Taking care of patients at end-of-life can be one of the most challenging, heartbreaking and rewarding aspects of your career. Knowing how to handle these situations and care for these patients (and their families) will help alleviate your anxiety so you can be completely present for those in their time of need.
When your patient has a tracheostomy, being prepared for the worst that could happen is crucial. There are three basics types of tracheostomy emergencies: occlusion, dislodgement and hemorrhage.
Tracheostomy Emergencies: Occlusion
Let’s say your patient has a trach, is on a trach mask and you heard in report that they have thick, copious secretions. Suddenly, the monitor alarm goes off, and you see that your patient’s O2 saturation has dropped to 62%. Whaaaaat? Knowing what you do about their thick secretions, you hurry in to the room pretty confident that you know what the problem is.
In Med/Surg 1, you learn the basics of stroke nursing and how rewarding and challenging it can be to care for these patients. And, because the human brain is an extraordinary thing, the manifestations of stroke and the nursing interventions are enough to make your head spin!
It’s here…you’ve finally made it to your fourth semester and the clinical rotation you’ve been dreaming of (hopefully) since Day One. Your nursing school preceptorship. Making the most of this very valuable time can pave the way to a successful transition from student to new-grad RN. And, chances are, you’ve got a lot of questions. Lucky for you, you’re in the right place.
We get so many readers of the blog asking about nursing shift routines. How do you start your day? How do you stay organized? The key to getting and staying organized is having some consistent routines such as the ones outlined in this podcast:
- Start of shift routine
- First assessment routine
- “Spot-check” routine
- End of shift routine
Armed with a few nursing shift routines, you will immediately reap the benefits of having a more organized approach to time management and your ever-changing priorities as an RN or student nurse.
You either love nursing school clinicals or you dread them. With a few tips, you can approach your nursing school clinical rotations as awesome learning opportunities that will inspire you and set you up for maximum learning opportunities. We asked a bunch of nurses what they dreaded most about nursing school clinicals, and here’s what we found:
Hey hey guys and gals! It’s time for another PodQuiz and this one is a doozy! Maybe you’ve noticed that studying depression in nursing school is really tough…it’s a complex topic that requires all your critical thinking skills. This PodQuiz covers some of the basics you’ll need to know to rock that mental health exam and take really good care of patients with depression during your mental health clinical rotation (and anywhere else you might encounter them).