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The Student Nurse Advisor - Volume 2, Issue 3 - March 15, 2002

The Student Nurse Advisor

The #1 E-Zine for Nursing Students!

Welcome to the March, 2002 issue of The Student Nurse Advisor, your first source for nursing articles, topical news and student resources!

Congratulations! to Christine R. of Athens, GA, our February Student Nurse Challenge winner!  Christine is the winner of an ID Tag Necklace from Take the Student Nurse Challenge for the month of March and be entered to win a portable Conversion Chart from Conversions Made Easy!

Erase the Hate: The Truth About Racism in Nursing
Closing the Gap
Mirroring Our Diversity
Up to the Challenge: Nurses with Disabilities
Men in Nursing
For the Good of the Public: Public Health Nursing
Prison Break: Correctional Nursing
Military Nurses Aboard the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship
Hemodynamics Waveform Tutorial
Antibiotics Attack Tutorial
Top 10 Ways to Communicate Effectively with the Elderly
Drug Interactions with Medications and Food
Tips for Keeping Your Kids Occupied While You Study
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 SPECIAL REPORT:  Minorities in Nursing

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Erase the Hate: The Truth About Racism in Nursing
“Racism has taken on many forms throughout nursing history,” says Louie. “People lived through it, and others changed their mores and attitudes. As nurses, we have to be among those who raise the bar. First, we must try to understand each other.”

Closing the Gap
Minorities make up about 25 percent of the U.S. population, but only about 10 percent work as healthcare professionals. Many believe that disparity is hurting access to health care for minorities, and that the gap is bound to widen as the nation becomes more ethnically diverse in the next decade.

Mirroring Our Diversity
Nursing Spectrum
When we look into a mirror, we expect to see our own image reflected. But when we compare America’s demographics to those of our profession, the mirror image is askew, for our nursing population does not reflect that of our country. The overwhelming majority of students in today’s baccalaureate nursing programs are female (91%), and from nonminority groups (73.5%), while our country’s minority group population is quickly nearing 33%.

Up to the Challenge: Nurses with Disabilities
American Nurse
Nurses with disabilities overcome legal, social and mental hurdles to flourish in their careers.

Men in Nursing
“Times and rules have changed a lot since I was first in nursing school back in the ’60s,” recalls Eddie Hebert, R.N., B.S.N., director of nurses at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Houma, La. “However, many of the prejudices which males faced back then are still with us today.


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For the Good of the Public: Public Health Nursing
The American Nurse
Families are referred to Pat Anderson, a public health nurse, when their children's blood tests reveal high levels of lead, which can cause developmental problems if gone untreated. The main culprit, according to the registered nurse, is the peeling, lead-based paint that gets onto the hands and into the mouths of young children.

Prison Break: Correctional Nursing
Kevin Connor, RN, a certified correctional health professional, enjoys treating inmates who often have never been to a physician and are particularly grateful for medical help. He also thrives on the challenge of working in an environment where nurses make the majority of decisions-not physicians.

Military Nurses Aboard the "USNS Mercy" Hospital Ship
Stepping aboard the USNS Mercy isn’t exactly like boarding the Love Boat, but it’s definitely fascinating that a floating hospital can be fully operational, treating hundreds of patients in tight quarters, while the ship rides out the ocean’s wrath.


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Hemodynamic Waveforms Tutorial
University of Tasmania
Hemodynamics is the study of the dynamic behavior of blood. Traditionally, because pressure is easier to measure than flow in the cardiovascular system, it has been pressure which has undergone the more intensive study. This tutorial starts at a basic level and provides illustrated examples to help you learn to appreciate haemodynamic waveforms.

Antibiotics Attack Tutorial
Antibiotics Attack is a tutorial designed to give any student background information on antibiotics, their function, and their targets. This multimedia presentation includes five major chapters that cover bacteria, antibiotic structure, pathways of attack, penicillin, and antibiotic resistance. Shockwave animations are integrated with diagrams and text.

Top 10 Ways to Communicate Effectively with the Elderly
It is estimated that approximately one third of Americans between the age of 65 to 75 and about one half of those 85 years and older have some type of hearing deficit. These deficits lead this population to avoid certain social situations, miss words in conversation, and not take part in activities previously enjoyed, such as concerts. The article includes tips for facilitating conversation with the hearing impaired older adult.

Drug Interactions with Medications and Food
Nursing Spectrum
The goal of this online program is to update nurses’ clinical knowledge of drug interactions commonly experienced by patients.

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Occupied While You Study
Returning to school can be both an exhilarating and scary proposition. The excitement of learning new things and meeting interesting people is often tempered by the fear of the unknown. Students with children have a special set of concerns. They often wonder: How will I manage to spend enough time on my studies while ensuring that I still have time for my kids?


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Review by Stephanie Thibeault, The Student Nurse Forum

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This month, The Student Nurse Advisor offers reader-submitted tips for staying organized in clinicals:

From Tabitha C. of Niceville, FL:
Wow! This one is easy (the only easy thing about nursing school!). I have a couple of leather (or wanna-be leather) folders that have the legal pads inside them. They generally have a pocket on one side/pad of paper on the other. Put a clip (heavy duty) or slide a clipboard on one side to hold all of those forms with pertinent pt info on them... and take your notes on the pad of paper. I call it my brain! I carry it everywhere I go... Hope this helps!

From Cherrie G. of Richmond, IN:
Have copies of paperwork with you when you research clients prior to clinicals. You can just fill in the blanks as you go along.

From Connie of Portage, IN:
Well where do I start..hum....first, I created little cheat sheets that I carry around with one for head to toe assessment...small enough to fit into my little notebook. I check diseases and illnesses according to the hospital floor in my disease book beforehand to have a heads up. And ASK ASK ASK questions, most nurses I've run into love to share their knowledge and are a wealth of info for the students. Last of all follow your instincts and your heart....good luck to us all.

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Student Nurse Errors and the Law

Even student nurses need to be concerned about liability.  Your best defense is to know the law, perform to the standard of care and to always be conscious of situations that may be unsafe for your patients.  Consider this case study documented by Legal Eagle Eye Newsletter for the Nursing Profession:

A nursing student's negligence resulted in the fall and injury of patient during transfer. The student nurse had read the patient’s chart and knew the patient had weakness and an unsteady gait. Nonetheless, the student nurse helped her up from the commode, then walked away and left the patient standing with her walker in the bathroom, while the student nurse propped the door hinge open and adjusted her wheelchair, expecting the patient to walk to the wheelchair on her own to transfer with assistance. The patient took a step forward, fell backward and was injured.

A nursing student at this student’s level had the training and should have been able to care for this patient. The student nurse testified she had received training to assist patients with ambulation and transfer. The nursing student’s preceptor testified the patient needed someone close with her at a safe distance at all times to ambulate.  Who was liable for this patient injury?  The student nurse?  The school of nursing?  The healthcare facility?  Find out on our Nursing Law page!


Top 10 Signs That This Case Has Been Going WAY Too Long...

10. You start making crank calls from the phone in the operating room.

9. You figure out how to reprogram the new EKG monitor and have now set a new world record score for Pong.

8. Using discarded glove wrappers and saline bottles, you have created a mixed media replica of the Eiffel Tower.

7. You page the nursing supervisor to the OR STAT, and when she runs into the department, tell her you need her to get a hamburger and fries for each member of the scrub team *note--they REALLY hate it when you do that*

6. You vow that you will smash the CD player with a traction weight if you have to listen to the surgeon's favorite CD one more time.

5. You have a paper airplane war with anesthesia, using parts of the old chart.

4. Suddenly, anesthesia's jokes are actually FUNNY.

3. You turn the thermostat up to 80 degrees just to see if it will get the surgeon to operate any faster.

2. You invent a new game called "specimen, specimen, who's got the specimen?"

1. You come up with a humor list called Top Ten Signs That This Case Has Been Going WAY Too Long!

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