In this podcast I share with you the study method that changed my life. I am not kidding. I found that I was getting SERIOUSLY bogged down when doing case studies…going off on tangents, looking up every single little thing. Basically, making mountains out of mole hills.
As nurses, we are incredible actors, and rarely do we allow our true emotions, thoughts and feelings to break through the masks that we wear to shield our patients from the knowledge that their caregivers are often working at a level of near and total depletion. We are dying of exhaustion on the inside, pleasant and alert on the outside. While my back is aching and my feet are screaming, my face is smiling and I am saying encouraging, empathetic and intelligent things. While my mind is racing through the fifty things I need to do in the next hour, I am comforting, advocating, educating and explaining without the tiniest bit of impatience or hurry in my voice. I am wearing a mask, and is as much a part of my uniform as my hospital-branded scrubs or the stethoscope emblazoned with my name.
It’s time for another PodQuiz! If you aren’t familiar with this form of podcast, you are in for a treat! This is THE BEST WAY to study while also getting your life back on track. It’s basically like doing flashcards, but instead of sitting and staring at your phone (or stack of index cards if you’re “old-school”) it’s an auditory quiz! I ask a question and then pause, giving you time to answer…then I tell you the answer (and sometimes with some little extra ‘real-world’ tidbits thrown in for good measure).
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.
Hey there first semester students…are you stressing about your Fundamentals class or your skills check-offs? In this PodQuiz we go over some basic nursing fundamentals, including:
- restraints and fall risk
- skin integrity
- oxygen administration and O2 sat monitoring
- respiratory assessment
- digestion and elimination
Our PodQuiz episodes are essentially flashcards for your ears…I read a question, then pause so you can answer it, then follow up with the answer. It’s THE BEST way to study while still getting out and doing SOMETHING productive. I guarantee you’ll love it!
In this podcast we talk about giving a succinct, flawless and informative end-of-shift report. Sounds simple enough, right? It should be, but you’d be surprised how often a bad shift report can leave you with more questions than answers. But, if you follow these guidelines, you’ll be someone that all the other nurses LOVE getting report from…and yes, you will be giving report as students, too!
Hands-down, diabetes is probably THE most common comorbidity you’ll see in the hospital setting. Understanding the two “big daddy” diabetes complications should help you take care of these very sick patients. DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) and HHS (hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome) are deadly serious conditions that require a diligent RN and a solid grasp of the pathophysiology and treatment plans.