Student resources: Good links
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Food and Drug Administration
NCLEX info: National
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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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of that absence.
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Defeat test anxiety
|| Drug News: RiaSTAP, Savella,
Yourself: NCLEX practice
||Recommended readings from Nursing2009
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Tips: Defeat test anxiety
you usually nervous before tests? You don't
have to be. Here's a checklist of things
to do the next time you're feeling nervous
about a test.
- 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 time
to complete the test.
- Try to avoid
studying right before 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 Made Incredibly
Easy! by Nancy Olrech, Lippincott
Williams & Wilkins, 2008.
|Patient Teaching: Emphysema
teaching a patient who's been diagnosed with
diabetes mellitus, be sure to cover:
- the disorder,
diagnosis, and treatment
- the importance
of smoking cessation
and potential adverse reactions
- when to notify
the healthcare provider
of crowds and people with known infections
of areas where smoking is permitted
- home oxygen
therapy, if indicated
and deep-breathing exercises
oral fluid intake
of respiratory irritants
- signs and
symptoms of pneumothorax
- the need
for influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia immunizations
- how to access
the American Lung Association to obtain additional
and contact information for a local support
group and local services.
Things Nursing, Lippincott Williams
& Wilkins, 2007.
|Drug News: RiaSTAP, Savella,
the new drugs recently approved by the Food
and Drug Administration:
(fibrinogen concentrate [human])
has been approved for the treatment of bleeding
in patients with a rare genetic defect known
as congenital fibrinogen deficiency.
(milnacipran hydrochloride) has been
approved for management of fibromyalgia.
(triamcinolone acetonide), a nasal
spray, has been approved for the once-daily
treatment of nasal symptoms associated with
both seasonal allergic rhinitis and perennial
allergic rhinitis in adults and children age
12 and older.
Food and Drug
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
client's attorney must prove which elements
for a professional negligence action?
breach of duty, damages, and causation
damages, and causation
breach of duty, and damages
of duty, damages, and causation
nurse asks a nursing assistant to help admit
an elderly client diagnosed with pneumonia.
Which activity is appropriate for the nurse
to ask the assistant to perform?
the client's height and weight.
an arterial blood gas sample.
a small-bore feeding tube.
6-month-old children arrive at the clinic
for diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP)
immunization. Which child can safely receive
the immunization at this time?
child with a temperature of 103° F (39.4°
child with a runny nose
child with uncontrolled epilepsy
child with difficulty breathing after the
pediatrician writes an order for digoxin
(Lanoxin), 2.5 mg, for a neonate. A nurse
questions the order with the pharmacist
and physician taking the call. Which legal
standard is most relevant?
physician ordered a urine specimen for culture
and sensitivity stat. Which approach is
best for a nurse to use in delegating this
need a stat urine culture on the client
in room 101.”
get the urine for culture for the client
in room 101.”
stat urine was ordered for the client in
room 101. Would you get it?”
need a urine for culture stat on the client
in room 101. Tell me when you send it to
|Recommended readings from Nursing2009
miss these substantive, peer-reviewed features
from the January issue of Nursing2009.
They'll help you learn about evidence-based
a stop to dysfunctional uterine bleeding
By Denise McEnroe Ayers, RN, MSN, and Mariann
Montgomery, RN, MSN
Learn how to search for the source of abnormal
bleeding and help your patient get back on
health risks with bariatric weight loss surgery
By Susan Gallagher Camden, RN, CBN, MA, MSN,
More and more obese patients are turning to
bariatric weight loss surgery, which is proving
its worth by decreasing or eliminating dangerous
comorbidities of obesity. Here's how
to help prepare your patient for surgery and
care for her afterward.
|Answers to NCLEX practice questions
1 Any professional negligence
action must meet four demands--commonly known
as the four Ds--to be considered negligence
and result in legal action: a duty
for the healthcare professional to provide care
to the person making the claim, a dereliction
(breach) of that duty, the breach of duty resulted
in damages, and the damages
were caused by a direct result
of the negligence (causation).
2. 1 Obtaining the client's
height and weight are appropriate actions for
the nursing assistant to perform. The other
options are the responsibility of the registered
nurse or other licensed person.
3. 2 Children with mild acute
illness without fever can safely receive DTaP
immunization. Children with a temperature of
more than 102° F (38.9° C), uncontrolled
epilepsy, or serious reactions to previous immunizations
shouldn't receive DTaP immunization.
4. 4 Each state has a Nurse
Practice Act that dictates a nurse's scope
of practice. Each nurse must practice competent
standards based on her state's Nurse Practice
Act. The American Nurses Association is an organization
of nurses that offers credentialing and nursing
education. It doesn't set standards of
nursing practice. Physicians and pharmacists
must practice competency based on the standards
established by their professional organizations.
5. 4 This option not only delegates
the task, but also provides a checkpoint. To
effectively delegate, you need to follow up
on what someone else is doing. The other options
don't provide for feedback, which is essential
for communication and delegation.
Questions & Answers Made Incredibly Easy!,
4th edition, Lippincott Williams &
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