adrenaline rush.

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Breast Cancer

The stats on breast cancer to keep you informed in one minute or less.

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

Systematic Review of Childhood Obesity Prevention

The Journal of Pediatric Nursing highlights five areas of emphasis to combat childhood obesity.

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Ovarian Cancer and Oral Contraceptives

Use of oral contraceptives confers long-term protection against ovarian cancer. Acccording to The Lancet, these findings suggest that oral contraceptives have already prevented some 200,000 ovarian cancers and 100,000 deaths.

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How Students Expect to Find Their First Nursing Job

A survey performed by AMN Healthcare asked student nurses what was their most important way to learn about nursing jobs. Below are the answers ranked by order of importance.

Personal networking.
My training program.
Internet job sites.
Nurse journals.
Nurse staffing firms.
Nurse societies.

Agree or disagree? Have an article idea? Let us know. Send your comments and suggestions to You and your fellow nursing students may be interviewed in an upcoming issue of the newsletter!

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