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The Student Nurse Advisor - Volume I, Issue 10 - December 15, 2001

The Student Nurse Advisor

The #1 E-Zine for Nursing Students!

Welcome to the December, 2001 issue of The Student Nurse Advisor, your first source for nursing articles, topical news and student resources!

Special Report:  Advanced Practice Nursing
Feature Articles:
Regular Features:

SPECIAL REPORT:  Advanced Practice Nursing

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 The ABCs of Advanced Practice Nursing
What is advanced practice nursing?  What types of advanced practice nurses are there?  Where do they practice?  What is the scope of practice?  This online primer gives you the full scoop!

 What is a Nurse Practitioner?
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse (RN) who has advanced education and clinical training in a health care specialty area. Nurse practitioners work with people of all ages and their families, providing information people need to make informed decisions about their health care and lifestyle choices.  This article explains the NP scope of practice and specialty areas.

 Anesthesia: The Practice of Nursing or the Practice of Medicine?
Kansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Probably nowhere within nursing and medicine is there a greater overlap than in the field of anesthesiology. The courts have upheld that when the tasks of anesthesia are performed by a nurse anesthetist, the tasks constitute the practice of nursing. When the tasks of anesthesia are performed by a physician, the tasks constitute the practice of medicine.  This article takes a look at the history of anesthesiology and nurse anesthetists, and looks at current education, scope of practice and employment statistics.

 Advanced Practice Nursing in Pediatric Critical Care
Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) are functioning as Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) in Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) throughout the country. These individuals are expert nurses with a strong foundation and dedication to pediatric critical care. They are comfortable with the PICU environment and skilled at coordination of services...

 Careers in Nursing: Certified Nurse Midwife
Nursing Spectrum
What is a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)?  This profile article addresses scope of practice, employment settings, educational requirements, professional benefits/drawbacks and more.


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 Interpreting Arterial Blood Gas Results
If information about acid-base balance is to be useful we need to know how to interpret arterial blood gases (ABGs) so we can intervene rapidly when the body is unable to restore a normal acid-base balance in the face of an overwhelming derangement. This tutorial covers everything you need to know about evaluating ABG values.

 EKG Tutorial
This tutorial covers the theoretical basis of the EKG, cardiac depolarization and repolarization sequence, introduction to the leads and an explanation of the QRS mean electrical axis.

 Hemodynamics for the Bedside Nurse
Nursing Spectrum
The goal of this online program is to provide knowledge about hemodynamics and appropriate therapeutic interventions for preload and afterload.

 Electrolytes: Maintaining the Internal Seas in Harmony
Emergency Nursing World
Need a primer on electrolytes?  This article offers a concise, practical approach to electrolyte balance and an overview of common presentations of dehydration and abnormal levels of sodium and potassium.

 Neurological Emergencies
This is a page devoted to common neurological emergencies encountered in both hospital and office settings. Covering the likes of coma, subarachnoid hemorrhage and cervical spinal cord injuries, it aims to help you identify, diagnose, and initiate appropriate interventions in neurologic emergencies.


An Adventure in Nursing Care
Review by Stephanie Thibeault, The Student Nurse Forum

If this isn't the neatest thing on the internet for student nurses, I don't know what is.  The Adventure in Nursing Care website is a clinical simulation that assigns you complete responsibility for the (virtual) care of your patient, Mrs. Mary Soto.  The simulation takes you "on various paths, some to elicit your knowledge, some to challenge your nursing judgements and actions, and some to examine your prioritization of care. All paths will ask you to utilize the nursing process and to perform critical thinking skills."

Get report, meet your patient, perform assessment, monitor vitals and input/output, handle your first "crisis."  Review physician orders (can you spot the one that's incorrect?), identify correct procedures for IVs, medication administration and IM injections.  Evaluate the results of Mrs. Soto's lab values, prioritize your care and develop outcomes.  Great fun and educational!

Developed by Marsha Garfinkel and Capital Community College, this site is a must-visit for nursing students - check it out!

Adventure in Nursing Care


This month, The Student Nurse Advisor offers some tips for giving presentations:
DO consciously lower the tone of your voice - it enhances your credibility
DO slow down your speed - breathe slower, speak slower and use pauses
DO adjust your body language - use larger, slower gestures when addressing large groups; use smaller, quicker gestures when addressing small groups
DON'T mistake shouting for projection - speak clearly, from the diaphragm


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Wisdom from the ER

1.    All fevers will eventually come back to normal on the way to room temperature.
2.    Uncommon manifestations of common diseases are more common than are uncommon diseases.
3.    In nursing, always remember never to say always and never.
4.    It doesn't matter what you do as long as it's right.
5.    Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
6.    If nothing has gone wrong, you've obviously don't understand the situation.
7.    The patient will be alright if he is okay.
8.    The pain will go away when it stops hurting.
9.    All bleeding stops.
10.  Remember, "Toast always falls jelly-side down."

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