Oxygen delivery systems

oxygen delivery systems

As a nursing student, you might find all the different oxygen delivery systems confusing. But not anymore! In this post we’ll cover the main oxygen delivery systems you’ll see in your clinical rotations. Ready?

A Few Important Terms

Before we get into the different types of oxygen delivery systems, we need to go over a few key terms.

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Anticoagulants: Episode 37

anticoagulants

In this podcast episode we talk about the main medications used to prevent and treat blood clots.

  • Lovenox
  • Heparin
  • Coumadin
  • Eliquis and other new-generation anticoagulants
  • Brilinta and other platelet inhibitors
  • TPA

In the clinical setting, you’ll see anticoagulants used for a wide variety of patients, including those with acute myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, stroke and DVT.

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Antihypertensive medications nursing students need to know

antihypertensive medications

Learning pharmacology can be difficult, with most classes teaching you drugs by their classification. I find it much more useful to teach pharmacology from the standpoint of USAGE…as in, what is the medication typically used for? This gives you the ability to apply what you are learning to clinical situations much more readily and allows you to have a more holistic view of your patient’s treatment regimen. Just my opinion, of course…but let’s take a look at antihypertensives and see if you agree.

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Warrior advocacy: podcast episode 36

advocacy

In this podcast, we feature our very first guest interview! Please pardon the sound quality as we are still getting the technical details figured out….the message our guest shares is worth it, I promise!

In nursing school you learn about being an advocate for your patient, and our guest (Eve) shares with you her views on what she calls “Warrior Advocacy” which is represented by a relentless pursuit of whatever is in the best interests of your patients AND your profession.

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Surviving nursing school sim lab

Nursing school sim lab

Nothing produces anxiety and dread quite like sim lab. Sure, your exams can be terrifying if your’e not prepared, but sim lab is different…and what makes it different is that it’s happening in real time IN FRONT OF YOUR PEERS! The fear of looking stupid, doing the wrong thing, “killing” your simulated patient, looking like a fool in front of your professor are all very valid…but with a little advance preparation and the right attitude, you can turn a dreaded experience into a valuable learning opportunity. Here’s how:

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Hemodynamic medications: podcast episode 35

hemodynamic medications

In this podcast episode we talk about hemodynamic medications that you’re likely to encounter in Advanced Med/Surg and/or your ICU clinical rotations. With this basic introduction to these powerful medications, you’ll have a general understanding of why they are used and how they are administered.

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Staying healthy in nursing school

Healthy in Nursing School

Nursing school can very easily take over every aspect of your life, just like it did mine. The whole reason I started this website was to keep other students from falling into that trap by providing resources to make nursing school more manageable. In the five years it took me to take all my prerequisites and get through my program, I watched my health slowly deteriorate until I ended up diagnosed with a chronic illness that could have either killed or seriously debilitated me at any time (if you’re into that sort of thing, you can read about it here).

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Nursing school time management tips

nursing school time management

Nursing school time management is one of the biggest hurdles you will have to conquer. Time and time again nursing students lament their out-of-control schedules, late night study sessions, lack of sleep and vanishing social lives. But, with a solid time-management strategy, you can be the boss of your schedule, get to bed on time and still see your family and friends. Here’s how you do it.

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‘Twas the night before clinical: Episode 34

clinical

Since it’s the holidays, let’s all take a break from studying, shall we? Enjoy a sweet little Christmas tale, relax with your family and friends, eat too many cookies, wear too many pajamas and feel joy in whatever way makes your heart sing. We’ll be back to studying again in 2018 with many, many exciting things in store INCLUDING:

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