Student resources: Good links
guidelines and standards:
AHRQ, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Joint Commission,
Food and Drug Administration
NCLEX info: National
Council of State Boards of Nursing
Professional associations: American Nurses Association, National Student Nurses'
Career sites: J&J's Discover
Nursing, Career Center at NursingCenter.com, Nursing2007 job satisfaction survey report
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Student Success: Defeat
Facts: Parkinson's disease
Yourself: NCLEX practice
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Success: Defeat test anxiety!
Does anyone you know love taking tests? Probably
not! Tests are something all students face,
and they cause almost everyone some anxiety.
Here's a checklist of things to do the
next time you're feeling nervous about
- Talk to your
instructor and classmates about what the test
- Divide your
study time over several days instead of trying
to review everything the night before the
- When studying,
use all your resources, including your textbook,
lecture notes, and completed homework assignments.
- Create 3
x 5 cards for each key concept or formula
that might appear on the test. Then, use the
flash cards to test your memory.
- Take a practice
test. Find a room that's free of distractions
and give yourself a specific amount of free
time to complete the test.
- Try to avoid
studying right before taking the test. Put
those notes away and take some time to relax!
- Arrive 5
minutes early so you'll be ready when
the instructor begins the test. Just don't
arrive too early--sitting in an empty classroom
or listening to other students' nervous
chattering might make you feel anxious.
- Break the
tension. If your instructor allows it, get
up to ask a question, sharpen your pencil,
or get a drink.
- Focus on
tensing and relaxing muscles in different
parts of your body, such as your neck and
shoulders. Then, close your eyes and take
a few deep breaths.
- Calm your
nerves by putting the test into perspective.
Life will go on after the test is over. Remember
that doing your best is sufficient.
- Think of
something calm and soothing when you feel
test anxiety getting the best of you.
Success for Health Professionals, Lippincott
Williams & Wilkins, 2007.
|Key Facts: Parkinson's disease
disease is a progressive degenerative disease
of the extrapyramidal system associated with
of dopamine and acetylcholine in basal ganglia
- Head trauma
- Stiff joints
- Stooped posture
- EEG: minimal
- CT scan:
high-calorie, and high-protein diet; soft
- Assess neurovascular
and respiratory status.
- Promote measures
to prevent falls.
a patent airway.
independence in care.
A's in Medical-Surgical Nursing, 2nd
edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins,
Yourself: NCLEX practice questions
about passing the NCLEX? The more practice questions
you do, the more confident you'll feel. Try
these, then review the answers and rationales
that follow. Experts recommend taking many practice
questions before the NCLEX, so take advantage
of review courses, books, and other products
to help you succeed and pass the NCLEX. ANSWERS
a routine checkup in the pediatrician's
office, an 8-month-old infant is sitting
contentedly on his mother's lap, chewing
on a toy. When preparing to examine this
infant, which action should the nurse perform
the head circumference.
heart and lung sounds.
statement best defines the term cardiogenic
reduction in circulating blood volume
sepsis and circulating bacterial toxins
or outflow obstruction of the main bloodstream.
the latter stages of Reye's syndrome,
which major intervention is directed toward
preventing or reducing cerebral edema?
infant is brought to the ED and pronounced
dead with the preliminary finding of sudden
infant death syndrome (SIDS). Which question
to the parents is appropriate?
you hear the infant cry out?
the infant's head buried in a blanket?
any of the siblings jealous of the new baby?
did the infant look when you found him?
nursing action is appropriate when a child
has a seizure?
a nasogastric tube to prevent emesis
the extremities with a pillow or blanket
a tongue blade to prevent injury to the
the side rails of the bed to protect the
child from injury
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your head around cranial nerves
By Rachel L. Palmieri, RN-C, ANP, MS
Get up your nerve to perform these critical
assessments by following this step-by-step
guide, which includes a helpful summary of
common disorders associated with each nerve.
Too fast, too slow, too ugly: Dysrhythmias
every nurse should recognize
By AnneMarie Palatnik, RN, APN-BC, MSN
You don't have to work in a cardiac
unit to care for patients who need continuous
cardiac monitoring. This comprehensive review
will teach you to recognize an abnormal rhythm
immediately and respond appropriately.
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|Answers to NCLEX practice questions
2 Heart and lung auscultation
shouldn't distress the infant, so it should
be done early in the assessment. Placing a tape
measure on the infant's head, shining
a light in his eyes, or undressing the infant
before weighing may cause distress, making the
rest of the examination more difficult.
2. 1 Cardiogenic shock
occurs when cardiac output is decreased and
tissue oxygen needs aren't adequately
met. Hypovolemic shock describes a
reduction in circulating blood volume. Septic
shock describes overwhelming sepsis and
circulating bacterial toxins. Obstructive
shock is seen with an inflow or outflow
obstruction of the main bloodstream.
3. 2 Skeletal muscles are paralyzed
with the administration of pancuronium (Pavulon).
This might increase intracranial pressure (ICP).
Invasive monitoring is essential to detect increased
ICP. Liberal fluid replacement may increase
cerebral edema and should be strictly monitored.
Tracheal intubation is performed as soon as
possible to prevent hypoventilation and increased
carbon dioxide levels.
4. 4 Only factual questions
should be asked during the initial history in
the ED. The other questions simply imply blame,
guilt, or neglect.
5. 4 A child having a seizure
could fall out of bed or injure himself on anything,
including the side rails of the bed. Attempts
to insert anything into the child's mouth
may injure the child. Attempting to restrain
the child won't stop seizures. In fact,
tactile stimulation may increase the seizure
activity; therefore, it must be limited as much
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