Category Archives: Podcast

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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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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What the heck is the P/F Ratio: Episode 33

PF ratio

In this podcast we talk about one of the MOST useful and EASIEST, QUICKEST calculations you can do to determine just how sick your respiratory-compromised patient is…the PF ratio! Check out some of the amazing things you’ll learn:

  • What the P and F stand for; what is PaO2 and what is FiO2?
  • Difference between PaO2 and SaO2
  • Optimal PaO2 ranges and levels of hypoxemia
  • How to calculate the PF ratio and what the heck it means
  • What the numbers tell us and how it applies to the overall clinical picture

For more information on ARDS, check out this post, this awesome podcast episode or this SUPER awesome reference sheet. (if your podcast platform does not support links, please visit the website for total linkage at www.straightanursingstudent.com)

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Ventilator weaning starts at intubation: Episode 32

ventilator weaning

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.

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Trauma case study: Episode 31

trauma case study

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.

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Sodium and Phosphorus: Podcast Episode 29

Electrolytes nursing school

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 🙂

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Magnesium and Chloride: Episode 27

hypomagnesemia

We continue our electrolytes bonanza this week with magnesium and chloride. In this podcast episode we cover hypomagnesemia, hypermagnesemia, hypochloremia and hyperchloremia. And beyond just going over the normal lab ranges, we talk about all kinds of fun stuff:

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Potassium and Calcium: Episode 26

hypokalemia

Understanding the important role that electrolytes play will separate you from the ho-hum nurse and catapult you into Awesome Nurse Status. If you’re a student, you might think that it’s simply a matter of knowing what the normal and abnormal values are…but that’s just a teeny tiny part of it!

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The basics of stroke nursing: podcast episode 25

stroke nursing

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!

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Nursing shift routines: Podcast Episode 24

nursing shift routines

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.

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