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    Physiological Adaptations

    The _Physiological Adaptations_ section of the NCLEX-RN assesses a nurse’s ability to manage and provide care to chronically ill patients. Below is a list of terms and concepts covered on the exam. h4. Alterations in Body Systems * phototherapy * central line dressing * client wound healing * surgical wound drains * chest tube suction * central line placement * biopsy, ...
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    Reduction of Risk Potential

    The _Reduction of Risk Potential_ section of the NCLEX-RN assesses a nurse's ability to lessen the possibility of post-procedure complications and/or infections. Below is a list of terms and concepts that are covered in the exam. h4. Diagnostic Tests * oxygen saturation * glucose monitoring * testing for occult blood * gastric pH * urine specific gravity * electrocardiogram test * ...
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    Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies

    The _Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies_ section of the NCLEX-RN assesses a nurse's ability to Administer medication and measure patient vital signs. Below is a list of terms and concepts that are covered on the exam. h4. Adverse Effects/Contraindications and Side * adverse effects of medications and parenteral therapy * allergic reactions to medications h4. Effects h4. Blood and Blood Products * ...
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    Basic Care and Comfort

    The _Basic Care and Comfort_ section of the NCLEX-RN assesses a nurse's ability to provide basic comfort and assistance to patients and assist them with the tasks of daily living. Below is a list of terms and concepts covered on the exam. h4. Assistive Devices * prosthetic limbs * hearing aid * assistive devices * compensatory techniques * eating utensils * ...
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    Psychosocial Integrity

    The _Psychosocial Integrity_ section of the NCLEX-RN assesses a nurse’s ability to maintain the mental and emotional health of patients and their families. Below is a list of terms and concepts covered on the exam. h4. Abuse/Neglect h4. Behavioral Interventions * contract * behavior modification * support groups * positive reinforcement * setting limits h4. Chemical and Other Dependencies * dependencies ...
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    Health Promotion and Maintenance

    The _Health Promotion and Maintenance_ section of the NCLEX-RN assesses a nurse’s ability to oversee the prevention and detection of patient health problems. Below is a list of terms and concepts that are covered on the exam. h4. Aging Process h4. Ante/Intra/Postpartum and Newborn Care * support systems * perception of pregnancy * coping mechanisms * desire for female * caregiver ...
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    Safety and Infection Control

    The _Safety and Infection Control_ section of the NCLEX-RN assesses a nurse’s ability to protect patients and other health care workers from various health and environmental hazards. Below is a list of terms and concepts that are covered on the exam. h4. Accident Prevention h4. Disaster Planning h4. Emergency Response Plan * internal/external disaster * fire * emergency plan h4. Ergonomic ...
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    Management of Care

    The _Management of Care_ section of the NCLEX-RN assesses a nurse's ability to properly manage a patient’s care while still complying within all necessary regulations. Exam takers should err on the safe side and ensure that their answers do not compromise the patient’s safety. Below is a list of terms and concepts that are covered on the exam. h4. Advance Directives ...
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    The Adult Student

    The Adult Student
    The hardest job I have ever encountered in my life is my job as a mother. Next to being a mother, the most difficult task I have right now is being a mother and a student. My life has never been so demanding as it is at this very moment. I long to be the 18 and 19 year old in ...
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    The Greatest Gift of All?

    The Greatest Gift of All?
    If you could imagine the greatest gift to receive, what would it be? Some would say a winning lottery ticket. Others would argue that the car of their dream or house they’ve always wanted would suffice. And some would stray from the material world and deem that marrying your soul mate or seeing your kids grow up into successful adults would ...
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    Happiest Nursing Moments

    Happiest Nursing Moments
    There are many of them, but two in particular stand out for me. They involve patients I have taken care of (of course). The first patient story I have blogged about previously. Here is an excerpt: During all of my 'normal' routines, this particular patient ever-so slightly placed her warm hand on my forearm, and with the stare of appreciation she ...
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    ADN vs. BSN: Which should you choose?

    ADN vs. BSN: Which should you choose?
    First of all, let's establish what each one stands for. A BSN is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, while an ADN is an Associates Degree in Nursing. Both degrees lead to getting your RN but there are some differences between the two. The main difference is the length of time and the amount of credits required to complete the program. ...
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    The Soldier Nurse

    The Soldier Nurse
    Nursing can be one of those fascinating careers that always brings with it new experiences. There can be plenty of drama, surprises and emotional highs and lows. Talking with Bernardino Ramos, the head nurse at a Veterans Affairs clinic and a veteran himself, it’s apparent that for those working in the military, the extremes can be even greater. After earning his ...
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    The Standardized Standard

    The Standardized Standard
    I’m not sure if it’s a requirement for all nursing schools, but it seems that all of the schools I have heard of have some type of standardized testing system to test our knowledge. Our school uses ATI testing, others use HESI or other testing companies. Part of me understands the importance: we’re going to be responsible for all the information ...
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    Summer Fun for Nursing Students

    Summer Fun for Nursing Students
    Now that school is out for the summer, it’s time for some much needed R&R. My guess is that although you’re loving your time off, you may be trying to fill the void in your life that was once consumed by mounds of books and endless study sessions. Here are a few ways to make this summer the best one yet! ...
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    Nursing is Not For Everyone

    Nursing is Not For Everyone
    Nursing is not for everyone. You must be prepared to work hard. Nursing is both physically and emotionally challenging and draining. With the exception of a few areas, nurses provide care around the clock 24/7. This is usually divided into shifts of 8 or 12 hours, but it includes nights, weekends, and yes, even holidays. You will miss family events, and ...
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    3 Tips to Boost Your Nursing Grades

    3 Tips to Boost Your Nursing Grades
    Albert Einstein once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. With all the classes and care plans and tests, it’s easy to get into a study rut, studying the way that makes you feel most comfortable. But if you keep studying that way, and you’re grades aren’t improving ... change it ...
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    Two Qualities for Every Nurse

    Two Qualities for Every Nurse
    Today I volunteered to help out at the senior class pinning ceremony. It’s hard to believe that the upperclassmen that lead our orientation two years ago are now heading out into the real world to become actual, shot-giving, trach-suctioning, care-giving, working nurses! And even harder to believe is that it will be my class going through the same traditional ceremony in ...
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    You Know You're a Student Nurse When…

    You Know You're a Student Nurse When…
    What makes us student nurses stand out from the crowd? The good, the bad and everything in between, you know you’re a student nurse when: 1. You’re walking around looking like a marshmallow in your stiff, unstructured, stark-white scrubs. 2. You are more excited about drawing blood than all the vampires in Twilight put together. 3. Prepping an IV piggyback is ...
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    Go to Nursing School With a Full-Time Job

    Go to Nursing School With a Full-Time Job
    The alarm goes off at 5:30 am, and you could swear you went to sleep five minutes ago. First a quick shower, followed by the finishing touches on that homework assignment due tonight over coffee and breakfast — if there’s time. Then it’s off to work, a solid eight-plus hours of time where you’re busy with charts, rounds and other assorted ...
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