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October 2007 Next Stop: Nursing


Getting a Grip on Time Management 

By Jennifer Decker Arevalo, MA, contributor 

You are often taught more clinical than time management skills during nursing school, only to find you need both skills on the job. Lack of time management can have repercussions on patient care if you don't master it!

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

Question: Which of these nursing assessments would identify a common side effect of epidural anesthesia? 

A. radial and apical pulses
B. bilateral breath sounds
C. oral temperature
D. blood pressure 

Question: Which of the following would the nurse expect to see in a patient with chronic cirrhosis? 

A. elevated AST and ALT
B. below normal AST and ALT
C. high serum albumin
D. low serum bilirubin 



The Search is On: Research Tools for the Student Nurse 

By Nancy Deutsch, RN, contributor  

Researching health material on the Web is expeditious, but often costly and time-consuming. These insider tips will provide new tools and research links that may make all the difference in nursing school.

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

A reader asks: Help! My clinical instructor seems to be picking on me. What can I do?

Stephanie answers



aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (as-par´tat a-me´no-trans´fer-as-ez) 

An enzyme that catalyzes the transfer of an amino group from a donor molecule to a recipient molecule. 



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

Working closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists and surgical techs-perioperative nursing can be one of the most stimulating, yet challenging, specialties.

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Coumadin Coaching 

By Robin Varela, RN, BSN, contributor 

Don't miss this important update on one of the most common drugs taken by your patients.

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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. 

The Power of Yoga 

A series of exercises as old as the Sphinx could prove to be the medical miracle of tomorrow-or just wishful thinking from the millions who have embraced yoga in a bit more than a generation. What does the research say?

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The Professional Self-Concept of New Graduate Nurses 

The journal Nurse Education in Practice presents the results of its research on new graduate nurses' self-concept related to their educational experience and preparation, age and marital status six months into their nursing career.

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 Top 9 Career Concerns of Student Nurses 

A 2007 survey of more than 1,600 nursing students, conducted by AMN Healthcare, asked students what were their top concerns as they prepare to begin a nursing career? The answers, ranked in order of importance, with "1" being the biggest concern, were: 

Pressure not to make mistakes 
Pay rates 
Rude/hostile nurses 
Rude/hostile physicians 
Long hours 
Dealing with injuries/death 
Contracting illness/disease 
Sexual harassment 

Agree or disagree? Missing a concern? Interested in learninig more specifics on dealing with these types of issues? Want to know if new nurses actually do deal with these issues? Let us know. 

Send an e-mail to editor and let her know what you think! You and your fellow nursing students may be interviewed in an upcoming issue of the newsletter!


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