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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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    Paramedic Bridge to RN Programs

    Paramedic Bridge to RN Programs
    Another innovation in nursing education and maybe another way to get more RNs onto the hospital floors sooner! If you are a paramedic but have been frustrated by the inability to advance in the medical field, this maybe the way for you to achieve some higher career goals with an abbreviated course of study. You still are expected to fulfill the ...
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    Ambulatory Care

    Ambulatory Care
    Only an ambulatory nurse could transition from working in a jail, to a childbirth center, a family practice clinic, telephone triage, and finally to ambulatory clinical education without breaking a sweat. [widget:determined_to_be_a_nurse] Meet Renee E. Maynes, BSN, RN, BC, AAACN member, and currently the Ambulatory Clinical Educator at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Renee admits that she has ...
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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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    4 Things I Wish I Knew as a Student Nurse

    4 Things I Wish I Knew as a Student Nurse
    There is what they teach you in nursing school, and then there is what you learn in the ‘real world’ of nursing. Sorry my fellow student nurses, there IS a difference. I used to chuckle when the ‘seasoned’ nurse would make a comment like that when we were at clinicals during nursing school. Now I chuckle because they were so right. ...
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    So You Want to Be A Male Nurse

    So You Want to Be A Male Nurse
    Yes. It can and does happen. Contrary to popular belief and myth, there really are male nurses out there! And yes, we do encounter discrimination every so often – some greater than others, and some more severe. I can remember when I first made the decision to be a nurse… “You want to be a Murse?” “I guess you didn’t want ...
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    California Increases Loan Forgiveness for Nurses

    California Increases Loan Forgiveness for Nurses
    California State Assemblyman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, recently introduced a bill that allows nurses to eliminate up to $40,000 of student debt — double the previous $20,000 limit.  The Assembly Higher Education Committee unanimously approved the bill. The Knight bill expands a previous loan forgiveness program that repaid up to $20,000 of a nurse’s student loans in exchange for four years of nursing ...
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    Traits of a Travel Nurse

    Traits of a Travel Nurse
    What travel nurse characteristics do all travel nurses share in common? The travel nurse who chooses a travel nurse career is usually not a "stay at home" type of nurse. Some of them enjoy travel for the tourist attractions and others will pick remote locations because of the hiking, backpacking and wilderness experiences they can find. The reasons for choosing a ...
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    Travel Nurse Requirements

    Travel Nurse Requirements
    Thinking about a career in travel nursing? Great choice! There are a lot of fantastic perks for a job like this, including getting paid to travel around the world! But before you can sit back and jet off to exotic places, see if you meet some of the basic requirements of a travel nurse. [gate] The basic requirements to be a ...
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    Advanced Degree: To Be or Not?

    Advanced Degree:  To Be or Not?
    So now, you have been doing hospital or clinic nursing for some time, maybe a year, or three years, or five, and you are thinking about a change of direction. Maybe you are beginning to succumb to the all-too-common “burn out” that new nurses seem to experience. Will more schooling help? Will one of a number of advanced nursing degrees help ...
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    What Job Should Your Get While Earning Your N.P. Education?

    What Job Should Your Get While Earning Your N.P. Education?
    Is your ultimate goal to be a nurse practitioner? Are you starting with an RN, working for awhile and then moving on to a nurse practitioner license? If your life includes the need to help support the family (or yourself), you will need to decide what kind of job to have in order to give you the best experience to further ...
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    An Interview With a Travel Nurse

    Name: Amy Robbins Job Title: Traveling Nurse Where: Tallahassee, Florida Employer: Multiple Agencies Years of Experience: 12 Education: Darton College in Albany, Georgia Salary: A traveling nurse salary depends on where the assignment is located. (High hourly wage of $40, low of $30) [photo:52209] As the healthcare employment landscape changes, travel nurse agency jobs are growing and many people are choosing ...
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    Diversity in Nursing Career Paths

    Diversity in Nursing Career Paths
    In 2005, the theme for Nurses Week was "Nurses: Many Roles, One Profession". This easily defines nursing's many diverse opportunities. For some nurses, that first day of clinicals is a defining moment. Some either fall in love with hospital nursing or absolutely hate it. As students travel through the various clinical rotations, it is not uncommon to fall in love with ...
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    A Peek at Cardiac Care Nursing

    A Peek at Cardiac Care Nursing
    “If you need anything for pain, please let me know. Make sure you keep lying flat, and don’t move your leg Sir. If there is anything you need, I’ll be right outside.” I said pleased with a successful, stress-free admission of a fresh Cardiac Patient with 2 stents. A young man with no health history, aside from being a frequent smoker, ...
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    Military Nursing Profile

    Military Nursing Profile
    What do Florence Nightingale, Walt Whitman, and Mary Todd Lincoln have in common? They were all nurses during wartime, with Nightingale supporting the British during the Crimean War and the latter two serving during the Civil War. Today, military nurses work all over the world in every branch of our armed forces; gaining invaluable experience while serving their country. [gate] The ...
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    Correctional Nursing: Transgender Inmates

    Correctional Nursing: Transgender Inmates
    THE SITUATION: You're working medical screening for new detainees at a large urban jail. Your next case arrives for assessment with make-up and bright female clothing, although you also see male-pattern facial hair and muscle structure. What do you do? Transgender individuals are over-represented in the inmate population. If you work in corrections, you are likely to come face-to-face with your ...
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    The Trouble With Getting Clinical Experience

    The Trouble With Getting Clinical Experience
    In my clinical experiences, I’ve found that it’s really hard to get the opportunity to perform a new skill. Picture it: New patient admitted to the floor, assigned to the nurse you are following, and needs an IV started. You (the student nurse): Can I start the IV? Nurse: Have you done it before? You: I’ve performed it several times in ...
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    Legal History of Correctional Nursing

    Legal History of Correctional Nursing
    Part I Where were you in November, 1976? Maybe not even born yet…but probably not thinking about health care in prisons and jails. However, November, 1976 could be deemed the official start of the profession of correctional nursing. This is the date of the landmark Estelle v Gamble Supreme Court decision which established health care as a constitutional right for US ...
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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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    Calculating I.V. Drip Rates with Confidence

    Issue Date: October 2006 Vol. 1 No. 1 Originally published on American Nurse Today - see original article here. Click here for PDF version. While you're working your shift on the progressive care unit, the physician phones in an order to start a patient's I.V. dopamine infusion at 5 mcg/kg/minute. As you hang up the phone, your mind starts to race: ...
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