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The Student Nurse Advisor - Volume I, Issue 3 - February 15, 2001

The Student Nurse Advisor

The #1 E-Zine for Nursing Students!

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

Special Report:  Infectious Disease in the 21st Century
Best Practice News:
Featured Articles:
Guest Articles:
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 SPECIAL REPORT:  Infectious Disease in the 21st Century

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 Emerging Infectious Diseases
National Institute for Nursing Research
Responding to the growing threat of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and the gaps in current research, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) invited an interdisciplinary team to help shape the nursing research agenda and determine how nursing might contribute to control of EIDs.

 Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
An interdisciplinary task force, led by the CDC, NIH and FDA, has developed a comprehensive action plan to combat the emerging threat of antimicrobial resistance.  The plan designates priorities, identifies responsible agencies and creates timelines for coordinated federal actions to address this issue.

 CDC Announces New Prevention Approach to Help Cut U.S. HIV Infections in Half
Centers for Disease Control
At the 8th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Chicago, February 4-7, 2001, the
CDC presented SAFE, a serostatus approach to fighting the HIV epidemic, which focuses on intensive prevention outreach and services to individuals living with HIV.

 Europe Celebrates an Historical Milestone Towards Polio-Free Certification
The World Health Organization
Precisely two years have now elapsed since the last reported case of poliomyelitis occurred in the WHO European Region.  Thanks to the coordinated effort of public health workers, bilateral agencies and international partners, this milestone places Europe firmly on track towards becoming fully certified as a polio-free region by 2002.

 The Year 2020:  For the First Time in History, Infectious Disease Will Not be the
Primary Cause of Death Worldwide
Stephanie Thibeault, The Student Nurse Forum
Throughout human history, infectious disease has caused more deaths than all battles, wars and natural disasters combined.  By 2020 however, infectious diseases will be replaced as the number one killers of mankind by heart disease, depression and car accidents.  Learn what is contributing to the decline of infectious diseases' impact and the rise of these emerging world-wide killers.


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 Nurses Concerned Over Working Conditions, Decline in Quality of Care, ANA Survey Reveals
American Nurses Association
America's registered nurses (RNs) feel that deteriorating working conditions have led to a decline in the quality of nursing care, according to findings of a national survey hosted by the American Nurses Association (ANA). 75% of nurses surveyed feel the quality of nursing care at the facility in which they work has declined over the past two years, 56% believe that the time they have available for patient care has decreased and over 54% would not recommend their profession to their children or their friends.

 Strategies to Reverse the 'New' Nursing Shortage
National League for Nursing
Asserting that the "new" nursing shortage is "very real and very different from any experienced in the past," four venerable nursing associations, representing virtually all of the nurses, nurse administrators and nurse educators in the United States, have assembled research and trend data indicating the situation is serious and "will grow more serious over the next 20 years." The associations, organized as the Tri-Council, propose a sweeping set of recommendations for changes or enhancements in education, work environment, legislation and regulation, technology, research and data collection, aimed at attracting and retaining nursing professionals.


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 Researching on the Web
Stephanie Thibeault, The Student Nurse Forum
Nursing school involves a lot of research. It's impossible to subscribe to ALL the medical and nursing journals. Additionally, research in the library can be extremely time-consuming and hard to schedule, especially if you have a family at home. When pressed with homework deadlines, how does one find the information needed as quickly and efficiently as possible?

 How to Evaluate Medical Information on the Internet
Food & Drug Administration
Consumers are using the Internet to get information about health. How reliable is this information? That's not an easy question to answer.


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 The Interview, Part II
Pat Mahan,
In this second article about the interview, Pat takes a look at questions recruiters typically ask applicants. Based on these questions, the recruiter will be able to make at least five major judgements about an you: Are you a team player? Do you have aptitude for the job? Do you have empathy & compassion?  Do you have integrity & honesty?  How are your communication skills?


The Complete JALor Student System
Review by Stephanie Thibeault, The Student Nurse Forum

OK folks, here is a wonderful kit for nursing students heading into clinicals - The Complete JALor Student System.  The kit comes with two quick-reference guides (Physical Assessment and Basic Medication and Fluid Administration), plus a pack of 100 clinical worksheets and a pack of 50 pre-clinical patient research sheets.  The quick-reference guides are durable, laminated, and are small enough to fit into your uniform pocket while doing clinicals.  Packed with great information, these booklets are color-coded and easy-to-use.  The worksheets are a unique feature I have not seen before  - they are designed so you can quickly organize patient information in the clinical area to facilitate documentation and report - and they really do cover all the bases.  The Complete JALor Student System lives up to its name, providing all the essential ingredients needed to help nursing students thrive in clinicals.  The kit is normally $39.95, but thanks to, you can get 15% off by entering the Medi-Smart discount code (MS2000)! To order the Complete JALor Student System, visit Medi-Smart or JALor Medical References

Internet Self-Assessment in Phamarcology
Review by Stephanie Thibeault, The Student Nurse Forum

ISAP, Internet Self-Assessment in Pharmacology, is a website that offers an integrated self-study guide in pharmacology. It includes the following modules: lecture outlines, pharmacologic information concerning approximately 300 drugs (in the form of online drug information cards), and exam questions with explanations and grading summaries for each student. Although registration is required, access to this service is FREE to all educational users and interested health care providers throughout the world. Registration does NOT require you to provide your name, just your e-mail address. This site is amazing, and an invaluable resource for nursing students trying to get through the pharmacology course.  Visit the Internet Self-Assessment in Pharmacology and see for yourself...browse as a guest or, since its free anyway, go ahead and register.  This is one site I will be back to again and again!


This month, The Student Nurse Advisor offers some tips on how to thrive in clinicals:
Whether you donít know how to make a bed or have been an EMT for years, remember everyone begins clinicals as different levels of experience. Focus on where you are going, what you will learn - not on how much (or little) you know now.
If you have trouble remembering protocols, lab values or even your patientís name, write them down on index cards and keep them in your pocket. The more you use them, the more you study them.
If you donít know how to do a procedure, look it up, check the protocols, ask for help. Instructors would rather be "bothered" walking you through the procedure than fixing the mess or hearing the complaints if you do something wrong.


NEW!  Scholarship Information Page

There are many options available to help fund nursing student education at all levels. The best funding sources are scholarships, which are grants that do not have to be paid back. There are literally hundreds of such scholarships out there, at the local, state and national level.  Finding the right scholarships to match your educational goals and background, however, can be very time-consuming.  To better assist nursing students, The Student Nurse Forum has developed a new section devoted to nursing scholarship programs.  We have broken down the listings into national, state and international programs.  This section will be under constant update - while it is not a complete listing (that would be nearly impossible), we will be adding more and more scholarships as we find them, and hope to eventually have one of the most comprehensive listings of nursing scholarships available on the web.  Get started now looking for scholarships to help pay for your education - visit the Scholarships page on The Student Nurse Forum!


Medical Bloopers
The following statements were found on patient's charts during a review of medical records. These statements were written by various health care professionals:
"The patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch."
"I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy."
"The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as stockbroker instead."
"When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room."
"By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped and he was feeling better."
"Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year."
"On the second day knee was better; on the third day it had completely disappeared."  
"Discharge status: Alive but without permission. Patient needs disposition; therefore we will get Dr. Blank to dispose of him."
"The patient refused an autopsy."
"The patient has no past history of suicides."
"Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital."
"Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities."
"Patient's history is insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past 3 days."
"The patient left the hospital feeling much better except for her original complaints."
"She is numb from her toes down."

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