As I’ve said many times before, nursing is all about solving problems. You SEE something, you DO something…it’s so simple. But, at the same time, putting it into practice can be quite complex. The patient problems you start out with at the beginning of your shift, are not always going to be the same problems you’re dealing with a few hours in. As a nurse, your ability to adapt, reprioritize and reevaluate is the MOST ESSENTIAL thing you can do.
Nursing is all about SEEING something and then DOING something. We see problems, we fix ’em. We see potential problems and we try like heck to avoid ’em. That’s it.
Sounds so simple right?
And it all starts right here. With the head-to-toe assessment. It’s your first Big Mega Skill to learn in first semester and is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing you will ever ever learn. Ever.
When it comes to learning electrolytes in nursing school, sodium is one you’ll probably talk about a lot and phosphorus is one you might not talk about much at all. But once you start working, especially if you’re in critical care, you’ll be talking sodium AND phos all the live-long day. Well maybe not ALL day, but probably MOST days 🙂
When you think of dialysis, you probably think of patients who have chronic renal failure who go to the dialysis center three days a week, sit there for a few hours, then go home. But wait…there’s more! In this post we’ll cover the main types of dialysis, indications for urgent dialysis and the nursing care of these often-complex patients.
You asked for it, you’ve got it….more dosage calculation questions! We’ll start with easier calculations and work our way up to more difficult problems And before you think, ‘Oh no…not a quiz…I take enough quizzes in school!” Let me assure you, these dosage calculation questions are nowhere near as boring as the ones you’ll do in class!
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.