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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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    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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    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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    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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    Cardiac Nursing

    Cardiac Nursing
    Do you enjoy delving deeply into a subject? Are you fascinated by the workings of the human heart? Consider a career as a cardiac nurse. While cardiac nurses focus their practice on one specific body system – the cardiovascular system – cardiac nursing is an extraordinarily diverse specialty. Cardiac nurses can be found on telemetry units, coronary care units (CCUs) and ...
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    Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Clinical Nurse Specialists develop uniform standards for quality care and work with staff nurses to ensure that those standards are being met. They are required to possess strong managerial skills and an ability to anticipate potential staff/patient conflicts. For more in-depth information check out the article Clinical Nurse Leaders. h4. Median Annual Salary $76,209 h4. Educational Requirements Related Links Article: NursingLink’s ...
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    Psych Advice From an Old Psych Nurse

    Psych Advice From an Old Psych Nurse
    Nurses are experts at navigating through rough waters. We are always there for our patients in their time of need. Check this nurse out. She is using her critical thinking skills while she sails her boat through a stormy ocean. It’s true. Nurses can do just about anything, just so long as they have a good mentor to show them the ...
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    Breaking Through Assumptions About Nursing

    Breaking Through Assumptions About Nursing
    I had been awake and working for almost 32 hours. I’m an organ procurement coordinator and we frequently work 24-hour shifts, but this day had pushed me past my limits. I was beginning to think that I wasn’t cut out for the world of organ donation, that I was too old for what is clearly a young person’s game. At 35, ...
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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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    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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    Ethical Dilemmas in Correctional Nursing

    Ethical Dilemmas in Correctional Nursing
    Basis of Ethical Care Two basic principles of ethical care are beneficence (acting only for the benefit of the patient) and nonmalfeasance (do no harm to the patient). In the course of working in a security environment, an ethical dilemma can arise when the goals of custody administration seem to conflict with these principles. A code of ethics specific to correctional ...
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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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    Army Nursing: Educational and Professional Opportunities

    Army Nursing: Educational and Professional Opportunities
    For more than 200 years, the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) has served and protected U.S. forces and their families, worked to save the lives of civilians and improved health-care systems across the globe. In today's Army, the more than 11,000 men and women of the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) are the backbone of one of the biggest health-care networks in ...
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    Social Change and the Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner

    Social Change and the Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
    There are so many paths to take in education after you have gotten your RN licensure and one path is that of a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health. Why take this road? The role of the Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner, WHCNP, is varied and exciting. Your patients will be essentially healthy women through the lifespan. For the young women ...
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    Is My Patient Faking It?

    Is My Patient Faking It?
    Unfortunately, correctional nurses must be wary of a variety of motives behind inmate-patients seeking medical or mental health treatment. Malingering is defined as the intentional falsification or exaggeration of symptoms for external motives or secondary gain. There is a high incidence of malingering in jails and prisons. A reported 20% of mental illness in corrections is malingering. Reasons to Fake Illness ...
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    The World of Nursing: Then and Now

    The Mindset List, created by Beloit College in Wisconsin, helps faculty members prepare for incoming students by ensuring that their cultural references are up-to-date and reflect the worldview of current students. Its originators, Humanities Professor Tom McBride and former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief, have published this clever list since 1998 to help faculty stay in touch with younger generations. The ...
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    The Diploma Education for RN

    The Diploma Education for RN
    Another possibility for nursing school is to get a nursing diploma (as opposed to a BSN or ADN) from an accredited school. These programs are often hospital based but have connections with local community colleges. This is a good choice if you are looking for a nursing degree that will educate you to perform well, in an in-patient setting immediately on ...
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    Air and Surface Transport Nursing

    Air and Surface Transport Nursing
    In the quest to search out exciting avenues that can be pursued using a nursing degree, the “flight nurse” or “air or surface transport nurse” emerged. This path seems to welcome both ADN and BSN educated nurses. But, also, if you are inclined to further your BSN education, there is a Master’s degree offered specifically for flight nursing. The Masters program ...
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    Fastest Growing Careers: IT Careers and Health Care Jobs

    Fastest Growing Careers: IT Careers and Health Care Jobs
    The information technology and health care industries are clamoring for more skilled workers. How can you become one of them? Everyone dreams of a career with a handsome salary, one promising boundless growth and loads of opportunities. But these careers belong to a privileged few, and they demand years of nonstop study and training. Right? Not necessarily. The fastest growing careers, ...
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    Failure to Rescue and Nursing Vigilance in Corrections

    Failure to Rescue and Nursing Vigilance in Corrections
    Failure to Rescue has emerged as an issue in the patient safety movement and is now being addressed as it applies to correctional nursing. I wrote about it last fall and have continued to consider how this concept impacts practice in our specialty. This morning I attended a session in the Updates in Correctional Healthcare presented by Sue Smith, MSN, RN, ...
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