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Career Guide 2003

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: 2003 - Volume 103 - Issue - p 38-39
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To present registered professional nurses with information that will help them explore their career options and advance in their nursing careers.


After reading the designated articles and taking this test, you will be able to:

  1. Identify key factors to keep in mind when planning a successful nursing career.
  2. Discuss the concept of magnet hospitals and compare them with hospitals that have not achieved magnet status.
  3. Discuss the current nursing shortage and its implications for future career opportunities.

1. Which of the following is most likely to result in quick depletion of a nurse’s initial energy and passion for the nursing profession?

a. demanding patients

b. inadequate compensation

c. the wrong practice setting for that nurse

d. preparation at the associate-degree level

2. According to these articles, the best nurses

a. assume leadership roles.

b. remain team members.

c. avoid taking risks.

d. approach patient care scientifically.

3. Successful career planning should begin with

a. meeting with a career counselor.

b. self-assessment.

c. one or more job interviews.

d. self-promotion.

4. It is recommended that nurses begin exploring the various areas of nursing practice by

a. becoming familiar with the nursing specialty organizations.

b. transferring to various areas within the same institution.

c. polling colleagues about the pros and cons of working in different specialties.

d. pursuing educational opportunities in a wide variety of specialties.

5. A nurse who places autonomy in practice far above other attributes might be well suited for

a. critical care.

b. home health care.

c. the emergency department.

d. the operating room (OR).

6. Writing down what you would like to be doing professionally 10 years from now is a good way to

a. take a personal inventory.

b. think of a nursing career as a lifelong journey.

c. focus on a destination.

d. develop networking skills.

7. An example of a “force of magnetism” would be having

a. a chief nursing executive whose authority is administratively focused rather than patient-care focused.

b. a strong human resource department responsible for creating personnel policies.

c. staff nurses who participate in decisions that affect patient care.

d. professional models of care that relieve RNs of overwhelming responsibility for patient care.

8. Which of the following organizations administers the Magnet Recognition Program?

a. the American Academy of Nursing

b. the American Nurses Credentialing Center

c. the American Nurses Association

d. the American Organization of Nurse Executives

9. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes excellence in

a. understanding cultural diversity.

b. implementing the latest technical advances.

c. supporting nonprofessional staff.

d. maintaining the economic stability of the institution.

10. Approximately what percentage of nurses at magnet hospitals hold at least a baccalaureate degree?

a. 25%

b. 34%

c. 50%

d. 64%

11. Approximately what percentage of chief nurse executives of magnet hospitals hold at least a graduate degree?

a. 50%

b. 65%

c. 80%

d. 100%

12. The primary reason one in five nurses plans to leave nursing within the next five years is

a. burnout.

b. increasing educational requirements.

c. unsatisfactory working conditions.

d. more lucrative opportunities outside the profession.

13. A recent study by the ANA reported that most nurses surveyed

a. would still recommend a nursing career for their children.

b. have less time to spend with patients.

c. plan to leave nursing within the next three years.

d. said that the quality of patient care had remained stable over the past two years.

14. The ANA has made it a legislative priority to prohibit

a. mandatory overtime.

b. unlicensed assistive personnel.

c. non-acuity-based staffing ratios.

d. license reciprocity.

15. A registered nurse first assistant is

a. a certified nursing assistant who has completed additional CE courses.

b. a certified nursing assistant who has been trained to assist OR nurses.

c. an RN who has been credentialed to perform specific portions of various types of surgeries, such as suturing.

d. an RN who has been credentialed to perform entire surgeries under the direct supervision of a physician.

16. A nurse informaticist primarily

a. manages and disseminates data.

b. interprets medical records for litigators.

c. monitors clinical trials.

d. acts as an expert witness.

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