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Next Stop: Nursing - January 2011

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Transforming the Future of Nursing: Turning Plans into Action

Future of Nursing

By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health from the Institute of Medicine created a buzz in the nursing community at its release several months ago. Since then, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP have established and guided the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action to implement recommendations in the report.

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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 nurse working for an agency gives 12 units of insulin to a nursing home resident who the nurse believes is Resident A. A few minutes later, she discovers she has given it to Resident B by mistake; Resident B was in Resident A's bed. Both residents also have moderate dementia. No residents in the nursing home have any identifying information on them. The nurse notifies the physician and nursing supervisor and monitors Resident B's blood glucose for several hours after the incident and gives Resident B a snack. There appear to be no unusual effects from the insulin. What could be a possible outcome for the nurse in this situation?

a. The nurse could be sued for malpractice by Resident B's family.
b. The nurse could be successfully sued for negligence by Resident B's family.
c. The nurse's action was below the standards of nursing practice based on the nurse practice act and she could have her license revoked.
d. The relatives of Resident B could sue the nurse for negligence, but as there were no adverse outcomes, the case would probably be dismissed.

Question: A 33-year-old man is admitted through the ER with a temperature of 103°F. Respiratory rate is 24 breaths per minute; pulse rate is 110 and regular.  Blood pressure is 120/80. He denies any other symptoms. Which of the following would be an appropriate step for the admitting nurse to take that might be ordered by the physician?

a. Obtain a WBC and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). 
Obtain a WBC and serum albumin.
c. Obtain a serum albumin and throat culture.
d. Obtain a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia.


Study Tips!

You're a nursing student, you've read all of your course outlines, but when it comes to studying, you're not sure where to start and you need some help-FAST. You've come to the right place.

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Nurses Making Patient Safety an Official Career Path

 Patient safety is at the forefront of health care industry concerns, and because of the role of nurses in direct patient care they have ideal experiences for leading the industry in addressing these concerns. Nurses can work in a myriad of patient safety positions, ranging from informatics to risk mitigation to quality improvement.

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Definition of the Day


Fusion of the nuclei of two cells, as occurs in fertilization or true conjugation.

Source: Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Specialty Spotlight: Oncology Nurses on the Forefront of Cancer Care

Being able to make a tremendous difference in the lives of cancer patients, combined with being at the forefront of exciting new scientific discoveries, is what new oncology nurses can expect if they choose this profession.

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1-MINUTE CLINICALS - Lupus: Deciphering the Clues

As the prototypical autoimmune disease, lupus occurs when the immune system malfunctions. In people with lupus, the immune system loses its ability to distinguish between these foreign substances, called antigens, and the body's own cells and tissue.

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5 Tips New Nurses have for Student Nurses
NurseZone asked newly graduated nurses what was the one thing they wished someone had told them about nursing while they were in school, and here are their top 5 answers:
5 Tips New Nurses have for Student Nurses  Buy an NCLEX book and use it to study, study, study!
 To succeed, it takes not just a strong mind, but a strong body as well.
 Real patients are not always "text book" cases - they may present differently than what you were taught in school.
 Understand that your employer wants you to succeed.
 Patients will test your patience.

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