Author Archives: Nurse Mo

Developing your nursing intuition: Podcast Episode 16

nursing intuition

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.

read more

The basics of prone positioning for ARDS

prone positioning

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!

read more

Arrhythmia Basics: Podcast Episode 15

arrhythmia basics

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. 

read more

Studying for nursing school exams and finals

study nursing school

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!

read more

PodQuiz Pediatric Nursing Part 1: Episode 14

Pediatric nursing

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.

read more

Beyond insulin in the treatment of diabetes

insulin

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?

read more

Psychopharmacology Simplified: Podcast Episode 13

psychopharmacology

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!

read more

Name the Diagnosis: Podquiz Episode 12

study ATI

In this PodQuiz, we have a LOAD of fun! You’ll listen to a list of signs/symptoms and then try to name which diagnosis/disease they refer to. How fun is that? It’s a great way to study for your comprehensive ATI or whatever exit exam you use at your school.

read more

Blood thinners – what you need to know

blood thinners

Blood clots are a serious business. They can restrict or even completely block blood flow to organs and extremities, causing things like pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, ischemic bowel and even loss of limbs. So, it makes perfect sense that we want to prevent blood clots AND treat them when they occur. How do we do this?

read more

Liver Failure Basics: Podcast Episode 11

liver failure

In this episode, we go through the basics of liver failure using my ingenious, wonderful, amazing LATTE method, which breaks down any patient condition into the “need to know” info.

  • L = How will the patient LOOK?
  • A = How will you ASSESS the patient?
  • T = What TESTS will be ordered?
  • T = What TREATMENTS will be provided?
  • E = How do you EDUCATE the patient/family?

Amazing, right? For more resources, visit www.straightanursingstudent.com. For LATTE resource sheets, look under “resources” in the top nav bar. Enjoy!

read more