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Next Stop: Nursing - August 2011

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.

Top Paying RN Specialties and Settings

Top Paying RN Specialties

By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

As a student nurse, it never hurts to pay attention to the regions and specialties that are the most lucrative within the nursing field. Staying abreast of national salary information helps student nurses plot their career directions and make informed job choices as they enter the workforce.

As a general rule, more education, supply and demand, and relative responsibility contribute to higher salaries, but earning potential should be just one consideration when choosing to specialize. 

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Summer Shape-up Feature: Avoid These Top 5 Health and Fitness Mistakes

By Carole Carson, Special  to NurseZone

If you've tried and failed to lose weight, you may be imprisoned by outdated ideas. Are you willing to change your beliefs about weight loss and fitness to achieve your goals? Look at these five mistaken viewpoints to see if they are sabotaging your efforts.

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

Social Networking in Nursing School

It is rare to find a college student in America who is not on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or many of the other social networking sites available today. Social networking has become a part of our daily lives and not only do we have access on our laptops or home computers, but now we also have constant access on our smart phones. There is not a moment that occurs during our day where we do not have the ability to blog, post, or tweet about it. With all of this access, not only are our friends able to view what we post, but also our professors and school administrators. How do we balance this freedom of social networking, while being professional at the same time?

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Definition of the Day

Hounsfield unit

a normalized index of x-ray attenuation based on a scale of -1000 (air) to +1000 (bone), with water being 0; used in CT imaging.

Source: Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Specialty Spotlight: Are You Psyched for Psychiatric Nursing?

Barbara Drew, Ph.D., APRN, BC, is the former president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and an associate professor in the College of Nursing at Kent State University, in Kent, Ohio.

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1-MINUTE CLINICALS: Cooling Post-Cardiac-Arrest - Saving the Heart and Brain

The 2010 AHA Guidelines for resuscitation have a new emphasis on post-arrest patient care. A new hallmark practice is the emphasis on cooling arrest patients. As you know, hypothermia has been shown to preserve tissue and is commonly used in many types of surgical procedures. Therapeutic hypothermia in the post-arrest patient can help preserve both cardiac and brain function.

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5 Ways to Stay Healthy and Energized this Summer
 Incorporate foods into your diet that promote brain health -- try pomegranate, salmon, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains.
 Aim for at least eight hours of sleep a night and try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day.
 Stay hydrated! Drink water or other low-calorie drinks such as green tea throughout the day.
 Get some exercise most days of the week. Shoot for at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity.
 Get outside and enjoy the summer! Take a walk, try a new sport or have a healthy picnic in the park. Recharging before a new school year is what summer is all about!
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