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Next Stop: Nursing - May 2008

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.

Study Tips to Help Student Nurses Achieve Professional Goals

By Glenna Murdock, RN, contributor

Not only is the nursing profession drastically different than it was 20 years ago, so are nursing students.

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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 should monitor a patient who has a fractured femur for the development of which of these complications during the first 48 to 72 hours after the fracture? 

A. Muscle atrophy.
B. Renal calculi.
C. Fat emboli.
D. Bone demineralization.

Question: Which of the following items would be found in an indirect budget line? 

A. Salaries for registered nurses.
B. Costs for suture removal sets.
C. Salaries for housekeeping staff.
D. Costs for patient education materials.


As Summertime Nears, Student Nurses Prepare for Employment

By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer 

The recent arrival of spring means one thing: Summer is on its way. As students everywhere prepare for a season without school, externship, employment and volunteer prospects abound, offering the ability to keep nursing skills fresh while away from the classroom.

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

A reader asks: My first clinical assignment tomorrow is to care for a patient with MRSA. I have a 5-year-old son and I'm concerned I might inadvertently infect my son with MRSA. How would you suggest I approach providing care for highly contagious patients such as this one? Also, how would you suggest I communicate these types of concerns with my nursing instructor, preceptor or manager in the future?

Stephanie answers


Definition of the Day 

Carcinoma (kar-si-no'ma):

Any of various types of malignant neoplasm derived from epithelial cells, chiefly glandular (adenocarcinoma) or squamous (squamous cell carcinoma); the most commonly occurring kind of cancer.

Source: Stedman's Medical Dictionary


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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Clinical Flash: You've Been Surrounded—Wash Those Hands!

By Robin Varela, RN, BSN, contributor

With health care leaders from the World Health Organization, the Joint Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizing the importance of proper hand hygiene, here's one more reason why you should wash your hands before and after visiting each and every patient.

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10 of the Most Popular Nursing Specialties to Consider

Emergency Room
Intensive Care Unit/Critical Care
Labor and Delivery Nurse
Operating Room/PeriOperative
Progressive Care/Step Down Unit
Post Anesthesia Care Unit

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