In this episode of the Straight A Nursing podcast, we talk about ventilator weaning, which is actually a process that starts the moment the patient is intubated. If you are entering your advanced Med/Surg clinical rotation or are new to the ICU, this podcast will provide you with the basic knowledge you need to advocate for your patient and help guide them toward extubation.
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.
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 🙂
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!
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.
Respiratory nursing interventions come into play all the time. After all, difficulties can present in many forms, but the end-game is all the same…your patient can’t breathe as well as they should. And it can be scary for both the patient AND the nurse.
This podcast covers my best advice for being a rockstar in your nursing school clinicals. If you’re like me, you are VERY nervous about starting clinicals…whether it’s your first semester or your last. Making sure you are prepped to do and BE your absolute best ensures you get the most out of this very valuable time.
In this podcast, we talk about the very important skill of understanding when your patient is in respiratory distress and how to know if intubation is needed.
- Normal respiratory parameters and assessment findings
- Abnormal findings and what to do about them
- The nurse’s role in the intubation process
- Taking care of your patient post intubation
You can also read about this process here.
And something we don’t cover in the podcast, but that’s super helpful to understand is the P/F ratio, which you can check out here!