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June 2008 





What's New in Education

Ohio Laws and Rules
Latex Allergy: More Than Skin Deep
Childhood Asthma


New Hope for Diabetics: Islet Transplants
Tics: An Important Diagnostic Tool?


Headlines in Health

Salmonella Outbreak
Pressure Ulcers: Involving Patients in Their Own Care

Clinical Insights

Creating a Supportive Environment for Your Patients
Caring for Cancer Survivors

Featured Jobs

Job Opportunities Across the Country




 Special  Announcements 

We've Listened 


By Karen Siroky, RN, MSN, senior director of education 


We’ve been listening to our readers, and what we hear is the need for more information about professional environment. However, the term "professional environment" can be interpreted in different ways-–it can relate to the workplace or to the profession itself. Read more


 Career Corner:  

Take Your Career on the Road

Are you curious about travel nursing--the benefits, how it works, if it's for you? has partnered with six of the top travel companies, and you complete just one application to apply to one or all of our partners. Learn what assignments and other benefits they can offer and how they can best help you meet your personal and professional goals. Read more 

 • Access Jobs, Articles, Advice Forums and More!

Are you interested in rating and reviewing facilities, schools and cities? Would you like to explore jobs across the nation? Meet nurses in your area? If so, check out NurseConnect--a professional networking site for nurses. It's free. And, it's a great resource for staying informed. Take a tour now!


 Featured Site  

NursesRx: Travel Nursing Customized for You

When you travel with NursesRx, you receive personal service you won't find with any other travel nurse staffing agency. At NursesRx, we understand what a healthcare professional looks for, and we do everything we can to make your travel career enriching and rewarding. How? By offering thousands of assignments in all 50 states, providing industry-leading recruiters and service staff and offering our excellent benefits and incentive programs. We think you'll see why travel nursing is a great way to enhance your nursing career! Read more



 Featured Jobs 

Short-term, Quick-start Assignments

ICU | Apply Now!
District of Columbia
$38/hour & great benefits

PCU | Apply Now!
$40/hour & great benefits

ER | Apply Now!
$39/hour & great benefits

MS | Apply Now! 
$35/hour & great benefits

OR | Apply Now! 
$40/hour & great benefits


13 Week Travel Assignments

ER | Apply Now!
Brooklyn, NY
$35 - $36/hour & great benefits

L&D | Apply Now!
Las Vegas, NV
$33 - $37/hour & great benefits

PACU | Apply Now!
Springfield, IL
$31 - $34/hour & great benefits

ICU | Apply Now!
Columbia, SC
$30 - $32/hour & great benefits

TELE | Apply Now!
Bakersfield, CA
$33 - $36/hour & great benefits







Have you have had a chance to check out our new course format? The layout is much more interactive and has a nice visual appeal. In the month of May, we updated these courses:

Ohio Laws and Rules
This one contact hour continuing education course for nurses provides information to help the clinician adhere to safe practices in the state of Ohio. 
View course content

Latex Allergy: More Than Skin Deep
This three contact hour course discusses latex risk factors as well as the growing number of individuals allergic to latex. The course identifies the characteristics of people most at risk for latex allergy and how to minimize your own risk of developing latex allergy. View course content 

We also added one new course: 

 Childhood Asthma
This two contact hour continuing education course for nurses describes the signs and symptoms of asthma in children and explores methods used to diagnose and treat asthma. View course content



By Robin Varela, RN, BSN, content specialist 

A New Hope for Diabetics: Islet Transplants

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) approximately five to ten percent of the nearly 21 million diabetics in the United States are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (formerly known as insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile onset diabetes). Read more 

Tics: An Important Diagnostic Tool?


Are you familiar with Tourette Syndrome and how it is diagnosed? The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that Tourette Syndrome is an inherited, neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements (called motor tics), and uncontrollable vocalizations (called vocal or phonic tics). A tic is defined as a sudden rapid, recurrent, non-rhythmic, stereotyped motor movement or vocalization. Read more



By Robin Varela, RN, BSN, content specialist 

Salmonella Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported on an ongoing multi-state outbreak of salmonella serotype Saintpaul infection. Investigations by the Texas and New Mexico Departments of Health, and the Indian Health Service have identified that consumption of raw Roma or red round tomatoes is most likely the source. Read more

Pressure Ulcers: Involving Patients in Their Own Care

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) nurses and other healthcare professionals can help to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers by involving patients in their own care. Read more



By Robin Varela, RN, BSN, content specialist 

Creating a Supportive Environment for Your Patients

According to The Joint Commission (TJC), a supportive atmosphere that preserves a patient’s dignity is one of the many ways to help patients feel as comfortable as possible during a stressful hospital admission. Read more

Caring for Cancer Survivors

Do you miss the flexibility and strength of those latex gloves you used to wear? Well, a modified type of latex will soon be back. According to a recently released report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a company in Arizona has started production on gloves made with latex proteins from the guayule bush. Read more




Online Healthcare Education is Attainable for Busy, Working Professionals 

Did you know that your travel nursing company has joined forces with University Alliance Online to help you further your education?  Not only will you benefit from a quality education from real brick and mortar schools, you will also be able to access the nation’s leading education from the convenience and comfort of your home.  The schools that work with University Alliance have real campuses and have chosen to utilize University Alliance’s technological expertise to bring their academics to online students worldwide.  You have a choice of associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as certificate courses such as Six Sigma, management or leadership.  If you are an RN looking to earn a bachelor’s degree, Jacksonville University’s online RN to BSN program offers great benefits including a 10 percent tuition discount, 30 free credits and the flexibility to graduate when you want.  You may be eligible for your travel company’s tuition reimbursement program. Earning a degree while working has never been more convenient. Click here for more information.