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November 2007 Next Stop: Nursing


NCLEX Test-Taking Tips 

By E'Louise Ondash, RN, contributor 

The NCLEX is ever-evolving and students need to pay attention as to what kind of content is emphasized and what kind of questions are asked, according to the author of Review for NCLEX-RN, who offers valuable insights and tips in this article.

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

Question: The patient with advanced congestive heart failure also has a diminished stroke volume. What primary medication might the nurse anticipate that the physician would order to address this problem and lower the heart rate? 

A. Furosemide (Lasix)
B. Digoxin (Lanoxin)
C. Captopril (Capoten)
D. Dopamine (Intropin) 

Question: A patient diagnosed with multiple sclerosis has been admitted for evaluation of leg pain. He tells the nurse the pain feels like he has stuck his toes in an "electrical socket." Which of the following medications would the nurse most likely anticipate the physician will order for the type of pain he is describing? 

A. Demerol intramuscularly q 4 hours
B. Extra-strength Tylenol q 6 hours
C. A patient-controlled morphine drip
D. Oral phenytoin (Dilantin) 



For Human Patient Simulators, the Future is Now 

By Jennifer Decker Arevalo, MA, contributor  

As student nurses well know, nothing compares to hands-on experience in clinical settings. To this end, new Human Patient Simulation Centers are allowing nursing faculty to create different simulated medical conditions of various complexities.

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

A reader asks: Could you please give me some suggestions on how to study for nursing tests?

Stephanie answers



Troponin (trō´pō-nin) 

A globular protein of muscle that binds to tropomyosin and has considerable affinity for calcium ions; a central regulatory protein of muscle contraction. 



Specialty Spotlight: Are You Up for the Nurse Anesthetist Profession? 

Decision-making autonomy combined with caring for acutely ill patients is all in a day's work for a nurse anesthetist. Read more about this specialty.

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The Troponin Test 

By Robin Varela, RN, BSN, contributor 

Learn the difference between interpreting troponin and CK-MB levels in less than one minute.

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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. 

An Overview of Antibiotic Therapy 

This article provides an overview of antibiotic therapy, including the principles and modes of action of drug treatment, prescribing criteria and the issue of antibiotic resistance.

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Infections in Confined Spaces: Cruise Ships, Military Barracks and College Dormitories 

The presence of a vast cohort of individuals in semi-confined settings such as cruise ships, military barracks and college dormitories is often accompanied by an increase in the risk of particular infections.

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 What are Your Salary Expectations? 

A 2007 survey of more than 1,600 nursing students, conducted by AMN Healthcare, asked students what annual salary they expected to earn in the first year working as a nurse. The answers, ranked by percentage, are as follows: 

  $20,000 or less (1%) 
$20,001-$30,000 (7%) 
$30,001-$40,000 (35%) 
$40,001-$50,000 (35%) 
$50,001-$60,000 (16%) 
$60,001 or more (6%) 

For more information about salaries, read Specialized Nurses Earn High Pay in Salary Survey

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


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