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Jul 31 2017

Straight A Nursing #nursing #school #help


WELCOME! Please read this post if it s your first time here there s so much here and I want to make sure you get ALL of it!

At the top of the page, you see a menu bar with some headers…explore your heart out because this is where you ll find notes related to nursing school, printable reference sheets, study aids, goodies to buy that will keep you organized and on top of your game, a link to my e-book and loads more.

Are you heading into your 4th semester preceptorship, or perhaps you re a new grad getting ready to start out on your own. By now you ve seen a glimpse of some of the types of difficult patients/families that the RNs have had to deal with. Sometimes the challenge is subtle and easily handled like the patient with 10 family members who all call for separate updates (that one s easy designate ONE spokespserson), or it could be more overt with hostile, aggressive behavior that makes you question the continuity of your own personal safety.

Developing your intuition as a nurse takes time, experience and exposure to LOTS of patients and LOTS of different situations. Learning which 5 assessments you ll need to get you there is key! Over time (and after you ve assessed a lot of patients and dealt with multiple scenarios) you ll start to develop an intuition and be able to sense when your patients are in trouble. And it all starts right here with five basic (and easy) assessments.

Prone positioning is likely to be one of the most intimidating things you ll encounter in the ICU the beds are big, they don t provide instant access to your patient and the risk for complications is higher than in a standard bed. But, with excellent nursing care you can keep your patient safe without biting your fingernails down to the quick!

Let s review basic arrhythmias, what causes them, how to identify them AND what you are going to do about them. Ready?

In this podcast, we cover loads of goodies:

  • PACs
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • SVT
  • V-Tach
  • V-Fib
  • Idioventricular rhythms
  • Pulseless rhythms

This episode is a great review if you re in Advanced Med/Surg, heading into your 4th semester preceptorship or starting out as a new nurse. For even more information about arrhythymias, check out this post or this one on heart blocks.

Well, it s that time of year again time for finals (for most of you, anyway I honestly have NO CONCEPT of how the quarters-system works I ve only ever done semesters). Anyway time to buckle down and study up! Which is why I want to share with you today one of my BEST study tips and a key way for how I stayed confident throughout all my nursing school exams including finals!

In this PodQuiz we cover three very common pediatric nursing topics!

  • Peds nutrition (how many calories in an ounce of breast milk?)
  • Peds assessment (at what age can you assess a radial pulse?)
  • Peds psychosocial (how do you help a school-age child adapt to hospitalization?)

What s a PodQuiz? It s essentially flashcards for your ears! Nurse Mo asks a question, pauses while you answer, then states the answer it s a fantastic way to study while you re on the go, exercising, commuting, folding laundry, making dinner, feeding the baby, getting your nails done .you get the idea.

At the time of this writing there are a handful of new-fangled diabetes medications out there. Maybe you ve seen the commercials showing impossibly happy people managing their blood sugar with complete and total ease (this is my favorite !) Or, perhaps you re seeing these meds pop up in the hospital (or wherever it is that you care for patients). The fact is, there are a LOT of treatments for diabetes that go beyond insulin but since that s what we use the most in the clinical setting, let s start there then we ll branch out to the fancy stuff. Ready?

Is psychopharmacology causing you mental distress? So many drugs, so many side effects it s a LOT to keep track of! Lucky for you I came up with a goofy way to remember key facts about these complex medications and now I m sharing it with you in this week s podcast!

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