N.E.T. to Critical Care

Written by kimmel52 on June 7, 2009 – 12:36 pm



Nursing is an exciting field. Many would be nurses entertain the idea of going into critical care nursing. The first thing that the potential nurse must do however is to pass the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST, THE N.E.T., THE TEAS-ATT OR THE HESI. These exams are crucial to get entrance into any nursing school program. So one of the first things that a potential nursing student must do is to prepare. It is good to learn about nursing as much as possible. Studying for the NURSE ENTRANCE TEST will help prepare the students critical thinking skills as well as test their knowledge of anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry and English Grammar. Students can feel assured that they are studying the right materials when using the online program at the Nurses Learning Center.
Critical care nurse practitioners, or Acute Care Nurse Practitioners(ACNPs) help assess and manage acutely ill patients with the physicians supervision. Within the inpatient/hospital setting and across hospital-to-clinic settings, including the emergency department, intensive care unit, specialty labs, acute care wards, specialty clinics or any combination of the above, critical care nurse practitioners are vital in assisting patients to improved health. ACNPs diagnose and treat medical conditions, and some ACNPs provide direct patient management from admission to discharge in collaboration with the physician and other health care team members. They are not yet allowed in the state of Michigan to operate as an independent practitioner. Nurse Practitioners still must have a physician who is oversees and monitors their work, such a writing prescriptions and assessing patients. Many ACNPs have a good working relationship with the physicians. In most cases an agreement between the physician and the nurse practitioner is entered into so as to facilitate the job description and duties of the nurse practitioner. Generally, the doctor knows the ACNP and places their trust in their judgment. Nurse Practitioners in critical care have a masters level education with a specialization in trauma or emergency care from an accredited institution of higher learning. ACNPs also may continue to follow the patient into the outpatient setting to ensure successful transition after discharge and complete resolution of transition needs. The nations complex health care system is becoming increasingly focused on the care of the acute or critically ill patient, and acute care nurse practitioners are becoming a critical component of successful health care today.
To learn more about how to first prepare for a career in nursing, by first passing the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST, just go to the Nurses Learning Center. The author Nancy Kimmel has written The N.E.T. Study Guide, and has has tutored many students to success as nurses. An Registered Nurse in the State of Michigan, Professor Kimmel continues to be an educator and now has her own school.

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Pass The Nursing Entrance Test, and be an Acute Care Nurse

Written by kimmel52 on June 7, 2009 – 12:07 pm

Being a nurse is a wonderful career. You are a helper and a caregiver. Your first step before embarking on this wonderful career is to first pass THE NURSING ENTRANCE TEST. This is the test of all tests that decide whether or not you will get into nursing school. This means that even though you may hold a 4.0 GPA, if you don’t pass THE NURSING ENTRANCE TEST, then you won’t get into nursing school and become the acute care nurse that you want to be.
There are several steps that you must go through before you can pass THE NURSING ENTRANCE TEST. The first step is to ascertain which NURSING ENTRANCE TEST is being offered at the nursing school which you are planning to attend. The tests that are usually offered include one of the following, either the N.E.T., THE HESI, or the TEAS-ATT. It is not enough that you pass these tests, but you must pass with a sufficiently high enough score to be able to gain entrance into nursing school by being placed on the waiting list. The one thing that is so hard for students today, is to think that they will have to wait up to 5 years to gain entry into the nursing program. If it means that you have to have a high score, then begin studying today at the nurses learning center All of the information that you will need to pass the NURSING ENTRANCE TESTS is contained in this online testing site. Here the student can feel confident that when they read about becoming an acute care nurse, that their dreams have a solid foundation of coming to reality.
The author of this online software program is the author of The NET Study Guide in Michigan, is an Registered Nurse and has her own school.

Acute care nurses provide care for patients suffering from acute conditions including heart attacks, respiratory distress syndrome, or shock. These types of patients must be monitored very closely with vital signs checked every fifteen to thirty minutes. This is why nurses in critical or acute care only have two to three patients at the most. Patients in acute care are centrally located near the nurses station so that at a moments notice all staff can assist in an emergency situation. Normally there is always a physician present. The physician is able to write orders as the condition of the patient changes from moment to moment, thereby saving precious time from nurses having to call or page a doctor. Acute care nursing is not for every nurse. The job entails quick decision making, and a thorough knowledge of physiology and experienced nursing skills. There is also a very high stress level emotionally. Dealing with the grief of family members can become very draining to nurses as well as doctors. While the majority of patients are able to leave acute care and go to medical surgical floors or step down units, however, there are those that do not survive. It is the acute care nurse who is usually the first person that the family sees when they arrive. The acute care nurses are special people, and many say that they love what they do. They also care for pre- and post- operative patients, and may perform advanced, invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. They may serve as administrators, case managers, patient and staff educators, policy makers, and researchers in this field. Acute care nurses can administer in emergency rooms, operating rooms, walk in clinics, doctor’s offices, critical care units or in community based environments.

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LPN,LDN, LVN Nurse Entrance Test

Written by kimmel52 on April 14, 2009 – 6:52 pm

Can you become an LPN

Can you become an LPN

By Nancy Kimmel RN PhD

Licensed Practical Nurses are very much in demand in lieu of Americas nursing shortage. Becoming a LPN/LVN or Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse usually requires a one year course of study from a vocational school or junior college. Even the LPN/LDN or the LVN must take an entrance test prior to gaining entry into the nursing program. The NET Study Guide will help the student prepare for their test. The NET Study Guide, written by Nancy Kimmel RN, PhD incorporates that same type of critical thinking that is needed in the nursing field. The student who studies the online tests and tutorials will make great strides not only in their scores on the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST, but in nursing school as well. The online software contains over 1300 questions and answers in the form of online tests and tutorial pages. The student can study day or night, and has unlimited access to the software without any expiration date. Not only is it important to have a good understanding about the type of nursing program that the student wishes to attend, but the student must also have a thorough understanding of the preparation needed for the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST. The LPN/LVN usually work under the supervision of a physician or RN and usually has more advanced skills than the nursing assistant but can perform less tasks than a registered nurse can. Again, most people who become a LPN/LVN are gaining the experience and knowledge that is necessary to become a Registered Nurse and may use this during future studies. The program for becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse is approximately one year or less. Financial aid is available for this training program as well as many other sources of funding. Licensed Vocational Nurses/LPN’s make only a few dollars less than Registered Nurses. Read more »

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The N.E.T. A&P Review

Written by kimmel52 on March 11, 2009 – 12:51 am

The student who is studying for the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST, THE HESI OR THE TEAS-ATT, will have to take an exam on anatomy and physiology. Preparing for this section is not easy. It is very difficult to remember every piece of information from two semesters of anatomy and physiology. At the Nurses Learning Center, students are able to study A&P in a logical fashion that pulls all of their knowledge together and applies the concepts that they have learned in real life situations.
An example of how to study anatomy and physiology is by looking at the bowel and intestinal tract through types of infections and aliments that can occur. This is one of the best ways to study for THE NURSING ENTRANCE TEST. Below is an explanation of how ulcerative colitis begins and its signs and symptoms. Keep in mind while reading the passage what you have learned from anatomy and physiology, and try to see how the endocrine system and the digestive system come into play.

Ulcerative colitis usually appears with chronic symptoms from mild to severe. These symptoms include but are not limited to bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, fever, malaise, anorexia, tachycardia and dehydration.

With the milder form of the disease, diarrhea and abdominal pain may be mild, unless there is a perforation in which the pain becomes much worse. In the moderate disease an individual may have up to five stools per day. In the severe form of the disease, an individual can have up to ten or more stools per day. Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the rectum and colon. Ulcers form where inflammation has killed the cells that usually line the colon, then bleed and produce pus. Inflammation in the colon also causes the colon to empty frequently, causing diarrhea

When the inflammation occurs in the rectum and lower part of the colon it is called ulcerative proctitis. If the entire colon is affected it is called pancolitis. If only the left side of the colon is affected it is called limited or distal colitis. Ulcerative colitis can occur in people of any age, but it usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30, and less frequently between 50 and 70 years of age. It affects men and women equally and appears to run in families, with reports of up to 20 percent of people with ulcerative colitis having a family member or relative with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. A higher incidence of ulcerative colitis is seen in Whites and people of Jewish descent.

With any disease there are complications that can arise. Read more »

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Written by kimmel52 on February 7, 2009 – 4:08 am

Wouldn’t it be great if students could sit for the NURSING ENTRANCE EXAM in the privacy of their home? Well you can, almost that is. With the online tutorial testing program at the Nurses Learning Center, students can take tests that are similar in content to the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST., the HESI and the TEAS-ATT.When those of us contemplate going to nursing school via a community college or a university, our minds become flooded with questions, such as: “Which school should I attend? What type of degree am I going to obtain?; Am I eligible for financial aide; How expensive will it be.” These questions require answers. Or maybe you have a degree but need to brush up on some skills to keep competitive. An nursing education degree online may be the perfect solution for today’s busy lifestyle, but the individual must first realize that they have to take the NURSING ENTRANCE TEST. Many colleges are starting online accredited nursing degree programs. These courses are often equivalent to on-campus classes. They offer tailored instruction where you can go at your own pace and go to clinicals in your own work place. The first thing and most foremost in all of the prospective nursing school students immediate future is how to study and pass The NURSES ENTRANCE TEST.
Taking a similar test suchs as the NET, The HESI and the TEAS-ATT at the Nurses Learning Center helps the student to score high on their initial test. Using a computer may seem like an easy task to many, but in fact, there are a lot of people that do not know how to maneuver around a computer. Which is why practicing on a computer  by taking similar tests to the content of the N.E.T. is such a crucial step in the student passing the first time. The pre-nursing student has a lot on their plate each semester that they get closer to gaining entry into the nursing program. They are bombarded with many questions about their future classes that need to be answered. It is important for the student to speak with the Dean of the Nursing Program to get help as well as to ascertain exactly which of the NURSING ENTRANCE TESTS they should be preparing.
Learning where to go, who to speak with and what papers to fill out can be an education in itself. Take your time and shop around for the nursing school, college or university that best meets your needs. Compare prices and course descriptions.

What kind of one-on-one support do they offer if you have questions or difficulties?

Can you study at your own pace? “NOT in the initial Nursing Program, but perhaps in the prerequisites.

What are the costs? Can you get financial aide?

The pre-nursing student has much to think over and decide, while at the same time they must prepare for the NURSING ENTRANCE EXAM

Sometimes life’s circumstances dictate more toward the degree that would best suit us rather than what we actually want. For people headed into the nursing program, at lot of life can happen between the time that they begin to take their pre nursing classes to the time that they get into nursing school. To begin earning a nursing degree requires an extensive blueprint. Read more »

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Nursing Entrance Test Reading Comprehension Example

Written by kimmel52 on February 6, 2009 – 2:39 am

The following passage is an article regarding Attention Deficite Disorder and Attention Deficite Hyperactive Disorder. Try to read the passage in ten minutes and attempt to answer the questions afterward. Practing reading comprehension examples can be obtained at the Nurses Learning Center. Many students find that the reading comprehension section of the N.E.T. is the most challenging tests of them all. Perhaps the reason for this is due in part to the use of required knowledge of the nursing process and as it relates to critical thinking. Students who have previously taken anatomy and physiology should be familiar with the type of critical thinking needed to pass such tests. At the Nurses Learning Center, students have access to over 1300 questions, tests, tutorials and explained answers. Try your best while reading the passage not to go back over the text. Read it once and that’s it. The look at the questions that follow and try to recall exactly what the author was really trying to say.

Millions of children throughout the United States are being treated for ADHD. Is this a syndrome that has always been with us or is this a fairly new phenomenon over the past twenty or thirty years. The medication is usually readily prescribed by Physicians when approached by anxious parents concerned about their child’s behavior. To what extent do we know how the medications that are prescribed for ADHD affect our children? NEW YORK (Reuters) – Richard Scruggs, the lawyer who led the settlement between U.S. states and the tobacco industry in 1998, called the lawsuits against the makers of hyperactivity disorder drug Ritalin the country’s “next class-action battleground.’ Read more »

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