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July 2007 Next Stop: Nursing


 
 

Nurses Don 'Scrubs for SiCKO' at Michael Moore's Movie Premiere 

By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer 

Nurses across the nation headed to the movies in bright red scrubs in support of documentary filmmaker Michael Moore's new movie "SiCKO," an inside look at universal health care.

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

Telephone CPR Less Effective than In-person Resuscitation 

A new study in the journal Resuscitation highlights the differences between in-person CPR and telephoned rescue instructions.

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A Clinical Tool to Identify Prenatal Depression 

Researchers have developed an assessment tool for clinicians to identify depressive symptoms in women during pregnancy.

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Clinical Flash: How Many Colored Wristbands is Your Patient Wearing? 

By Robin Varela, RN, BSN, contributor  

The use of different colored wristbands in patient care settings has exploded. The bands, which used to be limited to blood bands, allergies or patient identification, are now used to identify everything from fall risk to latex-specific allergies to code status.

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How to Communicate Effectively 

By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer  

Communication is critical to success in many industries, and nursing is no exception. In fact, nurse communication is often the very glue that holds the profession-and the safety of the patients cared for by nursing professionals-together.

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Campus Corner 

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

A reader asks: What types of jobs would be good to apply for in a medical setting to gain some experience while I'm in nursing school?

Stephanie answers 

 
 
 

DEFINITION OF THE DAY  

bilirubin (bil-i-roo´bin) 

A yellow bile pigment found as sodium bilirubinate (soluble), or as an insoluble calcium salt in gall stones; formed from hemoglobin during normal and abnormal destruction of erythrocytes by the reticuloendothelial system. 

Source: Stedman's Medical Dictionary 

 
 

Pediatric Nursing 

Sandra Mott, Ph.D., RNC, associate professor of maternal child health at Boston College and president of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, shares valuable insight for new nurses interested in pursuing the pediatric nursing specialty.

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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 findings, if identified in a patient who is receiving a nitroglycerin infusion, should indicate to a nurse that the infusion rate needs to be decreased? 

A. Blood urea nitrogen of 42 mg/dL, an increase from 20 mg/dL.
B. Potassium of 3.5 mEq/L, a decrease from 4.2 mEq/L.
C. Pulse rate of 110 beats/minute, an increase from 84 beats/minute.
D. Blood pressure of 96/69 mm Hg, a decrease from 130/90 mm Hg. 

Question: A 3-day-old infant is admitted to the hospital for hyperbilirubinemia. Which of the following is the most likely cause of this condition? 

A. Late-onset liver problems.
B. Unconjugated bilirubin in the neonate's system.
C. An allergic reaction to the mother's breast milk.
D. An allergic reaction to baby formula. 

Answers:
 

 
 Marlene Rankin, Ph.D., RN, a clinical associate professor in the college of nursing at Rutgers University, in Newark, New Jersey, was awarded with the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university's highest honor for innovative teaching and mentoring. Rankin was selected for her leadership in the development of the college's undergraduate honors program.

In a statement after receiving the award, Rankin complimented her students for their dedication to their chosen field. 

"It is wonderful to be honored for something you love doing," Rankin said. "Our students exemplify commitment, leadership and caring as they enter the nursing profession. Receiving this award positively reinforces my role in their evolution toward independence and maturity." 

Rankin also shared advice to nursing students working toward achieving their personal and professional dreams. 

"I tell my students that nursing is an extraordinary profession and to work toward your goals," she said. "Also, just start what you have a passion for, whether it is a beginning nursing course or a master's degree, an advanced certification in a nursing specialty or a research project. You will never finish or meet your dreams or goals if you do not start!" 

To nominate an exceptional nursing faculty member from your school, please send an e-mail with your name, the faculty member's name, your school and the reasons for your nomination to Laura.Gilbert@nursezone.com.
 

 

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