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the act or process of making ready.
childbirth preparation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as providing information and support to facilitate childbirth and to enhance the ability of an individual to develop and perform the role of parent.
surgical preparation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as providing care to a patient immediately prior to surgery and verification of required procedures or tests and documentation in the clinical record.


1. The act of making or getting ready.
2. Something made ready, as a medicine or other mixture, or a histologic specimen.
[L. praeparatio, fr. prae, before, + paro, pp. -atus, to get ready]


1. The act or process of preparing.
2. A substance, such as a medicine, prepared for a particular purpose.


1. The act of making or getting ready.
2. Something made ready, e.g., medicine.
[L. praeparatio, fr. prae, before, + paro, pp. -atus, to get ready]

Patient discussion about preparation

Q. Getting prepared for chemo Hi, I have breast cancer, and I’m planned to start chemotherapy in a short time. Do you have any advice how should I prepare for it? What to buy? The anti-emesis drugs are already waiting- any other thing I should get?

A. A surgical face mask – if you find yourself in a close place and someone starts to cough or sneeze, you can protect yourself.

Q. A tumor was discovered in my kidney how should I prepare myself to the future events?

A. sorry to hear...there are all sorts of tumors in kidneys but generally i recommend first of all talking to your family and explain the situation. but only after you understand what it is and what that means. you will need a lot of support and you don't want to leave your loved ones in the darkness about it. believe me that is the basic in preparing yourself to any tumor therapy.
good luck!!
you'll be fine i'm sure!!

Q. what are the most common problems women tend to develop during pregnancy? how would i prepare for it???

A. Needing to urinate more often...i think every one has it. because of pregnancy hormones and growing baby presses on her bladder- she needs to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes. it looks pretty annoying. i'm not sure there is something to do with it.

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Incorporating the 2010 ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians throughout the LIS curriculum allows a program to document how it is preparing quality school librarians.
In the second, we are analyzing data from the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS, National Center for Education Statistics, 1994) for evidence of a link between initial preparation and sense of preparedness.
A proven master of the mid-market brand, Bidinger's initial preparation in forming NSbrands was to create or represent a mid-market product that could be sold through his many contacts at such leading stores as Sony Plaza, Loft, and Marui.
Therefore, in the interest of effective program communication, it would be well for competencies such as program planning, research and evaluation skills, management by objective techniques, and statistical data collection and compilation to be included in the repertoire of the school nurse through initial preparation, credentialing requirements or inservice.
In other words, there was an almost equal number of RNs whose initial preparation was at the AD and baccalaureate levels in 1980 (difference of less than 2%).
While our mainstream activities have involved the preparations and reactions of the 1,4-dianions of oximes and substituted hydrazones with electrophilic reagents, such as esters and carbonyl compounds, the initial preparation of dihydronaphthisoxazoles from dilithiated 1-tetralone oxime and aromatic esters has not resulted in a routine extension to include dilithiated 1-indanone oximes, but it appears to include 1-benzosuberone hydrazones and oxime.
Initial preparation, mobilisation and sinking setup were completed by yearend and shaft sinking commenced in January 1996.
The initial preparation of engineering works for the Silay Airport in the Philippines has commenced with 45% of the preparations complete.
Its mission is riveted on creating a culturally sensitive curriculum for the initial preparation of teachers," says Zimpher, "and recruiting a more diverse cohort into teaching.
It is interesting that in upstate counties, where the attorney is not involved in the initial preparation of the contract of sale, the title companies may have less involvement because an abstract of title is prepared by the seller's attorney, and sellers typically give full warranty deeds.
These sets of guidelines, now totaling more than 40, cover both initial preparation and advanced levels, specific curriculum areas for various grade spans, administration, special education, school psychology, library and media specialists, and computer science and technology.

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