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Next Stop: Nursing - May 2012

Welcome to Next Stop: Nursing, your comprehensive resource for the latest in nursing news, clinical information, educational tools and career guidance. This quarterly newsletter will guide you through school and into a successful nursing career. Please share it with your classmates.



NCSBN Raises the Passing Standard for the NCLEX-PN  

NCLEX Raises Passing Standards

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. voted on Dec. 8, 2010, to raise the passing standard for the NCLEX-PN Examination. The new passing standard is -0.27 logits on the NCLEX-PN logistic scale. The new passing standard will take effect on April 1, 2011, in conjunction with the 2011 NCLEX-PN Test Plan.

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

Question: A patient with a diagnosis of glomerulonephritis with fluid retention might have which of the following laboratory values?  

A. Proteinuria
B. Low specific gravity
C. Low serum creatinine
D. High hemoglobin  

Question: A client who is taking a phenothiazine medication should be observed for symptoms of tardive dyskinesia, which include  

A. facial tics
B. shuffling gait
C. rolling of eyes
D. paralytic ileus  




Growing Interest in Preventive Care Offers More Opportunities for Nurses  

By Megan M. Krischke, contributor  

Health care reform legislation and the rising number of Americans with chronic conditions have made "preventive care" a buzz word in health care circles.  Not only is there a growing need for nurses to provide preventive care to patients and communities, but nurses' training, and often their skill sets and strengths, make them well-equipped to provide this kind of care.

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Former student nurse Cassie Applegate answers questions, responds to comments and offers plenty of insight to student nurses on all things related to nursing school in her new NurseZone blog.  

Simulators in Nursing School  

One of the more recent additions to nursing education has been high-tech simulator mannequins. While I was in nursing school, I had the opportunity to practice I.V. insertion on a simulator (Virtual I.V.) that showed a virtual image on the computer as I was inserting the needle into a fake arm. It was very educational as it showed the precise depth and angle of the needle.

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Definition of the Day  


Unequal arterial blood pressure on the two sides of the body.  

Source: Stedman's Medical Dictionary  


Specialty Spotlight: Challenge, Excitement, Change... All in a Day's Work for Perioperative Nurses  

Working closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists and surgical technicians-perioperative nursing can be one of the most stimulating, yet challenging, specialties, according to Pauline Robitaille, RN, MSN, CNOR, chief nursing officer of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.

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A Primer on Cholera  

A recent outbreak of cholera that killed more than 300 people in Haiti last month has brought this deadly disease into the spotlight once again. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2010), the strains of cholera recently found in Haiti match strains commonly found in South Asia, where cholera is endemic and where cholera outbreaks occurred this past summer.

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5 Tips for Success in 2011  
5 Tips for 2011    Outline Your Goals for the Year. What do you want to accomplish this year? Whether it's passing the NCLEX or working out more, the best way to reach your goals is to write them down and then share them with others. Document your success and shortfalls along the way to stay on track and make these goals a reality!  
 Make Your Health a Priority. Life can be stressful and hectic as a nursing student, but that is no reason to neglect your health. Start the year off right by starting a new exercise program or aiming to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Adopting a healthy lifestyle will help you excel in both nursing school and life.  
 Find a Mentor. Enlisting the guidance and support of a mentor can make your journey through nursing school that much more enjoyable. Ask a teacher, nursing friend or colleague about mentorship programs that are available through national organizations and hospitals.  
 Banish Stress. Incorporate simple relaxation techniques into your daily routine. Simple changes to your lifestyle such as trying that yoga class you've always wanted to drop into, or even creating a more structured schedule can help you manage stress.  
 Reconnect with Friends and Family.For the most success in 2011, take time to nurture relationships. The life of a nursing student is exciting, busy and overwhelming--so make sure you share your adventures with a loved one! Schedule a study break with someone you haven't connected with in awhile and you may be surprised by the fresh perspective you gain by simply taking time to connect!

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

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