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October 22, 2009

Dear Colleague,

As nurses, our career options are so varied – more than almost any other career. Staff nursing, office nursing, correctional nursing, hospice, critical care, management, advanced practice, legal consulting, publishing….I could go on, but I think you get the idea! Of course, there are also all the different settings where nurses practice, from hospitals to schools to homes to military sites, and all the places in between. I feel so lucky to be part of this profession and so lucky to have so many choices. We’ve had quite a few great articles published over the past year which explore the many available career options for nurses. Take a look at the articles in More Resources – they are all free for you to read! Also, the Nursing2009 Career Directory and American Journal of Nursing Career Guide from earlier this year have some wonderful resources. Enjoy!

Career Scope: The Road Less Traveled: Nontraditional Nursing Careers
Clinical Faculty Tips for Joining the Ranks
Why Is Rural Public Health Important? A Look to the Future
Achieving Professional Fulfillment as a Palliative Care Nurse
Nurse Satisfaction and Creation of an Admission, Discharge, and Teaching Nurse Position
The Teaching-Coaching Role of the APN
The NNP/DNP Shortage: Transforming Neonatal Nurse Practitioners Into DNPs

Don’t miss our next enewsletter for American Diabetes Month, plus the latest articles and CEs.

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
NursingCenter's Clinical Editor

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Age-related physiologic changes affecting hepatic and renal function can influence the safety and efficacy of many analgesics in older patients. Learn about Overturning Barriers to Pain Relief in Older Adults.
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Look for unexpected toxicities and predict which patients are more likely to respond optimally to a prescribed medication. Discover the world of Pharmacogenomics: Personalizing Drug Therapy.
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Vesicant drugs can cause severe tissue injury or destruction when they extravasate. Brush up on appropriate interventions by reading I.V. ROUNDS: Preventing and Managing Peripheral Extravasation.

Did you know that medical errors cause up to 98,000 patient deaths every year in the United States? Be sure to explore The Use of Smart Pumps for Preventing Medication Errors.
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In part 2 of this series, learn about some of the less common but nonetheless serious rheumatic diseases. Read the Update on Rheumatology: Part 2.
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Browse our Recommended Readings about the seasonal influenza vaccine, Chronic opioid therapy clinical guidelines, make your strep diagnosis spot on, and more.


Read the articles in the latest Featured Journal online only on NursingCenter. The Featured Journal gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with the kind of coverage and clinical information it has to offer. Get to know our journals. The current Featured Journal is...


One option for vaccinating against influenza is the use of live attenuated influenza vaccines (LAIV), which are administered via nasal spray. Listed below are the contraindications to their use:

  • Anyone with asthma
  • Children under 5 years of age with recurrent wheezing
  • Anyone with a history of hypersensitivity to eggs, egg proteins, gentamicin, gelatin, or arginine
  • Those who have had life-threatening reactions to previous influenza vaccinations
  • Children and adolescents who are on aspirin or aspirin-containing agents

Read more about Influenza Vaccination with a Live Attenuated Vaccine.


The FDA has approved Berinert, a C1 esterase inhibitor (human) to treat acute abdominal attacks or facial swelling associated with hereditary angioedema (HAE), a rare and serious genetic disorder, in adolescents and adults.

See more drug news.


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