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New-Grad Notes - February 2007

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 Welcome to your premier issue of New-Grad Notes!

Welcome to the premier issue of the New-Grad Notes newsletter, sponsored by As a new nursing school graduate, you are about to embark on an exciting career as a registered nurse in a variety of settings. We are here to guide you through your first year on the job, keeping you informed of the latest news and trends in nursing, offering helpful features on the nursing profession and introducing you to a variety of specialties and nursing resources. New-Grad Notes will arrive in your e-mailbox every two months. We hope you enjoy it!

  What to Expect Two Months into Your New Nursing Career:

By Karen Siroky, RN, MSN, contributor

You're two months into your first nursing job! How does it
feel? Are you overwhelmed? It's normal to have some anxiety or stress. Read on to discover ways to let the stress work for you.

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Hand Hygiene a Critical Component in Health Care

By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

Florence Nightingale and millions of nurses since her time have understood the importance of good hygiene, but they have not always washed their hands as often or effectively as public health experts recommend. Now, many hospitals have launched education and monitoring campaigns to improve compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hand-hygiene guidelines.

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Back Talk: What You Can Do to Save Your Back from Injury

By Karen Siroky, RN, MSN, contributor, and Robin Varela, RN, BSN, contributor

As a new nurse, your on-the-job responsibilities will often involve lifting patients. In order to avoid injuring yourself at work, it's important to learn about the risk factors and conditions that can cause back injury. By inspecting your workplace to look for hazards and applying safety practices, you can reduce your risk of injury in the nursing environment.

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Why Travel? Why Not!

As you venture out into your new nursing career, you may be questioning: Where do I want to work? What kind of nurse do I want to be? One exciting option you may not have considered is travel nursing.
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Patients Seek Preparation for Future Diagnoses

By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer

In this age of information at your fingertips, it is easier than ever to educate yourself about disease and conditions—long before they actually affect you. Patients, it seems, are eager to learn just what the future holds when it comes to their health, according to a recent survey.

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Many Employers Looking for New Hires in 2007

By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer

New Year, new job, may be the new motto for many professionals in 2007. A recent survey by found that 40 percent of U.S. employers plan to add positions in the next 12 months.

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Critical-Care Nursing

Debbie Brinker, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, was the 2005-2006 president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Board of Directors. A pediatric nurse and clinical instructor at Washington State University in Spokane, Brinker has also been a staff nurse, a nurse manager and a supervisor, as well as a nurse with the U.S. Air Force.

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