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December 2007 Next Stop: Nursing


Working as Nurses While Living on Campus 

By Debra Wood, RN, contributor 

Creative curricula around the nation increase the number of bachelor-prepared nurses and allow nursing students to receive a four-year college experience while working as registered nurses.

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Each month, Next Stop: Nursing features sample questions from the NCLEX-RN, provided by our partner The College Network. 

Question: The nurse is preparing to administer a dose of cyclosporine by IV administration. Which of the following items should the nurse make available at the bedside during administration of this medication? 

A. A suction catheter
B. Oral airway
C. Latex-free cart
D. Epinephrine 

Question: Which of these descriptions of pain should a nurse expect a client who has cholecystitis to report? 

A. Cramping, localized around the umbilicus.
B. Dull, occurring shortly after eating spicy foods.
C. Sharp, radiating to the right shoulder.
D. Spasmodic, increasing with inspiration. 



Real-World Experience: Red Cross Seeking Student Nurses 

By Christina Orlovsky, contributor  

A unique way to improve nursing skills in a real-world environment, while simultaneously giving back to your community is to volunteer with the American Red Cross, which allows nursing students to work with a real population, not a simulated one.

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Stephanie Thibeault, RN, BSN, answers your most pressing questions about nursing school and beyond. 

A reader asks: I just graduated from a nursing program and need some tips for interviewing for new-grad programs?

Stephanie answers


Is Travel Nursing for You?  

Interested in having a travel nurse come speak to your Student Nurse Association or classroom to share with you everything you need to know about this unique career option? If so, send an e-mail to to put in a request. 


Specialty Spotlight: Hospice and Palliative Care for Empowered Nurses 

Offering a very unique career path, hospice nurses provide care to both the patients and their families members in a holistic setting that many nurses find empowering.

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Super Bugs Strike Again 

In the face of multidrug-resistant bacteria, it is important for health care professionals to help prevent the spread of infection.

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Next Stop: Nursing scans the latest medical and nursing journals to provide you with the most up-to-date content available. 

Advance Directives: Results of a Community Education Symposium 

This clinical CE article from Critical Care Nurse explores advance directives and discussion of end-of-life preferences with the members' families and health care providers prior to hospitalization.

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Clinical Competence Among Senior Nursing Students After Their Preceptorship Experiences 

The results of a Journal of Professional Nursing study suggest that the clinical preceptorship program increased the overall perceived competence of nursing students.

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 Top 10 Items You Need for Nursing School 

We asked you, our readers, what top 10 can't-live-without items you need for nursing school. Here is a compilation of the top 10 list: 

  Good stethoscope 
Comfortable shoes or clogs 
Black pens 
Pocket-sized notebook 
Backpack, regular or wheeled 
Drug guide 
Water-resistant watch 
Scrubs with lots of pockets 
Sense of humor 

Agree or disagree? Have an article idea? Let us know. Send your comments, compliments and criticisms to You and your fellow nursing students may be interviewed in an upcoming issue of the newsletter!


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