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Saturday, June 09, 2007

PinoyBSN Post-Board Exam Unwind EB!!!!

Where : SM NORTH EDSA Foodcourt
When : June 11, 2007 2:00 P.M to 3:00 P.M Waiting time
Budget : 500 Pesos

Unwind Unwind future board passers :) Attend the EB kahit first time nyo lang we really welcome new faces :p Goodluck and Godbless!

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Budek's Last minute 10 TIPS For the June Board Examination

10. Accept the fact that you can never know everything. Therefore, once you see an unfamiliar question that was never been taught, use your test taking strategies.

9. If you are in Test I, II, III, and IV and you are being asked to prioritize, Use ABC first and then Maslow's Hierarchy of needs.

8. The use of your nursing process is heralded by the word: "The Nurse Would or The nurse's initial action" Remember to Assess first before intervening. If the situation and the question already assessed the patient, then proceed with the next step.

7. Encircle your modifiers. Some people make mistakes because of failure to see the word, "EXCEPT" or "NOT" or "INAPPROPRIATE"

6. Use your questionnaires as your scratch. You can write anything on that paper. If you will skip a number, place an asterisk or encircle the number.

5. DO NOT USE BLUNT PENCIL. Always use a sharp one and shade lightly. A sharpened pencil will give a very dark shade even if you will shade it lightly. Use the sides of the pencil not the tip. Use MONGOL NUMBER 2 ONLY. Some brands especially those made in china pencils are substandard. The machine will check the lead. If you are INCONSISTENT with your shading like an altering dark and light shades, you will FAIL the boards because of technicalities.

4. In your NP I, Remember to master these topics : The levels of prevention, 3 way bottle system, Chest physiotherapy and Postural drainage,Nursing process, Managerial process, Managerial leadership style, Patterns of Nursing care, Knowing your Independent and Dependent variable, The exact arrangement of the research process as well as research design [qualitative and quantitative] , RA 9173, The PRC and the BON Power and responsibilities as stipulated in RA 9173, The nurse's code of ethics, Nursing ethical principles like your benificence, non maleficence, prudence, justice, etc. Delegation and prioritization [Staff nurse will report to headnurse and then supervisor] Therapeutic communication, always answer "You seem afraid or upset"The complications of Immobility like your atelectasis, pneumonia and deep vein thrombosis and also your crimes related to nursing and the circumstances of the crimes, Blood transfusion [Blood is never routinely warmed] and IV Fluids and your IV Therapy, which are isotonic, hypo and hypertonic, The complications associated with IV therapy like Phlebitis and Infiltration.

3. In your NP II, Remember the following : Stages of labor, The causes of bleeding during pregnancy in the first, second and third trimester, Anesthesia during labor and interventions when the client is in PACU, IMCI Pneumonia, Diarrhea, Malaria and Measles especially the breathing cut off according to age [ Eg. 60 for under 2 months ], Acute/Chronic cutoff [Acute diarrhea and ear infection under 14 days] The interventions for CHILD A, B and C, The world health organization programs, Breastfeeding and Attachment, Heat loss of neonates, Characteristic of toddlers in communicating [ Negativistic, Give option, Asking too many questions] .Leukemia and other hematologic diseases of the child, Newborn screening and the different diagnostic examinations for the female client and neonate especially your Amniocentesis, Sonogram and Leopold's maneuver. Study Pregnancy induce hypertension.

2. In your III and IV, Master the following topics : Burns, Classification of Burns and Nursing Diagnosis for Burns, Drug use in burns [Silver Sulfadiazine], Electrolyte changes in burn [Hyperkalemia, Hyponatermia]. The WHO Pain ladder scale, Pain medications especially Demerol and Morphine, Pancreatitis, Cholecystitis, Hepatitis, Diabetes Milletus, Hyperkalemia, Hypokalemia, Hypo and Hypercalcemia ECG Changes in your fluid and electrolye imbalances as well as in your Myocardial Infarction, Pharmacologic and Non pharmacologic pain medications, HIV/AIDS Psychosocial managements, Pneumonia, Tuberculosis and Leprosy especially knowing which are the late and early signs of leprosy. Study Blood transfusion, Breast cancer and Colon cancer and the management and care of client's with colostomy. Study perioperative nursing and the complications following anesthesia, PACU Monitoring, Activities in the operating room, The aseptic technique, the functions of a srub and circulating nurse. Diabetes Milletus type 1, Insulin administration and monitoring for hypoglycemia, S/S of hypoglycemia, Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism, PTU, Lugol's,Tapazole/Methimazole, Acute and chronic renal failure, Dialysis, AGN, Rheumathoid and Ostearthritis, Bell's Palsy and Trigeminal neuralgia, Leukemia and Hematologic disorders especially Anemia. Blood transfusion reaction and the nursing actions during blood transfusion reaction. Anticancer drugs especially Oncovin, Prednisone, Adriamycin and Cytoxan. Study radiation and chemotherapy and their usual side effects [Skin burn, redness, do not wet radiation mark]. Mammography, BSE, TSE, DRE, Prostate and Colon cancer, Changes that occurs during elderly, Bladder, Colon and Cervical cancer Diagnostic examination/CEA,Proctosigmoidoscopy,Biopsy,Pap smear.

1. In your Test V study the following : Anxiety and anxiety disorders, The level of anxiety and your anxiolytics, Schizophrenia : Paranoid type and Catatonic type and your nursing interventions for these clients as well as your priority nursing diagnosis. Depression and your antidepressants, Mania, Personality disorders especially your Antisocial, Borderline and Paranoid. The defense mechanism use for different types of disorders and the priority NURSING DIAGNOSIS for each psychiatric disorders, Antipsychotic drugs its side effects and nursing intervention for each side effects. Electroconvulsive therapy, Thought process disturbance manifestation such as Clang Association, Pressured speech, Thought blocking, Word salad, perseveration etc. etc. Alteration in perception and thought like hallucination and delusion. Types of delusions eg. religious and persecutory. Activities and diet as well as nursing diagnosis for a client with Mania, Depressed and Alzhemiers/Dementia patient, Eating disorders and the treatments of choice [ Behavior therapy for Anorexia, Psychotheapy for the PDs, Cognitive for depression ] Always answer "STAY WITH THE CLIENT" especially if the question is about anxiety disorders and panic attacks. Always choose an option that will encourage verbalization of feelings, never answer an option with the word WHY.

Study your counter transference and your transference, Glaucoma, Cataract and crutch/cane walking. The principles of body mechanics, cranial nerve functioning and how to assess them as well as their disturbances especially Bells and Trigemnal Neuralgia. Meniere's disease, Delirum, Dementia, CVA/Stroke pathophysiology and Factors.

Goodluck to the June 2007 examinees.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Point System’s Future Impact on Foreign Nurses and other Potential Immigrants

From: National Foundation For American Policy

By: Stuart Anderson


Foreign nurses, vital to addressing America’s nursing shortage in the midst of an aging U.S. population, would be unlikely to gain entry to the United States under the immigration point system contained in S. 1348, the Senate immigration bill. Other categories of professionals and skilled individuals are also unlikely to become immigrants under the new – and perhaps inappropriately named – “merit” visas. Internationally renowned actors, athletes, physicians in rural areas, factory managers, certain executives and possibly even Nobel Prize winners may all be left out due to fundamental flaws in the legislation.

The most serious flaws are insufficient annual limits and mandating an immigration system skewed toward “paper” qualifications. The bill’s language contains ambiguity with regards to such basic questions as to whether points will be awarded for the intended occupation in the United States and what happens when applicants apply in excess of the annual limits. Under one interpretation of the bill a Nobel Prize winner would be better off with a job offer from McDonald’s than MIT. How the per country limits in the bill operate in practice will determine whether even individuals who score among the highest will be able to gain permanent residence. If 100,000 people from India score 80 or higher under the system but 1,000 individuals from Luxembourg score 40 or less, would the 1,000 people from Luxembourg gain a visa while most of the potential Indian immigrants are denied?

Family members of U.S. citizens, including the adult children and siblings the bill would no longer permit to be sponsored, are exceedingly unlikely to gain admission, despite the assurances of the bill’s supporters. In fact, it would be misleading for anyone to claim the point system, as structured in the Senate bill, would allow the entry of adult children of U.S. citizens. The number of people applying under the point system will be far in excess of those annually permitted, leaving foreign nurses and other potential immigrants on the outside of America looking in. Based just on the individuals expected to work on temporary visas and those already waiting for green cards, the oversubscription to the point system should easily reach 1 million people within 5 years of the bill’s passage.

If the point system in S. 1348 became law, then no employer in America can be assured that a valued employee or prospective new hire would become a legal immigrant and be able to stay permanently in the United States. Employers need certainty, as one immigration specialist notes, and this bill does not provide it. Upturning the entire legal immigration system on the basis of a backroom deal designed to pass a controversial bill is an enormous gamble for the nation. It is not a risk worth taking.

If the Senate CIR Bill is passed, this will be the new U.S. policy regarding foreign workers.

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U.S. Faces Critical Nurse Shortage

From: National Public Radio

"The demand for nurses is soaring, but it isn't easy to get into nursing school these days because there aren't enough teachers."

The demand for nurses is expected to outstrip the number coming out of nursing schools in the coming years, as some 80 million baby-boomers near retirement age.

Although applications to nursing schools are up 40 percent from a decade ago, there aren't enough educators to train them.

Nursing educators are on average even older than their RN colleagues, and half of them are expected to retire within the decade.

At Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Jean Cabral, 58, has been an intensive care nurse for more than 30 years. Last year, however, she injured her shoulder while trying to lift a patient.

"We are doing more for patients than we ever did before and there's only so much a body can do in 8 to 12 hour shift," she said. "This accident has given me an alarm bell; I'm not sure how long my body is going to last working in this tough environment."

Cabral has decided to try teaching. But recently she's had to take a 25 percent pay cut and isn't sure she will continue.

Nurses who get a higher degree can make a lot more money nursing than they can teaching. They are also choosing other higher paying jobs in biotech, insurance and the pharmaceutical industry.

"Why would I want to be an educator when my salary is 50 percent of my colleague who is VP of nursing in the local hospital?" asks Mary Jane Williams, who teaches nursing at the University of Hartford.

There's a lack of nurse educators in both the classroom and on the hospital floor. This has caused a bottleneck and most nursing programs have long waiting lists. In 2005, 147,000 qualified applicants were turned away from U.S. nursing schools.

"We're thriving, but we're also overwhelmed by trying to meet the demand for our school," said Judy Shindul Rothschild, a professor at the Boston College School of Nursing.

Last year, Boston College turned away 650 applicants to its nursing schools. This year, the college doubled its class size but, like most nursing programs, is struggling to find faculty.

"We beg, borrow and steal," Rothschild said. "Boston College is trying to come up with all sorts of benefits for our clinical faculty to entice them – football tickets, hockey tickets. I'm not above scrounging for anything to entice people because the money is not terrific."

Schools have raised faculty salaries in an effort to compete with more lucrative industry jobs.

Several states are also trying to address the issue, but the White House wants to cut federal aid to nursing schools. Many see this as a shortsighted plan.

"We are not going to forever have all this interest in nursing," said Peter Buerhaus, a professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University.

"The more we turn people away, the less likely they are to come back next year. We're not talking about a lot of money, were talking at most $1 billion, which is decimal dust," he said.

Even if the U.S. manages to train more nurses, the federal government estimates there will need to be a 90 percent increase in the number of nurse graduates to meet the demand.

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