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.
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!